Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Jaane Tu...Yaa Jaane Na girl, Manjari Phadnis’ career down south seems to be chugging on the right track. With her Tamil debut Muthiraj ready for release and her second Telugu film almost nearing completion, the girl who debuted in Tollywood with Sidhu From Sikakulam, is certainly hitting the rightnotes. And, guess what? She loves Telugu songs. “Whenever I am in Hyderabad, I make it a point to listen to all the new Telugu tracks,” she croons. Hmm… with a “helpful” costar like Raja and a bunch of offers on a platter, she surely has mastered the art of making people dance to her tunes!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Telugu Desam chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has cleverly started sidelining the party’s star campaigners, filmstars Balakrishna and Junior NTR, and is now subtly promoting his son, Mr Lokesh Naidu, as his successor.
Mr Naidu, who was all praise for Balakrishna and Junior NTR before the polls, is not talking much about their contribution now. He did not call on Junior NTR after returning to Hyderabad and did so only after a vernacular daily carried a report mentioning this.
During a media conference held at his residence the other day, Mr Naidu kept on stressing that it was his pet Cash Transfer Scheme that would lead the TD back to power.
Party insiders said that Mr Naidu’s shrewd political strategy came to the fore when he termed the Cash Transfer Scheme as his son Lokesh’s brainchild. This happened soon after Junior NTR started making waves through his campaign.
Later, Mr Lokesh was sent to Kuppam, Mr Naidu’s constituency, to look after the electioneering there.
Mr Naidu is known for his canny political moves. During the coup against NTR, he took the help of NTR’s son, Mr Harikrishna, and the veteran’s son-in-law, Mr Daggubati Venkateswara Rao. Later he dumped both of them.
An angry Harikrishna then said that Mr Naidu had a “use and throw” attitude. Mr Venkateswara Rao had recently cautioned both Balakrishna and Junior NTR to be cautious of Mr Naidu’s moves.
After her blockbuster Ayan, Tamanna is now busy in Kollywood. “I am doing two Tamil films,” says the actress, who sounds excited about stepping into Kareena Kapoor’s shoes in the Tamil remake of the Bollywood hit Jab We Met. “It’s a challenging role and I am paired opposite Bharath in the film,” she adds. So, is she totally giving up on Telugu films? “I am getting offers from Tollywood but can’t spare the dates,” she rues. Until then her Telugu fans will have to check out her dubbed films like Ananda Tandavanam and Kalasala. Well, looks like Tollywood’s loss is Kollywood’s gain.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
For model-turned-actor Shweta Bharadwaj who did the Bollywood flick Mission Istanbul last year and has already become a household name in Andhra after Indumathi says, “Telugu filmmakers wrap up work in just 30 to 35 days. In Bollywood, a top actress can just do one to two films in a year.” Of course lucrative pay packets are a “huge incentive”, but she’s content juggling both Bollywood and Tollywood for now. Mumbai model Gauri Pandit however, wants to explore Tollywood in a big way. “I am essaying challenging roles in both Houseful and Akasaramanna,” says the actress, who put her Bollywood dreams on hold for the time being. Mumbai girl Madalsa Sharma of Fitting Master fame is upfront about her long term goals. “I am doing Telugu films to gain some work experience. After doing some films here, I’d like to move on to Bollywood,” she adds.
There are some former B-Towners like Bhumika Chawla and Reema Sen who continue to be enamoured by their southern dreams and have made Hyderabad their home. Gen Y actress Hansika Motwani also claims that she has “no plans” at all to return to Mumbai or Bollywood. After a successful debut opposite Himesh Reshammiya in Aap Ka Suroor, Hansika chose to move to Tollywood and has found her share of fame here. “Tollywood is close to my heart,” says the chirpy teenager, who has delivered hits like Desamuduru and Maska in recent times. “Besides having numerous fans in Andhra Pradesh, I enjoy a good comfort level with the Telugu film fraternity,” she adds. She claims that she’s all set to sign up two Bollywood films, but is busy shooting a Telugu film with Kalyan Ram. “My mainstay would always be Telugu films and occasionally I could do Hindi films for bigger reach,” she signs off. Sneha Ullal (often known as the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lookalike) who got serenaded by Salman Khan in the blockbuster Lucky—No Time for Love in 2004, has had a super successful Tollywood debut with Ullasamga Utsagamga and has plenty to look forward to professionally here. “My focus is definitely on Tollywood since I like to work with professionals. Now, even Bollywood producers are paying on par with Tollywood but we can brush up our acting skills down south,” says the actress, who has Hindi films like Dard-e-Disco and Click in her kitty but is pinning big hopes on the Telugu film Current. Sonal Chauhan’s Tollywood plans seem somewhat uncertain after her film Rainbow crashed, but she says she’s “doing MF Hussain’s new Bollywood film.”
