Wednesday, October 31, 2007

´Happy Days´ beats Athidhi

Telugu film ´Happy Days´ is rocking the box office and remains on top of the popularity charts this fortnight too. It´s hard to get tickets of the movie even after three-and-a-half weeks of its release. New release ´Athidhi´ comes in second.

The top five Telugu films are:

1. ´Happy Days´ - When it comes to making successful offbeat films, Sekhar Kammula is the best. His different sensibilities as a director enable him to make simple, heart-warming stories with strong characterisation.

All have appreciated his recent film ´Happy Days´, which is about eight engineering students tracing their lives during their course. The film is doing brisk business not only in the state but also in the US where it was screened much before its India release. The movie has raked in a lot of money and proves that audiences appreciate different stories.

2. ´Athidhi´ - It is a typical formulaic film filled with violence, gore, song and dance and does not offer anything new except Mahesh and a couple of well-picturised songs. Bollywood actress Amrita Rao makes her debut in Telugu cinema with ´Athidhi´, but it is Mahesh´s show all the way. While it is a treat for his fans, the regular audience may be bored of the staple fare.

3. ´Thulasi´ - ´Athidhi´ has pushed ´Thulasi´ one notch down. Actor Venkatesh returns to action with the film, which has a lot of commercial elements. Nayantara is paired with Venkatesh whose earlier film ´Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule´ was a big hit.

4. ´Chirutha´ - The film is running in quite a few theatres even a month after its release. The story lacks novelty, but Ramcharan Tej seems to have made a mark with the movie. The initial curiosity to see Ramcharan, megastar Chiranjeevi´s son, has no doubt propelled the audience to see him. It is doing average business.

5. ´Yamadonga´ - It was released quite some time ago but is going strong even now. It seems to have clicked despite not-so-favourable reviews. Keeravani´s songs are still popular with one figuring in the chartbuster list almost every week since the release of the film.

Kajol to act with Kamal

Kamal is eagerly waiting for the release of ´Dasavatharam´. After the release of Dasavatharam, Kamal is planning to make another film titled ´Marmayogi´. It is heard that Kamal approached Kajol for the female role. But she has not yet given her consent. She is very selective of her roles after her come back into films. She is has two offers in her hand. One is with Aamir and Karan and the other is with Kamal. She might select any one from these two films.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mahesh-Sekhar Kammula venture soon

Clubbing the uncanny elements of cinema glamor and cinema grammer, Mahesh Babu and Sekhar Kammula are likely to pair for their next venture. It is the former who for the first time initiated the entry of corporate world in the movie making in Tollywood, while the latter provided the right place for music by relegating it to a corporate entity Big Music. Both of their mindset rightly dangles on the urban-orientation.After the swirling hit of Pokiri, Mahesh is on highwave of expectation among the producers and directors as well. Sekhar Kammula unleashed a new generation wave with his Happy Days. We have to wait and see how it clicks.

Balayya takes on dad’s mantle

NTR mesmerized hoards of people with his matchless getups as Lord Rama and Krishna. The impression remains so profound that even today, a Telugu man is prone to imagine NTR (in such roles) when he is to think of the specified gods. Now, it is the turn of Balakrishna to venture into the full-fledged role of Lord Krishna. He has also got into the shoes of his dad as Bhaktha. For this purpose, Balayya arrived on the sets with a clean-shaven glittering expression. Those days, NTR used to follow certain strict self-imposed rules while doing sacred mythological roles – like No to Non-Veg and Luxury life. Balayya too follows through some such reservations, though not penance-like. KRR produces and directs this film Panduranga, more or less readied on the lines of NTR’s blockbuster Panduranga Mahatyam. While Sneha is selected one among the two lead heroines, four others are already there as side-rung heroines. JK Bharavi has to show his mettle with meticulous research traversing the streets of Pandaripuram in Maharashtra. MM Keeravani scores beats for 12 lyrics.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

prince style in UK!

