details of Johnny
As per the buzz, the Hong Kong fighters' team charged around Rs 80 lakhs
to the producer for the climax fight of Johnny that is expected to last
for 12 minutes on screen. The climax is being shot in Annapurna studios
for a month with 500 junior artists. Audio of Johnny might be released
on 24th of March, a day after the final of Cricket World Cup. 11 reels
of Johnny are completely ready with DTS mixing. This film might be released
anytime between 11th and 19th of April 2003. This movie would be released
with more than 200 prints (up to 250). The team of Johnny is planning
the merchandize of life size Pawan Kalyan and Johnny posters by making
them available at all leading audio stores by 20th of March 2003. The
sizes of these posters are going to be 30 x 40 and 20 x30.
next film details
Nagarjuna's next film would be directed by VN Aditya and produced by
Kamakshi banner. Shooting of this film would start in the month of June
2003. Bhupati Raja has given story. Paruchuri brothers are penning dialogues.
Sameer Reddy would handle the photography. This film would have action
and sentiment in major proportions. Shooting of this film is expected
to be completed by the month of September 2003. More details later!
to make 'Raithu'
Teja - who has an
eye for something that is really burning - is coming up with yet another
sensational script titled 'Raithu'. This film deals with the burning
issues that are rocking the farmer community at present. This film would
be a realistic film with a touch of commercialism. A top-notch hero
is said to have given his nod for this film. This film would be having
high technical values as well.
Cricket matches at @ Hitech Theater
Hitech theater - the
swanky cinema hall located at hitech city in Hyderabad - is going to
show all the remaining matches of world cup in which India is playing
live. After going through the agony of box office blues at box office,
Hitech cinema hall has decided to show cricket matches on its 70mm screen
in stead of movies for the next one week. They have also got written
permission to exhibit cricket matches from the Department of Home Ministry.
The ticket would be priced 200 per match. One need to do advance booking
to watch cricket matches that are going to be held on 14th, 18th, 20th
and 23rd of March 2003.
as a journalist
actress Laya is playing the role of 'Journalist Vasantha Lakshmi' in
Vamsy's 'Dongaramudu & Party'. She visits a village as a part of
her journalistic investigation and there she meets a party of thieves
whom she has already encountered when she was working in a city. From
that point the real story and the entertainment part of it takes off.
Srikanth is playing the title of 'Donga Ramudu'. ML Kumar Chwodary,
the joint producer of Poori Jagannath's Idiot is producing this film
on Keerthi Creations banner. Chakri provides music. Jeeva, Mallikharjuna
Rao, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Jaya Prakash Reddy and Jyoti Lakshmi
play other important roles.
on 28th of April
team of Poori Jagannath's film in production - 'Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammai'
(ANOTA) - is currently in New Zealand to can 3 songs of the film on
Ravi Teja and Asin. With this shoot, the shooting of entire talkie part
and songs would be completed. The combination of Poori Jagannath and
Chakri has got good craze in audio circles with the hits of 'Itlu Sravani
Subramanyam' and 'Idiot'. Aditya music is said to have grabbed the rights
of this film by paying fancy rates. What happens when a Tamil girl enters
in to the life of a Telugu boy for whom his mother and father is the
world? This is the basic story line of the film. Jaya Sudha and Prakash
Raj play other vital roles. Vaishno Academy - the home banner of Poori
Jagannath - is producing this film. The producers are planning to release
this film on 28th of April.
Naidu is currently producing two films now. One film is a children film
titled 'Harivillu' in the direction of award winning director of B Narsing
Rao (of Daasi fame). Rama Naidu is also producing another film titled
'Vijayam' in the direction of veteran creative director Singeetam Srinivasa
Rao. The current schedule of this film is going on in Araku and Vizag
area. Raja and Gajala are playing the main leads. Satyanand and Ramesh
Gopi provides dialogues. Koti provides music. Hari Anumolu handles photography.
Story of the film is given by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. Shooting of this
film would be completed by 12th of April. The producer is looking at
releasing this film in May 2003.
Kapoor with Uday Kiran?
Kishore - a debutant director who assisted the likes of Raviraja Pinisetty
and Sarat in the past - is going to direct Uday Kiran very soon. Vakada
Anjan Kumar - son of Vakada Appa Rao, the successful executive producer
of Supergood films - would be producing this film. Uday Kiran is signed
as hero. Kareena Kapoor is being approached to play the heroine in this
film. Gowry Shankar gives the story. Shyam K Naidu handles the camera.