Producer Aditya Ram who roped in Bollywood siren Kangna Ranaut for his new film has a different take. “The fascination for Bollywood actresses will remain intact among movie buffs here, but the audience appreciates talent too,” he says. Well, as long as talent, screen appeal comes together as a package and casts its spell on the BO, Bollywood starlets will keep finding a Tolly route to bigger fame, glory, moolah and a return to Mumbai as well!
Addressing an election meeting near Jairam talkies here on Sunday, Mr. Pavan Kalyan recalled his association with Ongole.
He said his father worked as head constable in the Excise Department here when Mr. Chiranjeevi studied in C.S.R. Sarma College.
He said he learnt his alphabets in a street corner school in Gopalanagaram here and imbibed two policies in life – being honest and keep trying till the goal is achieved.
He rebutted the charge of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy that Mr. Chiranjeevi had done nothing to his native village in West Godavari district.
He said as his father worked in several coastal towns, they considered no single place as their native place for development.
He said that the Congress Government was ridden with corruption.
Had it developed the State there would have been no need for the PRP.
He said that Mr. Chiranjeevi floated the PRP not to earn fame, power or money but to provide a clean government and serve the people better.
He felt that the PRP would win 80-85 seats in the first phase of polls and an equal number in the second phase to form the government on its own.
Responding to the request of his fans, he said there was no need for him to twirl his moustache or thump his thighs to challenge his enemies. “It is enough if we have a brave heart to oppose corruption,” he observed.
Appeal to voters
He introduced PRP candidates – Parvathaneni Anand for Ongole Assembly seat and Pidatala Sai Kalpana Reddy for the Ongole Lok Sabha seat – and appealed to the people to vote for them.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
As for the rumors from filmnagar, Her upcoming film Mallanna with Vikram have full skin show of Shriya and its heard that she is fully going to reveal all her assets without any hesitation. Hope after this film she gets from offers from telugu and tamil industry.
Making full use of his oratorical skills, the Union minister termed Mr Naidu’s schemes as impractical. “He is indulging in political gambling as he is fully aware that the TD will be defeated in the general elections,” said Mr Reddy.
The Union minister targeted Mr Naidu in all the speeches he made in Moinabad, Chevella and Shankarpally mandals on Wednesday.
“No one will take Mr Naidu’s promises seriously since he did nothing for the public during his nine year tenure,” said the Union minister, who exuded confidence about being elected from Chevella. “No political party can stop me from winning the Chevella seat. I am an acceptable leader from Dilli to Galli,” he said.
Mr Jaipal Reddy also criticised the Praja Rajyam and said that such “sub-regional parties” would not have any impact on the elections.
“The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, has performed miracles in the last five years,” he said. “He implemented the Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme though it was not in the 2004 manifesto. People will certainly vote for the Congress since Dr Rajasekhar Reddy has credibility unlike Mr Naidu.”
Mr Jaipal Reddy assured he would speed up the prestigious Pranahita-Chevella project which will bring water to the parched district. He also promised that GO 111, which prohibits polluting industries within 10 km of any lake providing drinking water, will be repealed once the Godavari Waters were brought to the Ranga Reddy district.
The state minister for mines, Ms Sabita Indra Reddy, and her son, Mr Karteek Reddy, who was denied the Chevella seat, are also campaigning for Mr Jaipal Reddy. “Though I am contesting from Maheswaram Assembly constituency, I will continue to work for the development of Chevella with the support of Mr Jaipal Reddy,” said Ms Sabita Indra Reddy.
Mr Jaipal Reddy and his followers said they were getting overwhelming support from the party.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Tired of the relentless attention ever since he triumphed at the Oscars,
composer A.R. Rahman requests all to let him be..
