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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Krishnam Raju making a comeback

Rebel star actor Krishnam Raju is all set to make a comeback. The actor, who took a break from films to enter politics. He is now preparing to make a come back ands stay. He was recently presented with the SVR memorial award by the Aradhana foundation.

Speaking on the occasion, Krishma Raju said that he made his debut in the film Chilaka Gorinka alongside legendary actor SV Ranga Rao. Krishnam Raju said, responding to heavy applause, that henceforth he would act in two to three films every year. And what’s more, he and his nephew Prabhas will be seen together in some of them.

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ITC to invest Rs 8,000cr in hotel business in Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad

The ITC Limited will invest Rs 8,000 crores to set up hotels in Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. This was announced by ITC chairman Y.C. Deveshwar in Kolkata on Friday at a post-AGM press conference.

The company will construct three hotels at Bangalore and one each at Chennai and Ahmedabad. Earlier, the company had announced it would set up a hotel in Kolkata. “We have land at all the locations. We will soon start the construction work,” Mr Deveshwar said.

The company is planning to set up the country’s largest hotel at Chennai.

“We will construct an 825-room hotel at Chennai. In addition, our proposed hotel at Ahmedabad will be a seven star deluxe property,” Mr Deveshwar rev-ealed. Besides, the company is planning to set up a hotel project outside New Delhi.

When asked about the company’s retail plans, Mr Deveshwar said, “We have confined our retail initiative in two sectors, lifestyle stores in urban areas and chaupal sagar in rural areas. We will continue to focus in these two sectors only.”

He ruled out the possibility of setting up any hypermarket or supermarket. “The real estate price in the country should be realistic, We don’t think the prices are reasonable now,” he said.

Mr Deveshwar revealed that the company was planning to engage hawkers to sell the ITC’s fresh products only.

In the lifestyle retailing segment, ITC will increase the number of Wills Lifestyle and John Players stores. On the company’s investment plan in West Bengal, Mr Deveshwar said that ITC would invest Rs 1,500 crores in the state for setting up an experimental farm, food-processing unit with logistics infrastructure.

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RAM GOPAL VARMA ASSOCIATE TO DIRECT TARUN ?

Buzz is that Union Minister Dasari Narayana Rao’s Siri Media will back many projects this year. As many as six films might roll on this company, though none of them carry their name officially. Already two films are on the sets, two more are going to be launched.

Apart from Dasari Arun Kumar’s re-launch movie, a film is planned with hero Tarun. That will be directed by Rohan, a former associate of Ram Gopal Varma.

Dasari Arun Kumar film will be launched on August 1st. Sneha is the heroine while Mumaith Khan plays an important role.

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Director Shankar Next Release is ROBOT

While Sivaji : the Boss is making huge waves across the globe with whopping figures and transnational sensation Director Shankar is all set for his dream venture , supposedly his magnum opus , entitled Robot, a gripping science fiction ,with Sharukkhan in the lead. It has set a pioneering standard not only for Tamil films but has also made Rajnikanth and Shankar a household name across the length and breadth of the nation. The film is making inroads in North India shoving aside the much hyped Jhoom Barabar Jhoom which sank without a trace.

For Director Shankar this time is going to be in Hindi. After the legendary runaway hits of Humsay Hai Muqabla and Hindustani that had drawn a plethora of National Awards including the Best Actor Award for kamalhassan , Robot will be his second straight Hindi film , following Nayak. Shah Rukh who had watched Sivaji was reportedly very impressed with the film and has agreed to not only feature in Shankar’s next project but has also agreed to produce it under his Red Chilies Entertainment. Red Chilies Entertainment, a production house of the King Khan himself.

Robot with all its latest techno jazz will be released in Tamil Telugu and other languages. The crew details are yet to be finalized. This is an official statement from the Shankar camp itself.

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In Chennai, Kalam left in the dark

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday was given a taste of what it is to be powerless — literally. Kalam had to deliver a lecture on nanotechnology to Anna University students. Just as he sat down to jot down the pertinent notes after dinner, the power went out in the University’s guesthouse where his quarters are located.

There was no backup generator and the former president insisted that he wanted to complete his notes before retiring for the night.

After a couple of phone calls Kalam was moved to the VVIP guest quarters at Raj Bhavan, less than a km away. Though he lost 40 minutes in the process, he finished his notes.

