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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Pawan and Venkatesh Released SDZ audio

Heroes Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan released the audio cassette and CD of Shankar Dada Zindabad today at Shilpakalavedika, Hitech City, Hyderabad. The event was attended by a big gathering of fans, invitees from the Telugu film industry; and cast and crew of the film unit. Aditya Music is marketing the Music. Devi Sri Prasad, music director of the SDZ, remained the centre of attraction, receiving immense appreciation from megastar Chiranjeevi.

The function was slated to start at 6:30 PM, but it all started a bit late. Shilpa Chakravarthy anchored the event. Of the seven songs, each of them was formally released by a noted personality among the gathering – with shouting the “Mantra” (as called by the anchor) – Shankar Dada Zindabad – Hoo.. Haa, Hoo.. Haa.

Allu Arjun, Karishma Kotak, Mamta Mohandas, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Ashwini Dutt, K. Raghavendra Rao, Prabhu Deva, Venu Madhav, K.L Narayana, MS Raju, Devivara Prasad, Srikanth (who plays ATM) and Allu Arvind did the job of number launchers. Guests included ML Kumar Chowdary, Jeevi, Ashok Kumar, Trivikram Srinivas, B.Gopal, SJ Surya.

Highlight of the event remained dance performance by Prabhu Deva, Devi Sri Prasad and Mamta Mohandas to the tunes of SDZ audio. On this occasion, Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan felicitated the blood donors associated with Chiranjeevi Eye and Blood Bank.

Pawan Kalyan said that he played a very short but memorable role in the film. “My dream of acting with Annayya came true after a wait of 18 years. You (fans) will see me as your model. This sequel will be even bigger hit than the first one (Shankardada MBBS)”, he added.

Venkatesh said: The audio will win double Vijayam. You are going to make the film a big hit. I feel happy to be a part of the celebration.

Srikanth said: The movie has all the elements of entertainment. Prabhu Deva took care to stuff it with comedy, sentiment and good songs.

Allu Arjun said: The song Good Morning Hyderabad will also mean Good Morning Andhra Pradesh.

Devi Sri Prasad (gasping – emerging fresh from stage performance) said: My liking for Megastar started with Gang Leader. I turned a mega fan of him. I was very passionate about Chikubuku Chikubuku Railey song. Today, I got to work with both of them. This film increased my love for Gandhism and I felt like watching Gandhi film once again. My special thanks to VN Aditya for a crucial introduction of a line in a lyric (meaning how love can make an illiterate a literate) and to sound engineer for his special attention for quality.

When it was Chiranjeevi's turn to talk, it led to a big hubbub with shouts of “Hoo.. Ha”. Chiranjeevi termed the phrase as the “Taraka Mantra of his fans”. “Wherever I go, I am welcomed with that Mantra. This supplies great energy to me. I am indebted to you all”. Chiranjeevi showered maximum praise on Devi Sri Prasad for his fantastic music. At this point Devi was seen coming to his idol and touching his feet. “All the songs are equally good in the album”, Chiru said.

On Pawan Kalyan: Pawan Kalyan came to the sets of the film. When he was asked to clear himself from the sets, he vied for a small role with me. It was given to him. Pawan’s happiness is limitless. It was more than the success of Toliprema. Pawan's role in this film is sweet. It will be like a good sweet after a full meals.

On Allu Arjun: Allu Arjun grew up with lot of discipline. I am amazed to see his dances. His performance made me feel … Yes. Mana Vaarasudu. When there was heavy shouting from the galleries – Chirutha.. Chirutha, Chiranjeevi responded “Sandarbam vacchinappudu thappakunda vasthadu. Idhi Naa Function.”

On Venkatesh: 'At a time when heroes were shy of attending audio functions of other heroes, Venkatesh is an eye-opener. His selfless nature makes him a role model for all. His presence here brings in a healthy tradition in Telugu film industry'. On this occasion, he hugged Venkatesh.

