Pooja Gandhi is getting engaged on a businessman and film financier Anand Gowda on November 15 at her Katriguppe residence. The news was confirmed by the actress herself in a telephone chat with Chitraloka Mega Portal.
"If you are congratulating me on my marriage engagement ceremony, I would accept it' said the Rain Girl Pooja Gandhi who made a sensational debut to Kannada films six years ago through "Mungaru Male'.
In her journey in the Kannada film industry, Pooja Gandhi progressed towards being a top actress and even entered the political arena by joining the JD(S) headed by H.D.Deve Gowda. But her political ambitions were put to rest recently when her party leader H.D.Kumara Swamy asked her to shut her mouth and not talk much about politics.
Lahari Velu who has spearheaded the movement of restoration of the Kannada programmes in FM Music channels is confident of solving the problem through negotiations and persuation with the owners of music channels.
In a press conference held a few days ago, the speakers including Agni Sridhar had warned Music Channels with dire consequences if they do not restore airing Kannada music from November 2.
When Chitraloka Mega Portal contacted Velu as to why he has not intensified the protest from November 2, a deadline set by them on restoration of Kannada programmes in music channels, he said that they do not want to create a hostile atmosphere before any discussion with channels.
"We firmly believe that the problem will be solved in a few days. We will be taking a persuasive route and will be meeting the owners shortly. We do not want the discussions to be held in a hostile atmosphere' said Velu.
Velu said that they are also thinking of a legal option as the music channels have given an undertaking the government to air 40 percent of the programmes in the local language before they got their licenses.
Mr. 420 film distributor Naga Prasad is not unduly disturbed over the fact that his film produced by Sandesh Nagaraj and starring Golden Star Ganesh is competing with a hugely budgeted historical film like Kranti Veera Sangolli Raayanna starring Challenging Star Darshan.
"Darshan is also closer to me. I had made an outright purchase of his film Chingaari and released the film in number of theatres to show the stamina of the Challenging Star. Now, I will be releasing Mr. 420 on October 19, the same day on which even Kranti Veera Sangolli RaayannArtsa is being released. I think there has been a number of Holidays in the next two weeks which will be beneficial to all the Kannada films releasing this week including Prajwal's Gokula Krishna. I want all the Kannada films released during the festival days to win in the Box office' says Naga Prasad who is releasing the film through Narasimha Arts. Distributor Basha is releasing this film on behalf of Narasimha.
Prasad does not think that Mr. 420 is being released in a huge competitive environment. He feels that the Holidays and the fact that Mr. 420 is a non stop comedy entertainer is sure to help the film to attract the audience.
Kranti Veera Sangolli Raayanna is a hugely budgeted film and certainly our film can not be compared with it in cost terms. And the recovery probability of Mr. 420 looks achievable if the film runs well in the Holiday period. We are releasing the film in some select well maintained theatres and I am sure family audience will fall for this full length comedy film' says Naga Prasad. Sandesh Nagaraj, the producer of Mr. 420 had maintained that he has offered the film for free distribution for Naga Prasad in a press meet held earlier for the film.
Bollywood actress Tulip Joshi is presently acting in Shashank directed film Bachchan starring Kiccha Sudeep in the main role which is produced by Uday Mehta. On Tuesday, Tulip Joshi who plays a foreign based NRI girl in the film participated in an important sequence of the film with Kiccha Sudeep.
Chitraloka Mega Portal caught up with the glamorous Tulip Joshi on that day who expressed her happiness in working in films with such talented Kannada film personalities like Upendra and Sudeep. She had earlier acted in Upendra directed "Super' in the role of a possessive lover of the hero. She had a brief role in the film but her presence was appreciated.
I think my role in Bachchan is equally important in the sense. I dont feel that the length of the role is important than the impact a character of the film makes with the audience. IN that way my role in Bachchan will certainly make a mark. I also feel that Bachchan will open up a window of some good opportuniteis in Kannada films' ' says Tulip Joshi.
Tulip is looking forward for a song sequence with Kiccha Sudeep. "Sudeep sir is quite expressive in his eyes and he will tell everything required through his expressions. He is a lovely star to work with. We can learn so much from working with talented artists like Upendra and Sudeep. I am now seriously looking forward for a song sequence with Sudeep which has to be picturised later. I think it will be a set song. Director Shashank is picturising the entire film quite realistically giving equal importance to every character in the film' says Tulip.
Incidentally Tulip's third Punajbi film is getting released shortly. Her two earlier Punjabi films were received well. As for as Bollywood projects are concerned, she will be part of a big project for which discussions are on. She also says that there are some Kannada offers knocking at her door, but that can only be announced after discussions are completed.
Voluptuous Sameera Reddy who is getting a break in Kannada films though the film Varada Naayaka in which she is paired with Kiccha Sudeep says that she has no regrets about the way her career has taken shape. 'Infact I am very happy with the way her career has shaped up' says Sameera Reddy who is eagerly awaiting for the release of her first Kannada film which is expected to hit the screens in the month of November.
This Dusky skinned actress whose mother is a Kannada speaking Kodagu woman, says that it is her mother's wish that she is accomplishing after working in a Kannada film. "I had asked Kiccha Sudeep that I had to work with him in a Kannada film. We were part of the CCL cricket matches where he was the captain of the Karnataka Bulldozers team while I was the brand ambassador for the Chennai team. After some time I received a call from producer Shankar that there was a role for me in his film Varadanaayaka. I instantly agreed to do the project as I was being paired with Sudeep who is one of my favourite actors' said Sameera.
Sameera Reddy has already been part of Telugu an Tamil films. She has now worked for a Malayalam film and now completed her shoot for the Kannada film.
"I am proud that I have a dusky skin. That was the reason why I was approached by a great director like Prakash Jha who wanted me to do an item number in his film "Chakravyuha'.' says Sameera who stays in Mumbai but comes down South to work in films here.
"I am so proud of my dusky look. I am so proud to have black eyes, black hair and a dusky skin. I am a tall voluptuous girl and I can never be thin," Sameera explains.
The actress, who has appeared in Hindi films like "Race", "No Entry" and "De Dana Dan" apart from southern films too, admits her dusky look helped her bag the song in Prakash Jha`s `Chakravyuh`.
"When Prakash Jha called me, he said he wants me to do an item song and he can`t think of anyone else for it. He basically wanted a very earthy and rustic look for his song. It`s a very realistic film and this song was needed in the second half of the film.
"He liked the fact that I am fit. He wanted someone with the dusky skin," she added.
The 29-year-old is happy she has managed to carve a niche for herself in showbiz without a godfather.
"I always say without any filmy background, I have done whatever I want to do in life. I am happy the way my career has shaped up and there are no regrets. I am glad to be part of southern films as well which are being remade in Hindi. My latest (Tamil) film `Vettai` is being remade in Hindi" she said.
`Chakravyuh` has an eclectic cast featuring Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Esha Gupta, Manoj Bajpayee, Kabir Bedi and Anjali Patil. It will release Oct 24. Varadanaayaka is expected to hit the screens within a few weeks of the release of her Hindi film "Chakravyuha'.