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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Mr Medhavi completes talkie part this week

The shooting of the film ´Mr Medhavi´ is going on at a very brisk speed. The talkie part is going to complete this week where the last schedule of songs will be canned in subsequent schedule. Raja and Genelia are playing lead in the film while Sonu Sood played a prominent role in it. Chakry is scoring music and Neelakanta is directing it.

Neelakanta says he will be putting good time on Post Production activities after the shooting part and planning to release the film in October, tentatively.

Genelia is happy for her role in the film and Raja and Sonu Sood also have prominence for their roles.


Nitin is hitting the screens with Ravi Kumar’s film

R.R movie makers is making a movie with Actor Nitin. Nitin is far away from the industry these many days as he is not finding a good story. Now he has signed a deal with director Ravikumar. Venkat is the producer of the film. Director Ravikumar has done Samanyudu with Jagapati babu recently and says that this movie will bring a good name for Nitin in the industry. At present the team is busy with the script work and the shooting will be started in the month of August. The team is in the dilemma of selecting the Actress. Hope he brings some one new to the industry.


Aa Mte Success meet

Aa Roje, with Yashwant and Sowmya in the lead with Brahmanandam in a pivotal role under the banner of Sri Mahalakshmi Productions was released on June 30.

The director of the film KS Kumar said that the film is running houseful in all release station at a success meet held at the Film Nagar Cultural Club, Hyderabad.

He also added that it was an unexpected hit and all credits go to Marudhuri Raja's dialogues plus the contribution of Brahmanandam. He added “I am indebted to audience who made Aa Roje a bit hit. Our happiness knew no bounds when the audiences stood up and cheered Brahmanandam. The film will definitely run for 10 weeks."

Hero Yashwant thanked the audience for all the love. Sowmya expressed her happiness that her first Telugu film is a hit. Fight master Prakash thanked Kumar and Vinod for giving him the opportunity to work in the film.


NTR's Growing Beliefs On Bhakthi and Astrology

NTR's bhakti and belief on Astrology is growing day by day. Well, that came from his grand father as many would opine. That's true to some extent. NTR's mother Shalini is a Kannada Brahmin (many assume her wrong to be Muslim) who is keen on religious aspects.

So he took certain interests from mother as well. The recent Rahu-Ketu Puja in Kalahasti and taking steps as per Vaastu experts (he sold out his house in Jubilee Hills as per Vaastu advice) are the results of his beliefs due to brought up.

He is now busy with 'Yamadonga' and hopes are pinned on that in big way. NTR also changed his life style these days. He is waking up very early in the morning like is grand father unlike before. Regular work outs and keeping away from alcohol are his life style features now. That's how he can sustain his slim silhouette.


Athidi audio on Mahesh’s bday, movie in Sept

The action episode of Mahesh Babu and Amrita Rao’s is going on at the Malaysian township. Stun Shiva is composing the action sequences for this film. Surender Reddy who made Ashok and Athanokkade in the past is registering. Mani Sharma scores the music for this film, which is produced by Mahesh’s sibling Ramesh on Sri Krishna Pictures banner. The movie’s audio is going to release on the 9th of August 2007, on the occasion of Mahesh’s birthday. The movie itself would release on the first week of September.


V.V Vinayak, NTR Jr, Bujji to team up

The successful combination of NTR-Vinayak which made Adi and Sambha is coming back togather soon. NTR's currently shooting for Yamadonga, while he signed another film for Ashwini Dutt to be directed by Mehar Ramesh. V.V Vinayak's next film is a comic caper weaved with action, which has Raviteja in the lead. After completing their present assignments, the duo would come togather for their third film. It would be produced by Nallamalupu Srinivas (Bujji) who produced Lakshmi


Some interesting news about Kamal in “Dasvatharam”

In the Hindu mythology, Dasavatharam denotes the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. No actor in the movie industry has tried out ten different characters in the same movie. Kamal Haasan will be appreciated world wide for his contribution in this movie. The story of the movie is penned by Kamal himself. The buzz is that these are the characters he will play in the movie:

1. A Brahmin

2. A Dwarf

3. A Scientist
4. A Fighter

5. A Black Man

6. A Tourist Guide

7. An Old Woman

8. A Robber

9. A Young Lady

10. An Emperor

Dasavatharam’ shooting in Las Vegas

One of the characters that Kamal handles in the movie ‘Dasavatharam’ is that of a foreigner and the shooting for the same took place in Las Vegas . One of the schedules of the movie was shot in Orlando and the second schedule of the movie will be shot in a casino. Since Las Vegas is a city famous for casinos and gambling, Kamal suggested this as the apt place shooting the movie.

