Friday, 14 December 2018


Beautiful filmmaker of Kannada Cinema.. Kavitha Lankesh!

Birthday of sensible screenwriter & filmmaker of Kannada Cinema.. Kavitha Lankesh..just happened!

Kannada filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh directing with camera!
From the family of Journalism.. Kavitha Lankesh with M.A. in English.. started her career in advertising. Then she entered 
in film making and in the beginning made 50 shorts & documentaries in which includes one on Siddi tribe!

Nandita Das in Kavitha Lankesh's film 'Deveeri' (1999).
In 1999 Kavitha Lankesh directed her first feature film 'Deveeri' on a novel 
by her father P. Lankesh. This film won Kannada State Best Film Award! 

Then her film 'Bimba' (2002) won Best Screenplay & Best Child artist awards. Then she wrote & directed film 'Preethi Prema Pranaya' (2003) in which Prakash Raj, Sudharani, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan & Anant Nag were in the lead. This film was a musical hit and won National Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada!

Pretty Ramya acted film 'Tananam Tananam' (2006)

Again in 2006 she made a romantic 
film 'Tananam Tananam' in which Tamil actor Shaam appeared with.. pretty gorgeous Kannada actress Ramya who won Filmfare South Best Actress Award for this! This film latter dubbed in Tamil as 'Kadal Mazhal'! 

Kavitha Lankesh produced-directed.. 
Social film 'Kariya Kan Bitta' (2013).

Kavitha Lankesh's film 'Avva' (2008) was also based on novel and won Karnataka state award. After commercially successful 'Crazy Loka' (2012) she produced & directed social film 'Kariya Kan Bitta' (2013) for which child artist Pradyumna won state award!

Joyful picture of Kavitha Lankesh's children film 'Summer Holidays'!

Her films also got national and international recognition. 
With social commitment she also runs a resort 'Grameen Camp' for children. Recently she made a children film 'Summer Holidays' in which her daughter & nephew acted!

I met this beautiful filmmaker with pretty actress Ramya at our 'IFFI', Goa..after the screening of their film 'Tananam Tananam' in it!

Happy Birthday Ms. Kavitha!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Wednesday, 12 December 2018



Today is birthday of sensible actress, writer & filmmaker from Bhutan.. Karma Deki!

Pretty Karma Deki & co-actor in Bhutanese film 'Bhutsap' (2010)
She started acting on screen decade back with TV Film 'Cooper's Mountain'. Then worked in nine Bhutanese films like 'NGA GA MO' (2014). 

In 2011 Karma Deki made short film 'Birds in Cages' 
and started direction too!
Scene from Karma Deki directed Bhutanese film
'Kushuthara: Pattern of Love' (2017).

I saw Karma Deki's singing performance from Bhutanese movie 'Bhutsap' (2010).  And few years back saw she directed film 'Kushuthara: Pattern of Love' in our 'IFFI' at Goa and had good interaction!

Wishing happy birthday to her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni


Mr. Rahul Gandhi became president of Congress..on 11th December, 2017. 
And upto 11th December, 2018..within a year under his leadership Congress achieved notable success in states elections!

Best Wishes!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Tuesday, 11 December 2018


Real Shahenshah (emperor) of our Indian Cinema & one of the greatest actors of World Cinema..Dilip Kumarji with two (yesteryears & todays) superstars of Popular Indian Cinema..Amitabh Bachchan & Shah Rukh Khan in one frame!

This looks like Big B & SRK taking acting lessons from Acting Kind Dilip Kumar Sahab!

Happy Birthday with good health..Yusufsahab!!

- Manoj Kulkarni


Renowned Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci!

Renowned Italian filmmaker & screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci passed away recently!

Scene from Bertolucci's film 'The Confirmist' (1970).
Most of Bertolucci's films reflects his political his early works 'The Confirmist' (1970) criticised Fascist ideology!

Some of his films created controversy because of his treatment in handling the relationships & art like..
'Last Tango in Paris' (1972).
Marlon Brando & Maria Schneider in Bertolucci's  'Last Tango in Paris' (1972).