"I'd just like to retreat in my cave for a while," Rahman told IANS. After winning the two golden statuettes for his compositions in "Slumdog Millionaire", Rahman is inundated with offers. "The workload is getting heavier. Rahman is inundated with work from both home and abroad. He has taken on one new Bollywood project Abbas Tyrewala's '1-800-Love' and he needs to finish Tony D'Souza's 'Blue' whose background score and the Kylie Minogue item are yet to be completed." Rahman is also disturbed by the rumours. "Rahman has to deal with false stories about his global conquests. Like the one that said he had replaced David Beckham in a cellphone ad for a staggering fee," said a close friend of the composer. Friends feel he's being put under tremendous performance anxiety and this may reflect on the quality of his work. "Rahman has decided to stay completely away from the public glare for some time. He is currently spending time on the music
of Abbas Tyrewala's film. Then he has called Tony D'Souza to Chennai to complete the music of 'Blue'. After that he will quietly leave for London and the US. Under no circumstance will he allow himself to be put under the microscope."
Friday, April 3, 2009
Bhumana Karunakar Reddy, who is all set to collide head-on with ‘mega star’ Chiranjeevi, filed his nomination for the Tirupati Assembly constituency on Thursday amid great excitement and expectations.
The colourful procession took off at RTC crossroad after Mr. Reddy garlanded the statues of Dr. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi.
Braving the blistering heat, his followers turned out in impressive numbers ahead of the motorcade.
The convoy passed through congested areas like Peddakapu Street, Bandla Street, Nethaji Road and Rayalacheruvu Road before culminating at the RDO’s office.
Incumbent legislator M.Venkatramana, former civic chief V. Muniratnam and his deputy D. Prasannakumar Reddy, TUDA Chairman Ch. Bhaskar Reddy, district Mahila Congress president K. Prameelamma, INTUC district president Mabbu Chenga Reddy, city Congress president Palagiri Pratap Reddy and other senior leaders were part of the procession.
As ‘super star’ Krishna announced his support to the Congress, members of the Tirupati Krishna-Mahesh Fans Association also joined the procession.
Mr. Reddy hurried into the RDO’s office just minutes before the chosen ‘muhurtham’ to file the nomination papers, leaving his drum-totting followers well behind, understandably for fear of incurring the wrath of the ever-vigilant Election Commission.
Mr. Reddy announced that the Chief Minister’s development mantra alone would triumph and the “greasepaint” was all set to fade.
“I am sure the sanction of funds under Prime Minister Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) to SVIMS, Municipal Corporation status to Tirupati, establishment of SV Veterinary University and sanction of Rs.1,380 crore to the city under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will endear me to my voters”, he told mediapersons.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Interestingly, Asin has a double role to play in the film. She plays a woman from both the 12th century as well as the 21st century. Incidentally, in both the roles, she plays a Brahmin woman. The film's USP is Kamal Hassan who plays as many as ten different roles in the film. Another female lead in the film is Mallika Sherawat.
"Asin walked into a role which was originally meant for Vidya Balan", says an industry insider, "However, due to date issues, Vidya had to walk out of the project and Asin stepped in." He maintains that consenting to work in ‘Dasavatharam’ really helped Asin's standing in the industry. "She gained a lot from the film since her performance was appreciated on a scale similar to that of the Tamil version of ‘Ghajini’. The Hindi version of ‘Ghajini’ arrived only later (in December 2008) and since then her stocks have been on a rise."
Of course, doing a Tamil or a Telugu film is no cakewalk for the Arian. She admits that she has to “work doubly hard. For instance, memorising up the lines and working on pronunciation involves lots of effort. However, there are some words that are common in Tamil and Telugu,” she avers.
Kangana owes her perfect 10 figure to a dedicated fitness regime that includes “yoga”, even amid her daily grind (she’s “up every morning by 4 am” and sleeps only at midnight). For someone who trusts her “instincts” while selecting films, 2009 has lots to offer — Anurag Basu’s Kites (opposite Hrithik Roshan), No Problem opposite Akshaye Khanna and Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. Ironically, even in Kites she plays an obsessive character, something she’s done before. “Every character on screen has some resemblance to the real life characters they are inspired by. As an actor I believe in doing justice to my roles. Milan wants me to meet yesteryear actor Sona (the woman who Haji Mastan loved), on whose life Once Upon A Time In Mumbai is based. I listen to what my directors tell me,” she says.
Considering she’s doing a lot of Tamil and Telugu films, does she have favourites? And Kangana is at her diplomatic best: “I admire Rajnikanth and Nagarjuna a lot.”
And surprise, surprise! Kangana doesn’t “want to talk” about boyfriend Adhyayan Suman even as she flashes her 1,000 megawatt smile and bids us goodbye.
Some raaz ki baat that!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Jayaprakash further said "If they are really working for the benefit of the poor people, they should face this debate. All these three want people to be poor for ever. Those parties don't have pro-poor agenda".
We have to wait and see how chiranjeevi, YSR and CBN reacts to this..
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