Kalam’s exit from Rashtrapathi Bhavan also saw the official website of the President of India (www.presidentofindia.nic.in) remove his speeches. All the features that Kalam hosted there will now be put on a new website www.abdulkalam.com

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Air Deccan tickets now available at BPCL’s “In & Out” convenience stores across India

Air Deccan was the first budget airline company in the Indian market. The company revolutionized the way people traveled in India through air.

The company has now announced that they are collaborating with Bharat Petroleum Corporation.

This collaboration would mean that tickets on the Air Deccan planes would now be made available through BPCL’s ‘In & Out’ convenience stores across India.

The two companies added in a statement that the service would be initially available through 35 ‘In & Out’ outlets located in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

Travelers would be able to book, modify and re-schedule tickets at these outlets. Source: techwhack

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ILEANA is Busy with Pawan Kalyan

Ileana is busy these days with many offers but she is refusing most of the offers just because she wants to make some thing different.

She is presently doing a movie with Pawan Kalyan under the direction of Trivikram Srinivas and produced by Allu Arvind under Geetha Arts banner.

Pawan kalyan will be playing Male lead and Ileana as female lead. Paresh Rawal, Prakash Raj and Sunil are doing supourting roles.

The music of the movie will be composed by DeviSri prasad.

The main glitter of the movie is that this movie will be shooted with Panorama camera which is highly oriented one and its first time to use in the Indian films.

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Shankar Dada Zindabad Mvie Review

Shankar Dada Zindabad

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Gemini Film Circuit

Released on : July 27, 2007

Cast : Chiranjeevi, Karishma Kotak, Srikanth, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Sayaji Shinde, Saratbabu, Brahmanandam, Venumadhav, MS Narayana, Rohit, PJ Sharma, JV Ramanamurthy, Kanta Rao, Jenny, Jeeva, GV.

Guest Appearances :Pawan Kalyan, Sada, Raviteja, Allu Arjun, Prabhudeva, Devisri Prasad

BackEnd : Story – Raju Hirani, Dialogues – Paruchuri Brothers, Camera – Chota K Naidu, Editing – Marthand K Venkatesh, Lyrics – Suddala Ashokteja, Chandrabose, Bhaskarabhatla and Sahiti, Music – Devisri Prasad, Presents – Gemini Television, Producers – Akkineni Ravishankara Prasad and Kiran, Screenplay and direction – Prabhudeva.

Story :

As Usual Like in Shankar Dada MBBS, Shankar Dada (Chiranjeevi) is a local dada and ATM (Srikanth) is his assistant working at Raja Lingam (ShiyajiShinde). Shankar loves Jahnavi (Karishma Kotak), a radio jockey, after listening to her sweet voice in an FM channel. Once, he gets an opportunity to meet her through a contest on Gandhi and his teachings.

With the help of some professors, Shankar manages to win the contest and meets her. Jahnavi invites him to Second Innings House where there are some old men to give a lecture on Gandhigiri. With no options left, Shankar goes to library and reads about Gandhi.

In order to give a seminar, he goes to a Library. As he continues to study about Gandhi, Shankar gets hallucination of watching Bapu. It helps him in the other way in giving good messages to the society.

Shankar starts frequenting to Second Innings House to meet Jahnavi. Rajalingam (Shiyaji Shinde) eyes that house, for Dowry towards the marriage of his daughter. Learning that Shankar's girlfriend Jahnavi is staying with those old men, Rajalingam plans a trip for Shankar along with Jahnavi and the old men and gets the building vacated by ATM.

First Shankar behaves Rash with Raja Lingam, then Raja Lingam Blackmails the Shankar that he tells about Dada to Jahnavi. Then Shankar tells Rajalingam to return that building and he starts using Gandhigiri instead of Dagagiri becauseof Bapu's message to him. But Rajalingam did not relent. In order to teach him a lesson, Shankar and the old men start staging Satyagraha. At one point, Shankar reveals to Jahnavi that he was not a professor and only a local dada. So Jahnavi hates him and leaves the place.

In the climax, when Rajalingam's daughter's marriage was about to be cancelled, Shankar enters the scene and tries to convince the bridegroom's father (Saratbabu). Though he refuses to accept the alliance, his son (Pawan Kalyan) tells his father that he would surely marry the girl, as he became a fan of Shankar through the FM programme. The film ends on a happy note with the union of Shankar and Jahnavi.