On Karishma Kotak: This girl is all fresh with fresh looks. Her performance adds a new flavor to the film.

On Mamta Mohandass: Mamta Mohandass is a beauty and beautiful voice personified. She is a very good singer. Her qualities make her a very rare combination. I look forward to act with her in my forthcoming movies also.

On GFC (the Producers): I am thankful to my producers. They went ahead with purchasing the Hindi rights at an abnormal price. They believed that we (me and my fans) will create wonder with that film. Their efforts will never go waste.

On Paruchuri Brothers: If I want to say about myself, it is like telling about Paruchuri Brothers. They shed their usual ferocious dialogues and took up soft pen for the sake of Mahatma Gandhi.

On Piracy: Finally, Chiranjeevi, appealed to the audience to buy only the original Cassettes and CDs. Some of the students are burning the CDs and supplying them to their near and dear. It will create guilt among them. Those who promote piracy are parasites.


Aa Roje unit claims fantastic success

The unit of “Aa Roje” today claimed that the film is released to "fantastic" openings which defied their expectations. The film is made on Sri Mahalakshmi films banner. Direction is by KS Kumar and producer is Vinod. Kumar said that though the movie is made with a shoestring budget, it proved that the audience would surely support and patronage movies with good entertainment. He thanked the producer for all his cooporation. “Brahmanandam is the real hero of the film when its commercial success is concerned. We are amazed to hear hoots and whistles as and when Brahramanandam makes his presence on the screen. That is the power of this great comedian who continues to entertain the audience having finished 350 films. We are expecting the film to complete its 10 weeks run.” Hero Yashwant said that the movie would sure give him a break. Heroine Sowmya, who did a lead role in Hinglish film Angrez said it is a rewarding experience working for this film.


Kajal Agarwal's next film with Sumanth

Kajal Agarwal is getting busy with a line of films now. She is presently doing Krishnavamsi's Chandamama. She is roped in to play the lead heroine with Sumanth in Sumanth's next film. Annapoorna Pictures will produce the film in the direction of Raj. The film will be launched on 12th of July. One week schedule is planned after the launch. A continuous schedule then kicks off from the first week of August.


MS Raju's film with his son - Vaana?

It is already known that MS Raju is planning to launch his son Sumanth very soon. He will produce the film. What is not known yet is who will direct this film. It is not known yet if MS Raju himself would direct this film or will give the responsibility to Teja. This film might be the remake of Mungara Malai which translates to "tholakari jallu" in Telugu. Sources say that Vaana is the title in consideration for this film. More details of the film will be officially out soon.


The new president of APFCC is MS Reddy

"I know I have been physically away from the goings-on in the industry. But I do know the basics of the problems that confront us. I assure you that with the cooperation of every one of the office-bearers elected with me, I shall do my best. I know each and every one of those newly-elected and I am confident of not misplacing the trust that the industry has placed on me", said 'Sahaja Kavi' and senior producer, M.S. Reddy.

The newly-elected president of Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce, affectionately called 'Mallemala' by industry said soon they would announce an action plan to tackle the woes of the industry and help improve the everyday lives of those who depended on it, specially those comprising the 24 trades. He said all the time they would continue to discharge their social responsibilities by helping make films with social messages.

At his first press conference here on Monday, Mr. Reddy pledged to strive for improving things in the industry. Expressing his gratefulness for being elected unanimously as president, he said he would take his team of office-bearers into confidence in solving problems. "Instead of showing our problems and happenings in the film industry by looking through a magnifying lens, you people can help us by giving suggestions first on how to tackle the problems in the industry", he said.

Others who were elected on Sunday included D. Suresh Babu, Mandava Krishnachand and B. Amarnaath as vice-president, B. Shivaramakrishna and M. Venkateswara Rao as Honorary Secretaries, K. Ashok Kumar, K. Murali Mohan and G. Maheswara Reddy as Honorary Joint Secretaries. P.V. Ravi Kishore was elected Treasurer. Sector Council chairmen include C. Kalyan (Producers), K. Ramasubba Reddy (Exhibitors), V. Nageswara Rao (Distributors) and Pradeep K. Shah (Studios).

