Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Usefull Bhojpuri Links for Viewers

Here I am posting some Useful and Important Links for Bhojpuri Information.
it comprise Bhojpuri Songs, Bhojpuri Film Review, Bhojpuri Music, Bhojpuri Video, Bhojpuri Lok Geet, Bhojpuri Album, Bhojpuri Industry, Bhojpuri Download, and Bhojpuri Actors & Actress Interview. i.e. Manoj Tiwari (Mridul), Dinesh Lal Yadav (Nirahu), Ravi Kisan,Guddu Rangila, Pawan Singh, Kalpana, Shweta, Amar Tripathi, Nagma, Chhotu Chaliya, Sharda Sinha, Sachin, Madan Rai, Pankaj Sinha, Munna Singh, Shailendra Singh, Rinku Singh, Shakira,Amitabh Bachhan and Hema Malini.

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Bachchan to play a Thakur in Bhojpuri film

Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan is all set to make his debut in Bhojpuri films with his makeup man Deepak Sawant's movie titled ‘Ganga’.

"Seventy percent of the film is complete. Only those parts are left which had to be shot with Amitji. It got delayed due to his illness. We will probably start the shooting from March 20 or 21," Sawant told a leading news agency.

"First Amitji refused to work in the film. Then I gave him the script and after a few days when I asked him, 'Will you work in my film?' he said, 'Yes'. Amitji is a man of his word. Once he gives the commitment, he will fulfill it, come what may," said Sawant.

In this triangular love story, Bachchan plays the role of a Thakur and Hema Malini plays his wife.

Asked why he chose Hema to play Bachchan's wife, Sawant said: "In my first film, 'Akka', Amitji and (his wife) Jayaji played the main lead. I wanted to repeat them in this film too.

"But somebody suggested that the Baghban pair is very famous, so why not Hemaji and I liked the idea. I asked Hemaji on the sets of 'Babul' and she agreed to do the film."

Sawant and Bachchan's association is more than three decades old. "I have been with Amitji for the last 34 years. We have been working together since Zanjeer days, and I haven't seen a man like him," said Sawant.

"Amitji and Hemaji haven't asked for any remuneration. It's their greatness. They don't talk about money but it is my duty to share the profit, if I earn any from this film, with them. If they will not take the money, I will buy some gift for them."

Directed by Abhishek Chhadha, the film has Nagma in the title role and Ravi Kishen and Ajay Sharma will also be seen in important roles.

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Hema Malini
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Bluechip badshahs bet bucks on Bhojpuri films

In the commercial capital Mumbai, rocked by controversies over regional languages, corporate houses are giving a twist to the tale — they are pumping big money into the production of Bhojpuri films.
Vikramjit Roy, an official of Mumbai Mantra, the entertainment arm of Mahindra and Mahindra confirmed, “Yes, we are producing Bhojpuri films. The company has joined hands with Yashi Films to co-produce such films.” Their joint venture Hum Hain Bahubali (directed by Prakash Jha’s assistant Anil Ajitabh) is in for an unprecedented 150-theatre release on October 2. In the wake of this development, other players, including Reliance Entertainment, are also rumoured to be mulling over the prospect of backing films targeted at the Bhojpuri heartland.
One thing is clear: Bhojpuri films are no longer the poor country cousins of Hindi cinema. “We expect our first project to take Bhojpuri cinema to new levels of excellence. With Hum Hain Bahubali, we also anticipate a significant rise in the audience base of these films,” says Andrey Purushottam, CEO, Mumbai Mantra.

And does that mean Bhojpuri films will finally make it to multiplexes too? “Once a film is sold to the distributor, the ball is in his court. But yes, we are promising good production and entertainment value to make our projects a worthy proposition,” says Roy.

Those associated with the Bhojpuri film industry say it is the investment-return ratio that makes these films attractive to corporate financiers. “The average cost of each of the 25 to 30 films made in a year is Rs 60 lakh to 1 crore. A hit would earn a cool Rs 1 crore-plus,” says Prabhunath Rai, national president of Akhil Bharatiya Bhojpuri Samaj, adding that the international audience for Bhojpuri films is on the rise. “There is a demand for clean Bhojpuri films from NRIs who want to introduce their children to the language and culture,” says Rai.

Corporate investment has given rise to more than hope of better revenue collections. Said a representative (requesting anonimity) of Mahua TV, “the present-day fare is so steeped in vulgarity that it is impossible to telecast the content without censoring it heavily.”

Even if one removes corporate equity from the equation, trends are changing in the world of Bhojpuri cinema and projects are becoming increasingly ambitious, with budgets exceeding the Rs 1-crore mark. It is no longer unheard of for these films to be shot in glamorous locales, far from the Indian countryside, in Europe, Australia, Mauritius and South Africa, where Hindi star-wannabe-turned-Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kissen is shooting at present.

“The hero still mouths fiery lines in the language of the labourer toiling in the fields or those scorching their backs at construction sites in the big city. But he has grown out of his dhoti-kurta-gamchha garb. He flaunts his Versace or Armani designer clothes and sends texts to his lady love,” explains the actor, adding that though the format is as fresh as your latest ring tone, the basic themes have not changed much over the years. “It is still the underdog fighting to get his land back from the moneylender or the poor guy doing everything to win the consent of his beloved’s rich baapu,” says Kissen.

