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I have exactly 15 words in Hindi in ‘Shor’: Sendhil Ramamurthy

April 22, 2010 Comments off

US-based Indian actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, who is unhappy with his English film “It’s A Wonderful Afterlife” being dubbed into Hindi, will make his Bollywood debut with “Shor” and says he has just 15 words to speak in the entire movie.

“My character is supposed to speak a smattering of bad Hindi in ‘Shor’. I have exactly 15 words in Hindi in ‘Shor’,” said Sendhil, 35, best known for his role in NBC series “Heroes”. “Shor” is being produced by Ekta Kapoor.

“Trust me, I’ve counted them. I tried to get them to cut it down. I had 30 Hindi words to begin with. I got them reduced by half. I must be the only actor in the world who has actually asked for my lines to be cut,” he added.

His second language is Kannada since his father is from Karnataka.

“My mother is Tamil. My dad is Kannada. I can barely manage Kannada. I don’t know Hindi at all. For those 15 words in ‘Shor’, I got a Hindi coach to tutor me and then I memorised them on my I-Pod. On my treadmill or while driving I learnt those 15 words,” he said.

When Sendhil flew down here, he had a shock waiting for him. His “It’s A Wonderful Afterlife” was being dubbed in Hindi. His thick but gracious American accent is a dead giveaway. And yet he will be seen spouting rapid fire Hindi dialogues in Gurinder Chadha’s comedy.

He doesn’t hesitate in expressing his displeasure.

“I just heard about the dubbed version. I kinda hate it. I didn’t know there was going to be a Hindi version. I’m surprised and not too happy to hear that I will be speaking in Hindi.

“I’ve heard myself speak in French, Japanese, Polish and so many other languages that my serial ‘Heroes’ was dubbed in. It sounds weird. It takes away from the performance. Now I’m about to hear myself in Hindi. I wish they just had Hindi subtitles,” he said.

But Sendhil doesn’t see any incongruity in being a Bollywood actor who can’t speak Hindi.

“When I was here the last time, my producer Ekta Kapoor had thrown a party for me to meet the Bollywood actors and actresses. When I apologetically confessed that I didn’t speak in Hindi, they said, ‘Neither do we’,” he said.

“I’ve to be realistic about what I can expect from my so-called Bollywood career. I can’t play a fluent Hindi-speaking hero. I wasn’t born and raised in India. So a full-fledged Bollywood career is just not going to happen. But there’re so many kinds of films being made in Bollywood.”

But the actor is quite happy with “It’s A Wonderful Afterlife”. “It’s a fun film. I hope people will enjoy it. Nobody can accuse Gurinder of making the same film twice.”

Sendhil is all praise for his co-star Shabana Azmi.

“Shabana and I have kept in touch after shooting. My parents are her huge fans. When I was shooting with her in the UK, they actually flew over from the United States to meet her. Shabana was so warm and generous with my parents.”

Speaking about the extensive media exposure, Sendhil said, “I do have a responsibility to promote a film when I am in it. And I’ve to rush back to start work on a new American television serial ‘Covert Affairs’. I wouldn’t be in India for the premiere of Gurinder’s film. I’m really disappointed. I tried to accommodate it.”

In “Covert Affairs”, Sendhil plays the male lead.

“I get to play a character very different from what I play in ‘Heroes’. It’s a childhood fantasy come true. I’ll be running around shooting guns. I don’t only get to play out an action fantasy I get paid for it. I’m excited because I play an American CIA agent. It isn’t an Indian character. I’m trying not to do culture-specific roles. It’s very difficult.

Sendhil is married to actress Olga Sosnovska.

“I met her in London at drama school. She’s British-Polish. We have two children. I make sure the family travels with me when I’m shooting outside the US. They were with me in the UK when we did Gurinder’s film. It’s difficult to coordinate their schedules with mine. Luckily, I’ve the means to fly them wherever I am.”

Sendhil is pleased with his children’s cosmopolitan upbringing. “They speak Polish with my wife. They go to a French school. And my parents speak to them in Kannada. So either my children are going to be amazingly cosmopolitan, or they’ll just be confused. I’ll let you know!”

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Facebook unveils new tools

April 22, 2010 Comments off

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday unveiled a box of new tools that he said will extend the social networking phenomenon to every corner of the internet.

The announcement came at a conference for Facebook developers called F8, in which Zuckerberg revealed that the world’s largest social networking site has 400 million registered users. These include 100 million who use Facebook Connect, the company’s online identity technology that allows users to use their profile on thousands of other websites.

Last month, Facebook surpassed Google to become the most-visited US website, and the new tools announced by Zuckerberg should help it extend that dominance.

Called Open Graph, Zuckerberg said the new technology is “the most transformative thing we’ve done for the web,” explaining that it will allow partner sites to leverage the user’s social connections to make the site more relevant to the individual and their social network.

