Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Heroines are only hope for Tollywood producers?


All Tollywood Top heroes’ films are very much disappointing at the box office. And producers are looking towards lady oriented subjects with heroine in the main lead role.

If we look in to the films like Anasuya, Mantra- Bhoomika and Charmy played title roles.And the films proved at the box office. The remuneration paid to these heroines is more that of the heroes who played lead role in those films.

Now Ileana is taking a Crore of rupees for thief role in Bhale Dongalu with Tarun, the remuneration of Ileana is more than Tarun.

In Idhi Sangathi- Tabu is charging more than Abbas and Tabu is leading the story Idhi Sangathi..

'Chiranjeevi can ensure social justice'

Former Advocate-General of Andhra Pradesh S. Ramachandra Rao has said that the need for a leader with clean image in State politics is felt by the people and there can be no better person than actor Chiranjeevi who can guarantee good governance.

Speaking to reporters at Kakinada, Rao said both the Congress and the Telugu Desam parties neglected the BCs and other weaker sections.

Instead of striving for the people’s welfare, the main parties continued to indulge in mutual recrimination, relegating issues connected to the people’s livelihood to the background.
Therefore, it was opportune time for Chiranjeevi to take the plunge and clean up the mess.

Rao said few political leaders belonging to the BCs got their due ever since Independence. Two communities had held monopoly, leaving no scope for other sections to grow. Only a person like Chiranjeevi could ensure social justice and he should brook no delay in entering politics.

BC Ikya Sangharshana Samiti leader V.G.R. Naragoni said the BCs had played second fiddle to the majority communities and it is time for them to break loose from the shackles. The representation of BCs in the State Assembly had been minimal, he added.

Kamal Haasan creates World Record

Away from bollywood, Kamal Haasan is making waves down South. And this time it’s his much-talked and hyped world record for playing 10 character roles in his film Dasavatharam which is making news. The magnum opus is finally ready to hit the screens. “It’s one of the most difficult, longest and hardest role I have ever done in my life,” says Kamal. Incidentally, the film also marks Himesh Reshammiya’s entry in the southern film industry. Looks like Kamal will be singing a new nasal tune this time.

Rajini‘s Guest role in Telugu Film

Hero Rajni Kanth was Tirumala with his family today. The entire family of Rajni , including his son-in-law Dhanush, and his two daughters and his wife to seek the blessings of Lord Balaji. They came yesterday and stayed in Tirumala over night to have the Suprebhatha seva of Lord Balaji today morning. The purpose of the trip was to have head tonsure ceremony (Thala Neelaalu) to his grand son (daughter‘s son).

Speaking to media , Rajni said‘ I am going to play a guest role in a Telugu film‘. Rajni has denied to reveal the details of that project.

Rajni has two more films - One is Kucheludu with Jagapathi and director Pvasu. And another film Robot with director Shankar.

BalaKrishna Interview

Balakrishna is quite pleased with the way Okka Mogadu has shaped up. Despite the opinion of some that it is very similar to Bharateeyudu, he is satisfied with the way YVS Choudhary has handled the film and feels that he had put in his 100 per cent in the film.

He disclosed that both he and YVS had worked very hard to make the variations in the film possible. He spoke at length as to how difficult it was to put on the make-up, especially for the old character and said that the idea was to make him look like his late father, NT Rama Rao garu.
'Okka Magadu' is having record collections ever since it released. How does it feel? Was it expected?

The film has released in maximum number of theatres in Andhra Pradesh and abroad and we have had record collections everywhere. We are very happy. From my side, I think it is the success of the audience too and I thank them earnestly.

Your father late NTR garu ensured that his films promoted social awareness. Now, YVS Choudhary came along and made a film which has a strong social message for you. So, finally you seem to be treading into your father’s path…

Honestly, even my father never planned to make such films initially. Such well-scripted roles came to him. Since he literally lived his roles, his films saw ultimate success. It is a known fact that YVS Choudhary is a huge fan of our Nandamuri family. If we were to draw parallels, he is like Anjeneya Swamy to Lord Rama. He researched all my father’s films and he moulded my character in 'Okka Magadu' accordingly. With the film, he showed to the audience how he had imagined me all along, as a huge fan of our family.