Some Feelings of M. S. Reddy in his words:
తెలుగు సినిమా పరిశ్రమలో అనుబంధాలకు విలువ తగ్గిపోతోంది. శాశ్వత బంధాలు అంటూ ఉండడంలేదు. సాయం చేసిన వారిని కూడా ఇట్టే మరిచిపోయే దుర్గణం ఇటీవల కాలంలో ఎక్కువైనట్లు కన్పిస్తోంది. ఇందుకు తాజా ఉదహరణ ప్రముఖ నిర్మాత ఎం.ఎస్‌.రెడ్డి చెప్పిన ప్రముఖ నిర్మాత, తెలుగుసినిమా పరిశ్రమలో సీనియర్‌ వ్యక్తి, ప్రముఖ కవి ఎం.ఎస్‌.రెడ్డి (మల్లెమాల) తెలుగు సినిమా పెద్ద హీరోలందరిపై తన అసంతృప్తిని వెళ్ళగక్కారు.

పేర్లు చెప్పకుండా ప్రస్తుతం టాప్‌ లో ఉన్న హీరోలందరి ద్వంద్వ వైఖరిని ఆయన గురువారం విలేకరుల సమావేశంలో ఎండగట్టారు. పెద్దాయన అని పరిశ్రమలో అందరూ ఆయనను గౌరవిస్తారు. కానీ ప్రస్తుతం ఈ పెద్దాయన ఆర్థిక ఇబ్బందుల్లో ఉన్నాడు. ఈ ఇబ్బందులను అధిగమించేందుకు ఆయన ఒక చిత్రం నిర్మించాలని భావించారు. అందుకోసం దాదాపు అందరి పెద్ద హీరోల డేట్స్‌ కోసం ఆయన ప్రయత్నించారట.

అయితే, ఎవరూ ముందుకు రాలేదట. ప్రస్తుతం టాప్‌ పొజిషన్‌ లో ఉన్న ఎన్టీఆర్‌ ని బాలనటుడిగా పరిచయం చేసింది ఆయనే. దర్శకుడు గుణశేఖర్‌ కు లైఫ్‌ ను ఇచ్చింది కూడా ఆయనే. అయితే, గుణశేఖర్‌ గానీ , ఎన్టీఆర్‌ గానీ ఎవరూ ఆయనకు డేట్స్‌ ఇవ్వడం లేదట. తన ఆర్థిక ఇబ్బందులను వివరించి అందరి హరోల దగ్గరికి వెళ్ళినా..తన దగ్గర సాయం పొందిన హీరోలు కూడా సహకరించలేదని ఆయన తెలిపారు.

అయితే, ఒక పెద్ద హీరో మాత్రం తన బాధను ఆలకించి సినిమా చేసేందుకు అంగీకరించినట్లు ఆయన చెప్పారు. ఆ హీరో పేరు చెప్పేందుకు ఆయన నిరాకరించారు. త్వరలో ఆ హీరోతోనే సినిమా ఎనౌన్స్‌ చేస్తానని ప్రకటించారు. థట్స్‌ తెలుగు.కామ్‌ సేకరించిన సమాచారం ప్రకారం ఆ హీరో బాలకృష్ణ అని తెలిసింది.

Also, 33 more persons from the industry, all of them prominent figures, were elected as members of the executive committee.


