Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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This telugu actress is desi Laracroft

After doing King with Nagarjuna, Mamta Mohandas has been busy shooting for a commercial. “Besides the usual kicks and punches that I will be doing for the ad, this one showcases me as a strong-willed woman,” says the actress. Interestingly, friends and fans of Mamta have been raving about her rippling muscled look in a social networking site and gone on to label her as the desi Lara Croft. “I hit the gym quite often,” says the actress, who has been urged by Telugu filmmakers to put some weight at the ‘right places’. “I am giving it a serious thought,” she says. We’ll ‘weight’ for it!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Anushka is charging 30 lakhs for 30 mins?

Arundhathi is the flick through which Anushka got good name and fame as artist and subsequent to that her demand in the industry has increased. And in recent movie billa her remenuration is said to be 1 crore.Apart from these offers she is also being invited for showroom inaugurations. According to film nagar sources recently she inaugurated Chennai Shopping Mall for which just for half an hour she charged Rs.30 lakhs.

Shankar Tamanna Movie Kalasala audio released

Popular director SHANKAR’s Tamil film Kalluri has been dubbed in Telugu as Kalasala. Akhil and tamanna are the stars in this film directed by Balaju shaktivel. The audio of the film was released recently by Shankar himself, for this, actress tamanna flew down from Chennai. Shankar said that the film is based on a real life incident that happened at Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu, in which a college bus was set on fire by some miscreants and three girls were charred to death. The film had faced lot of opposition in TN, especially with regard to the climax. Hope the Telugu producers have got their facts right for their version.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tollywood actress blogs takes on big heros

Actor and Congress nominee from Secunderabad Assembly constituency, Jayasudha, took on actor Junior NTR in her blog Jayam Manade (victory is ours).She is the only film actor to get a Congress ticket.
Jayasudha has started blogging with the other star campaigners Jeevita and Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam and the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.
She belittled Junior NTR and wrote: “Many people talk about how Junior NTR inherited the charisma of his illustrious grandfather... No doubt Junior NTR is a good actor. He also seems to have all the famous dialogues of his grandfather on his finger tips, but when Senior NTR spoke there was a soul in in his speech.”
“People get so carried away with the memory of a great name that they seem to forget everything else.It does not seem to matter if the man in question is a womaniser or a drunkard. All that matters is the last name. It is so nauseating to see all that is being played out in the name of NTR that I just avoid it,” she added.
Jayasudha further added that the real NTR fan knows that there can only be one NTR.
Actor Jeevita, in her blog Rajashekaram (named after her actor husband Dr Rajashekar) took on actors Chiranjeevi and his younger brother Pavan Kalyan and called their supporters hooligans. Film actor Jeevita and her husband Rajashekar have sharpened their attack on Chiranjeevi and wrote “Hooliganism is no politics”.
Chiranjeevi uses the images of Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa, but his partymen have done everything that is against those apostles of peace. It does no good to their credibility. I was shocked by the behaviour of Praja Rajyam supporters last year,” Ms Jeevita Rajasekhar wrote. Actor Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam blogs on his site Anando Brahma.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Indian movies has lost the plot

If you just keep doing things, you spend all your time justifying what you have done. But if you dream and deliberate, you only do what you can
justify. This is ever so true of cinema. People are trying to churn out film after film, not understanding the dramatic need of certain lives, their relevance to their milieu and their identification with them.

Why should we make a film at all? Do we really have a story to tell that must be told? Is the maker’s dramatic need just as compelling as that of the film’s main protagonist? Are we going to repeat ourselves or simply copy what someone else has done? Are we so deeply passionate about an ambience or a milieu that we deeply wish to share it?

I did what i did in my first film Gaman because there were questions i could not answer myself. Questions born out of a poetic quest for an overwhelming dramatic reality. They needed an equally poetic medium. I wanted to share these questions with people before their footprint was lost in the sands of time.

It is equally necessary to share this, as it is to understand the perception of the language of moving images. To start with the content aspect of the newly-found language of moving images in a culture which, to a great extent bypassed the experience of the written word in the post Independence period. It came before we knew what to say and how to say it; at a time when reflective writing traditions of Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Urdu were dwindling.