Super Star Mahesh starring movie Athidi has been making news all over and UK is no exception. This first weekend Athidi witnessed the highest number of viewers in the history of Telugu movies released in UK. The last movie that had the highest number was yet another movie 'Pokiri' of this charming hero Mahesh. Now Athidi is all set to break the Pokiri record in the first week itself. Athidi is an action packed movie and for the first time you see Mahesh in a very different role. Mahesh gave an extraordinary performance and his fans are going gaga every time he makes an entry. Amrita Rao gave an excellent performance and so did the rest of the cast. Surrender Reddy has made no compromises in terms of direction, story, style and technical values. Mani Sharma’s Music added essence to the movie.

The viewers shared that watching the movie once is not enough, so Athidi is getting repeated audience everyday. It has to be noted that another super hit movie is running parallel to Athidi but still the reigning king rules!

Press Release By Winner Movies

Monday, October 22, 2007

Jagapathi Babu in Venkat Akkineni's film

Nagarjuna's brother Venkat Akkineni is a popular producer. He made successful films like "Shiva" on Annapoorna Studios banner. Venkat Akkineni presently takes up direction and he is going to make this film for outside banner – "Gemini Film Circuits". Jagapathi Babu is the hero. From January, regular shooting will begin.

Balayya couple met Chiru

Nandamuri Balakrishna and his wife Vasundara called on Chiranjeevi at his house. They expressed their concern at the sudden step of Chiru's daughter Sreeja duly eloping and marrying without the family's concent. Megastar is said to have been moved at the affection showed by NBK and thanked him a lot.

Chiru envy about Charan's following

Charan was receiving great words of adulation from a lady who said she was big time fan of Charan. Chiranjeevi who was right there on the scene commented, 'Excuse me, I am still here.. Dont you feel that I would be envy about it'. This is all in a lighter note during a TV show on which Chiranjeevi and Charan appeared together. A guest appeared on the show and said she is a great fan of Chiruta. Talking about the dances, Sowmya (the guest) said that she would give 500 marks out of 10 for his dances. A modest Charan said that he would only rate himself 50%. Reason? He thinks any one could dance great but expressions on face during the dance is a different school and Chiru is the head master of that school. He thinks that it is that area that he should improve.

News about Pawan Kalyan

Pavan Kalyan surrender licensed Revolver

Pavan KalyanActor Pavan Kalyan today surrenders’ his licensed revolver with the state home department, Talking to press he said he intended any harm to any one .this development from megastar family comes in the wake of srija’s apprehension and fearing threat from their family members.

Pavan Kalyan creates flutter

Chiranjeevi's younger brother and actor Pawan Kalyan deposited his licensed US-made revolver at the Jubilee Hills police station in Hyderabad on Monday morning. Pawan Kalyan told the media he decided to 'surrender' his licensed weapon to the police. "I don't need (it) any more as there is no threat to my life now," he said.

Talking about the incident when his brother's younger daughter Srija eloped and married her boyfriend Shirish Bharadwaj on October 17, Pawan Kalyan said, "Srija ran away from home without telling us. She was in love and she took this step. It is okay to run away. But she told the media that she got a threat to her life from the family. This (allegation) is unfortunate. Everyone in the family loved this child so much. Her mother (Kalyan's sister-in-law) is unwell and was hospitalised out of shock after Srija ran away.

"I wish them (Srija and Shirish) well wherever they are," he continued. "I hope she is comfortable. I would like to assure her that no harm will come to her or the boy. I don't have any hired goondas (goons) or musclemen. I have come to surrender my revolver and its license to the police because I don't need this weapon now.

"The police have more important tasks to do like tackling terror and goondaism," he added. "They don't have to waste their time on chasing couples who have love marriages," Pawan said, obviously referring to reports in a section of the media that the city police had launched an 'informal' manhunt to trace the couple and were harassing those who were 'suspected' to have helped in the wedding.

Srija, 19, and Shirish Bharadwaj, 22, got married at the Arya Samaj Mandir at Bowenpally, Hyderabad.

