Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Pawan in Powerful Police Officer’s role for ‘Puli’

SJ Surya- a Tamil director who made the film Khushi with Pawan is coming back with another film Puli and the film’s shoot will be launched in couple of days.

Film financier Sinamalai Ramesh is producing the film.

The director Surya says – Pawan Kalyan is playing a powerful police officer’s role where Pawan is playing Assistant commissioner of Police. The Police officer fights for poor and injustice done to them by the so called big people.

SJ Surya adds that the story will be very nearer to Pawan’s personal life.

Mega star to act for flick of Aravind, Aswini and K R R

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It is now confirmed that Mega Star would be doing a film under the Direction of V V Vinayak which would be supported by Aswini Dutt, Allu Arvind and Raghavendra Rao in which one would be presenter and two others would be producers of which main producer would be Aswini Dutt. This combination is for sure going to a big hit flick of Mega Star. More details are awaited.

Ravi Teja to turn director

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Hero Ravi Teja's Krishna -the power of Indrakeeladri is doing well at the box office and Ravi attributes the entire credit to director VV Vinayak.

Ravi Teja's next film would be launched on 16th January. Suresh Productions banner is making the film. Uday Shankar is the director. Anushka is the heroine.

Ravi Teja will do a film for Puri Jagan from June 2008. After completing this film, Ravi plans to direct a film.

YVS Chowday‘s next is "Rey"?

YVS Chowdary is to US for a relief, as he is very much occupied with Okkamagadu up to now. After the release of this movie he decided to spend some with his family . As per the sources he is in US along with his wife Geetha. Also he left some news for the media to talk about his next venture.

Earlier Chowdary has picked up " okkamagadu " title from a song in his hit movie Seethaiah. Now he has taken Rey from Okkamagadu song " rey....Sachinoda". As per the sources his next film will be ‘Rey‘. Devdas fame Ram is playing the main lead in it. Sravanthi movies banner is producing the film.

MS Raju Interview - "What's wrong in remakes?

M S Raju is top rated filmmaker. Although his recent films are not doing well and were dragged into controversies, they do not deter the big time producer. Raju turns now director with Vaana starring Vinay and Meera Chopra. As his maiden directorial venture releasing on Sankranthi, he speaks

What went wrong with your last two films?
I faced lot of criticism for `Aata`. It was meant to be an entertainer. What would I do if it didn't connect with the audiences? We did sincere work. The film was not loser. It is with `Pournami` that I lost much. Even then, I don't blame anyone for the failures. I take the responsibility.

You penned screenplays for many of your films. It is surprise that you choose a remake film for your maiden directorial venture!
When I saw the Kannada movie, `Mungaru Male`, it moved me and touched my heart. I was inspired. I wanted to produce it in Telugu. Later I felt that why shouldn't I direct it myself when I was moved with the story. You have to direct a story that you loved. Remaking a film is nothing wrong. Even a great director like James Cameroon remade Titanic.

What is new in Vaana?
`Vaana` is an embodiment of love. A good romantic film is one that either makes you fall in love or arouses the romantic feelings. `Vaana` has that feel good factor. Subject is fresh. Screenplay is different.

The Kannada original was a tragedy. Don't you think it is commercial risk?
Who said it is a tragedy? We have borrowed the main point and re-worked it without losing the original flavour. You will get to see my point after the release.

There is a heavy competition this time for Sankranthi!
As a member of Telugu film fraternity, I always wish all films should run successfully. Personally, I believe Sankranthi easily accommodates 3 to 4 films. People come to see my films for the feel goodness and I do have my own loyal audiences.

Some say it is not your directorial debut because you have been ghost-directing all your productions. What is your comment?
I accept the fact that only Gunashekar (Okkadu) and Kodi Ramakrishna (Shatruvu) were real the captains in my productions. They had brought their own stories and executed it so well. For other productions, I have provided the story, screenplay and everything. Others term it as 'interference' but I say it is 'involvement' in my own films. Now, Teja is directing a film for me and he doesn’t come into this category. He is real captain of the ship.

`Vaana` was supposed to be your sson’s debut film. Wasn't it?
Yes, I planned this with my son Sumanth Ashwin. When I saw the movie for 10 times, I realized that the lead character should be matured guy. My son is in still teens.