Performance : Chiranjeevi once again proved that he is an expert in comedy timing and did the role with fantastic ease. But it doesn't worked well as before. Dance is not at saticifaction level of the Expectations of chiru and Prabhu Deva Combination.

Sayaji Shinde is good as a villain.His performance is excellent. Especially Terminology is more attracting the viewers.

Debutant heroine Karishma Katak looked beautiful, though she had not much scope to perform.She looks taller than Chiranjeevi in some scenes as well as in songs. Her dance Performance is highly disappointing the viewers.

Srikanth had got yet another chance to work with Chiranjeevi and he had a lengthy role along with Chiranjeevi. He did well as like

Brahmanandam is adequate in a pandit's role. Dilip Prabhawalkar who played the role of Gandhi in the original Bollywood movie again played the same role in the Telugu version.

Music by Devisri Prasad is a big hit and there was a tremendous sale of audio. Chota K Naidu's cinematography did wonders and he was able to make Chiranjeevi quite younger with his excellent camerawork.

Special : The Telugu film industry (Tollywood) had no history of bringing out sequels. However, Chiranjeevi's latest film, 'Shankar Dada Zindabad' came as a sequel to his earlier movie 'Shankar Dada MBBS'. It may be mentioned here that both 'ShankarDadaMBBS' and the 'ShanbkarDadaZindabad' are the remakes of popular Bollywood movies 'Munna Bahi MBBS' and 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'.

News : Though 'ShankarDadaMBBS' was directed by Jayant C Paranji, Chiranjeevi chose Prabhudeva for this movie and the latter proved that he could bring out a clean film with a Mega Star by making little changes to the original Bollywood movie to accommodate songs for Chiranjeevi, keeping his fan following and image in view.

Surprisingly the other technical crew were almost the same, but for the cinematographer Chota K Naidu. The basic reason for opting for the remake of this film is this. A message, which had to be sent across the people, should come through a celebrity.

Moreover, almost all the recent films of Chiranjeevi have one message or the other. So, the producers wanted to give a message to the audiences that Gandhigiri is always better than Dadagiri and hence the remake.

The production values of Gemini Film Circuit are adequate.

Two of the songs were shot in Australia. Dialogues by Paruchuri brothers are okay. However, the punch in the dialogues were a little less when compared with their other movies.

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Tollywood Film Chirutha a German film?

It is established fact that Ramcharan Teja son of mega star Chiranjeevi entered into cine field with a great expectations and under the direction of high-powered director Puri Jagannadh the film Chirutha is under process.

However, it is said to known that the original story is taken from German. Hence, the director Puri Jagannadh is watched the German film and comparing the concept and scenes which are matching with this film Chirutha or not. In this connection alone, it is said that he re-shooted some of the scenes according to the German concept.

After watching the film then only people will be known that is it the copy of German movie or a modified theme. Because Puri Jaganath kept everything secret and did not announce to anybody which German film he watched.

Whatever the reasons may be by re-shooting some of the scenes of the film Chirutha any one can gauge the interest and dedication Puri is affording towards making the film is to be appreciable.

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Trisha's temple demolished, Trisha Gallery

Trisha's temple demolished, Trisha Gallery




Trisha's fame and popularity are at the peak right now in Telugu. That is probably one of the reasons why an over-enthusiastic fan decided to build a temple for her.

The incident happened near Rajamundhry. The fan didn't want to spend much from his pocket and therefore began to collect money from others. Finally, it reached the ears of the local police. They weren't amused by this new style of showing devotion to actresses, however popular they might be. They came to the spot and demolished the half-built temple.

Years ago, in Tamilnadu, fans of Khushboo constructed a temple for her. That was demolished too but not before "pujas" were performed.

It looks as if Trisha or the secretary of her fan club is slowly trying to spread her fan-club base to AP too!

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Kamal Haasan's Daughter SHRUTHI Haasan to make music debut


Legendary actor Kamal Haasan’s daughter Shruthi Haasan seems to have a passion similar to her father in terms of her attempts related to music.

Legendary actor Kamal Hassan has been constructing a hi-tech recording studio for his elder daughter Sruthi Hassan in Chennai. Trained in Carnatic as well as western music, Shruthi has stepped into making albums. She will kick start her musical career with the release of her first musical album. She has also made a singing debut in her father’s movie Dashaavtaram. She intends to use her knowledge of Carnatic and western music to become a composer.

