Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pawan Kalyan to give 'break' to films?

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Is Pawan Kalyan going to give a break to films for two years after completing Jalsa? Rumor in the film industry is that he is showing more interest in politics now. Buzz is that he also informed some producers not to come with film proposals for time being. Pawan is the mastermind behind his brother Chiranjeevi's political entry. Even on the sets of Jalsa, he is reportedly discussing regularly on the various issues of political strategy. Probably, Pawan might not to do any movie after Jalsa that releases towards the March end. Or at least for another two years!

Tanisha pairs with NTR in Kantri

Bollywood actress Tanisha Mukharjee is making her debut in Telugu. She has signed NTR starrer Kantri, sources told us. The film has Hansika Motwani as the female lead while Tanisha steps in as the second lead opposite NTR. Earlier Jiah Khan and Riya Sen were considered for this role. Produced by Ashwinidutt and directed by Meher Ramesh, the film has already completed 50 percent of shoot. Tanisha is Kajol's sister and is better known for her dare bare attitude. She had acted in films like Neil 'n' Nikki and also did a Tamil film which was later dubbed into Telugu as Nee Valle Nee Valle.

I am not aware of my father’s political interests - Srija

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Despite their all too public personal feuds, Srija, the estranged daughter of actor Chiranjeevi, seems to have immense confidence in her father’s public appeal. Speaking to jurnos in Tirumala Srija, who was visiting the holiness along with husband Sireesh, said that she was never aware of her father’s interest in politics nor was it ever discussed in her presence. “But I am sure that my father will excel in what ever he chooses to pursue.” About their personal feud she said that things were normalizing now though the two families are yet not on completely amicable terms.

Varun Sandesh- Happy days hero gets couple of offers

Varu Sandesh , the Happy Days hero is getting good offers.

1.He has signed a film for prestigious production house AVM . This film will be directed by Shankar Marthand, brother of editor Marthand Venkatesh.

2. And a film with producer MS Raju and the film is to be titled as Pellivaarillu.

3. He is already doing Kotta Bangaru Lokam with producer Dil Raju. Srikanth Addala is directing this film. Swetha Prasad, a new girl is making debut as heroine.

Kamal & Rajini – A new battle of grandeur

With Dasavatharam all set to hit the marquee in the month of April 2008, announcement on Kamal’s next project has snuck its way to the media. Going by the details of it, looks like Kamal is all set for another mammoth venture right after his ten-role act in Dasavatharam.

Titled Marmayogi, the movie is said to be produced by renowned Hollywood production house Walt Disney pictures for a whopping budget of Rs. 100 crores – not quite known to Tamil cinema yet. Walt Disney has roped in Bharath Bala of Vande Matharam fame for the production management of Marmayogi.

It’s a clash which has been going on for decades, but now it seems like the battle of grandeur and production scale between two superstars of Tamil film industry – Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, is getting to its peak. When Rajinikanth signed up a 60 crore project Sivaji, Kamal finalized the even bigger Dasavatharam. Now with the former again coming up with the announcement of Robot, touted to be financially the biggest project to be conceived in Indian film industry, jointly produced by Eros International and Ayangaran, the latter takes his dream to the next level. Perhaps the celluloid greats are really thinking bigger and higher.

Coming back to Marmayogi, the movie will be produced in four Indian languages - Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, and Telugu - simultaneously. Although the rest of the cast are being finalized, credible sources strongly suggest that Asin stands a bright chance to bag the role of Kamal’s lead lady. Hemamalini, who was last seen in Kamal’s Hey Ram, is also rumored to be a part of the venture.

Earlier, Kamal tantalized his fans with only a teaser trailer of his dream venture Marudanayagam, an epic tale of one of the lesser known freedom fighters. Kamal even screened the trailer to the Queen of England during her Indian visit. However, for reasons ranging from budget to time consuming research, Marudanayagam could not take off and was eventually shelved. Now, Marmayogi, as the names suggests, is expected to have a historical backdrop and has hence raised the bar among his fans.

Dasavatharam is in its final stage of production and Kamal will participate in the initial discussions of Marmayogi after Dasavatharam is wrapped up completely. So will Marmayogi serve enough Marudanayagam-fodder to eager Kamal fans?

Mohanbabu As Shirdi Saibaba

Mohanbabu As Shirdi SaibabaVersatile actor Mohanbabu, who won appreciation from all quarters for his role as Lord Yama in Yamadonga, has played the challenging role of Shirdi Saibaba in his home production Krishnarjuna, starring Nagarjuna, Vishnu and Mamta Mohandas.

He would be seen in a brief appearance as Shirdi Saibaba in the film.

Made under the banner of Sri Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, Krishnarjuna is directed by P. Vasu with music by MM Keeravani and editing by Goutham Raju.

Nagarjuna to encourage new talent

Hero Nagarjuna is now a very happy and contended actor. He has come a long way in films. From a shaky start as a lankly young boy, he slowly evolved into a macho actor. He is easily the best looking actor in Tollywood today.

Nagarjuna has taken a big risk by portraying roles like an old man in Annamayya and also in Sri Ramadasu. But his gamble paid off and the audience found him to be amazing in his off beat roles.

