Blog Posts by Maya Menon

  • Twins for Aishwarya?

    Ash - AbhiEver since Amitabh Bachchan tweeted the news of Aishwarya's pregnancy, there has been a hullabaloo about the gen-next Bachchan's arrival.  The Bachchans are celebrating and can the media be far behind?

    From what will happen to Aishwarya's career, her role in Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine to when she became pregnant - the media has taken it upon themselves to keep all and sundry informed. Click to read

    This particular report in the Times of India says that "In all probability, Aishwarya and Abhishek's child will be a baby girl. Also don't be surprised if they have duplets." But, trust me, it was not a doctor who said this - it was an astrologer. This article makes for a very entertaining read.  Click here to read the report.

    That is not all. CNNGo speculates when Aishwarya could have possibly got pregnant. Have a look.

    Keep coming back to Yahoo! Movies for more

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  • Together they made us sing

    Maniratnam and Ilayaraja

    Mani Ratnam is one of the most versatile movie makers and Ilayaraja, is undoubtedly one of the best music directors the country has ever seen. And they share the same birthday.  We bring to you some of our favourite songs, and what Mani Ratnam has to say about Ilayaraja.

    Nilave Va - Mouna Ragam

    Mani Ratnam directed a Telugu flick and he couldn't do with out Ilayaraja - the result? This lovely number from Geetanjali

    And yet another beautiful song from Anjali

    Naykudu - Just listen to this amazing background score.  And then you will realise what Mani Ratnam means when he says "Ilayaraja would look at the scene once, and immediately start giving notes to his assistants, as a bunch of musicians, hovering around him, would collect the notes  for their instrument and go to their places... A director can be taken by surprise at the speed of events."

    Cliched yet, i cannot just go away without mentioning this number which has made it to one of the top 10 tracks according to a BBC poll.

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  • Remembering Nargis Dutt

    Nargis DuttNargis Dutt. Her beauty was ethereal, her charm and talent legendary. This post is just a tribute to one of those eternal beauties Bollywood has ever seen.

    Nargis was born on June 1, 1929 as Fatima Rashid. Her mother was a thumri singer and it was she who introduced Nargis to acting.  Nargis made her debut as a child actor and went on to be one of the most iconic stars in Bollywood.

    Nargis in Mother IndiaShe ruled the silver screen in the 1950's and played pivotal roles in 'Barsaat', 'Andaz', 'Awaara', 'Deedar', 'Shree 420' and 'Chori Chori'. And then, came Mother India in 1957 which in a way changed the way the world saw Hindi movies. It was nominated for the Academy Awards and it won her the Filmfare Best actress award.

    Her personal life was under the scanner too.  "In the movie buff's imagination, Nargis remains inextricably linked with Raj Kapoor, being the leading lady and Muse in his seminal early films, involved with him in real life, even immortalised in the "RK Studios" logo, which was based on

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  • Mohanlal : The complete actor?


    I remember the hush that fell over the room when Mohanlal stepped out from behind a wall and watched Sangeeta and Baby Shalini (Yeah, the same Shalini who got married to Tamil actor Ajith) walk away in 'Ente Mammattikuttiyammayku". "Arrg", said my cousin, "I hate this actor". "Who is he" I asked — my cousin, a die hard chick flick fanatic said "he is a born villain, that guy Mohanlal".

    I turned my attention to the screen. And somewhere along the line, I couldn't find any thing remotely villain like in Mohanlal. He came across as just another actor -so entirely different to my favourite cartoon show heroes. So I hounded my cousin - who still is a walking dictionary of any Malayalam movies - to know more about him.

    Mohanlal — according to her was 'the villain.' Even though his first film was 'Thiranottam,' it was his role as Narendran in 'Manjil Virinja Pookal' which made people sit up and take note of this young man. This Fazil film by Navodaya had Shankar and Poornima Jayaram in the

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  • Will Spielberg’s Tintin be the Tintin of my dreams?


    When you read a story do the visuals just flash in your mind? For me, it does. And while growing up, Tintin — with his tuft of hair - and his ever faithful Snowy were my heroes. I could always bank on Tintin, Captain Haddock and the Thompsons to make me laugh or take me through a hilarious adventure.  Add in Professor Calculus and my day was made.

    Strangely, The Secret of the Unicorn was one of the first Tintin books I ever read. But that does not mean that I have forgotten it all. Each and every scene — from the detectives Thompson and Thomson losing their wallets many times over to Captain Haddock recounting the story of his ancestor's fight with the pirate Red Rackham — I had a picture in my mind.  A whole train of thought - in images that is -race through my mind when I think Tintin.

    So, why am I talking about Tintin now? And that too in a movies blog you may ask. Well, the reason is simple. A couple of days back, the posters for the new movie - 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret

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