Shruthi Haasan has got a lot offers to act but she has made up her mind to pursue a career in music. She aspires to become a music director and has put off opportunities for acting. As a matter of fact, she has already come up with tunes for 10 songs that will be featured on her first Tamil album. A recording studio is coming up in Chennai that would serve as a platform to explore her interest in music. The studio is yet to open officially. Kamal plans to give his daughter’s career a big launch.

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Melody queen KS Chitra Celebrates BirthDay



Melody queen Chitra was born in Tiruvanantapuram in Kerala State. She rendered over 15,000 songs in all the south Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Oriya, besides Hindi and Bengali languages and enthralled the music lovers with her mellifluous and eloquent voice.

Like a flower leaves a sweet smell right from the time it blossomed, Chitra learnt classical music from her father Krishnan Nair in her childhood.

Later she took a BA degree in music from Kerala University. She bagged the third rank at the university level. She had finished her MA in music under the guidance of Prof. Oman Kutty. It may be a surprise but true that she completed her MA degree with the scholarship she earned with her selection through National Talent Search.

Later, Prof Oman Kutty introduce her to his brother MG Radhakrishnan, who was scoring music to films in Malayalam film industry.

She gave her first voice to a song in a film 'Attahaasam'. Noted Tamil music director Illayaraja introduce her to the Tamil film industry and her first film in Tamil is 'Nee Daana Anda Kuyil'. However, she became very famous across Tamil Nadu with her song in 'Sindhu Bhairavi'.

She had also bagged a national best singer award in 1986 for the song in that film. Later, Chitra bagged a fixed place in the hearts of audiences with her Hindi song 'Sathiyaa.. Ye Tune Kya Kiyaa…' in 'Love'.

She also rendered good songs in 'Ax, Ashoka, Rangeela' and other such films. Chitra also bagged National Best Singer award for a Malayalam film in 1987 for a Malayalam film 'Nakhakshathangal', in 1989 for another Malayalam film 'Vaishali', in 1996 for a Tamil film 'Meen Saara Kanavu' in 1997 for a Hindi film song 'Virasat'.

However, the Kerala government had awarded the Best Singer at State-level for more than a dozen times. When it comes to Telugu, no one could identify that she was not a Telugu and a Malayali.

She won the hearts of Telugu audiences in such a great way. This melody queen had celebrated her birthday on July 27.

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Tollywood Actor Tanikella Bharani to sing a song in 'Karthikamaasam'

Earlier, that means some 40 years ago, the artistes used to sing songs on their own in films. There are no playback singers at that time. Bhanumati continued the tradition till her death.

Now it seems noted writer, artiste and director Tanikella Bharani is also following the tradition. He is singing a song on his own shot on him for 'Kaartheeka Maasam' directed by Geddada Anandababu and produced by Anaparthi Sivaramakrishna on the banner of Mallikarjuna Movies.

It may be recalled here that Tanikella Bharani had earlier scripted and rendered a song for his character to a film 'Gundammagari Manavadu' directed by B Jaya.

In fact, it is a parody for 'Vivaha Bhojanambu…', a popular song in old classic 'Mayabazaar'.

Lakshmi Vinayak is scoring music for 'Kaartheeka Maasam'.

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'Pellikani Prasad' completes shooting

Shooting of 'Pellikani Prasad' directed by Satyam Dwarapudi and produced by Ramesh Kumar Alapati and Soma Vijayaprakash on the banner of Godavari Films with Sivaji, Naresh and Sridevi in the lead was completed recently.

A song 'Ayyayo… Ayyayo…' was canned at Ramoji Film City with which the unit wrapped up the shooting. Presently post-production works are going on at a brisk pace.

The producers are making efforts to launch the audio in the first week of August and the film in the last week. It is a family subject with love in its backdrop.

The director made efforts to explain in detail about the love, affection, relationship in a family system. Camera is by Anji, while editing is by Upendra Kumar.

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Tollywood Actor Sivaji as 'State Rowdy'

The Telugu audiences still remember a film 'State Rowdy' with Mega Star as hero.

After a long gap, another film is coming up with the same title with Sivaji playing the hero, Madhu Shalini and Mallika Kapoor in the female lead and produced by Kattekola Srinivas and JV Umamaheswara Rao on the banner of Galaxy Multi Media under the direction of SS Vikram Gandhi.

It is the remake of a successful Tamil film 'Yediri' which is a total entertainer. The title also had a tagline, 'Veediki Anta Scene Ledu'.