Sruthy Kamal sings in ‘Dasavatharam’

Sruthy Kamal, daughter of Kamal Haasan, is right now staying in US and it seems that she has rendered her voice in singing a song in the upcoming movie ‘Dasavatharam’. It can be remembered that Kamal has already sung songs for various actors and also for himself. Sruthy has sung the song for the tunes that have been composed by Himesh Reshammiya and Mallika Sherawat who is doing a negative role in the movie will dance for the tunes.

‘Dasavatharam’ in Malaysia


Lawrence to direct Mahesh Babu

Lawrence’s last film – Muni was an average grosser at boxoffice. His next film Don is progressing at a brisk pace. Though his role in his last film – Muni was not appreciated much by the telugu audience, Lawrence has not given up on acting as he is playing a small guest role in Don too. The buzz in Film Nagar is that, he has narrated a subject to Prince Mahesh Babu, which the actor showed interested in and gave a green signal to. The movie would begin after Mahesh completes his present assignments and Lawrence wraps up Don. The movie would be produced either on Krishna Production banner by Ramesh or Indira Creations banner by Manjula. For more news, stay tuned.


Kavya madhavan moves to tamil cinema

After dropping herself from a malayalam movie opposite mammotty, Kavya decides to try her luck once again in tamil. Previously she burnt her fingers with “Kasi” and “En mana vaanil” (Tamil movies). Both were remakes of malayalam movies directed by vinayan.

This time, she features opposite prasanna directed by ace director, script writer siddhique of “Friends”(Tamil Movie) fame. Hope she finds meatier roles similar to malayalam.


Kushbu again in news

Madras High Court today adjourned to July 9, an alleged cheating case against popular actor Kushboo.

After the prosecution promised to get back to the court, the judge posted the case to July nine.

The petition was filed by one Vargheese, the father-in-law of Kushboo’s brother Abdullah, alleging that the actor had cheated him to the tune of Rs 18 lakh, and sought a direction to the police to file a case against her.

Mr Varghese had sent Rs 18 lakh from abroad in dollars to Kushboo, to be given to Mr Abdullah for producing a Kannada movie, five years back. Last year, Mr Varghese had preferred a complaint with the Central Crime Branch that Kushboo had not returned the money to him and had not honoured her promise of registering her flat in his name in lieu of the money.


Superstar congratulates Dr.M.Karunanidhi

Superstar Rajnikanth, who gave a free hand to his fans to support any party as their wish in the assembly elections, 2006. Today he met Chief Minister Dr.M.Karunanidhi and congratulated him for his victory in 2006 Assembly polls.

"This is your victory totally. This is a victory for your matured experience. I wish and pray for your long life and good health", he said to the DMK president.

This was not new to our Superstar to greet the winning personalities not only in politics but also in cine industry.


More about Sankar Dada Zindabad

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.



Remember “Tuneega Tuneega” girl from “Mansantha Nuvve”. The girl has not only grown up she is all set to play lead film opposite Nithin. Suhani (name of the girl) got an offer from director Bapu, for his next venture, but due to technical issues, the movie got postponed and now Suhani is all set to do lead role opposite Nithin. On the other hand Charmee took the place of Suhani in Bapu’s film. Amma Rajshekar will be directing the movie with Suhani and Nitin and it will be the remake of hit Tamil film ‘Thiruvilayadal Arambham’ starring Dhanush and Shriya. We wish all the best to the Tuneega Girl.



Tollywood actress Simran will not do any mother/sister roles. She says she is as yet game for heroine roles. She has reportedly refused to do some roles as these are being offered as mother/sister roles. She is now on only two ventures. One is a Balakrishna movie called “Okkamagadu” and another is a Malayalam movie called “Heartbeat”. She has reportedly said that she is willing to do roles with younger heroes also.


Genelia is Busy with TOLLYWOOD and KOLLYWOOD

Telugu actress Genelia is busy with films both in Tollywood and Kollywood. She has a string of hits in Telugu but her film career has not taken off as yet in Tollywood. All the films that she acted in Tamil were a failure at the box-office.

