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Monday, July 30, 2007

NTR's YAMADONGA Releases onAug 15

It is reliably learnt that 'Yamadonga' directed by SS Rajamoulu, presented by Rama Rajamouli and produced by Cherry and Urmila Gunnam on the banner of Viswamitra Creations with NTR, Priyamani and Mamata Mohandas in the lead, is all set to hit the screen on the Independence Day, August 15.

This heavy budget socio fantasy film also has Padma Shri, Dr Mohanbabu, in a prestigious role of Yamadharma Raju, senior artiste Khushboo playing his wife.

Besides, several young heroines like Preeti Jhangiani, Navneet Kaur, Veda Sastry are playing the roles of Rambha, Urvasi and Menaka.

Another speciality of the film is that Daler Mehendi had rendered a song exclusively for this film, the first-ever song by the Punjabi singer in a south Indian film.

Surprisingly, hero NTR and heroine Mamata Mohandas also rendered a re-mix song (duet) in this movie. Moreoever, NTR had shed around 30 kgs for the film and looked very slim and trim.

One more speciality of the movie is that the late NTR and Soundarya would also appear on the screen in this movie, of course with the help of graphics.



Going by the overall performance of the film at the box office, “Shivaji” has turned out to be a big hit and has recovered its costs for the producer.

But ever since the film was released, there were talks that the film did very well simply due to Rajni Kanth and the charm that he still holds on the audience. The audience and the industry alike said that there was nothing new in terms of directorial input- everything in the film was already seen before in almost all of Shankar’s film.

What was initially known as Shankar’s film then gradually became Shankar-Rajini film and is now simply known for Rajinikanth’s blockbuster hit.

Rumors are on that Shankar isn’t all that happy with it and has now decided to re-establish his image by making a film with rank newcomers.

Will this one be like “‘Boys”?



UTV, one of the largest production companies in the country is clear about its intentions to enter the Telugu film industry. Earlier, they tried to do a 3 film deal withMahesh Babu. That deal is still being worked up. Now, they have acquired the all-Andhra Pradesh theatrical rights of “Athidhi” film from the producers for a sum of 18.5 crores. This excludes the West Godavari area, which is worth 1.1 to 1.25 crores and includes the remaining big territories like Nizam, Ceeded and Vizag. Also, one has to see if they would release the film by setting up offices and through partners or sell it again to other distributors. Its learnt that UTV has also leased a few theaters for long term to test waters in the exhibition arena.



She is not at all new star to Tollywood. She was the Puri’s choice in “Amma Nanna o Tamilammayi”. She is from Kerala and she bagged a Bollywood film with Amir Khan. And doing a role in Kamal Hasan’s “Dasavatharam” where Kamal is playing 10 different roles. So the heroine of the film Asin is also looking differently. She is not that fat, but her make up made her to this size.



Telugu actress Charmi has opened her heart out. She has revealed many of her secret ‘desires’ to Ramyakrishna on her show ‘Jara Masti Jara Dhoom’ that was telecasted on Sunday, July 29, 2007.

When Ramya asked her who would she marry a) a doctor, b) actor c) director or d) NRI, Charmi replied diplomatically. “I want to marry film personality,” she said. So you can come to whatever conclusions as there have been rumors that she is going steady with a music director.

When asked if she were man, Charmi preferred to beMaheshBabu. “Because our color complexion matches,” she reasoned. She also chose Mahesh as her favorite when she asked to choose replace with a set of Bollywood actors.

The show is interesting to see because Ramyakrishna brought her hubby Krishnavamsi and director Chandrasekhar Yeleti to the show. The presence of Krishnavamsi made the show interesting for obvious reasons.

Charmi revealed that she loves to go with cricketer Dhoni on a blind date.



Big B Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhisekh and daughter-in-law are in Hyderabad to take part in the shooting for Ram Gopal Varma’s sequel to “Sarkar”. The actors visited Kamineni hospital and took part in the ‘Prevention of Cancer’ programme. Amitabh said that he never smoked nor chewed tobacco in his life. They are the biggest cause of cancer worldwide.Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Batchan were also present and spent some time with children suffering from cancer.



A married man seems to be stepping into Sneha’s life. The guy is an Asian entrepreneur who is self-made millionaire and the son of a gold and diamond trader of Chennai. The guy is head over heels in love with Sneha and has applied for a divorce with his present wife. After a bitter experience with Nag Ravi’s Episode Sneha wants be more careful this time. The couple seems to have the approval from their families.