Jubilee Hills Circle Inspector M Srinivas Rao said Pawan Kalyan had a valid gun license since 1998. He possessed a US-made Damson six-chamber, .22 caliber revolver. He had obtained the revolver when he was a member of the Madras Rifle Club. "He has temporarily deposited the weapon with us," the inspector said. "He has not cited any reason for doing so. He can take back the weapon if he wants to." Chiranjeevi has also blessed his daughter and wished her happiness. In a brief statement on Saturday, Chiranjeevi pointed out that as a father; he was shocked to hear the news of his daughter's sudden marriage. "Her sudden decision has shocked all of our family members," he said. "But once reality dawned on me, I realized that the most important thing is my daughter's happiness. All the members of my family feel the same. Wherever she is, I wish her all the best."

The star thanked his friends and well-wishers who supported his family during the period and sought their blessings for his daughter.

Pawan Kalyan launched CMPF

Actor Pawan Kalyan today launched Common Man Protection Force with the objective of social service. The organization took off with a corpus fund of Rs. 1 crore.

The actor said: "I don't belong to any caste, creed or religion. I am highly inspired by the Nationalism of our bygone leaders. I am happy that I have thousands of fans all over the state. They can do anything for me. I should do something for the society. Now, my new force will go a long way in bringing awareness among the public. We are taking up problems like prostitution, florosis and malnutrition in villages. Of course, everybody knows about my character. I am not involved in any crime. Today, I face the charges of bigamy. As the matter is in court, I should not comment on that. I am ready to accept any punishment, if I am proved as wrong."

He maintained that his saving stood at Rs. 1.32 crore, of which "I am donating Rs. 1 crore for the society's cause. I am always dogged by a feeling guilt to live in luxury, while multitudes of people are suffering. I am not bothered about results. I sincerely dedicate my life to the cause of my organization."

Naresh's film - Bommana Bros Chandana sisters

Marking the auspicious Dasara celebrations, a new movie titled Bommana Brothers – Chandana Sisters was today launched at Film Nagar, Hyderabad. Made on Siri Cinema banner, the film is presented by EVV Satyanarayana. Direction is by hatrick Srinivasa Reddy. Producer is Ammiraju Kasumilli. Muhurat shot was clapped on the lead pair Naresh and Farzaana by EVV Rajesh. Camera was switched on KL Narayana and first shot direction was rendered by EVV Satyanarayana.

The cast consist of Krishna Bhagwan, Brahmanandam, Tannikella Bharani, Jayaprakash Reddy, Mallikarjuna Rao, MS Narayana, LB Sriram, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Ali, Sunil, Venu Madhav, Jeeva and others. Kovai Sarala, Kavitha, Rajitha, Hema, Apoorva, Lavanya and others form the female cast.

Story and dialogues is by Veligonda Srinivas. MM Srilekha scores the music. Cinematography is by Adusumilli Vijaykumar. Bhaskarabatla does the single card, in tune with his previous films with Srinivasa Reddy and MM Srilekha combination.

EVV Naresh felt elated to be doing a film with hatrick director Srinivasa Reddy. The film would be released as Sankranti gift. Farzaana said that this is her fourth film in Telugu and second with Naresh after Seema Sastry.

Srinivasa Reddy said that he felt at home working with producer Ammiraju (debutante producer). "Ammiraju stood by me when I was in deep troubles. I will never forget him. I hope I will give the best of my touch to the film. The film is in tune with the body language of Naresh. I am sure; this will be the best in our combination. In the beginning of my career in the direction department, I spent sleepless nights and even tried to do the assistant director to EVV. But, now, I am directly doing a film with Naresh".

MM Srilekha recalled the help of EVV, who gave her the first chance in the film industry as a singer in his movie. Bhaskarabatla too recalled the same such experience when EVV gave him the first chance as lyricist with NBK movie Goppinti Alludu.

Is it NTR or Ram Charan for Rajamouli?

Director Rajamouli has given a super hit ´Yamadonga´ with NTR and he also said that he is going to make a mythological film with NTR soon. NTR is presently doing Kantri film. So Rajamouli will prepare the script for NTR by the time he completes Kantri. Rajamouli has also given a statement that he will direct Chirutha after watching the film. Now he says that he will prepare a mass script for Ram Charan.