Despite this she continues to bag roles in Tamil films. Not only that, she has also jacked up her remuneration from around 12 lakhs to 25-30 lakhs. Wonder what the secret is?

She only talks about her remuneration with the producers. She is least bothered about the story and the star cast. This is what has endeared her to the producers in Tamil and has ensured that she continues to get fresh offers despite her films flopping at the box-office.


Haranath Says Keeravani music, Krishna's performance are highlights for CHANDRAHAAS Movie

Popular NRI producer and artiste, Dr Haranath Policherla produced a film called ''Alex'' in which he himself played the hero. Again he produced a film ''Chandrahaas'' under the direction of Sivashakti Datta. Though Dr Haranath was in a big position as a doctor in the US, he came to India with an interest on acting and started producing films on his own. On the occasion of the release of his latest film ''Chandrahas'', he had a chitchat with Indiaglitz. Here are the excerpts:
What are the specialities of 'Chandrahas' film?

The story in itself is something special. The story was prepared on the sword gifted by Tuljapur Bhavani Mata to Chatrapati Sivaji. The entire story revolves around the sword.

Can you please explain in detail about the subject?

'Chandrahas' is the name of the sword gifted by Tuljapur Bhavani Mata to Chatrapati Sivaji. We adopted the same name as the title for our film.

What is the relation between the sword and the story of the film? What we mean to say is how do you do the title justification?

That sword is very powerful. If such a sword falls in the hands of any person what would be the consequences? If they are gentleman, it will be okay. If they are crooked, the consequences would be unimaginable. If it happens would be the result is the subject of the movie.

Why did you choose Krishna alone for Sivaji role?

If you watch Krishna in Sivaji's get-up you just get a feel that he was born to don that role alone. I watched him in the get-up twice in his earlier films and I strongly believed that no other artiste could do justice to the role other than him. His character would appear in a flashback episode. I really feel very fortunate when he agreed to play the role in our film. Really he is a great artiste.

Why did you choose Sivashakti Datta as director for the movie?

It is he who prepared the story. I sincerely felt that he alone could do justice to the subject and others can't explain what all that is in his mind on the screen. When he was narrating the story, I could visualize the scenes just in front of me. We trusted him totally and handed him over the responsibility of directing the film. He too did cent per cent justice to his job.

Briefly tell us about the music in the film…

There is no need for a special mention about Keeravani and his music at this hour and stage. The music scored by him is the highlight of the film. Moreover, the director of the film Sivashakti Datta is none other than Keeravani's father. Keeravani always pays obeisance to his father as the first teacher for him. Hence, he gave fantastic music for the film and paid his 'Guru Dakshina' to his father. Moreover, Sivashakti Datta had taken the responsibility of providing story, screenplay, dialogues, lyrics and direction for our movie.

Tell us about the lyrics, tunes and songs in the film?

Audio was a big hit. All the duets evoked good response. Likewise, the song choreographed on Sivaji character, 'Tribhuvana Janani… Tribhuvanaavani…' is quite heart touching. Performance of Krishna, music by Keeravani, and the directorial ability of Sivashakti Datta would enthrall the audiences. There is a very good scope for re-recording in the film and Keeravani scored more points on this count. The re-recording elevated the mood of each scene.

What about action scenes in the flick?

All the fights in the film were composed by Fight Master Horseman Babu. I could not believe my eyes while watching the rushes whether I only did those fights or not. He did a tremendous job in this aspect. All the fights were composed in a marvelous way.

What are the other specialities of the movie?

Here I need to mention an important point in the subject. There was a wrong notion among the people that Sivaji is against Muslims. But we proved that it is a wrong notion. Sivaji's knight (Senapati) is a Muslim called Hyder Ali. At least 30 per cent of his army were Muslims.

Tell us about your role in the film?

I am the 16th heir of Sivaji's clan. Astha Singhal paired up with me in the female lead. Abbas is playing another important role in the movie. Besides, Puneet Issar, Sarat Babu, Sujata, Brahmanandam, Venumadhav, Sana and others are in the cast. We had a wide debate on the unity of Hindus and Muslims in the movie. It is a very good socio-fantasy movie which could be watched by the entire family by sitting together. I wish the audiences would bless our effort and make the film a big hit. Good day!