Tollywood Director Madan of “pellaina Kottalo” fame is now facing big trouble. Many producers are getting afraid to give him a chance now. But why? He made his first film a super hit! But still, many are stepping back although they know about his talent. The reason is a sentiment. We all know that film industry walks on sentiments.

The second film of no young director except a few exceptions like SS Rajamouli was a hit. Every young director ate a big blow with his second film although made a big hit with debut.

So, Madan is under this sentiment trap. Now, only any producer who is far from sentiments should give him the chance.



Megastar Chiru is in personal trip to Kutralam in Tamilnadu right now and he expected to back in city in a couple of days. The next movie is likely to be directed either Shankar or Gunashekar. As Shankar’s next film is Robot with Sharukh, his chances of directing Megastar are less. And Gunashekar is known to be ready with a script for Megastar, this project may get materialized. As such there is no official information about Chiru’s next project.


Producer Cherry’s two hot projects

Cherry who recently produced Okkadunnadu and currently producing Yamadonga has two hot projects lined up now. Both these films have two young crazy directors and two of the best youth heroes. Cherry is going to announce these projects with cast and crew information once Yamadonga film is released. He also has another project lined up in Krishna Vamsi’s direction.


Jagapati Babu’s Kshatriya Vamsam

Jonnalagadda Srinivas who directed a film titled Jagapti with Jagapati Babu in the past is all set to direct Jagapati Babu again for a mass flick. This film is titled as Kshatriya Vamsam. This film will go to floors very soon. Jagapati Babu is doing a double heroine flick in the direction of Dasarath now.


Dil Raju signs Lakshyam director

With Lakshyam hitting the bulls eye, Dil Raju has signed Srivas who made his debut as director with Lakshyam. As per the sources of idlebrain.com, Dil Raju is paying a remuneration excess to crore for this director. A high profile hero will act in this film. More details later.


Hansika paired up with NTR

Hansika Motwani (child actress in Koi Milgaya) who made her debut as heroine in Telugu and Hindi with Blockbusters like Desa Muduru and Aap Ka Surroor respectively is signed for NTR’s next film in the direction of Mehar Ramesh. This film is tentatively titled as Kantri. After RaviTeja (Idiot), Mahesh Babu (Pokiri) and Allu Arjun (Desa Muduru), it is the turn of NTR to come up with a negative title. Looks like Mehar Ramesh is following the footsteps of his mentor Puri Jagan. Aswini Dutt will produce this film.


SJ Surya is to direct Pawan Kalyan

As per the news making around in Film Nagar, SJ Surya (Kushi fame) will direct Pawan Kalyan’s next project. This film is expected to be produced by a veteran film financier Singanamala Ramesh. The tentative title for this project is said to be Puli. He recently produced the Tamil version of Pokiri. This film will start after Pawan Kalyan completes his current film in the direction of Trivikram.


Kamal as George Bush in Dashaavtaram Shooting spot snaps, Dasavataram Gallery, Kamal Hasan Dasavataram Gallery

Kamal as George Bush in Dashaavtaram Shooting spot snaps, Dasavataram Gallery, Kamal Hasan Dasavataram Gallery


IBM launches hi-tech transport innovations

Software major IBM today announced launch of innovations like artificial intelligence in vehicles and traffic management systems, voice recognition technology and traffic-related information tran-sfer through cell phones. By introducing these innovations of transport, IBM believes these inventions could revo-lutionise the transport system.

The innovations would make travelling by planes, trains or automobiles a more convenient and hassle-free experience within the next few years, a company release said. It would also curtail fuels wastage and incidence of accidents. “Researchers and strategists at IBM think that the cure for transportation problems is not building more roads or adding flight” said Mr Daniel Dias, director IBM’s India Research Laboratory.

The emerging technolo-gies especially in commu-nication will make travel safer, more streamlined and able to accommodate ever-increasing growth demands, he added. Under the driver-assist technologies, automobiles would behave as if they have reflexes. They could sense other cars and avoid hazards. They would also be able to exchange information with each other, take corrective action where it was appropriate and provide essential feedback to drivers. The voice recognition systems in vehicles would allow drivers to get real-time flight updates, respond to e-mails and get directions through simple voice commands.