Now we have to see with whom Rajamouli will make his next film.

Monday, October 15, 2007

NTR-Dil Raju team up

The success of Yamadonga made NTR turn choosy in selection of films. After a careful listening and analysis of the script, he accepted a project for producer Dil Raju. The film will be directed by one Mahadev, a disciple of S S Rajamouli. This big budget film is going to be launched in January 2008. Dil Raju will also be doing a film with Mahesh Babu. Director Srivass, who did Lakshyam, might do the film.

8 new films to be launched On Dussera

Dussera (Vijaya Dasami) is very auspicious festival for Telugu people. For this Dussera, almost 8 films are going to be launched or have pooja. This is the list of films...

1. Ranga Panduranga: This Balakrishna and K Raghavendra Rao´s film will have formal pooja on this day. Though there is no official information yet on this.

2. Tarun - Illeana - Vijay Bhaskar film will be launched

3. NTR´s Kantri will begin regular shooting on October 21st

4. Kodi Ramakrishna and Nagababu are coming together for a new film (Kodama Simham is the title under consideration). Mallidi Satyanarayana Reddy is the producer and it will have formal launch on Dussera

5. Harish - Rajiv Kanakala film

6. Mumaith Khan´s Mangatayaru Tiffin Centre

7. Naresh and EVV Satyanarayana´s new film to be directed by Srinivasa Reddy.

8. Another new film to be directed by Srinivas Reddy will also have launch on Dussera.

Yamadonga off screen at Chittoor

Fans of Jr.NTR on Saturday staged a protest demonstration infront of the Gurunath theatre in the district headquarter town of Chittoor, against the management's act of lifting the movie from screening. The fans said that the theatre management did it without notice, though an agreement existed that the movie would be screened if the theatre gets Rs. 7500 per day. However, the theatre manager said the collections have not been encouraging for the last fewe days.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

ileana accepts Tarun Film

Why would the best-paid heroine accept a film with a hero who is barely in the film industry? The paycheque, of course, and maybe a good story had made her do it.

Tarun is still grappling with the fallouts of his disastrous romance with Arthi Agarwal. Though everybody keeps constantly talking about him, nothing much has happened in terms of film offers. There were constant rumors that he has decided to switch to real-estate dealings. But he is very much in the film industry and has managed to convince Bellamakonda Suresh to make a film with him.

Now, Bellamakonda Suresh probably was aware that the film needs a very popular heroine to inspire the crowds to come to the theatres. Ileana happened to be his first choice.

Ileana, it seems, has agreed to star in the film for an astronomical rate of Rs 1 Crore!!! For the time being, this is just a rumor. But, if it is true, it really would be surprising.

It would make her the highest paid actress in the history of south Indian film industry!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Chirutha Collections Jooru

Introducing Ram Charan, son of Padma Bhushan, Mega Star, Dr Chiranjeevi, as hero, 'Chiruta' directed by versatile director Puri Jagannath and produced by Mega Producer Aswanidutt on the banner of Vyjayanti Movies, was released on September 28.
The film was a big hit and is creating new waves at the Box Office. People in general and the fans of Mega Brothers in particular, promoted Ram Charan as the Mega Power Star and made the film a big hit.
When it comes to collections, the film had collected Rs 5 crores in Nizam Area during the first week. It had collected Rs 2.90 crores in Ceded, Rs 60 lakhs in Nellore, Rs 1.20 crores in Guntur, Rs 90 lakhs in Guntur, Rs 90 lakhs in West Godavari, Rs 1.10 crores in East Godavari and Rs 1.20 crore in North Andhra, Rs 3 crore including Chennai, Karnataka, Orissa and Overseas during the first week itself.
Such a range of collections for a debut hero is never before and never after. All India Super Star Rajanikanth, who watched 'Chirutha' in Chennai on October 2 says, 'Ram Charan played like an experienced artiste, who already played in 70 films and is acting in the 71st film. Such talented artiste like Ram Charan is a boon to the Telugu film industry. The Telugu film industry need not have another hero for the next 30 years.'
One can assume the power of the Mega Power Star, who got compliments not just from the audiences but for a big star like Rajanikanth.
The second film of Ram Charan is all set to go to sets during next month under the direction of SS Rajamouli and the film is being produced by Allu Aravind on the banner of Gita Arts.