Yalamanchi Ravichand is the executive producer. There are five songs and all of them were scripted by Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar.

Dialogues are by Ramesh-Gopi, cinematography is by B Vasu, music is by MM Srilekha.

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Film Association take action - Absent for Star Function!




The Tamil Film association board has planned to start the Star cultural event in Singapore and as well Malaysia.

In order to comfort the Actors and Actresses who are going to participate in the Star cultural event programmed, the Producer’s Association has decided to grant one day permission to halt all the shootings on the day of the Grand event which is going to be held on August 11th.

In between all these commitments, the Film Association Board is thinking over about banning some of the Actors and Actresses especially Namitha and Gopika who are stubborn not to attend the Star Function.

Some of the few legend stars who should set an example to other upcoming stars in the cine field have failed and have created a situation were film association board cannot even ban any one. Especially Rajini. Immediately after the date for the Cultural programme was announced, he at once departed to abroad.

Even Rajini did not come, at the time of banning Namitha and Gopika. Both of them are ready to question, ‘Will the board take action against him’, for that matter.
As usual this time also Ultimate star Ajith has taken it lightly and refused to participate in this cultural progaramme! At present the question mark in many souls mind and heart is that what strict action the Film Association is going to take against this issue! Is that the question mark in your mind too?

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Doctorate announced to Veturi

Veturi Sundarama Murthy is known for scripting fantastic lyrics. He could pen a lyric with an exclusive classic touch or for a mass beat. His pen has the ability to write any kind of song that was needed for any kind of film.

Especially, the following songs would show the versatility in his writings. In 'Pratighatana' he wrote a song on the greatness of motherhood… 'Marmasthaanam Kaadadi Nee Janma Sthaanam, Maanavathaku Mokshamichu Punyakshetram.'

While his verse for 'Seethakokachiluka'… 'Nuvvu Pattu Cheera Kadithe O Puttadi Bomma… Aa Kattubadiki Tarinchenu Pattupurugu Janma…' displays the relationship between the nature and a girl is marvellous.

He effectively gave a message to the people in his verse… 'Manishai Puttina Vaadu Kaaradu Matti Bomma…' for 'Adaviramudu'.

He could pen a song 'Raagam Taanam Pallavi…' for a classic film like 'Shankarabharanam' and at the same time give a tune for a mass song 'Aaresukoboyi Paaresukunnaanu…' for 'Adavi Raamudu'.

He has his own style and could attract all classes of audiences with his memorable lyric.

The Nagarjuna University had announced an honorary doctorate for this great lyricist which would be awarded to him on August 3 at its convocation.

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Bharat to play dual role in 'Muduru'

Bharat of 'Premiste'-fame played dual role in a successful Tamil film and it is being dubbed into Telugu as 'Muduru' by G Harikumar and K Lakshminarayana on the banner of Sri Lakshmi Srinivasa Pictures.

The film has Sandhya of 'Premiste'-fame and Bhavana of 'Ontari'-fame in the female lead. The story of the film is based on a real life incident that occurred on Andhra-Tamil Nadu border.

Surprisingly, the film had 'Premiste' as tagline.

Producers say, 'The film has action, comedy and love in its backdrop and at the same time it is a complete entertainer.'

Dialogues and lyrics are by Vennelakanti, music is by Sabhesh and Murali, while action is by Kanal Kannan. Suresh is the executive producer while Srinu is the director.

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Srinivasa Reddy to direct 'Kuberulu'

Srinivasa Reddy, who had directed successful films like 'Adirindayya Chandram and Tata Birla Madhyalo Laila' and is presently busy in making 'Yamagola' (Mallee Modalayindi) is planning yet another film.

Godavari Films, which is presently producing a film 'Pellikaani Prasad' under the direction of Satyam with Sivaji, Naresh and Sridevi in the lead would produce that movie under Srinivasa Reddy's direction, which was titled as 'Kuberulu' with a tagline 'Veellaki Annee Appulay'.

The film will have comedians as heroes. Siva and Suresh Teegala are providing story for the movie, while Bhaskarabhatla is scripting all the lyrics. Yaganti Srinivas is presenting the film.

It may be mentioned here that Srinivasa Reddy was introduced to the film industry as director through 'Andam' produced by popular and senior producer MS Reddy.

However, the film failed to see the light due to unforeseen circumstances. Srinivasa Reddy's latest flick 'Kuberulu' would go to sets very soon.

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