Bharat to play hero in Sri Sai Rupa Creations' film

Thota Venkateswara Reddy had produced 'Student' on the banner of Sri Sai Rupa Creations. Now he is planning to produce a movie under the direction dynamic lady director B Jaya, who had three hits such as 'Chantigadu, Premikulu and Gundammagari Manavadu' to her credit.

Bharat of 'Tenth Class'-fame was selected as hero for the movie. Besides Bharat, there should be three other young heroes and their selection is yet to be done.

After 'Tenth Class' there is no notable hit to Bharat's credit. The film in the combination of Bharat, Jaya and Thota Venkateswara Reddy would be launched in August.


Posani's next flick is 'Apadamokkulavadu'

It is well aware that 'Operation Duryodhana' directed and produced by popular writer and artiste Posani Krishnamurali proved to be a big hit and is running successfully. Srikanth played a different role and gave an excellent performance in the film.

Moreover, the film had raked up a debate among the people about the subject. It is estimated that the film which was produced at a cost of Rs 1.40 crores is likely to collect Rs 10 crores revenue. Indicating that the expectations were true, the film which was released with 50 prints was now running with 80 prints.

After this film, Posani is planning another film on the same banner 'Aman International' with Nagababu as hero and it was titled as 'Apadamokkulavadu'.

The film would go to sets very soon. It may be recalled here that Posani had announced during the success meet of 'Operation Duryodhana' that he would direct his next flick with Nagababu as hero.


Raviteja-Vinayak combo to go to sets on July 9

The film in the combination of mass hero Raviteja and young sensational director VV Vinayak is all set to go to sets on July 9.

Akula Siva, who had provided story and dialogues for a successful film like 'Lakshmi' with Victory Venkatesh, Nayanatara and Charmme in the lead under the direction of Vinayak, is again scripting story and dialogues for the movie.

Likewise, Ramana Gogula, who scored music for 'Lakshmi and Yogi' in the combination of Vinayak us providing tunes for the film.

In the wake of the Raviteja's latest film 'Dubai Seenu' produced by DVV Danaiah on the banner of Universal Media under the direction of Sreenu Vaitla, proving to be a huge success, there were high expectations on the next flick of Raviteja, as the film has a combination of several successful technicians.

Moreover, Vinayak is committed to make the film a hit, as his latest film 'Yogi' failed to reach the expectations.


Gangadhar enthrals Atlanta Telugus

Popular playback singer and music director Gangadhar presented 'Bhakti Geetanjali' at Riverdale Temple in Atlanta for a non-stop four hours. The orchestra was presented jointly by Hindu Temple of Atlanta and Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA).

The programme was held on June 30 and Gangadhar rendered several songs sung by Ghantasala, which include several devotional numbers and Annamayya Keerthans. In between the songs, he rendered slokas from Bhagavad Gita along with their meaning.

There was a standing ovation when he sung 'Jaya Krishna Mukunda Muraari…' in 'Panduranga Mahatmyam' and 'Siva Shankaree…' in 'Jagadekaveeruni Katha'. Several other melodious numbers like — 'Namo Venkatesaa…, Sesha Sailaavaasa…, Pralaya Payodhijale…, Ghanaa Ghana Sundaraa…, Jagadabhi Raamaa…, Nee Kondaku Neeve Rappinchuko…, Neelakantharaa Devaa…, Tiruvenkaadheesa Jagadeesaa…, Jagadapu Chanavula Jajara…, Brahma Kadigina Paadamu…, Antaa Raama Mayam…' — rendered by Gangadhar enthralled the Telugu speaking people in Atlanta.

Speaking on the occasion, Gangadhar says, 'We are going to conduct 'Sampurna Bhagavad Gita Gana Yagna' through Bhagavad Gita Foundation established by us. The Atlanta programme is a first step in this regard. The late Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao had sung only 108 slokas out of 701 in Bhagavad Gita. He was unable to render all of them due to ill-health. But in a bid to fulfil his ambition, I am planning to sing all the 18 chapters in Bhagavad Gita along with its meaning. All the 18 chapters would be provided in 18 separate CDs and cassettes. Now I am on the job and awaiting cooperation and sponsors for the yagna.'

The Atlanta Hindu Temple and TAMA jointly announced that they would sponsor the Viswaroopa Sandarsana Yoga chapter CDs and cassettes.

