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Friday, December 23, 2005

A touch of Telugu at the Oscar awards ?

UPDATE: The LATEST NEWS article from Rediff says it has NOT been nominated in the mentioned category.

Nevertheless, Morning Raga has won acclaim at other film festivals. The movie comes like a whiff of fresh air in the world of today's commercial cinema.

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మార్నింగ్ రాగ (`Morning Raga')
has been nominated in the
Best Foreign Film category



    More of an English film, it has a distinct Telugu flavour and ambience
  • `Morning Raga' has been produced by Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao
  • Set in coastal Andhra countryside it captures the essence of Carnatic music

HYDERABAD: This is one venture where no Telugu film has ever gone before - the hallowed world of Oscars.

This isn't a full-fledged Telugu film and more of an English one, but with distinct Telugu flavour and ambience laced in it with Telugu cinema's biggest commercial filmmaker Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao helming the venture. `Morning Raga', nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign film category is among 56 films from all over the globe vying for that big black statuette, including the Amol Palekar directed Hindi film, `Paheli'.

The film stars Rao's son, Prakash along with Shabana Azmi and Perizaad Zorabian with the Bangalore-based playwright Mahesh Dattani writing and wielding the megaphone.

Set in idyllic coastal Andhra countryside and capturing the essence of Carnatic music, the film showcases the quintessential Telugu culture, its distinct character and earthy ambience. The film is also about the meeting of two worlds — the young and the old, Western and Carnatic music, rural and urban and the modern and the traditional.



`Totally unexpected'

"This was totally unexpected. We thought the film would bag a national award, but going all the way to the Oscars and vying with the cream of global films is something wonderful," an ecstatic K. Raghavendra Rao affirmed. It isn't a first for a Telugu's venture alone, no Indian English film has been nominated to the Oscars earlier. Prakash is a trained actor from the famous Lee Strasberg's Acting School, New York and has directed his first film, a children's film, `Bellyful of Dreams' which is to be released shortly in Telugu. An engineering graduate, he was introduced in mainstream Telugu cinema with `Neetho', which bombed. `Morning Raga' was his second film. "My debut film was very mainstream. I couldn't fit in at all. But, this is something close to my sensibilities," said Prakash. The film also has another Telugu connection. Its music score was by noted Telugu music director Mani Sarma along with Amit Heri, who leads a jazz band in Bangalore.

Courtesy: The Hindu


'Morning Raga' - 'Mellifluous'

Producer/s: K Raghavendra Rao
Director: Mahesh Dattani
Cast: Shabana Azmi,Prakash Rao,
Perizaad Zorabian, Lillete Dubey
Music: Mani Sharma, Amit Heri
Runtime: USA:110 min
Music: Mani Sharma, Amit Heri
Country: India
Language: English / Telugu
Certification: UK:PG
Awards: 2 wins and 2 nominations




Awards for Morning Raga

Cairo International Film Festival
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Best Artistic Contribution
Mahesh Dattani
For the brilliant use of music as a major dramatic element by the director.
Nominated Golden Pyramid
Mahesh Dattani


Screen Weekly Awards
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Screen
Best Performance in an Indian Film in English
Shabana Azmi


Oscar Awards
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
2006 Nominated
Best Foreign Film

Mahesh Dattani




Courtesy: IMDB


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5 Comments:

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Santhosh గారు చెప్పినారు...

Excellent post.
Movie vid-caps are great.
Where can I get this movie from ?

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger sailu గారు చెప్పినారు...

Great going for Telugu Cinema!

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous గారు చెప్పినారు...

Hi Santosh

It is available on www.southindiandvd.com

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger UD గారు చెప్పినారు...

good film,music is very good.

 
At 11:57 PM, Blogger v_tel001 గారు చెప్పినారు...

The latest NEWS ARTICLE on Rediff says that it has NOT been nominated for the Oscars.

 

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