'Jodhaa Akbar' edited again

'Jodhaa Akbar' edited again
05th Nov 2007  09.01 IST
By Agencies  

Ashutosh Gowarikar 's Jodhaa Akbar , that stars the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the dashing Hrithik Roshan in the title roles, went under the knife, again, because the movie is just too long.

At present, the new version has two songs edited out, one of which was a qawwali sung by A R Rahman , the music director for the movie.

According to a source, every scene in the movie is important, and Gowarikar did not want the flow to suffer. Therefore, the lavishly shot songs had to go.

"It was a very good idea to have a qawwali, as it was a traditional aspect in the lives of kings. It was difficult for Ashutosh, but he also asked for Rahman's take on the decision, and chopped the songs off only when Rahman agreed," the source adds.

The songs will be added in the DVD of the movie. Apparently, Ash wanted to use it in one of her upcoming movies, but Gowarikar may not agree.

Gowarikar has a reputation for making long movies.

The Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan was almost four hours long, and the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Swades was three and a half hours long.

In more recent times, there is a lot of criticism for the way a movie is presented, and the director did not want any of that.

According to the source, the final cut, so far, is three and a half hours. The movie is slated for a January 25 release, and the promos are already on air.

A R Rehman bonds with UN to launch Mission Ustaad

Oct 25: Noted music composer A.R Rehman, who gave "Vande matram" a royal revival, teamed up in his latest venture with United Nation and Endemol Productions to launch a show called Mission Ustaad.

Endemol is a production company working for a new Hindi television channel 9X, which is planning to go on air by the end of November.

A.R Rehman has joined hands for a noble cause, as the programme focuses about creating awareness on the UN's Millenium Development Goals.

As the motto behind this musical feast is that music intensify harmony in human races and hence a very apt platform to spread awareness among people.

A.R. Rahman, who is famous for bringing aesthetic senses through his music and songs, which revolutionise the present genre that are equally inclined towards patriotism and social causes.

His presence will energise the show with great enthusiasm and the audience can expect awesome performances from the best of the entertainers who will share the stage with him.

Earlier Rehman had composed an anthem for UN on the poverty and underprivileged issue through his composition 'Pray For Me Brother'.

On his association with UN Rehman said, "I am convinced that the partnership will bring about the desired awakening among Indian viewers, and the show will touch the hearts of the nation in a very entertaining manner".

Sounding very promised he said "I am delighted to be part of Mission Ustad on 9X. Many eminent names from the entertainment industry will join me on the show".

Salil Shetty, Director of UNs Millennium Campaign who has planned the show is in view that the goals to achieve better education, health and livelihoods will be imprinted through this programme that if not achieved in time, it will be too late.

Rajesh Kamat, Managing Director of Endemol India, looked very positive about the music programme and said that music is a universal language and therefore the show would help in binding people together irrespective of their nationality, religion or economic stature.

Showing his belief he said, "With Mission Ustad, we will get an opportunity to reach out to our audiences and involve them in key issues using music as a binding factor. The distinct show promises not just to entertain, but also to enlighten".

As this team has derived its strength from the great cause of creating awareness, as it is said that a TEAM, "Together Everyone Achieves More".

China grooves to Rahman hit

China grooves to Rahman hit


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It is a fact that AR Rahman's music has now become a rage in China. The fact remains that Rahman hasn't composed music for any Chinese film. ...


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A R Rahman does it again with Azhagiya Thamizh Magan

Chennai, Oct 30 - 'Azhagiya Thamizh Magan' is veteran composer A.R. Rahman's second Tamil album of the year after 'Sivaji', which broke all records. Though not as good as the first one, it disappeared from the market within moments of its arrival! That's the Rahman magic.

The top five Tamil albums are:

1. 'Azhagiya Thamizh Magan' - Music Director: A.R. Rahman. The excitement of a Rahman album for a Vijay starrer was so much that all the copies were picked up within hours of its arrival.

2. 'Thamizh MA' - Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja. Though it is an excellent album by Yuvan, 'Paravaiya ennai' sung by maestro Ilayaraja for his son is the pick.

3. 'Pollathavan' - Music Director: G.V. Prakash. The remix by Yogi B of the 1970s song 'Engeyum eppothum' sung by S.P. Balasubramaniam in 'Ninaithale Inikkum' is being lapped up by the new generation.

4. 'Bheema' - Music Director: Harris Jayaraj. There is no news of the film but the album by Harris Jayaraj is still at the top.

5. 'Satham Podaathay' - Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja. Though Yuvan's music for 'Vel' is not up to the mark, his 'Sathum Podathey' is still a rage.