Bowled over by the star of 'Stumped'
Film star Raveena Tandon signs autographs at the release of the cassette and CD of her film, `Stumped', in Bangalore.
THERE IS nothing new about celebrities going all out to promote their movies or products. What's new, however, are the innovative measures they use to endorse commodities. Sing-alongs, makeovers, gift hampers, lunch dates and, for the luckier ones, dinner dates with fans. Forget the good old television and the radio, these days it is chic to have face-to-face promos.
And, if any of you people were anywhere near Brigade's on Friday, you would have understood the power of a face.
Not only was Bangalore's happening spot chock-a-block with people, guys mostly, but the entire road was blockaded, and not a vehicle could pass. Now, if you say that this is not anything new, since Brigade Road, on any given day, is crowded, read on.
The reason for Friday's gridlock was the actress-turned-producer, Raveena Tandon. Playing to the crowds, Raveena wowed the audience with her ready wit and ravishing smile at Music World.
Endorsing her home production, she said: "It belongs to a different genre of film-making... It is like an R.K. Laxman cartoon portraying the most serious issues in the most satirical manner. The film is full of tongue-in-cheek humour.'' `Caught', `Bowled', `Stumped'... Well that's the key word, `Stumped', for this is the name of the movie. A film by Reel Life Entertainment features Raveena Tandon. A medium-budget Hindi flick in the same genre as Bend It Like Beckham and American Desi, it is sure to woo the cricket-crazy Indian audience.
The crowd which gathered on Brigade Road in Bangalore to have a glimpse of Raveena Tandon.
Although we will not reveal much about the movie, here's a brief synopsis. The story is set in a colony filled with cricket-crazy residents, with Raveena playing the wife of an army officer who goes to fight the Kargil war. When her neighbours euphorically celebrate the home team's win, she receives the news that her husband is missing in action on the battlefront. As for the rest, you can watch the movie.
The film music is available on Virgin Records with vocals rendered by a host of leading singers including Shubha Mudgal, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, and Sudesh Bhosle. Incidentally, with its association with Stumped, Virgin Records has entered the mainstream Hindi film segment along with its strategic partner, Charms Companion.
In a subtle approach, the film reflects on the 1999 Kargil war, and draws comparisons between human feelings such as those that a celebration or mourning bring flip sides of the same emotive coin.
With Stumped as a metaphor, the movie also has social messages by cricketers such as Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, and Sachin Tendulkar.
And what's the message? "The real heroes are the ones who lay down their lives for the nation so that we can live a safe and secure life without giving thought to the fact that unlike us, they have no second innings.''
By Preeti Mishra
Photos: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
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