I was in awe of the way the medium was used by Satyajit Ray in Bengal and others elsewhere, discovering and revealing reality layer by layer. It collectively brought people to the same level of angst as the maker. People had begun to feel the bitter truth of an independent India. The beauty of that truth was that it was our own truth, our truthful artistic best and showed it belonged to a country that was coming of age.

The language of moving images has to be felt; it must be a language in which you dream, plan, execute and market. India’s plight has been deeply felt and expressed by many poets and writers of the generation gone by. They migrated to Bombay to shape the mind of the nation through their stories and lyrics. Not all of them survived the callous commercial nature of the industry; they were forced to step down from their godlike, prophetic pedestals to play second fiddle to producers, directors, music directors or filmstars. Many became frustrated.

Cinema, the most sacred and powerful medium of the Modern Age, has been turned into an odd commodity for the entertainment business. It has created more insecurities than confidence. Cinema in India is lost, stuck between a highly personalised and subjective art form and an extremely crude and mindless commercial enterprise.

Cinema and architecture, both of which require a vision of great patronage, have suffered due to the absence of a cohesive outlook after independence. We could not understand the gravity of our predicament, politically, economically and culturally. In order to forge a new identity after independence, we negated our extremely valuable cultural and artistic heritage. We took our silent masses for granted and ignored their socio-economic cultural emancipation, leaving them to serve as fodder for petty politicians and businessmen and a mindless film industry. These masses — the real power of India’s democracy — are grappling helplessly with huge issues and finally end up as slumdogs dreaming of becoming millionaires through the power of the small screen in search of eyeballs.

What should have happened after Independence through this art form is a question we can reflect on 60 years later. To find answers we need to look within, look around or we may look to our mentor Hollywood, which we have mindlessly copied without seeing the macro picture of their vision.

Hollywood is the American Idol. It is the Universal Idol, the Promethean Man who can never go wrong. I don’t doubt the enviable position it has carved out across the world, using the language of moving images to appear not just as brand leaders but as leaders of humanity. They have made hundreds of films to ensure the Holocaust is never repeated in history. But what have we done for the even larger holocaust of 1857 or the largest ever migration of human history following the partition of India in 1947? All we have done is make emotional war films with lots of Pakistan-bashing without understanding the dialectics of the historical forces that divided us and turned a neighbour into a monster.

There is a lot we need to do for ourselves in this exciting medium, which makes legends out of people, movement out of ideas and destinations out of places. We have to make up for lost time and take quantum leaps forward.

To take people through time to timelessness. From the reality of the present to the illusions of the past. We need a host of skills currently conspicuous by their absence — writing a modern screenplay, evolved production design and cinematography and finally finding global markets for our products. We have a long way to go, a long way to dream where fini coronat opus, the end crowns the deed.
- by a FilmMaker

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NTR says YSR as Modern Bhageeratha

The Telugu Desam Party’s star campaigner N.T. Rama Rao junior described the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy as a modern Bhageeratha who flowed rivers of corruption and one who bequeathed the State’s wealth to businessmen.

The Congress party was mired in corruption because of which development took a backseat while even natural resources were plundered by the ‘ruling elite’, he observed.

Speaking in roadshows here on the temple town of Annavaram on Saturday, Mr. NTR junior has also suggested to the people to not cheat themselves by once again voting for the Congress party during whose regime the State had backtracked by 50 years. It would be equally perilous to believe in the change factor being advocated by Praja Rajyam party.

“Chandrababu Naidu is the only experienced driver who can safely steer the bus (Andhra Pradesh) to safety (growth)”, he asserted, while seeking the people’s mandate for the TDP.

Resuming his State-wide electioneering tour after the previous night halt at Payakaraopeta in Visakhapatnam district, Mr. NTR junior said farmers in East Godavari district were badly hit by government’s failure to ensure adequate supply of water to crops in Godavari delta, due to which crops in nearly five lakh acres have withered.

Government could neither prevent illegal impounding of Godavari river water by other States nor optimally utilise available water in irrigation systems like Yeleru reservoir.

TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao had got a statue of Sir Arthur Cotton installed on the Tank Bund at Hyderabad as a fond remembrance of the instrumental role played by him in the transformation of Godavari districts into India’s ‘Rice bowl’.