How do you take criticism?
I welcome them. I do watch all films like a critic so when I read the bad reviews about my films, I don't get offended.

Most of the stars and technicians who worked with you have failed when they left you!
I always pray that those who worked with me should further in their respective careers. We should not judge one by one flop. Mahesh Babu got big commercial break with my `Okkadu`; he is superstar now. Reema Sen became a big star. I gave life to Devi Sri Prasad. Trisha is a sensation now. Only few of them are not doing well but I wish them all the best.

What are the next films?
Teja is directing a film introducing my son. Then there is another movie to be directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. Some more will be finalised in a few weeks.

Bheemineni plans a film with Pawan Kalyan?

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Bheemineni Sreenivas rao – the director who directed Pawan Kalyan in films like Suswagatham, Annavaram is planning to make another film with Pawan.

Suswagatham is the remake of Tamil film Love Today and Annavaram is the remake of Tamil film Tirupachchi.

But this time, Bheemineni is coming up with his own script on the lines of Pawan’s Common Man Protection Force (CMPF). And he is getting ready with the script- Some more details are awaited.

Sequel to 'Happy Days'?

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Shekar Kammula is reported to be toying with the idea of making a sequel to his hit film ‘Happy Days’. Shekar Kammula is believed to have registered the title ‘Happy Days – 2’ with the film chamber recently. The title has been registered on his Amigos creations banner.

Sequels have not generally worked well in Telugu. But Shekar Kammula is known for his meticulous homework before commencing production. So it will not be a surprise if he comes up with another winner with Happy Days-2’.

'Nee Sukhame Ne Korutunna' in final touches

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Re-recording is in progress for 'Nee Sukhame Ne Korutunna' directed and produced by Giribabu on the banner of Ranabheri Art Pictures with Raja and Sneha in the lead. The producer cum director says, 'There is a good response to the audio released into the market recently. All the listeners are appreciating for giving melodious tunes with heart-touching lyrics. We are planning to release the film in the first week of February.

The film is being moulded to attract the present generation audiences.' Hema, Chakravarthi, Raghubabu, Uttej, Navabharat Balaji, Ranganath, MS Narayana, LB Sriram, Kondavalasa, Narra Venkateswara Rao, Kota Shankara Rao, Annapurna, Jayalalithaa, Sakhi and others are in the cast. Camera is by Suresh, music is by Madhavapeddi Suresh, lyrics are by Vennelakanti, while the film is being presented by Chappidi Hanumantha Rao. 3K Entertainments is the co-producer.

Sunday is remake of Anukokunda oka Roju

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The Ajay Devgan-Ayesha Takia thriller is supposedly based on the Telugu film ‘Anukokunda Oka Roju’

The promos of the Ajay Devgan-Ayesha Takia starrer ‘Sunday’ are on air. However, what is not known to many is that the film is supposedly a remake of the successful Telugu film ‘Anukokunda Oka Roju’ (2005). It was directed by Chandrasekhar Yeleti and starred Jagapathi Babu and Charmy in lead roles. Now, Ajay and Ayesha are enacting their respective roles in the Hindi version directed by Rohit Shetty.

Rohit confirms, “We never tried to hide the fact about the film being a remake. It is better to let people know in advance rather than face embarrassment later.”

Does the producer of the original film know about this? “Pretty much,” says Rohit adding, “We have even bought the rights from them. There is no behind-the-back game happening here.”

Rohit, who had earlier directed ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Zameen’ adds, “I wish to make one thing clear that ‘Sunday’ is not an out and out remake of ‘Anukokunda Oka Roju’. Our ‘Sunday’ is a complete entertainer. We have just taken the basic germ of the story and brought our own innovation to the concept and treatment.”

How different is the treatment of ‘Sunday’? “If you see the original, you would realise that it tends to get depressing and a little dark, especially towards the end. There is some kind of sadhu angle as well. In ‘Sunday’ there is none of that. The climax would catch everyone by surprise,” explains Rohit.

‘Sunday’ has six composers Sandeep Chowta, Shibani Kashyap, Daler Mehndi, Raghav Sachar, Pakistani band ‘Suroor’ and Amar Mohile coming together to create a song apiece. The film is produced by Kumar Mangat and Sunil Lulla (EROS).

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