Mani and Vikram

Vikram has told several times that it is one of his dreams to act in ace director Mani Rathnam's film. Now the dream has come true. It is learnt from reliable sources that Madras Talkies has roped in the talented actor for a film

The exciting combination of Mani - Vikram, however, will not take place in the near future. We have to wait for at least one and half years to see them coming together. Mani Rathnam is now busy shaping up the script of his Hindi movie featuring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in the lead while Vikram is busy with 'Kanthaswamy'. He will have to finish two projects with K.S. Ravikumar and Ameer before coming to the movie made by Mani Rathnam.

Come 2009, we will see the outstanding director and an amazing actor joining hands. It is needless to say that the wait is worth it.
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Hopefully we must have A R Rahman our Boss giving music for the film.

Do you remember Piya Haji Ali

* FIZA - Anu Malik and A.R. Rahman/Warner Music Malaysia Sdn Bhd: Our A.R. Rahman wrote only one number for this soundtrack, yet he outshines composer Anu Malik, who wrote seven tunes.

Rahman stamps his mark with the folk-pop Piya Haji Ali, a song with religious lyrics. This haunting melody displays the chemistry between singers Kadar Ghulam Mustafa, Murtaza Ghulam Mustafa, Srinivas and Rahman.

Anu Malik proves he can compose original numbers instead of recycling ...

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What are your comments about the song?

Years back this happened #2

<b>A R Rahman joins hands with Michael Jackson</b>

He's the king of pop and has worked with some all-time music greats over the years, including britney spears, who will duet with michael jackson on the track the way you make me feel , for his 30th anniversary concert. now, however, it's the whacko jacko's turn to work with our very own, dil se man. yup, you read right, michael jackson has worked on a single with lagaan's a r rahman. titled, ekam satyam, the song is a duet sung by the maestros and is composed by rahman. the track is part sanskrit and part english. the sanskrit portions have been rendered by rahman and the english ones obviously by mj. the english lyrics, however, have been penned by kanika myer bharat and the sanskrit lyrics by a r parthasarathy. initially the song was penned specifically for the 'mj and friends concert' held in munich in june 1999. but since it gained some popularity among mj fans in the west, it appears that the song will be released as a single, sometime towards the end of 2001.

Jackson considered including it on his forthcoming album, invincible, but changed his mind at the last minute for reasons best known to himself. jackson, who will turn 43 on august 29, is hoping that fans will ignore the lurid headlines of the last decade and flock to buy his new album and all kinds of things imprinted with his name and image. but some in the licensing and music industries think it will be a struggle for michael to regain the lustre that had him towering over teen stardom in the '80s. in the short-lived world of pop, you are either hot or not, and insiders say backing jackson to make a big us chart comeback is a gamble, though the payoff could be worth megabucks. the songs for mj's album, invincible, have not yet been finalised. so after alka yagnik shot to fame with chamma chamma in moulin rouge, don't be overly surprised to see rahman on michael's latest album, invincible.

Years back this happened #1

Not Madonna, not Britney, Rahman's NO1
31 Jul 2002, 2225 hrs IST

Allah Rakha Rahman can take a bow. And, as incredulous as it may sound, Madonna and Britney Spears can bow out as the current top album-sellers.

It is now out that AR Rahman sells more albums than Madonna and Britney Spears put together. According to the UK paper The News Of The World, Rahman is said to have sold a mind-boggling 200 million albums worldwide. That's still 50 million more than Madonna (cited at 130 million) and Spears (20 million) collectively. It was Andrew Lloyd Webber who put it in words first: ''Rahman is probably the highest selling musician in the world at the moment, if you were to go by airplay and album sales alone.
But the fact remains that every album sold in the US or in the UK is officially registered as a sale and adds to the numbers which end up as the 'official' figures to chart the progress of an album or single. But although Indian albums notch up significant sales and are brought here by relatives and friends, there is no proper mechanism in place to log those sales.''

Despite such voluminous sales, why is Rahman not on, say, the Billboard list? Bias? ''Perhaps,'' hints Webber, ''there could be reservations among the managers of these lists about featuring someone unknown to the West.'' That, for AR Rahman, is a jarring note.

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News courtesy:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/17693146.cms
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Jodha Akbar Songs Poll Closed

How do you like Jodha Akbar's Songs?

This is how you have responded.

 

78% said it was Awesome

14% said it was Brilliant

5% said it was okay

0% (1) said it was Not Good

1% (2) said they have not heard

 

 

The least ones being naturally Not Good and I have not heard.

 

 

Now the market has also its verdict on the audio of Jodha Akbar.

 

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Film Music Sales 2008-updated  1st Mar 2008

Rank

Film

Units Sold

1

Race

9,00,000

2

Jodhaa Akbar

6,00,000

3

U Me Aur Hum

2,00,000

 

Film Music Sales Regional Leaders-Feb 2008

Rank

North

East

1

Race

Race

2

Jodhaa Akbar

Jodhaa Akbar

3

U Me Aur Hum

U Me Aur Hum

4

Jab We Met

Taare Zameen Par

5

Taare Zameen Par

Om Shanti Om

Rank

South

West

1

Jodhaa Akbar

Jodhaa Akbar

2

Race

Race

3

Taare Zameen Par

Taare Zameen Par

4

Om Shanti Om

U Me Aur Hum

5

U Me Aur Hum

Jab We Met

 

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What I feel is that Jodha Akbar was not properly campaigned in the media. This helped the other films to gain an advantage against the Brilliant Jodha Akbar's music.

We need to change this trend. If the persons who are making the films with music by our Boss, and they ignore what the music can get the initial break, we the ARRahman Fans can make a difference.

We will have to initiate broad-spread campaigns to make our Boss's deserving music on top of charts.

 

Lights, camera and some action!

Today, however, film folks host and judge quiz, reality and celebrity talk shows, own cricket teams, and go on world tours. And while filmmakers try their hand at acting, actors are getting behind the camera.

They are jacks of all trades as well as masters of their own. Says actor Chaya Singh, who is currently judging a reality dance show, "I said yes to the channel because it was a 26-episode show. I only needed to shoot a couple of days every week for 13 weeks." She says that these 'alternative careers' work when you don't have any great film offers in hand or while you wait for a project to start. "It's a good opportunity to interact with the public minus the star tag. Besides, TV has become very popular. It has a greater reach now. It's good exposure," she adds.

So, while Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta own IPL teams, SRK is hosting another quiz show. Ishaa Koppikar and Malaika Arora Khan were part of a celebrity dance show. Musicians like Javed Akhtar and AR Rahman and directors like Mahesh Bhatt and Kunal Kohli were part of a reality show as well. Director Karan Johar hosted a talk show, which was redone with a local flavour with actor-turned-director Ramesh Aravind as anchor. There's also a new show to pick young filmmakers for Hollywood that Anurag Basu and Rajat Kapoor are judging.

Read the full story at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India_Buzz/Lights_camera_and_some_action/articleshow/2836802.cms