Gangadhar was awarded with a title 'Ghantasala Manasa Putra' by both the organisations in the presence Vedic pundits. Ramesh Chaparala, Bala Indurthy, Sridevi Dadithota of TAMA and Dr Jaganmohana Rao, Dr B K Mohan and Dr Hyma Mikkilineni of the temple felicitated Gangadhar on the occasion.

The audiences — T Ramachandra Reddy, Dr Jayasri Moparthi, Karunakar Asireddy, Dr Mangaraju Vanapalli, Ramanamurthy, Dr Narsinga Rao Palep — who became spell-bound with the fantastic rendition of the songs and Bhagavad Gita slokas, announced that they would sponsor one chapter each in Bhagavad Gita CDs and cassettes.


The audio of 'Shankar Dada Zindabad' directed by noted choreographer-turned-director Prabhudeva and produced on the banner of Gemini Film Circuits, with Padma Bhushan, Mega Star, Dr Chiranjeevi and Karishma Katak in the lead is all set for release through Aditya Music at Shilpa Kala Vedika of Shilparamam in Hyderabad on July 4 at a grand function.

It is reliably learnt that Pawan Kalyan not only made a special appearance and played a guest role in the film, but also shook his legs along with the Mega Star.

Another speciality is that the Mega Star had danced a huge dance bit in a song in a single shot and this would definitely enthral the Mega Star fans.

It is well aware that the Nizam Area distribution rights were bagged by Siri Media for a whopping Rs 8.5 crores.


'Toss 'Press Meet' on July 4th

Directed by Priyadarshani Ram and produced by Amar and Radha Mohan on the banner of Dream Films with Upendra, Raja, Priyamani and Kamna Jethmalani in the lead is all set to hit the screen on July 12.

Producer Amar says, 'Final touches are now being made for our film 'Toss'. We will complete the censor formalities soon and release the film on July 12. We released trailers in 50 theatres and their number went up to 140. Pyramid Sai Meera Group, which had distributed 'Sivaji' film, impressed with our trailers and came forward to release our movie.'

Hero Raja says, 'Mine is a variety role in this movie. It is an excellent film in my career. I am very confident about my role and also about the success of the film. I am thrilled when I was dubbing my voice in the film. You will find a new look in my attire and the audiences will find a new Raja in this movie. Camera work and music are fabulous.'

Director Priyadarshan Ram, cameraman Surender Reddy, dialogue writer Sampath Nandi and heroine Ramya also spoke.


Vandana is Srikanth’s wife

The Madras High Court has restrained popular Tamil actor Srikanth from evicting his wife Vandhana from his residence. Justice V. Ramasubramanian passed the interim order on a suit filed by Vandhana to this effect.

Two months back both the families of Srikanth and Vandhana approved of the marriage of the two and agreed to have a formal ceremony the 18th of June. After all the arrangements had been made, they found about the court cases that she had and her family had on their head. Consequently, Srikanth’s father called off the marriage.

A little while later, the latter stormed into Srikanth’s house claiming that, him having married her in temple in Kakinada, February 7 - 2007 - she was legally his wife and had a right to stay in the house. In opposition to this, Srikanth filed a case against the police against which she counter filed a case. The case was taken up by the court.

After validating the evidence, Justice V. Ramasubramanian - the presiding judge - ruled that Vandhana was indeed the legally married wife of Srikanth and so she had a right to stay in his house. Their marriage was filed in the office of the marriage registrar in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.


Sruthi Haasan searched Kamal

Kamal Haasan’s daughter Shruthi Haasan had been to the shooting spot of Dasavatharam, which features the actor in ten different roles.

Unable to find her father in the sets, she made anxious enquiries with an old man with big moustache and long hair, standing near director K S Ravikumar, about her father.

Little did she realize that it was her father to whom she was enquiring to. The whole set went to laughter. Kamal Haasan is donning ten different roles including that of a old man.

Produced by Oscar Ravichandran, the movie features Asin, Mallika Sherawat among others in the cast. Music is by Himesh Reshammiya.


Who are True friends!!!

From reel life to real life, Superstar Rajinikanth and his friend Raja Bahadur share a true story of friendship, sacrifice and commitment. The two worked together in the 1970s in the same bus, where the superstar was the conductor and Raja the driver.

