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Movie Name :   Chamki Chameli
Tagline :   love... jealousy... betrayal... revenge
Year of Release :   2010
Banner :   White Feather Films
Presenter :   Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Gupta
Executive Producer :   Gary Van Shipley

Director :   Shyam Benegal
Cast :   Priyanka Chopra, Yashpal Sharma
Special Appearance :   Sanjay Dutt
Music Director :   A. R. Rahman
Lyricist :   Javed Akhtar
Cinematographer :   Rajan Kothari
Story Writer :   Shama Zaidi, Atul Tiwari
Screenplay Writer :   Shama Zaidi, Atul Tiwari
Editor :   Aseem Sinha
Production Designer :   Samir Chanda
Publicity Designer :   Epigram
Synopsis :  
From acclaimed director Shyam Benegal comes an epic musical about love, jealousy and betrayal, inspired by the classic Spanish opera Carmen. The story revolves around the eponymous Chamki, a beautiful gypsy girl with a fiery temper. She is fatalistic and hedonistic, living entirely in the present moment. Not careful with her love, she is responsible for the downfall of many men. The temptress woos a BSF Jawan, Dilip Singh, leading him to mutiny against his superior. His infatuation causes him to join a band of drug runners, of which Chamki is a member. Dilip Singh is happy with Chamki for a brief period, but is driven to madness as things from her dark past and her ambitious future come in the way. But will Dilip Singh be able to remove the inconstancy of Chamki’s character? Will he descend from a faithful lover and soldier to an obsessed lunatic?

Oscar winner AR Rahman will once again join hands with Danny Boyle for the film Paani. The film will be produced by Danny Boyle and Shekar Kapoor will wield the megaphone. The film is about the divide between the rich and poor classes in the society for water.

Sharan Kapoor will co-produce this venture with Boyle. The film has Hrithik Roshan, Kristen Stewart and Christopher Waltz playing the lead roles. Cinematography will be by Benoit Debie and editing by Jill Bilcock.

  • Language : Malayalam
  • Cast : Rahman, Anoop Menon, Nishan, Janardhanan, Thalivasal Vijay, Kalpana, Anoop Chandran
  • Directed by : Altas T Ali
  • DOP : Khalid Mohtaseb, Jonathan Bregel
  • Music and Background Score : Deepak Dev
  • Promo Song : AR Rahman
  • Lyrics : Rafeek Ahmed, Vairamuthu (Tamil)
  • Sound Consultant : Rasool Pookutty
  • Technical Consultant : Shoukath Lensman
  • Action : William Ong
  • Editor : Sreekar Prasad
  • Art : Santosh Raman
  • Dialogs : Anoop Menon
  • Choreography : Prasanna

A.R. Rahman has brought a brand new Harpejji k24

Oscar winning musician A.R. Rahman has brought a brand new Harpejji k24 from USA recently. Tim Meeks of Marcodi Musical products hand-delivered the new Harpejji during his world tour recently. Reportedly Rahman is quite excited about his new instrument. ...The Harpejji, a combination of the best characteristics of a guitar and a keyboard, is a 24 string instrument that has a matrix represention of all the keys on a piano and the natural string harmonics. Interestingly, most people in India are unaware of this instrument. So will Rahman make it popular? Let's wait and watch!

AR Rahman -Guinness World Record!!

May 16th, 2010 A R Rahman has been issued an Guinness World Record(TM) certificate for being the composer of the original song "Maa Tujhe Salaam" that Sai "Psychuck" Manapragada sang in a whopping 265 languages to enter into the Guinness Book of World Record(TM).

Shakira to dance to Rahman's tunes!

"Kaali: The Warrior Goddess" – is now trying to rope in AR Rahman and Illayaraja for the film. The 3D film, which may have Shakira playing the role of Kaali, has no Bollywood star at present in a big role, and may not have one in the future too .

Speaking to TOI, producer Karan Arora, CEO of High Ground Entertainment, who's making the movie in association with Walter Anderson, says, "We are looking at AR Rahman and Illayaraja being part of the project. Music wise, they both can bring a lot to the table. During Rahman's recent tour, we initiated some kind of an informal talk with one of his team members. We may be able to do things together. John Altman, who did the music for "Titanic" is a part of our project."