He was known for his unique themes like 'Little Buddha' (1993) and style of film making like in 'The Sheltering Sky' (1990). 

His romantic films 'Stealing Beauty' (1996) and 'The Dreamers' (2003) also famous for different approach!
Renowned Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci directing!
His films were screened in various international film festivals. His great film 'The Last Emperor' (1987) won nine 'Oscar' Awards! In 2011 he was presented with the inaugural.. honorary 'Palme d'Or' at 'Cannes Film Festival'!

I remembered nice interacting Bertolucci during our.. '30th International Film Festival of India' at Hyderabad in 1999..where he was conferred a 'Lifetime Achievement Award'!
Romanticism of Bertolucci's 'Oscar' winner film 'The Last Emperor' (1987).

I still remember our renowned filmmaker.. Mrinal Sen felicitated him 
in that 'IFFI' 
and said.. "Bertolucci broke the traditional language of cinema!"

My photo with renowned Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci taken in 'IFFI', 1999 at Hyderabad!

Homage to him!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Monday, 10 December 2018


Our famous bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan with her son Taimur who wins a medal on sports day!

Mubarak ho!!

- Manoj Kulkarni


Kirk Douglas with actor son Michael Douglas!

One of the last survivors of the golden era of Hollywood..Actor, Producer- Director & Author Kirk Douglas completed 102 years of life!
Kirk Douglas with Barbara Stanwyck in 
'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' (1946).

Began acting on stage in 'Kiss and Tell' in 1943..Kirk Douglas made his screen debut in film 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck! Then with film 'Champion' (1949) he established image as tough guy! 

Kirk Douglas in film 'Champion' (1949).

In 1955..Kirk Douglas formed 'Bryna Productions' and produced films like 'Paths of Glory' (1957) which directed by Stanley Kubrick! Then his notable films were western classic 'Lonely are the Brave' (1962) and political thriller 'Seven Days in May' (1964). 
Kirk Douglas in film 'Lonely are the Brave' (1962).

Kirk Douglas received many awards & honours. He got 'Oscar's Lifetime Achievement Award' and 'President Medal of Freedom'! He wrote ten novels too!


- Manoj Kulkarni

Sunday, 9 December 2018


Smt. Sonia Gandhi!
Ms. Praniti Shinde.

Today is birthday of..former president of Congress..Smt. Sonia Rajiv Gandhi..
And graceful state MLA of Congress..
Ms. Praniti Sushilkumar Shinde!

Happy Birthday to them!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Friday, 7 December 2018


Today is 5th death anniversary of Marathi Actor, Director, Writer, Television Presenter & Producer...Vinay Aapte!

He contributed to Marathi theatre, cinema & television..a lot!..He acted in Marathi, Hindi & English! Some of his notable roles were in..English drama 'Kamala', TV serial 'Bhagya Vidhata' & Marathi film 'Foreignchi Patalin'!
Vinay Aapte in the role of politician!

The way he played characters was excellent and his voice & dialogue delivery unforgettable!

Homage to him..!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


Today is 2nd death anniversary of most popular South-Indian Actress & Politician..former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu..J. Jayalalithaji!
Young & Beautiful J. Jayalalitha!

Before entering in politics..J. Jayalalitha was a Queen of Tamil Cinema! Began as 
a child artist in Kannada film..she then became a leading actress of entire South Indian Cinema! As a trained classical dancer & western music..she presented programmes on stage too!

J. Jayalalitha performed various characters in different genre of films and acted with senior leading heros of her time. From 1965 to 1973 she starred in 28 super hit Tamil films with M.G. Ramachandran! She also acted in one Hindi movie 'Izzat' (1968) with Dharmendra!

Jayalalitha-M.G.Ramachandran in Tamil film 'Aayirathil Oruvan' (1965)
Jayalalitha's award winning performances were in films 'Pattikada Pattanama' & 'Chandhro- dhayam'! She won 'Tamil Nadu State Best Actress' awards for films 'Raman Thediya', 'Suryagandhi' and 'Thirumangalyam'! She had 119 jubilee hit films out of 125 in her film career during 1961 to 1980!
Jayalalitha & Dharmendra in Hindi movie 'Izzat' (1968).