Rajinikanth’s style caught a film director’s eye who urged him to complete an acting course. But those were tough times. It was Raja who helped him financially and sent him to Chennai. And as they say, the rest is history.

But the change in status has not changed the hearts of friends. Not forgetting that it was his friend’s help that made him the superstar, Rajinikanth still visits Raja Bahadur’s house and spends time with him. Raja is full of praise for his friend’s simplicity.

The two spent 10 days together before Sivaji’s release and visited many famous temples in Karnataka, of course in disguise.

Raja says that the actor was very apprehensive about Sivaji, but he assured Rajni that it would be a great success. Though Rajinikanth has offered to help his friend monetarily, Raja has consistently refused, as he values his friendship more than anything.


Padmapriya is one of Upcoming Heroines in Tamil Films & Eager to Enter in Telugu Films

According to Padmapriya, her characters may not a glamourous one, but realistic and as important as the hero’s. It was on the condition that her character will not be trivialized that she had signed the films till now.

She claims that the directors wanted her to do a sensual dance number for the film. This was completely unacceptable to her. She refused to shoot.


Raghuvaran as Abdul Kalam

Raguvaran is a multi-faceted actor, who has done varied roles on screen. Having won acclaims for his performance, the actor chose to take a break from acting.

Soon he was back to do what he knows the best. He donned the grease paint for director Karu Pazhaniappan’s Sivapathikaram a Tamil Movie. He followed it up with a brief role in Rajnikanth’s Sivaji.

Among several films that he is currently acting, Raghuvaran is eagerly awaiting the release of Thodakam. He plays the President of India in the movie and has donned a makeup quite similar to A P J Abdul Kalam.

“I was moved to appear as Abdul Kalam. I consider it as an honor. It is one of the best roles that I have ever done”.

Thodakkam is about a group of students who wage a war against terrorist in the country.


Shriya on a roll

People barely remember her.But now, Shriya Saran is a rage in India, especially in the South where she has given blockbusters such as Santhosham and Nuvve Nuvve. Among the Hindi speaking masses in the North, she became a known face after Ra jnikanth’s Sivaji: The Boss hit the screen to a record initial. Shriya plays Rajnikanth’s wife in it. And now one can instantly recall her Fair and Lovely advertisement in which she is a newlywed woman loved by her husband because of her ‘fair’ face!

The 25-year-old from Hardwar now appears opposite Emraan Hashmi in Vikram Bhatt’s Awarapan released recently.

A soft-spoken Shriya comes across as one who speaks her mind even at the cost of her reputation and one who is quick to admit her follies.

“I accepted Awarapan because I was convinced of its strong storyline, the director and the reputed production house. They have a history of making sensitive films that have become hits. Their female characters are well etched. After the success of my films in the South, I needed a film that could parallel my position there. I think I have made the right decision.”

Shriya plays a Muslim girl, Aaliya, who belongs to Jodhpur. “She is brought up in a value-based family but forgets her values. She talks of her strong belief in God but believes in simplicity and ‘freedom’. That way it is a complex character.”

To play Aaliya, she had to work on her Urdu. “I thought Urdu was easy but it is not. I was given the script four months in advance. So I had time to work on it,” she recalls.

This disciple of Shovana Narayan, whose dance skills were noticed in her music video “Thirakti Kyon Hawa,” wants to work in a dance musical. “I want to bring back the charm of classical dance to the Indian screen but there is hardly any one making pure dance films these days,” she says.

She is different

What makes Shriya different from her counterparts is philanthropic work. She is associated with an NGO called World Vision that finds parents for deprived kids. “I have also adopted two kids and so has each member of my extended family. I also work for Apollo’s RDF (Research Development Fund) to raise funds for underprivileged children,” she says.

Next in her kitty are Sangeet Sivan’s Ek –The Power of One opposite Bobby Deol and two Tamil films Kandasaamy opposite Vikram and Azhagiya Tamil Sangam with Vijay.


Shankar’s Robot to rock Bollywood

Shankar might come back with a bigger bang after Sivaji. With grander plans for the dream factory, Shankar seems ready to set Bollywood on fire with a universal plot that might make a big blip on the Hollywood radar.

A sci-fiction with a fetching title, Robot might have Hrithik Roshan’s fans asking for more. The story doing the rounds in industry circles is that Hrithik might don the lead role if his dates match with that of the other ‘big’ players on the cards.

