Govindaaya Namaha song goes viral online
Pyarge Aagbittaithe..., a Kannada-Urdu song in Komal's latest film, Govindaaya Namaha, went viral on the internet, clocking more than one million hits, even before the film was released.
With the Kolaveri Di rage dying slowly following the disastrous opening of the Tamil film 3, the song from Govindaaya Namaha, which hit the screens on the same day, may be replacing it.
Before the release of Govindaaya Namaha, the song was flagged on Youtube for showing too much violence. This has not stopped Pyarge Aagbittaithe from being well on its way to becoming the first hit of 2012.
The music director of the film, Gurukiran, has given credit to the director, newcomer Pavan Wadeyar, for the fresh lyrics.
The song has been picturised in black-and-white retro style in the beginning, and then becomes more folkish, before turning into a very filmy tune. It has been picturised in different colours -- black-and-white, sepia, and multi-colour -- to reflect the changing mood.
It's both nostalgic and contemporary.
Pyarge Aagbittaithe is sung by Chethan and Indu Nagaraj. The moves were choreographed by Murali on Komal and newbie Parul Yadav, and the location was Bijapur Fort and Ibrahim Roza.
Image: A scene from Govindaya Namaha
Ramya opts out of three films
Ramya is not working in three Kannada film projects that she had reportedly signed. The reasons are not clear.
Ramya was supposed to star initially in Dwarkish's film Charulatha, which finally went to Priya Mani. Industry sources say that the producer had agreed to pay Ramya more than her usual remuneration, but delayed the payment of her advance, and so she reportedly walked out of the project.
It is rumoured that Ramya opted out of another film, Chandra, because she did not want to star opposite Prem, with whom she does not have a good rapport, even though they have been a popular pair in previous films.
She is said to have turned down a third film when she came to know that the producer himself wanted to play the villain in the film and she demanded an additional Rs 10 lakh as remuneration.
It is unlike Ramya to be rejecting so many offers and the industry is waiting to hear her side of the story.
Over to you, Ramya.
Nikitha rejects Kannada version of The Dirty Picture
Actress Nikitha Thukral, on whom a ban was imposed and then lifted last year, has refused to star in the Kannada version of The Dirty Picture which is titled Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga.
She says the role that was offered to her had nothing to do with the Hindi version of The Dirty Picture or with Silk Smitha's life.
Nikitha says the role was that of a commercial sex worker. She also expressed her apprehensions about the misleading title.
Nikitha recently shot her first 'item' song in Kannada for the film Snehitaru. She prefers to call it a 'special' song, though, and refuses to be called an item girl.
Interestingly, Darshan, the cause of the brief and unjust ban on employing Nikhita by the film producers' association, has also done a guest role in the film.