But another superstar in the industry, Manoj Tiwari, is not quite as enthusiastic about the interest shown by the corporate sector. “They are profit-driven and do not do anything without an ulterior motive,” says Tiwari. “If they want to make investments to improve Bhojpuri cinema, they should produce clean family films and spend a decent amount on their promotion, so that the films can be exhibited in multiplexes too.”

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After being ignored for years, the Bhojpuri film industry is finally getting its due. Bhojpuri films are not only reaping rich dividends at the box office but also attracting the attention of Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar and Jeetendra.

While the Amitabh starrer “Ganga” is doing very good business, thespian Dilip Kumar has written the script for a film to be produced by his wife Saira Banu and Jeetendra is in talks to star in a Bhojpuri film. There are rumours Konkona Sen Sharma could also act in a Bhojpuri film.

“Around 50 Bhojpuri films are released in a year. Every week there is one release,” Mumbai-based film publicist Ashok Bhatia told IANS.

The industry, which is re-surfacing slowly, churns out moderate budget films that do well in the rural hinterland of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. These have benefited from the highly glamorised recent Bollywood potboilers, which are aimed at NRI audiences.

“Single theatres in small regions in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh don’t run these big-budgeted Bollywood films as they focus on the NRI audiences. The B and C grade audiences don’t like them. They prefer Bhojpuri films instead,” said Bhojpuri filmmaker Alok Kumar.

Kumar has made two films “Raja Bhojpuriya” and “Ho Gail Ba Pyaar Odhaniya Waali Se”, which has completed 100 days in Mumbai.

To cater to the audience’ taste for fast-paced action, the family-oriented Bhojpuri films had to morph into the masala genre.

“Earlier, it used to be family-oriented emotional dramas. But now the audiences like to watch masala flicks. So the current films are modelled on the Hindi hits of the 70s and 80s,” said Kumar.

Making a Bhojpuri film is cheap compared to the many millions spent on a single Bollywood film. They cost around Rs.7-8 million and the biggest Bhojpuri stars like Ravi Kishan or Manoj Tiwari apparently charge Rs.2.5 million per film - a nominal amount compared to what the Hindi film heroes command.

“We have to keep the budget in control because we don’t have access to all the theatres in the country. And we don’t get instant results. We recover our cost, but not immediately,” added Kumar.

Ravi, who is the superstar of Bhojpuri films, said: “I have worked very hard to popularise this language, which was looked down upon as a C-grade vernacular language. I am from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, and love my language. I decided to market it in a way that would make it an international phenomenon. And see… we are now going to have our first Bhojpuri concert across the globe.”

Over 270 million people speak and understand Bhojpuri and the Bhojpuri diaspora is based in countries like Mauritius, Ghana, West Indies, Fiji, Nepal, Dubai, Indonesia, and the Netherlands.

Talking about the overseas market, Kumar said: “There is a demand for Bhojpuri films in those countries but proper infrastructure is not there. I would love to screen my films there. Music albums of Bhojpuri films are going there and are lapped up.”

Bhojpuri film actors, following in the footsteps of Bollywood stars, are all set to woo global fans with live performances.

Members of the Bhojpuri film fraternity, which has seen a phenomenal growth in the last few years, have joined hands to organise their first star-spangled stage show called “Bhojpuri Hungama” with 20 shows planned in various parts of India and across the world.

Amitabh starrer “Ganga” - a Bhojpuri film produced by his make-up man Deepak Sawant, is doing good business.

“There is a huge craze for Bhojpuri films and people will start respecting them after the international shows. Shweta Tiwari of ‘Kasauti Zindagi kii’ fame is also joining us. Actresses Nagma and Rambha are also part of this concert,” said Ravi.

In India, Bhojpuri films are now gaining popularity beyond the boundaries of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Said Arun Kumar Singh, a Delhi-based teacher from Bihar: “We live away from our home. Whenever we are homesick, Bhojpuri films provide us emotional succour. We are able to connect to the films because they show our culture and tradition.”

Now Bollywood ace choreographer Saroj Khan is directing a Bhojpuri movie, director Tinnu Verma is remaking a Bollywood hit, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh” in Bhojpuri, and Bollywood singer Udit Narayan is producing a Bhojpuri film called “Kab Hoi Gauna Hamar”.

Apart from that, producers like Subhash Ghai, are foraying into Bhojpuri films and so are Hindi movie stars.

Ukrainian actress Tanya has just completed shooting for “Firangi Dulhaniya”.

Raveena turns to Bhojpuri films

The actress along with Anil Kapoor will have 'specially designed' roles for them....

Anil Kapoor and diva Raveena Tandon are the latest names to make a foray into the rapidly growing Bhojpuri film industry.

Kapoor and Tandon will join the likes of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Ajay Devgan, Shatrughan Sinha and Jackie Shroff who have already tried their hands in Bhojpuri films.

After Kapoor expressed his desire, Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari offered him a role in a film which he is producing.

Kapoor and Tandon will have "specially designed" roles for them to "show quite a different avatar" in this film.

"During a reality dance show Shehar Di Kudiyan Te Galli De Gunde, Anil and Raveena expressed their desire to work in a Bhojpuri film and asked me to come up with a project," confirmed Tiwari.

Tiwari said he has started working on the script and the movie would be released next Diwali.