Kollywood sceptics who pooh poohed the idea of a science fiction (Shankar has been talking about this project for a while now) may soon sing another tune.

If you were staggered by the extravaganza called Sivaji - The Boss, rumoured to have cost Rs 60 crore, then prepare yourself to be awed as the next project may cost three times more.

“Such figures are chicken feed given the fact that corporates are entering movies in a big way,” said an actor.

“And with Hollywood opening up to Indian talent with projects such as Shantaram, there is plenty of market potential,” felt a trade analyst in Mumbai.

The film may call for plenty of CGI (Computer Graphics Imaging), but then Shankar underwent his trial by fire when he shot Sivaji. India has proved her mettle in the field of animation and digital effects so Shankar might have no qualms about his latest venture, said an industry source.

However, the director, who went abroad for a well-earned holiday a week before the release of Sivaji on June 15, is expected back in Chennai in the next couple of days. The question is will Shankar bring greater fame to Kollywood with his Robot?


Mumtaj campaigns for Taj Mahal

Just 2 days before the world learns the names of the new seven wonders, suspense is growing over the Taj Mahal making the final cut as India remains in the fourth spot in voting percentage despite a sustained campaign to garner support for the marble monument.

Several popular celebrities in India are urging people to vote online to get Taj Mahal in the list of Seven Wonders.

On her part, actress Mumtaj campaigned among the people in Chennai for the purpose. A busy actress, she took time of her busy schedule to campaign for the cause.

“It is a matter of pride for us. We should ensure that we get Taj Mahal in the list. Hope all of us vote for the purpose”, she said

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When will Bheema release?

All eyes are now on Vikram’s Bheema. The movie featuring Vikram and Trisha in lead roles is complete.

Vikram says, “Thankfully we have completed the entire shooting of Bheema. The end product is scintillating. It has come good and director Lingusamy has worked hard and his dedication is visible on the screen”.

Vikram is gearing up to commence his next Kandasaamy, while a few portions of dubbing in Bheema need to be completed.

Asked about the release, Vikram, says, “Thanks to the co-operation from the whole unit, we have completed the shooting of Bheema. It is now for the producer (A M Rathinam) to decide the release”.

He expressed confidence that it would see the light of the day very soon.



Basking in the success of “Operation Duryodhana”, writer turned director Posani Krishna Murali is starting another project. This time, he gets Nagababu to play lead role. Yes, he is making a film with Nagababu as hero that will be produced by Aman International, that produced “Operation Duryodhana”.The film’s title is “Aapada Mokkula Vaadu”.



Directed by Muppalaneni Siva and produced by Sk Basheed on the banner of Bajju Arts, “Allare Allari” with Venu, Naresh, Parvati Melton and Mallika Kapoor in the lead is all set for release on July 13.

Almost all the comedians in the Telugu film industry played roles in the movie and as the title suggests the film is a total entertainer.

While hero Venu is playing the role of a doctor, Naresh is playing his friend who always troubles him. Krishna Bhagawan, Mallikarjuna Rao, Apoorva, Ragini and Chalapati Rao are in the cast.

Though the release of the film was delayed due to unavoidable circumstances, the film is somehow hitting the screens on July 13.

The producer and director are confident of the success of the movie.



After basking in double success with “Bommarillu” and “Dhee”, Boys’ heartthrob Genelia is taking the seat of heroine in Sravanti Ravi Kishore’s movie in the direction of Seenu Vaitla. Ram plays the hero for the first time on Sravanti Movies banner, which happens to his home-like banner. Kona Venkat is said to have paired up with Vaitla for script toning and dialogues. Music is by Devi Sri Prasad. The film’s launch is likely in September. Almost all of Vaitla’s films were shot in the backdrop of action and comedy on equal measures. Can he retain or shed the strategy?



Telugu movie “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:
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 presented 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.


TWO DIRECTORS ARE Getting Married Today

Director Bhaskar better known as Bommarillu Bhaskar and Vamsi Paidipally (director of Munna) are going become hubbies tomorrow.

These events are going to be held in Hyderabad. While it is Vizag bride for Bhaskar, it is Bangalorean for Vamsy. Both are said to be love marriages. Their producer Dil Raju has taken personal interest in singing their marriages.



The unit of Telugu movie “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 sure 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 she finds it very interesting to do in this film.