While initial discussions with Shakira have generated a positive response, Arora says that the film will only be able to go on the floors by April next year. He says, "We've been working on the movie for the last 7-8 months, but a project like this usually takes 3-4 years. This kind of a film needs too much of VFX; it's like the work done on movies like " Alice In Wonderland" and " Avatar". It's very tedious. Earlier, we were busy getting our finances in place. Talks with Shakira too have been advancing. But, all the paperwork and technicalities would take time and I'm guessing the movie will go on the floors by April next year. And the earliest release I can anticipate is 2013."

Even though the project is news at the moment, it wasn't so when the team started thinking about it, says Arora. He adds, "When we started off, this wasn't supposed to be as big, forget about going to such big stars. The movie required a lot of money and our attention was only on the cost. But, once the investors came in, everything went on track. Shakira just happened for the project. With such a brand name, investors see security."

Even before Shakira expressed interest, Bollywood was never on their radar. Says Arora, "Before we spoke to Shakira, we were only targeting mediocre British actors – people who were not stars but could act. But we never considered any Indian name because we felt that with an Indian name, we wouldn't be able to present the movie to an international audience. I'm not saying we'd thought of her name, but let's say Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would've been part of the project. When you think of an Indian name from an international perspective, hers is the first name that comes up. But even that's not big enough for an international movie.

Realistically, an actor from India wouldn't have brought anything on the table, either in terms of brand or investors. With an international actor, especially like Shakira, you get both." Also, says Arora, Indian artistes are wary of doing mythological roles. He says, "The West looks more positively at our mythology. Try to approach someone here for a mythological look, and they are wary. The West finds it much more exotic."

The UK-based producer's production house Picture Thoughts Production is working with Indian actors too. There's "Bhindi Bazaar Inc" with Kay Kay Menon, Piyush Mishra and Deepti Naval, directed by Ankush Bhatt which releases in November. Then there are two more films – "Padosi" and "Let's Talk Love" in the anvil.

Says Arora, "The movie "Padosi" is with Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak and is directed by Pratham Jolly. It's the story of two timid soldiers in the year 1949, two years after Partition, who get stuck on the India- Pakistan border. There are wounds that haven't healed yet. "Let's Talk Love" is by Nandita Kothari and we are in talks with Madhavan and Arjun Rampal for the lead, and Prachi for the female lead. The movie is scheduled to be shot in Fiji and London, and the Fiji government is partnering with us for this." There's also another untitled project with Sanjay Dutt and Nana Patekar, which is still being developed. Says Arora, "We do script farming, which is about identifying content and making it in cost effective ways. I have heard more than hundred scripts. We want to work with actors and not just stars."

Read more: Shakira to dance to Rahman's tunes! - The Times of India

Steven Spielberg wishes to work with AR Rahman

well renowned Hollywood director-producer Steven Spielberg has praised A. R. Rahman for his wonderful compositions.prefer to work with A.R. Rahman. He said that he has heard his compositions and would like to work him soon.

Though he loves to work with A. R. Rahman, his all time favorite is John Williams.

AR Rahman Finalised 23rd James Bond Film

marathon of awards at Oscar Ceremony, AR Rahman has reached new heights of his career.


The latest talk is that Rahman is all set to compose his magical Tunes for the next Bond film. This would be 23rd James Bond film which will be produced by Barbara Broccoli and co producer is McDougal who earlier produced a successful movie ‘Beach’ jointly with Danny Boyle.

Danny Boyle is the key person who values the talent of AR Rahman and is said to have attached him into this opportunity. Good Luck Rahman we expect the same wonders in music again.

AR Rahman disappoints Tamil film lovers

AR Rahman disappoints Tamil film lovers,he wouldn’t be scoring music for Shankar’s remake of 3 Idiots due to his prior commitments of International projects and global tour. There have been rumours that Mani Ratnam will be signing Yuvan Shankar Raja to score music for his next film tentatively titled Pookadai.