For instance, Facebook users who visit CNN can see the stories their Facebook friends liked. If they listen to the music streaming service Pandora, the songs they like can automatically be fed to their networks, and if they use the small business review service Yelp they will be able to see what their friends think of, say, the

local sushi restaurants.

Zuckerberg said that the new system would also include a “like button” that partner sites can embed and which will allow Facebook users to rate the content. He predicted that in the first 24 hours of the technology going live the new buttons would be used over 1 billion times.

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Carrie Underwood plans low-key wedding

April 22, 2010 Comments off

Country singer Carrie Underwood is planning a low-key wedding with ice hockey player Mike Fisher.

The “Before He Cheats” hitmaker is planning to have her pet dog as a ringbearer and serving cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.

The 27-year-old star is trying to keep her wedding plans modest, inviting only a select few close family members and friends, but also wants all of her work colleagues to attend the ceremony, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“Everybody would always ask me questions like, what have you always dreamed of? This is your day. I never thought about it until I was engaged. I wasn’t one of those little girls that always dreamed about getting married. So I have no idea what I’m doing, basically… We’re both so laid back. We pick out food and we know where we’re going to be,” she said.

“We’re trying to keep it as small as possible but he has so many family members and all my friends are people that I work with and I love to death so. We’re trying to keep it as small as possible,” she added.

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Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers, enter IPL final

April 22, 2010 Comments off

Mumbai Indians relied on their rampaging form to outclass Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs and romped into the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Wednesday.

Electing to bat, Mumbai Indians recovered from a bad start to post 184 for five in 20 overs. Their in-form skipper Sachin Tendulkar was out early, but Ambati Rayudu (40), Saurabh Tiwary (52) and Kieron Pollard (33 not out of 13 balls) ensured that they set a tough target for Bangalore.

RCB’s chase stuttered from the start and they finished at 149 for nine in 20 overs.

Pollard also performed with the ball, taking three wickets for 17 runs. Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga took two wickets each.

It will be the first final for the Mumbai team and they will play the winner of the second semi-final between Deccan Chargers and Chennai Super Kings.

RCB batsmen got the start but lost wickets at regular intervals. Jacques Kallis (11) was the first wicket to fall, dismissed caught behind by express fast Lasith Malinga. Kevin Pietersen (19) was then stumped as he came down to attack Harbhajan.

Robin Uthappa (26) and Ross Taylor (31) added 34 runs before the former was out to Pollard.

Rahul Dravid (23) fell at the same total of 81. He was run out as he sacrificed his wicket for hard hitting Taylor.

It was a slide for Bangalore from there on as Mumbai bowlers took charge of the situation and did not allow the batsmen to score big shots.

Pollard removed Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey and RCB slumped to 108 for six. The writing was on the wall for Bangalore.

Earlier, Mumbai shrugged off an indifferent start after losing Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan with 29 runs on the board.

Abhishek Nayar (22) and Rayudu shared 39 runs to steady the innings.

After the fall of two quick wickets, Rayudu and Tiwary, the two youngsters who have performed impressively in the tournament, scored 67 runs.

Tiwary struck four sixes and three fours in his 31-ball knock.

Pollard hit some lusty blows towards the end. He hit three sixes and one four in 13 balls and together with Tiwary added 40 runs in 14 balls.

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Is Vera Farmiga pregnant?

April 21, 2010 Comments off

There are rumours that the “Up In The Air” actress Vera Farmiga is pregnant.

Farmiga,36, already has a 15-month-old son Fynn with her husband Renn Hawkey – has pulled out of her role in forthcoming movie “Machine Gun Preacher” alongside Gerard Butler because she would be unable to travel, reports femalefiirst.co.uk.

“She is three months pregnant and due in October. The role would have meant travelling to Africa this summer, but because her baby is due in the fall, she would have been too far along to make the trip,” said a source.

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Kim Kardashian to write a book

April 21, 2010 Comments off

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is teaming up with her sisters to write a “super-candid” book about their lives.

Kardashian will work with her siblings Kourtney and Khloe to put together the book, which will include “tips and stories”, as well as dating advice, reports dailystar.co.uk.

“My sisters and I are writing a book. It’s going to have lots of fun tips and stories and everything about relationships. It is a little bit more of an in-depth look into our lives, even though people think that they have probably seen everything,” said Kardashian.

“We are just being super-candid and sharing lots of pictures and fun stuff,” she added.

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Susan Boyle to release autobiography

April 21, 2010 Comments off

Singer Susan Boyle hopes her forthcoming autobiography, “The Woman I Was Born To Be” will be an inspiration to others.

“I think I’ve grown up a lot in the last year, become more of a lady, and I’m not so frightened any more. I’m writing this book to try to show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and I hope it will benefit other people,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying.

“My story demonstrates that you shouldn’t just look at the label, you should look at the whole person, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually, and I hope that telling it will show that dreams are not impossible, if you’ve got courage and a willingness to go on no matter what the circumstances,” she added.

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