Tollywood Director, A.S. Ravikumar Chowdary was stabbed on Monday night at his residence in Hyderabad by some Unidentified persons. A Bleeding Chowdary was rushed to a private hospital. He is out of danger, Doctors attending on him said. He is currently engaged with a film starring Nitin.



The young and vivacious Telugu actress Mallika Kapoor is getting impatient. She wants Friday the 13th of July to come fast. The reason is that she is eagerly awaiting the release of her film Allare Allari. She stars opposite Naresh.

Venu and Parvati Melton are the other lead pair. The film is an out and out comedy entertainer and is directed by Muppalaneni Siva. Hope the film will bring much more smiles on the face of Mallika.



If you think the comedians who play all those innocent characters on screen are the same in real life, you would be sadly mistaken. These comedians are worldly wise and very intelligent. They are also very miserly when it comes to spending money – even if it is meant to promote their own sons!

This fact was realized the hard way by some directors. Some of the young director approached Tollywood comedians Brahmanandam, MS Narayana and Kondavalasa with their stories. We all know that the three comedians are keen to make theirs sons as heroes. However, the veterans’ also know how risky it is to produce a film. So they are all looking for producers to launch the careers of their sons.

Even though they have made a lot of money, none of them is keen to invest even one rupee in the film in which their sons are the heroes. wordily wise or does it shows their confidence in the abilities of their children?



It is a wonder in the Telugu film industry’s history. It will definitely remain a record and history in the Telugu film history.”Chiruta” directed by Puri Jagannath and produced by Chalasani Aswanidutt on the banner of Vyjayanti Movies in which Ram Charan Teja, son of Padma Bhushan, Mega Star Chiranjeevi is making his debut is getting ready to create new records.

Already the audio companies had helped the film to create a record by offering Rs 1 crore for the audio of a novice’s film. Generally the distribution and exhibition rights of the Nizam area would go for Rs 5 crores to Rs 7 crores for the top heroes. That was the top rate so far as per records.

However, it is reliably learnt that the same price for ‘Chirutha’ has gone up to Rs 8 crore as the distributors and producers are vying to bag the distribution rights.

This is yet another record in the Telugu film industry. If the film is creating records even before its release, what would be the range of this film after its release would be definitely a wonder. Isn’t it?



Cure A Little Heart Foundation and Hrudaya Foundation are helping thousands of under privileged kids in India by curing heart diseases and by providing surgeries at free of cost.

Dynamic hero of Telugu film industry, Yuva Ratna Nanadamuri Balakrishna join hands with Cure A Little Heart Foundation and Hrudaya Foundation to help further this noble cause.

Nandamuri Balakrishna’s presence in the fundraising dinner helped the organizers raise 250,000$ USD (1 crore Indian rupees). This event was organized at Hilton Hotel, Irvine/Orange County Airport in California, United States on Saturday, 30th June, 2007. The event started at 7PM and went on till almost midnight. It was attended by the trustees of Cure a little heart and Hrudaya foundation, eminent NRI’s and Mr. Nandamuri BalaKrishna’s fans.



Telugu actresses Trisha and Sneha are almost confirmed to play the heroines for Balakrishna in the film titled “Ranga Panduranga”.
The film is directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and story is by JK Bharavi, both of whom make superb combination for bio-periodic films. The movie is likely to be ready for shoot schedules in a few weeks. It is the duo has planned to stuff lot of commercial elements in this devotional flick.


Raju Sundaram to direct 'Joru' forRaviteja for

Raju Sundaram is well-known among the audiences as a good choreographer and also as an artiste with his role 'Madesh', brother of Aiswarya Rai, in 'Jeans'.

Moreover, Raju Sundaram is the brother of another noted choreographer, artiste and director Prabhudeva. Now, this choreographer decided to turn a director and prepared a very good commercial story with several mass elements.

He narrated the story to mass hero Raviteja and the latter too liked the story very much.

Aditya, who had produced 'Jagadam' on the banner of Aditya Arts with Ram as hero under the direction of Sukumar, had come forward to produce the film. As everything is in place, the film is ready for launch.

However, Raviteja is now busy with a film under the direction of VV Vinayak. After the completion of the current project, the film under Raju Sundaram's direction would go to sets.

'Joru' is the title under consideration for the film and the director is now busy in preparing the script.