Devi Varaprasad come back with "Bajantrilu"

After a long gap, producer Devi Varaprasad is back to produce a film with MS Narayana as director. Sivaji, Vikram (son of MS Narayana) will play lead in this film. Susmita and Sivani are the heroines in this film titled Bajantrilu. Ali, Brahmanandam, sunil, Kota, Krishna Bhagavan, LB Sriram, Kondavalasa, Dharmavarapu and several artists are teamed up for this film. dasari Naryana Rao attended the event as chief guest. He gave the first clap while Dasari Padma switched on the camera. Brahmanandam directed the first shot. V.Raghu handles the camera. MS Narayana provides story and direction for the film.


YAMADONGA making up as UNIQUE and STYLISH film

Yamadonga, one of the most eagerly awaited premium product of Tollywood is all set to come before the audience very shortly. This film is by far the costliest movie made so far in the Telugu film industry.

Biggest indoor set so far
This film boasts of the biggest indoor set erected so far in the whole of Asia and incidentally is the costliest individual set. This Yamalokam set was erected over a period of 90 days with 300 workers working on the set day and night. The magnitude of the set was so much that it took almost another one and half month to dismantle the same. This set was erected in Ramoji film city and the number of shooting days in this set was 42. Apart from this the other sets erected for four songs, the set of the hero house and the heroine house are also done with lot of richness and grand taste. Added to these grandeur sets, the graphics of this film are also bound to a visual treat to the eyes of the audience. The producers of this film have ensured qualities of high standard and are very confident that the film will be on par with Hollywood standards and they are confident that this film will be watched even by the foreigners and Hindi speaking audience too, purely because of the fact that the plot is a very interesting one in the form of a socio fantasy subject.

Daler Mahendi song
Daler Mehandi's song, NTR's song, biggest set, 7 heroines are just a few highlights in YAMADONGA.
The production house has not compromised on any issues and wants to make a mark in the international market. The highlights of the film are far too many with music being the first amongst them. The audio of this film comprises of 6 songs and 4 bit songs and is getting release in the 1st week of July. One of the song is sung by Daler Mehendi and one of them by NTR and Mamata Mohandas.

Superior graphics work
A team of 80 professionals spread over three outsourcing houses spearheaded the EFX are working on the graphics and the production house is confident of coming out with the most impressive visuals. Some of the work was handled by Mr. Adel Eddelli a professional from Iran who has contributed heavily in the Hollywood films too.

Songs with 7 heroines
Another highlight of the film is that it is hatrick combinatino of director S.S.Rajamouli and NTR whose two earlier films Student No.1 and Simhadri were big blockbusters in Tollywood. Also the film by far has a large starcast in the form of biggest names in Tollywood. Padmasri Dr. M.Mohan Babu is playing an equally important role as the hero and is bound to create waves with his performance as lord Yama. Apart from this, the film has seven heroines namely Kushboo, Priyamani, Mamata Mohandas, Rambha, Preeti Jhingania, Navneeth Kaur and Archana. Probably this the only film in telugu where the hero shakes a leg with all the above heroines (excluding Kushboo) which is bound to bring variety and spice to this film. The other important stars are Brahmanandam, Ali, MS Narayana, Raghu babu, Jayaprakash, Naresh, Rajeev Kanakala etc. The role of the villain is donned by Narendra Jha who played the role of Baji rao in Chatrapati.

Excellent lighting by Senthilkumar
The excellent art work by popular art director Mr Anand Sai is well complimented by the cinematographer KK Senthil Kumar who has been given a free hand by the production house and the director to light up the sets in a very tasteful way. And though the cost of the film had gone up substantially because of his excellent lighting schemes, the producers have no qualms about it as it is finally enhancing the richness of the film.

Director SS Rajamouli who has given 5 successive blockbusters, carries a major responsibility on his shoulders as he has to ensure that this film has to be better than all his previous films. The expectations are very high and the entire team of Yamadonga has no doubts that he will deliver it in style. This film is bound to satisfy one and all as it has universal appeal with lot of entertainment stuffed into it.

This film is presently by Rama Rajamouli and produced by Cheri and Urmila under the banner of Viswamitra Creations which happens to be the own banner of SS Rajamouli.