AR RAHMAN: Sorry folks, mix up in my earlier post It's Houston on the 17th and Dallas on the 18th

10:37 AM Sep 6th via Facebook


A R RAHMAN: The Jai Ho tour resumes next weekend in North America. See you soon Los Angeles (Sep 11th), San Francisco (12th), Vancouver (14th), Dallas (17th), Houston (18th), Boston (22nd), Newark (23rd), Detroit (25th), Toronto (26th) and Raleigh (29th)


 11:26 AM Sep 6th


A R RAHMAN:  To my mentor, my brother and the man who taught me to be different... Mani, three cheers to you for getting this well deserved award at the Venice Film Festival... May God bless you with more...

10:32 PM Sep 6th via Facebook

Rahman handpicked 77 roses to asha bhosle but had to courier bouquet due to his busy schedule to American tour.

This is a tribute given to asha by rahman in an industry full of selfish relationships JAI HO RAHMAN

source: Rahman's gift to Ashaji - The Times of India

Indian composer AR Rahman playlist and the 10 best new releases in the October issue of Songlines (#71)

Posted on September 2nd, 2010 in Songlines News.

The October 2010 issue of Songlines – on sale September 3 – features a free covermount CD packed full of the best new sounds from around the world, plus 5 tracks selected by Indian composer AR Rahman.

The covermount CD includes tracks from Songlines Music Award-winning Portuguese band Deolinda; Irish instrumentalists Lúnasa; Parisian North African ten-piece Orchestre National de Barbès; LA R’n’B and rock from Los Lobos; bassy Maori beats specialists Wai and Iranian classical vocalist Ali Reza Ghorbani, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Syriana ‘Road to Damascus’ on Real World

* Deolinda ‘Um Contra o Outro’ on World Connection

* Los Lobos ‘Mujer Ingrata’ on Proper Records

* Orchestra National de Barbès ‘Sidi Yahia-Bnet Paris’ on Le Chant du Monde

* The Old Dance School ‘The Enlli Light’ on Transition Records

* Wai ‘Hine-Te-Ihorangi’ on Jayrem Records

* Samy Izy ‘Bala’ on Network Medien

* Lúnasa ‘Unapproved Road’ on Lúnasa Records

* Tim O’Brien ‘All I Want’ on Howdy Skies Records

* Ali Reza Ghorbani ‘Dar Achegi’ on Accords Croisés

Plus AR Rahman’s playlist:

* Värttinä ‘Riena’ on Real World

* The Laya Project/Nagore Sufis ‘Ya Allah’ on EarthSync

* Susheela Raman ‘Mamavatu’ on Narada

* 1 Giant Leap feat Baaba Maal ‘Dunya Salam’ on Palm Pictures

* Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party ‘Maki Madni’ on Real World

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About Songlines

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009, Songlines is the magazine that looks at the world through its music. Covering music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, Songlines features artists from all around the globe:

AR Rahman’s Komaram Puli creates new record

Telugu movie Komaram Puli is again in the news and this time for the record-breaking sales of its music. Sony BMG, which released the audio music album of the film, said that it has sold over 3 lakh audio CDs and about 6 lakh cassettes of the music within one month of its launch. This figure has set a new record in Tollywood music industry.

Directed by S.J. Suryah, Komaram Puli stars actor Pawan Kalyan in the lead role. The movie is produced by Singanamala Ramesh. Pawan will don the hat of a cop for the first time. Debutant Nikisha Patel has played the female lead in the film.

The credit for this awesome response from the music buffs to the music album of the movie definitely goes to the Oscar Award winning music composer AR Rahman, who has scored some beautiful numbers for the film.

This record sale of the music of Komaram Puli has took place at a time when the entire Tollywood is fighting against piracy. Moreover, the music audio of the movie is available on the internet at zero cost. So, it is definitely a commendable achievement.

The DTX mixing of the movie is undergoing now and will be released in this month.


Now, the news is out that the Jai Ho tour resumes this weekend (September 11) in North America. The dates for the shows in various cities are, Los Angeles (Sep 11th), San Francisco (Sep 12th), Vancouver (Sep 14th), Dallas (Sep 17th), Houston (Sep 18th), Boston (Sep 22nd), Newark (Sep 23rd), Detroit (Sep 25th), Toronto (Sep 26th) and Raleigh (Sep 29th), See you soon North America, Rahman says out loud.

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