Cotton barrage had changed the entire landscape and brought about a Green revolution in the country. “Unfortunately, the same fertile region is craving for help today as the government had other priorities”.

Coastal Corridor
Mr. NTR junior further alleged that the government’s intention behind acquiring arable lands in the names of the Coastal Industrial Corridor and Special Economic Zones was to do real estate business.

The farming and fishing communities were the worst affected as their lands were forcibly taken over in advance without compensating them adequately.

If it comes to power, the TDP would scrap the coastal corridor.

TDP Polit Bureau member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, party district president N. Chinna Rajappa and former minister Chikkala Ramachandra Rao were among those present.

Courtesy-The Hindu

Monday, March 16, 2009

Charmy doing HOMELY role in new film

Close on the heels of her hottie role in 16 days, CHARMME would be seen in a traditional role in her other film Manorama. “It’s an out and out homely role,” she says. The pretty actress will be spreading the message of ‘human bonding’ in this touching film. Interestingly, despite her established glam doll image, she tasted success with her girl-next-door roles in films like
Anukokunda Oka Roju and Manthra. Recently, she added another feather to her cap by bagging the state best actress
award . Hard work and talent rarely go unnotice.

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Jr NTR from Sreekakulam ,CHANDRA BABU from Hyderabad Live chat in Tv5

NTR jr successfully completed tour at srikakulam

With the young Nandamuri scion, NTR Jr, completing a hugely successful tour of Srikakulam and now all set to roll out in Vizianagaram Sunday, both the Congress and the Praja Rajyam Party are in a spin.
And needless to say, the Telugu Desam is breathing much easier, after being winded by the blow from Praja Rajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi whose recent Praja Ankita Yatra saw several yellow leaders leave the party.
The party, however, is leaving nothing to chance and everyone, right from high command elements and NTR Jr’s personal staff down to the cadres is working hard to make the Chaitanya Yatra another grand success.
And the young man has what it takes to work the masses -- body language, simplicity of speech, and focus on Congress corruption without direct digs against the Praja Rajyam or its honcho.
The turn of events has brought smiles to the face of TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu who, appearing on a live programme on a private TV channel complimented NTR Jr.
Earlier, during the final day of his roadshow in Srikakulam, NTR Junior deplored the Congress’ lack of propriety in not honouring senior leader and former prime minister, the late PV Narasimha Rao, by naming any major project in the State after him, if not the international airport.
Addressing the gathering from his “chariot”, NTR Jr declaimed: “Congress means corruption, and corruption means Congress. Without bribes no work can be done in the State. The time has now come to change all that -- and the voters can do so by returning the TDP.” Making an indirect reference to PRP chief Chiranjeevi, the 25-year-old dude in khaki said that the TDP had already proved “social justice” by uplifting various communities and leaders in the state.
He cited K Yerrannaidu and K Pratibha Bharathi from the district among those who had benefited from the TDP’s social justice.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Namaste London in TELUGU with Nagarjuna

Aswini dutt is known as the man who has got an excellent taste of coming up with the perfect combination of hero and director and true to his style, even his ventures are filled with high budgets and big bonanzas. Though his last film didnt fared well at box office, he is considered as the man of quality and we can observe the class in his films.Now there is a hot news that has been making rounds. It is heard that Dutt has purchased the remake rights of the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Namastey London’ that had Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif and he is planning to remake it with Nagarjuna in the lead role. Right now, Dutt is busy in finding out the perfect director who can keep the same feel in the film to telugu audience. And it is also heard that if everything goes well, katrina kaif may play the female lead in telugu version as well.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ramcharan's Magadheera crosses budget

Ram charan who rocked the tollywood with chirutha is all set to come with magadheera with successful director rajamouli. Mega fans are eagerly waiting to watch the movie. Also megastar will be dancing with ramcharan in the film for famous number bangaru kodi petta. There is a lot of hype about the film. According to sources, Magadheera is the highest budget film that Rajamouli has made so far. It is said that he is spending money ravishly for this film. According to sources, this flick has already crosses its budget limits. It is said that Rajamouli is working very hard to break all the records of tollywood with this film.