J. Jayalalitha was awarded 'Kalaimamani' by Government of Tamil Nadu! And she received several doctorates and honours!

Humble Homage.!!

- Manoj Kulkarni







Popular playback singer...Udit Narayan!

Bollywood's popular playback singer...Udit Narayan Jha is now 63 and his playback singing career completed 30 years!

Aamir Khan performed Udit Narayan's first hit song..
"Papa kahete hain.." in 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' (1988).
Born Nepali..Udit Narayan began his career in 1970 at 'Radio Nepal'! Then he sung many songs in Nepali, Maithili & Bhojpuri languages. In 1980 he came to Mumbai and got singing opportunity from music director Rajesh Roshan for Hindi film 'Unees Bees'!

Udit Narayan became famous with Mansoor Khan's hit film 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' (1988) which was Aamir Khan's debut film as hero! He proved the song he sung in the music of Aanand-Milind for it.."Papa kahete hain bada naam karega.."
Salman Khan & Aishwarya Rai in my favourite song of Udit Narayan
from 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' (1999).."Chand chhupa badal mein."

After that he sung for leading and contemporary music directors 
and his songs from films like.. 'Dil', 'Aashiqui', 'Lagaan', 'Dil To Pagal Hai' & many..became hits! Among which one of my favourite songs is from 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' (1999) "Chand chhupa badal mein sharama ke meri janaa.."

He also sung in other languages like.. Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Garhwali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Odia, Assamese & Bengali. He also acted & sung for all time hit Nepali film 'Kusume Rumal' (1985).
Udit Narayan receiving 'Padmashri' from then President Smt. Pratibhatai Patil!

Udit Narayan won three National Awards and five Filmfare Awards. In 2001 he was awarded the 'Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu' by the late King of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev! In 2009 he was awarded 'Padma Shri' & in 2016 'Padma Bhushan' by Government of India!

Here is almost 30 years old photo.. when I interviewed Udit Narayan after the big success of he sung film.. 'Qayamat Se.. Qayamat Tak'!

 Wishing him.. 
All the best!!

-Manoj Kulkarni

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Today is 108th Birth Anniversary of former President of our India...
Shri. R. Venkataraman!

Remembered great meeting Sir at Delhi in our 'B.C.J.' study tour, 1988.. which now completed 30 years!

Salute Sir!!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Thursday, 29 November 2018


Graceful Kannada Actress & Politician..Divya Spandana/Ramya!

Today is Birthday of Beautiful South Indian Actress & Congress Politician Divya Spandana..professionally known as Ramya!
Nice pose of Pretty gorgeous..Divya Spandana/Ramya!

Born in Bangalore..pretty Divya Spandana appeared on screen in 2003 with Kannada film 'Abhi' which was produced by (wife of legendary actor Rajkumar) Parvathamma Rajkumar who gave her screen name..Ramya! In this romantic film producer's son Puneeth Rajkumar was her hero.

Then she made her debut in Tamil cinema with commercial film 'Kuththu' (2004). After the success of such early films in both languages..Ramya gave three hit Kannada films with different genre in one year 2005.. Mahesh Babu directed action-drama 'Aakash', romantic comedy 'Gowramma' with Upendra and offbeat love film 'Amrithadhare' wrote by actor Ramesh Aravind!

Sunil Raoh and Pretty Ramya in Kannada film 'Excuse Me' (2003).
Soon she became 
one of the leading beautiful actresses of South Indian cinema. She played title role in Kannada remake of (old classic Hindi) film 'Julie' (2006) with Dino Morea! Then her romantic film with Sudeep 'Mussanjemaatu' (2008) was super hit & released overseas too! And she acted 
G. V. Menon's 
Tamil film 'Vaaranam Aayiram' (2008) won national award!

Dhyan and Pretty Ramya in Kannada film 'Amrithadhare' (2005).
With beauty her acting talent also got admiration. She won 'Udaya Award' and 'Filmfare Award' of Best Actress for her performances in Kannada films 'Amrithadhare' (2005) and 'Tananam Tananam' (2006) respectively. Then her nice performance in romantic movie with Srinagar Kitty 'Sanju Weds Geetha' (2011) was critically acclaimed. This box-office hit film also won 'Karnataka State Film Award'!