YamaDonga 50 days in 405 centers

Directed by SS Rajamouli, presented by Rama Rajamouli and produced by Cherry and Urmila Gunnam on the banner of Viswamitra Creations, 'Yamadonga' with NTR, Priyamani and Mamata Mohandas in the lead was released recently and is running successfully.
The film had successfully completed 50 days on October 3.
Marking the occasion, the producer and director are making efforts to celebrate the half-centenary of the film amidst thousands of audiences and fans of NTR at Brahmananda Stadium in Guntur on October 14.
Director Rajamouli, at a press briefing held on October 3, says 'The speciality is that 'Yamadonga' is completing the 50 days in 405 centres. The half-centenary festival would be celebrated in a novel way and several prominent film personalities from the Telugu film industry are also expected to participate in it.'-->

Monday, October 1, 2007

Yamadonga 50 days function on 14 October

SS Rajamouli is in Guntur today to seek the permission from Collector and SP for holding 50 days function of NTR-Rajamouli’s latest film Yamadonga in Guntur on 14 October. This function would be held at Brahmananda Reddy stadium. A movie function is being held in Brahmananda Reddy stadium after a long gap. The last one was that of Gharana Mogudu.

Its Jr.NTR after megastar

'Nachore Nachore Yamadonga Contest' is the program that is going to be aired on MAA TV. The selection process is going on for the program where the contestants have to dance for the songs in 'Yamadonga'. Many have shown good caliber in emulating the dance. But the 'nachore..' step is found very hard for many.

After 'veena step' of Chiranjeevi in 'Indra', it's now the 'nachore step' of Jr NTR that is highly popular. Jr NTR after becoming slim is very aggressive in doing very hard steps on screen. Even his next film 'Kantree' also will showcase his dancing talent that is unique.

Coming to the contest, the best performers will be selected and the finals will be held as a public show, say the sources.

Tulasi will be HIT !!

The film 'Tulasi' will be another hit on par with 'Lakshmi' and 'Sankranthi', say the sources. Venkatesh has done a high dose action and sentimental sequences those perfectly tuned with his age. The film is made on Suresh Productions and the care is taken in very big way. The investment incurred on this film is very big and it is being called the prestigious project in Suresh Productions history.

Nayantara, the same heroine of 'Lakshmi' is paired up with Venkatesh in it. The film has faction background accompanied with sentimental aspects. Venkatesh will be seen in a different shade unlike routine rayalaseema faction heroes.

"He is going to give a new shade for a god factionist", says a technician worked for the film.

Let us see how it falls on screen.

Amithab about Ram charan

Bollywood Big B Amitabh once lauded Chiranjeevi as king of Indian cinema. Now he passes on grand wishes for Ram Charan.

Amitabh Bachchan expressed, "My wishes to Ram Charan for his debut. It is on his shoulders to keep up the name of his father, Chiranjeevi who is a legend, a wonderful personality with the stardom beyond limits. That is scary at times for the young Ram Charan. Even Abhishek had the same scare when he did his debut a few years back. My family shares very good rapport with Chiranjeevi's family and it is like one of my family members debuting screen. I once again wish you Ram Charan".

That's the wish of Big B to Ram Charan for his 'Chirutha'.

illeana slapped by pawan

Hero Pawan Kalyan slapped heroine Ileana. No, that's not a scene in the film but open for public. He is presently playing the lead role in a Trivikram Srinivas' film.

As his legal battle with his estranged wife Nandita is becoming tough, he appears restive and tense. Though the shooting of the film is taking place with less hype, the news of 'slapping' is making rounds in the industry. It is not new to know about the anger of Pawan Kalyan.

This incident took place most recently. Being very sensitive by nature, Ileana was aghast at his rude behavior and absconded from shooting from the very next day.

Now Trivikram Srinivas is trying to soothe her.

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