Sridevi was the real star in the male hegemony of Hindi cinema, says Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty

Acclaimed Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty says it was the Academy Members’ collective wish to acknowledge the huge talent of Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor in the world of cinema

 By Manishaa R

Renowned Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has described the tribute paid to Sridevi in the ‘In Memoriam’ section as a true acknowledgment of her global impact as an actor, “She was a real star among all the male hegemony of Hindi cinema. It truly represents her global presence as an entertainer. It is indeed a great gesture on the part of the Academy to pay tribute to Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor,” Pookutty said.

The veteran sound technician who is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, further described it as one of the most befitting gestures of the Academy to recognize the talent of the two great actors, “Both Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor were great entertainers who enthralled audiences the world over with their magnificent talent…It was our collective wish as Academy members to include their talented life to be recognized…it also makes the Academy more diverse when it recognizes such huge talent from neighbouring countries,” he said.

It may be recalled that Twitter was abuzz with celebrities from the Indian film industry and emotionally overwhelmed fans when Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor were paid a homage at the 90th Academy Awards alongside several other global legends including James Bond fame Roger Moore, King of comedy, Jerry Lewis, French star Jeanne Moreau, Bela Lugosi actor Martin Landau, popular actor, Harry Dean Stanton and The Silence Of The Lambs director, Jonathan Demme among others.

Among the earliest who took to Twitter to thank the Academy were choreographer-director Farah Khan, “Teary eyed to see #Sridevi being featured in the Oscars IN MEMORIUM,” she said.

Veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor who had co-starred with Sridevi in one of the best-known classic Chandni, tweeted, “Oscars. Thank you for remembering Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi. Thrilled to see the name Raj Kapoor as the executive producer of the show. We are on the threshold of world cinema!”

Actor Varun Dhawan’s twitter handle read, “So amazing to see the #Oscars pay respect to #shashikapoor and #sridevi #Oscar90.”

Director Kunal Kohli tweeted, “Proud and teary eyed moment for us all to see a tribute being paid to #Sridevi & #ShashiKapoor at the #Oscars.”

Well-known casting director, Mukesh Chhabra, wrote, “How lovely to see the #Oscars pay respect to #srideviBkapoor and #ShashiKapoor.”

On the other hand, singer and actor, Sophie Choudry wrote, “Thank you #Oscars for paying tribute to #Sridevi & #ShashiKapoor tonight amongst the many incredible global artists we lost this last year #Oscars2018.”

However it was Anna MM Vetticad-writer and author of ‘The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic’ that truly underscored the sentiment, “Call me a sentimental fool if you will, but I always wait for the #Oscars In Memoriam section. I knew #ShashiKapoor would be remembered at today’s ceremony because he has worked abroad, but they also honoured #Sridevi today and that meant a lot. A big hug to @TheAcademy,” her tweet read.

Earlier, actress Priyanka Chopra, who is a global icon in her own right, had paid an emotionally stirring tribute to Sridevi in an article penned by her for Time Magazine, in which she said, “Sridevi leaves behind a legacy that will live beyond us all, a legacy built on the foundation of pure dedication, talent, hard work and a sprinkle of fairy dust that was showered on her by the Gods! She was my childhood and one of the big reasons I became an actor,” she wrote.

On the other hand, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai in an emotional tribute had earlier tweeted, “Her performance in Sadma was one of my favourites and have special memories of watching Sridevi with my family. She was a pioneer and an inspiration to so many of us. So very sorry for your tragic loss and may she RIP.”



Baahubali 2 to be the grand year-ending attraction for Japanese audiences on December 29

By Manishaa R

It looks like Baahubali 2 may well continue with its world box-office conquest till early next year. After achieving its latest feat of being the world’s seventh most trending movie on Google search engine and the most searched topic in India, the magnum opus is all set for a grand release in Japan on December 29 this year. The film is being released by Twin Co, a leading production and distribution house in Japan, which had also released the first installment of Baahubali.  Except that the second installment is being planned for a far bigger release in comparison to the first.  Confirming the December 29 release date of Baahuabali 2 in Japan, Kishore Kedari, Business Development and Distribution Head of Arka Media Works, the producers of the film said that the Japanese distributors were well-informed about the epic response to the film in India, “Twin Co are the same distributors who released the first installment and they are well aware of the success of the film in India. They understand the huge scale of the film in terms of its box-office success all over,” Kedari said.

According to producer Shobu Yarlagadda, there is a great pre-release excitement surrounding the release of the film in Japan, “The first installment of Baahubali was released on a small scale in Japan but looking at the curiosity and the anticipation for Baahubali 2, it is being released in a good number of 45-50 screens,” Yarlagadda said.

“The fact that it has emerged as the 7th most trending movie on Google speaks a lot about the international reach of the film” – Shobu Yarlagadda

Yarlagadda admitted to being pleased about Baahubali 2 achieving the distinction of the seventh most trending movie on Google, “We weren’t surprised when we learnt that it was the most searched topic in India. But it came as a pleasant surprise when the film made it as the seventh most trending movie on Google search engine. That certainly speaks a lot about the international reach of the film. It is an indication of how an extraordinarily well-made film can cross all language barriers and make its way into the hearts of the audiences, irrespective of all factors.,” the producer said, adding that the film had struck a chord with the audiences from day one, “It also achieved the distinction of having the highest TRP ratings when it was premiered on television. We are happy that the audiences hailed the film all over,” he said.