Beautiful Ramya in Kavitha Lankesh's 
Kannada film 'Tananam Tananam' (2006).
Like her mother (Ranjithaji a senior member of Congress)..
in 2012 Ramya entered in politics with joining 'Indian Youth Congress'. And in 2013 she became Member of Parliament from Mandya, Karnataka! In 2017 she has been appointed as the head 
of Congress' digital/social 
media team!

I remember nice meeting pretty Ramya and beautiful Kannada filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh after press conference of their film 'Tananam Tananam' in 'IFFI', Goa decade back!

Wishing her all the best in film career & politics!!

Happy Birthday Ms. Ramya!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Sunday, 25 November 2018


Legendary Kannada actor and politician...Ambareesh!

Veteran actor of Kannada cinema and politician M. H. Amarnath.. popularly known as Ambareesh passed away yesterday!

Ambareesh with actress-wife Sumalatha!
Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath was offered his first role in film 'Naagarahaavu' (1972) made by Puttanna Kanagal..'Chitra Bramha' of Kannada cinema. He got screen name Ambareesh here! Famous actor Vishnuvardhan was in the lead of it. This award winning film latter remade in Hindi by Kanagal as 'Zehreela Insaan' (1974) with Rishi Kapoor in the lead & Ambareesh was also there!

Ambareesh's  Angry Young Man in film 'Antha' (1981)
After doing such antagonist and supporting roles he soon earned the lead position in Kannada films..includes kanagal's last directorial 'Masanada Hoovu' (1984) which won multiple awards. With playing various roles in films he achieved 'matinee idol' status in popular culture of Karnataka!

In 1980s Ambareesh played Angry Young Man in several films in which includes Rajendra Singh Babu made political satire 'Antha'. He won Best Actor award for his character in it! This film also remade in Hindi as 'Meri Aawaz Suno' (1981) with Jeetendra in main role! After that with doing films 'Tony' (1982) & musical hit 'Lavina Udugore' (1987) he became Rebel Star of Kannada cinema!
Ambareesh in powerful character role!

Ambareesh acted with legendary Kannada actor Rajkumar only 'Odahuttidavaru' (1994) a romantic film made by S. K. Bhagavan and Dorairaj. 
He broke Rajkumar's record of hero in 206 playing lead in 208 films!

In 1994 Ambareesh entered in Politics.. by joining 'Indian National Congress'. Then he became MLA and minister in Karnataka Government (2013 to 2016) 
of then Cheif Minister Siddaramaiah!

Ambareesh got many state awards for 
his acting. And honoured with Karnataka Government's Dr.Vishnuvardhan award!

A Homage!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
Two years over..veteran Journalist Dilip Padgaonkar left this world!

Still remember meeting him first..during our 'B.C.J.' Delhi 'Times of India' where he was an editor in 1988!

Before that he was a Paris Correspondent of 'TOI' and he also served in 'UNESCO' at Bangkok!

He was interested in Art & Cinema too!

Always had nice conversation during meetings in film festivals at 'NFAI', Pune!


- Manoj Kulkarni

Saturday, 24 November 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Ingmar Bergman..the master of Swedish cinema!!

Glad that this time our 'International Film Festival of India' ('IFFI') is paying tribute to (centenary celebrated) renowned Swedish filmmaker Ingmar special retrospective on his cinema!

Ingmar Bergman dreaming filmmaking!
While studying Art & Literature..Ernst Ingmar Bergman spent most of his time in theatre. He wrote number of plays & opera. In 1942 he got opportunity to direct his own script 'Caspar's Death'. This drama was seen by members of 'Svensk Filmindustri' and they offered Bergman a job in Script writing. Here he married choreographer & director Else Fisher!

