Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Raviteja's Krishna Story

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Ravi Teja & V V Vinayak’s Krishna- the power of Indrakeeladri’ is all set to release on 12th January. Dasari’s Siri Media has bagged entire distribution rights of AP for Rs14 crs – that includes satellite rights. Trisha is playing the female lead. Chakri is composing the music.

The story in brief:-

Trisha is Hyderabad girl and she comes to Vijayawada on short vacation. Ravi Teja who is from Vijayawada falls in love with Trisha. And he finds Trish’s brother in problems. Ravi Teja goes to solve the problems of Trisha’s brother but he himself lands in problems.

Mukul Dev (Rahul Dev’s brother) is the Villain of our film and he eyes Trisha. Ravi Teja finally solves the problem and wins over Mukul Dev and wins the love of Trisha.

Hansika Interview

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Hansika is in town for a shooting schedule. No, it's not a Bollywood film, but a Tollywood one. She’s paired opposite NTR Jr. in the movie titled Kanthri. As we spoke to her, we discovered that the lovable child star of the television series Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand has now transformed into a graceful lady, ready to step into the heroine's shoes.

How has your experience been so far on working with NTR Jr., and tell us a little about the role you are essaying in the movie.
It has been absolutely wonderful working with him and I am looking forward to good times here! In this movie I play the role of a lucky charm. For more you will have to wait and watch the movie!

This is only your second Telugu movie after Desa Muduru . Has language been a hindrance?
My director has been very kind and patient in helping me with the language. All my dialogues would be written and explained in English, which made it comfortable for me to deliver.

Aap Kaa Surroor has been the surprise hit of the year. How have you gained?
I have been pretty content with the reviews I received. The critics have gone soft on me. Even if the first day reports hadn't been favourable, I'd not have felt demoralised. Considering that I'm just at the beginning my career, I realise that there's always scope for improvement.

There has been a lot of speculation about your age and people are still confused...
The whole world knows I am only 16 years old. Why the confusion still?

Isn't that too early to get into showbiz?
Aap Kaa Surroor was a great opportunity and I didn't want to lose out on that. There aren't any disadvantages to starting off early. If anything, it gives me a head start in my career. It also affords me the time to correct my mistakes. This is an opportunity any teen would snap up.

There are more things in life to grab than just opportunities. Aren't you growing up a little too fast?
Others my age study, have fun with friends and think of what they want to do with their future. I knew what I wanted and worked happily towards my goal. Before long, when I'm safely cushioned in my career, others would be starting off and having teething problems.

And finally what is the secret behind your transformation from the cute Tina in of the small-screen to the damsel in distress in Aap ka Surroor ?
During adolescence one matures fast and my films along with the character have shown that growth. All my roles are very different and my look would be dependent on the movie.

Mahesh Babu's politics!

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Mahesh proved himself the true successor of Superstar Krishna is among the front runners of future number one hero spot in Tollywood. Mahesh inherited the charm of his father and achieved the "Superstardom" on his own. Like his great father he took up acting as his profession but he doesn't want to get into politics like him. Mahesh laughs aloud when he is asked, any political plans?

"I don't think politics is the only way to serve people. They gave me the stardom and the position I am in. But I don't have to get into politics for giving it back to them. I will do social service through my fans associations and in other ways" Mahesh said.

I want to be a film star forever and my aim is only to entertain people as much as I can, he added.

Chiranjeevi inspired me: Venkatesh

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Venkatesh who is a star hero over last twenty years is a good friend of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Venkatesh maintains good relations with all the heroes, especially with Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan.

While speaking about Chiranjeevi in an n interview given to popular news weekly Venkatesh said "Chiranjeevi is already a big star by the time I entered thefilm industry. He is my inspiration in many aspects. Generally equations in film industry changes with hits and flops but with hits or flops Chiranjeevi still managed to be the number one hero in Tollywood. Since 1987 he is the number one hero in TFI and there is no debate on that".

"He still works as if it is his first film and that enthusiasm and dedication towards work surprises me. Though he is a Megastar on screen he never shows his superiority over others. He is the person who cares for the poor and needy" Venkatesh added.

It's always nice to see whenever a star says good words about his competitor without any egos. Venkatesh is one such rare star Tollywood is blessed with. It will be nice if the current generation heroes too take a leaf out of their senior's book.

A R Rahman Supports Chiranjeevi

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Music maestro A.R. Rahman Tuesday announced that he would soon set up a music school to scout for new talent.

'It has been a long time dream for me. I think the right time has come now,' he said after visiting the Ameen Peer Dargah, a Muslim shrine in Kadpa town, about 400 km from here.

Though a formal announcement will come only after three months, Rahman said he was receiving a lot of encouragement and support from various people for the project.

Rahman, whose latest compositions for Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Jodhaa Akbar' will be released on Jan 9, expressed his best wishes for Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, who is planning to join Andhra Pradesh politics.

'I wish Chiranjeevi all the best,' said Rahman.

Accompanied by his family members, Rahman offered a 'chadar' at the shrine he visits every year.

