Monday, July 28, 2008

NTR wants political touch subjects

It is well aware that Young Tiger NT Rama Rao had signed the dotted line for a film to be produced by Kodali Nani under the direction of VV Vinayak and the film was formally launched with puja activities recently. However, the director unable to convince the hero with a suitable subject and NTR too listened to different stories but none of them suited the taste of the hero.

It is learnt that NTR is now insisting on a storyline with political touch. In this backdrop, some fresh assistant directors and writers were introduced to the hero for story sittings. Like his earlier film ‘Samba’, NTR wants to do a message-oriented film and at the same time, the film should have some satires on the present government. It is learnt that NT Rama Rao is planning to launch campaign for the Telugu Desam through his next film. The producer is making efforts to launch the regular shooting of the film at any cost in August.

Poonam Kaur as female lead opposite gopichand

Shooting of a film produced by V Ananda Prasad on the banner of Bhavya Creations, with Gopichand and Anushka in the lead is presently in progress at Kolkata. Popular cinematographer Siva is turning a director with this movie. Poonam Kaur, who earned good name and fame with ‘Oka ‘V’ Chitram’ film, was selected as another heroine for the movie and got the opportunity to play opposite Gopichand.’ Manisharma is scoring music for the movie.

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Annavaram fame Sandya's Lechipodama

Remember Sandhya, who played Pawan Kalyan’s sister in Annavaram? The pretty girl who had gone into hibernation is now back with Lechipodama, directed by Kanmani.

Lechipodama is her first Telugu film as the lead, even though she shot to fame with the Telugu dubbed version of the Tamil film Premiste. Parimal, brother of actress Sangeeta is making his debut as the lead actor opposite Sandhya in this bi-lingual. The story is about two lovers who elope from their homes.

Meanwhile Sandhya is also very busy with all her Kollywood films. She will be starring with Sakthi in an upcoming college flick and has a couple of other projects with good actors.

Rajnikanth kulesan gets nod for release

Forthcoming Rajnikanth-starrer "Kuselan" has finally got the go ahead for its simultaneous release in Karnataka August 1, though many groups were against it, alleging that the Tamil superstar had made "anti-Kannadiga" statements.

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), while giving the green signal, advised the film's distributor in the state to release "Kuselan" with only 10 prints and in 13 theatres in Bangalore.

Some Kannada organisations had been demanding that "Kuselan" be released in the state only after a seven-week moratorium as Rajnikanth had hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas by supporting Tamil Nadu on a row over a drinking water project in Hogenekkal, on the border between the two states.

The superstar had joined the Tamil film industry in a daylong protest fast in April against Karnataka's objections to the Rs 13.3 bn Hogenekkal project that is expected to benefit about three mn people in two Tamil Nadu districts. Karnataka is opposed to the project, saying its share of the Cauvery river waters will be affected.

During the protest, Rajnikanth had apparently blamed Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for the problem, angering many Kannada activists.

But Kannada actress Jayamala, who is also KFCC chief, said that the issue should not be linked to the release of "Kuselan", specially since producer K Balachander was a respected film personality who had contributed to Kannada cinema as well.

"One of our own members is releasing the film, then how can we stop the release? What we have advised is that he release the film following all the restrictions about prints and the number of theatres it can be shown in," said Jayamala.

Directed by P Vasu, "Kuselan" is a remake of Malayalam hit "Katha Parayumbol" starring Mammooty. It is said to have been made at a cost of Rs 600 mn and also stars actresses Nayanthara and Meena. The storyline is about a film star helping an old acquaintance.

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