Playing the old man in the film, could have meant so much hard work, from what we get to see in the film. Did you know this when you said yes to the movie?

I always try to give something new to the audience. My father played Sardar Paparayudu when he was relatively younger. He also played Bheeshma during his younger days and again when he was older. Make-up is rather crucial for such roles. In my father’s case, it was he who used to understand the character and work upon the look. He seldom left much for the make-up men to improvise upon.

Coming to me, I had already done Sultan. The opening shot of the film had me in the get-up of a very old man. For that film, I took make-up tips from the local make-up artists. I just wanted to try it and did it for a lark. I didn’t know about allergies or any such risks at that time. I simply discussed it with the technicians and played along. Those were the times when prosthetics was unheard of.

If you can recollect my father’s look in Badipantulu, that is what I had wanted to recreate with my look in present times. I am very happy that our efforts have been liked by the audience.

All those who had watched the film say your look is reminiscent of Sardar Paparayudu…

I thought of one of the looks that father had while playing the part of Krishna Devarayalu where he wears a turban for the part of the revolutionary in 'Okka Magadu'. But fans and friends who liked the look a lot felt that it was more like 'Sardar Paparayudu'. However since Choudhary happens to such a huge fan of my father, it could have played on his mind naturally. Once I told him about the look and we had a sketch, we realized it looked similar to father’s look which anyways. What Choudhary and I had always dreamed of has been realized through Okka Mogadu.

Did you give any specific inputs for the get-up? Did you suggest anything regards the body language, etc?

The character is all about the right make-up. We went to the US and got the whole stuff from there. The technicians there were equally committed and were total perfectionists. They did not compromise because we were from India and from the Telugu industry. Incidentally, there are people in Mumbai too who can do prosthetic make-up, but they cannot match up to international standards. That is reason why we went all the way to the US. I knew we went to the best persons in the world. So it was so much easier.

There would have been times when you had wanted a retake for a particular shot or when YVS insisted on a retake… how was your experience working with YVS?

It happens all the time. No one ever asked for retakes in the case of my father. But he would always ask for retakes if he was not satisfied. He was a perfectionist. My father never compromised. Despite high temperature, he once shot till the director was thoroughly satisfied. He always struck to his commitments and adjusted with the call sheets of his co-artistes too, keeping the producers’ interests in mind. His dedication is well-known. He would never argue and only improvise.

I too suggest whenever I feel something is overdone or milder than what is required. It is, but natural.

You looked like a proper old man in the old man get-up and looked really young and fit in the younger part. How did you manage this variation?

We had discussions about the body language – about how the old man should walk and how the young man should. The older man is shown as having undergone training in the Chinese Martial Arts, etc. As per his character, his body may have aged, but not his mind. That’s what gives him the power. We have heard of stories of how people have overcome cancer with their determination. He belongs to that breed of people.

Most heroines dread working with you. But once they act with you, they insist you are a gentleman and the best co-star. What is it that you do to charm your heroines?

(Laughs) It’s all about team work. If there is a communication gap, I try to patch up that gap. I think that’s the reason why they feel comfortable working with me.

When the first copy was released and your friends and family watched the film, how did they react?

They were all very happy that we tried something new and very different from what I have done till now. I know by instinct when I connect with my audience. Sometimes, there is a premonition, but we cannot put it into words. We just sense it. I was seen in various get-ups that the audience always wanted to see me in, in 'Okka Magadu'.

There is a strong social message too. Also, it is a grand and richly made film. I am not a very open person. I respond similarly to professional acquaintances as I do to people in my in personal life. So they were very happy seeing me in a character with so many different shades.

Lastly, despite your experience and your knowledge of the film industry, is there something that you picked up after working with YVS?

We both have common characteristics. We are both hard working and punctual. So… in that sense nothing new (laughs).

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