Asin to learn martial arts for new film

Asin who is busy in bollywood is back in Kerala, her home state, and will soon be shooting for Bharath Bala’s multi-lingual The 19th Steps to be shot here later this year.
She has already started preparations and will be back in Kerala later this month to learn the tricky steps of Kalarippayattu, the state’s traditional martial art that is considered a male bastion. Kamal Haasan is playing an important role in the film, which also has popular Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano.
“The film is being produced by Walt Disney and a good portion will be shot in Kerala,” the Kochi girl told reporters. "This is going to be made in Tamil, Japanese and English and shooting will start in the second half of this year. For this I need to learn martial arts because the storyline demands it.”
Kamal Haasan plays the role of an Indian martial arts guru.

Deepika padukone to compete with korean, chinese actress

Chandni Chowk to China may have bombed at the Box Office here, but in faraway Hong Kong, it’s brought DEEPIKA PADUKONE a lot of appreciation. She is the first Indian actress to have been nominated in the Best Actress category at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival, which will be held from March 22 to April 13. Deepika, who will be competing with actresses from China, Hong Kong and Korea for the award, is thrilled. “Considering the fact that the film fared so badly, it feels great to be noticed and nominated at an international level. I am privileged,” said the actress. She feels that it was her character Meow, who was from China and was quite adept at martial arts that may have aroused interest in the jury members. “The Chinese look combined with my martial arts training may have got me this award. But whatever it is, I am very happy,” she said.
Her co-star, AKSHAY KUMAR, has also been invited. Besides Deepika, Oscar winner AR RAHMAN has been nominated for his music in Jodhaa Akbar. About 300 films from over 50 countries will be screened at the festival. There will be 20 world premieres and 30 Asian movie premieres.

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NTR RATHAM ready for road show from tomorrow

When Telugu film star Junior NTR kicks off his much awaited campaign for the TDP in Srikakulam on Thursday, he would try to step into the shoes of his illustrious grandfather and former Chief Minister, N. T. Rama Rao.

From using his own brand of “Chaitanya Ratham” made so famous by the party founder, donning his trademark campaign dress ‘khakis’ to emulating his legendary dialogue delivery, Junior NTR has been rehearsing hard during the last few days to relive his grandfather’s other role as a mass leader.

“He is bound to galvanise party supporters in his maiden campaign trail. They are sure to see and savour vintage NTR stuff, as Junior NTR is expected to make the most of his resemblance to his grandfather and come up with speeches laced with some of his powerful dialogues,” said Khambampati Ram Mohan Rao, campaign coordinator of the party.

‘Ratham’ ready
On Tuesday, Junior NTR took the ‘ratham’, a modified Eicher to TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s residence in Jubilee Hills and held closed-door discussion with him for a few minutes. The ‘ratham’ has images of NTR and Mr. Naidu on either side while his own on the rearside. NTR’s popular slogan, “Society is my temple and people are my Gods” is prominently inscribed at the top of these images.

TDP sources said the film actor would campaign for 40 days continuously on the ‘ratham’ and hope to even break the record of his grandfather.

“NTR accomplished the task when he was 60, while Junior NTR will do it at the age of 25”, said Mr. Rao. In the first phase he would spend three days each in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam.

Courtesy: Hindu

Monday, March 9, 2009

Kangna raut to do tough dances with hrithik

Hrithik Roshan’s papa Rakesh Roshan is taking no chances of late, especially when it comes to showcasing Duggu’s dancing talent. We hear that they even changed the choreographer because they weren’t happy with the steps that Flexy Stu has planned for Hrithik in Kites. The actor will get a chance to display his dancing skills in this film as he plays a Salsa instructor in it. We hear that there’s one hot Salsa number that has been shot on Hrithik and Kangna Ranaut. But what remains to be seen is whether the father-son manage to follow their last hit Krissh with another blockbuster? Getting Hrithik to dance seems to be a safe bet. This is the first time Kangna is going to indulge in some hardcore dancing this time around and director Anurag Basu doesn’t want to take any chance. Also, matching steps with Hrithik is not an easy job and most actresses have admitted to it. But it looks like they are willing to take a chance on Kangna’s dance

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