Nagarjuna is now in a position where he can experiment, as he likes. This is one reason why he is even game to act in multi-starrers. Nagarjuna is playing a special role in Mohan Babu's film 'Krishnarjuna'. Vishnu is the hero. Nagarjuna has also decided to encourage young talent in a big way. Raghav Lawrence is one example. Nagarjuna gave a chance to make two films with him – Mass and Don.

Nagarjuna is now ready to give a chance to another newcomer in films. Prasad narrated a storyline to Nagarjuna and he liked it very much and asked him to develop it. Prasad has been working as an operative cameraman for many films including films on Annapurna banner. Nagarjuna has shown that he is second to none when it comes to giving a chance to newcomers.

Tabu‘s best yet to come

Director Chandra Siddartha must be an anxious man these days, as his upcoming venture Idhi Sangathi is getting ready to be released next month.
Considering this is his first release in three years after the success of Aa Naluguru, he has every reason to feel a tad jittery.

Starring Tabu in the lead, the film also has actors Abbas, Raja and Sunil in crucial roles. Tabu though, seems all gung ho about her character in the film.

"I am really excited about being a part of Idhi Sangathi. I can‘t divulge any details about my character in the film except that it is very close to my heart. I have a strong hunch that this is going to be one of the most memorable performances of my career," announces Tabu. Now that is some lavish praise indeed coming from one of the finest actors of our time. Can‘t wait for the film to hit the screens.

Athadu Silent gaa untaaniki idi library kaadu Baji Reddy

NTR is the new Don?

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Telugu film industry is ready to get its very own Don, remake of the original one. Word has it that producer Kodali Nani and director V.V.Vinayak are working on the script of the original Don movie, the Hindi film that starred Amitab Bachchan, to suit it to the local tastes. And it is Jr NTR who is being considered to play the role of the very suave bad guy. Whether NTR will play a full fledged negative role for the first time or not is yet to be decided. Presently the actor is busy with producer Aswini Dutt’s Meher Ramesh directed Kantri. Other details of the film are yet to be announced.

Facts about Megastar

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Person you like?

Mahatma Gandhi



Favourite actors?

Sean Connery, SV Ranga Rao, Charlie Chaplin



Favourite movie?

City Lights



Favourite actress?

Savithri



Your best friend?

Conscience



Favourite music?

Folk music



Your farourite place?

My bed-room



Favourite food?

All items. Sea food like more.



Your role model?

Any hard-working person. That can be head of the State or a daily labourer



Your favourite film of yours?

Khaidi



Your favourite colour?

Black



Your favourite place, overseas?

Switzerland



Your valuable possession?

Small gold watch given by my mother when I am 5 years old.



In your view, what is the most valuable?

Human relations



One thing that makes you unhappy?

Still there are many hungry people

One thing that makes you happy?

Increase of employment opportunities



What will you want, if God appears before you?

God’s presence itself is a boon. What is there to ask



One line you like?

In achieving targets, there should not be any doubt



What is your advice to your fans?

Youth is very important state in human beings life. If you lose it, you cannot recover. By knowing it, every moment should be utilized for betterment.



Chirnajeevi film milestones:-



Hyderabad sultan:- In Hyderabad, the highest number of movies (35) run 100 days.



Remuneration:- First hero to receive Rs 1 crore as remuneration.



Box-office: In Telugu first movie to collect Rs 30 crore ( Indra)



Mogudu Kaavali is the first film of Chiranjeevi to run 100 days.



First Filmfare award for best actor: Punnami Nagu (1980)



Pranam Khareedu (1978) first movie released. Oriya actress Reshma is heroine. Director Vasu.



Highest number of films (17) produced by Allu Aravind.



Chiranjeevi faced camera for the first time with Punaadi Raallu.



Kodama Sinham (1990), the cow boy film was shot in 5 states and dubbed into English as Hunters of the Indian treasure.



KS Rama Rao put Mega Star to Chiranjeevi with the film Marana Mrudangam (1988)



Remuneration and hundred days shield for the first time with Manavoori Pandavulu (1978)



First Nandi award for best actor: Swayam Krishi (1987)



Second Nandi award for Apatbandhavudu (1992)



Only film in the combination of Dasari Narayana Rao and Chiranjeevi: Hitler



Pranam Khareedu: first film release on 22 September, 1978.



Punaadi Raallu: release 21 june, 1979. the film was released as 6th film of Chiranjeevi. For the first time Chiranjeevi delivered dialogue before camera on 11 February, 1978 for this film in Rajahmundry.



PS Niwas, who worked as cameraman for the film told Chiranjeevi that he will become a big star in future, if he applies his wisdom to what director tells.



Yamakinkarudu (1982) is free lift to Mel Gibson’s Mad Max. The film is produced by Allu Aravind and directed by Raj Bharat.



For the first time Chiranjeevi acted under the directed of K Vishwanath in Subhalekha (1982) for which he won Filmfare award.



Khaidi (1983) released on 28 October. This film made Chiranjeevi a super star.



Under the direction of K Raghavendra Rao, Chiranjeevi as solo hero, Adavi Donga (19.9.1985) was a major hit. It widened Chiranjeevi market.

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