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28th April 2002

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Two avatars for Chiranjeevi Indra

ChiranjeeviChiranjeevi is playing two avatars in Aswini Dutt's prestigious film 'Indra' that is being directed by B Gopal. Chiranjeevi's Varanasi name is 'Shankar Narayan' and his get up is very much similar to that of 'Choodalani Vundi'. Chiranjeevi's Rayalaseema name is Indra Sena Reddy (Indra, in short) getup has the shades of Balayya's Samara Simha Reddy and Narasimha Naidu with Chiru donning khaddar white shirts, sporting a curly mustache and black Raybon glasses. Sonali Bendre is playing the role of Sneha Latha Reddy. Arti Agrawal is doing a heroine character with negative shades. Prakash Raj, Punit Issar and Mukesh Rushi are playing villains. Mani Sharma is scoring music. Chiranjeevi is leaving for abroad to shoot a couple of songs in May. The shooting of 'Indra' would be completed by end of June 2002. The producer is contemplating on releasing 'Indra' in July 2002.

Mahesh Babu's Okkadu sold for 2.1 crores in Ceded

Mahesh BabuThe expectations are growing more day by day for Mahesh Babu's film 'Okkadu', that is being produced by MS Raju. Guna Sekhar directs this film. A buzz that's making rounds in Film Nagar is that Okkadu is sold for 2.1 crores on NRA (Non Returnable Advance) basis for Ceded region. Art director Ashok Kumar constructed the old city in a studio by spending an awesome amount of 1.5 crores for this film. Bhumika Chawla is doing female lead. Recently the unit has canned the song 'Cheppave Chirugaali …. Chakkaga Eda gilli …' in the dance direction of Raju Sundaram on Mahesh Babu, Bhumika Chawla and Niharika. According to MS Raju this song, which is written by Sirivennela, would stand as highlight song. The current schedule would be held till 31st of May. The entire shooting of the film would be completed by October 2002. Mani Sharma provides music. Prakash Raj plays a vital role in this film.

A Japanese heroine in Rajni's Baba

RajnikanthA Japanese actress is selected as one of the heroines of Rajni Kanth's Baba. The other heroines are Manisha Koirala and Sanghvi. Lotus film international, the own banner of Rajnikanth' is producing this film in Telugu and Tamil. AR Rehman is providing music and Suresh Krishna, the director of Basha, is directing this exciting venture. Baba would be having an interesting caption - 'Telisindi Gorantha … Teliyalsindi Kondantha'. Sri Rama Krishna pens the dialogues. Prakash Raj, Amrish Puri and Asish Vidyardhi play other major roles. Shooting of this film is currently going on in the Campacola compound in Chennai. Later on the unit would move to Bangalore and Chennai to shoot the remaining part. This film is expected to hit the big screen in the month of August on the same day simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil.

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