A staunch devotee of the saint who is said to have come from Bidar in Karnataka 400 years ago, Rahman has been popularising the shrine among the film fraternity. In November last year, actor Abhishek Bachchan and his actress wife Aishwarya Rai had offered prayers at the dargah.

Mahesh Babu’s next film with Shekar Kammula from February.

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As for the film nagar sources, Mahesh Babu is likely to work with Happy Days director Shekar Kammuala.

Mahesh Babu who acted in action films like Athidhi and Sainikidu likes to go with a film aiming at youth and families.

And Shekar narrated a script of such backdrop and Mahesh has nodded his approval for this subject.

Mahesh is providing 90 days call sheets to Shekar for this film. And 40 days shoot will take place in Dallas, USA from February. And the film is planned to release in May as summer release.

Either Indira Productions banner of Manjula or Amigos creations banner is likely to produce this film.

'Sundarakanda' to hit screen soon

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'Sundarakanda' directed by Bapu and produced by Aparna on the banner of Chaitra Cinema Circuit with Naresh and Charmme in the lead is all set for release by the end of January. Producer Aparna says, 'We are making efforts to launch the audio soon and release the film by the end of January. It is well aware that Bapu and Ramana are experts in moulding the Teluguness on the screen and 'Sundarakanda' is no different from that.

We are trying to portray the modern mentalities, their lifestyles, the attitudes of elderly people and the clash between both the generations. Each scene would be entertaining. Especially the scenes that were shot at Bobbili Fort, Vizianagaram and Araku would turn a feast to the audiences. We are confident that the music scored by Vidyasagar would please everyone.

Prema, Sunil Sharma, Ranganath, Rallapalli, Dhamavarapu Subrahmanyam, Vizag Prasad, Duvvasi Mohan, Lakshmipati, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Pruthvi, Sangeetha, Jayalalitha and others are in the cast. Camera is by PRK Raju, while Petrofab International, UAE, is the presenter of the film, and Tummala Bhanuprakash Reddy is the co-producer.

Tarun's film shooting in progress

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The shooting of a film directed by Vijayabhaskar, presented by Bellamkonda Suresh and produced by Sakhamuri Panduranga Rao on the banner of Sri Lakshmidevi Productions is progressing well in Hyderabad. There is a strong talk in Film Nagar that the film is the free-make of a popular Bollywood film Bunty aur Bubbly'. Jagapatibabu is playing the role of DGP in the movie and the producer is planning to release the film on March 28.

Megastar is Crystal Clear

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Posani Krishna Muarli is the director of Aapadamokkulavadu. He was speaking to TV9 today and said that Megastar is a crystal clear man.

Posani defends his film Aapdamokkulavaadu and says YSR is strong man and Chandra Babu Naidu is good administrator and CPM Raghavulu is good fighter- Chiranjeevi has all these qualities. So he must come in to politics. He is the honest man and he can put a check to Corruption that is prevailing in the state in leafs and bounds.’

Posani says ‘I am Kamma and Chiru is a Kaapu- still I am asking him to come in to politics’.

Okka Magadu –preview ticket price Rs.1000/- each

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Producer cum director YVS Chouday is releasing his Okka Magadu film on 11th January. The film is also releasing in YVS’s own theatre Bommarillu in Gudiwada. YVS is arranging a preview show a day before in this theatre.

The ticket price is fixed as Rs1000/- each and Nandamuri fans are buying the tickets without any hesitation.

Nandamuri fans want to break the Gudiwada record of Megastar’s Stalin. Megastar’s Stalin has collected Rs5.2 lakhs share on the first day of its release.

Jab We Met in Telugu?

Following Moser Baer's home video release of Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor starrer Jab We Met, the compact disc maker plans to remake the movie in four regional languages. Moser Baer will remake Jab We Met in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam in a bid to cover the entire South Indian market.

Speaking exclusively to Businessofcinema.com, Moser Baer Entertainment chief executive officer Harish Dayani says, "Jab We Met has a very simple and lovable script, which can be applicable for each and every language, so we negotiated with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision for its remake rights. We will remake the movie in the four South Indian languages."

Dayani further adds, "The actors and directors will be decided in due course of time. The Tamil and Telugu versions will roll out before the Kannada and Malayalam ones. It is a culturally neutral film but we may rewrite the script a little to suit the respective sensibilities."

The Tamil version will be a big budgeted film and plans are afoot to rope in big stars from the Tamil industry. Moser Baer is looking at making and releasing the Tamil and Telugu versions in 2008 itself.

When Moser Baer released Jab We Met on home video, the company backed it with well-planned TV commercials and contests. The home video has managed to reach the number one position at Planet M stores.

Jab We Met released theatrically on 26 October and is still running in a few theatres. The movie is directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision. It was distributed by The Indian Film Company.

Moser Baer had ventured into South Indian film production by signing a three-film contract with Prakash Raj's Duet Movies for Tamil language movies. The company is also making movies in Malayalam and Telugu languages.

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