In 1944 Bergman wrote the screenplay of Alf Sioberg directed film 'Torment'..for which he also worked as assistant director! After it's international success in 1946 he got a chance to direct his first film 'Crisis'. Same year he wrote & directed romantic film 'It Rains on Our Love'! Then his notable film 'Fangelse' ('Prison'/1949) was based on his won story!
Pretty Maj-Britt Nilsson & Birger Malmsten in Ingmar Bergman's  
romantic & my favourite film 'Summer Interlude' (1951).
In 1951 Bergman made a very sensitive romantic film 'Summer Interlude'..which is my his topmost favourite film & I wrote a lot about this! Based on Bergman's story 'Mari' which is about a ballerina recalls her first love thirteen years prior a brief summer vacation! Maj-Britt Nilsson & Birger Malmsten intensely played their romantic roles in this! Gunnar Fischer cinematographed this film and Oscar Rosander did editing. All they made this film impactful! I was moved when I watched this film in my 'Film Appreciation Course' (1989). 'That was a beginning of new & great epoch in Swedish cinema' as European cinema historians stated!
Scene from Ingmar Bergman's 'The Seventh Seal' (1957).

Bergman got international recognition with his film 'Smiles of a Summer Night' (1955). He wrote it's plot in which couples switch partners on a summer night which was bold that time! This was shown in the 'Cannes Film Festival' and won 'Best Poetic Humour'! 

In 1957 Bergman gave two complex films. One was 'The Seventh Seal' on his play 'Wood Painting'. It showed protagonist plays game of chess with Death who has come to take his life! Bergman's famous actor Max Von Sydow came in this film and did great job. This film won 'Jury Prize' at Cannes! Another was 'Wild Strawberries' in which old professor recalls his past. Legendary actor Victor Sjostrom gave his last screen performance as this sentimental old! Bergman used his flash back technique (which started from 'Summer Interlude') lyrically and his famous actress Bibi Andersson appeared in it nicely!
Pretty innocent Birgitta Pettersson & others in Ingmar Bergman's 
great film with social issue..'The Virgin Spring' (1960).

In 1960 Ingmar Bergman made film with strong social issue.. great 'The Virgin Spring'! I admire this film a lot and always written about it's contemporary value! This film was based on a 13th century Swedish ballad 'Tores dottrar i Wange' wrote by Ulla Isaksson who also wrote the screenplay. It's about a father's revenge of the rape & murder of his young daughter. Bergman's actor Max Von Sydow did this job powerfully and pretty Birgitta Pettersson portrayed innocent girl very sensitively! This film won 'Oscar's 'Best Foreign Language Film' award!
Ingrid Thulin & Gunnel Lindblom in Bergman's bold 'The Silence' (1963).

After this Bergman made a film..
'The Silence' (1963) with bold plot & scenes. He wrote it's screenplay 
in which two sisters with different perspectives came on the screen. That was his focus on the two sides of woman! Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom played these characters brilliantly in it! That time modern critics appreciated this cinematic treatment and this won 'Best Film' at '1st Guldbagge Awards'! Then his film 'Persona' (1966) also revolves around two which one was nurse & another her patient. In this Bergman's favourite actresses Bibi Andersson & pretty Liv Ullmann acted superbly! In this his cinematic treatment went on psychological level!
Bergman with his favourite actresses..Bibi Andersson & Liv Ullmann 
during shooting of his film 'Persona' (1966).

Latter Bergman's brief but notable work found with some foreign countries' productions.. 
like American-West German drama film 'The Serpent's Egg' (1977). And then his famous.. 'Autumn Sonata' (1978) which 
was British-Norwegian drama film about celebrated classical pianist confronted by her neglected daughter. In this his most favourite Liv Ullmann acted with legendary beautiful actress Ingrid Bergman!

Legendary beautiful actress Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann 
in Ingmar Bergman's famous film 'Autumn Sonata' (1978).
In 1982 for some time he returned to his homeland and made film 'Fanny and Alexander' which was a period drama about two siblings & their large family! After that he wrote-directed several films and television specials too! At the age of 84 he directed last film 'Saraband' (2003) which was a sequel of Swedish television mini-series 'Scenes from a Marriage' which he directed earlier! In both the films Liv Ullmann was there!
Old Ingmar Bergman with camera!
In 2007 at the age of 89 Ingmar Bergman died on Faro Island where most of his films were set and filmed by him!

This is my Tribute to Bergman.. the master of Swedish cinema!!

- Manoj Kulkarni