Mani Sharma has already given two tunes for this film. This film would
go to floors in the month of June 2003. This film is expected to release
as New Year gift on 1st of January 2004.
with special song with NTR
has an amazing body language when it comes to rhythmic flow of dance
steps. And we have only few female heroines in Tollywood, who can match
the might of NTR. Rambha did sway her hips with NTR in a special song
of 'Nayudori Pilla' in Naaga. Now Simran is getting ready to shake her
leg with NTR in Simhadri - a film under production in the direction
of Raja Mouli. Bhumika Chawla and Ankita are playing regular heroines
in this film. Simran would act in a special song. Incidentally, Simran
is also acting as heroine in 'Seetayya', starring Hari Krishna. If she
is doing a special song with NTR, Simran is going to obtain the unique
distinction of acting as female counter part to father (Hari Krishna)
and son (NTR), whose films are lined up for summer release in 2003.
Rajesh film starts tomorrow
After delivering a flop in terms of 'Hai', EVV Satyanarayana is hell-bent
on directing a hit film for his son Aryan Rajesh. In the process, he
convinced the Ambika banner producers with his storyline. The film is
going to floors very soon. However, the official muhurat shot would
be taken on 13th of March in Hyderabad.
audio sold for 2 crores
per the confirmed unofficial reports, audio rights of Teja-RP-Mahesh-Kula
Sekhar combination album 'Nijam' were grabbed by Sohan audio for an
unheard amount of 2 crores. Sohan has recently distributed hit audios
like Idiot and Manmadhudu. This price of 2 crores is much higher than
the earlier highest sold audio rights (1.15 crores). It is said that
the Sohan audio would be paying 1 crore upfront and pay the remaining
amount in regular installments. The official release of Nijam audio
would be done on 13th of this month at Sharjah Stadium. However the
audio of the film is expected to hit the market only in the first week
of April 2003. The unit of Teja is traveling to Dubai by mid night flight
on 11th of March 2003.
separate comedy track for Run
Ratnam is dubbing the run-away hit of Tamil film 'Run' in Telugu featuring
Madhavan and Meera Jasmine. This film involves a separate comedy track
featuring Sunil and Babu Mohan. The shooting of this comedy track is
complete except for a day shoot that involves Sunil and Madhavan in
a single frame. N Linguswamy directed this film. Vidyasagar provided
music. Atul Kulakarni played the role of maverick villain. AM Ratnam
produced this film in Tamil and he is also dubbing it in Telugu with
the same title 'Run'.
sponsors studies of a poor girl
showed his good-will by coming forward to provide financial help to
a poor girl called Radha whose studies were stopped due to lack of finances.
A story was published on 15th February edition of 'Andhrajyothy' daily
newspaper about Radha, who won the rolling shield in a recently conducted
'South Indian Science Fair'. Chiranjeevi contacted Andhra Jyothy newspaper
and took their help in tracing the girl. Chiranjeevi spent half-an-hour
speaking to that girl. He also met her parents and class teachers and
assured that he would fund the expenses required for Radha till whatever
level she wishes to pursue her studies.
Kong stunt team for Johnny
A crew of specialists has landed in Hyderabad recently to supervise
the climax of Pawan Kalyan's Johnny with its stunts choreography. These
specialists are flown in from Hong Kong and other parts of the world
to make the climax of 'Johnny' a highly exhilarating one. Canning of
climax of Johnny is currently going on in Hyderabad.
Bapu film is in offing very soon
Bapu is one of the very few natural filmmakers who epitomize the Teluguness
in each and every frame of his films. If the grapevine is to be believed,
Valluripally Ramesh Babu who made two classical hit films like Avunu
Valliddaru Ista Paddaru (with Vamsy) and Kabaddi
Venki) is having story discussions with Bapu for a film to be directed
by Bapu on Maharshi cinema banner. This project is expected to hit the
floors in a couple of months.
lakhs worth set for Nitin
- Giri, the distributors turned producers, spent a lavish 50 lakhs on
a discotheque set designed by art direct Thota Tarani for Dil. This
song comes as the Nitin's introduction in this film. Shankar choreographed
this song. VV Vinayak directs Dil - a powerful action oriented film
that shows Nitin in a power-packed action hero role. RP Patnaik scored
music. Audio of this film is expected to be out in the next week through
Aditya. Dil is getting ready for the release on 2nd April 2003.
as the mother of Mahesh Babu
Devyani is playing the role of mother of Mahesh Babu in Indira Productions
banner film that's being produced by 'Show' heroine and Mahesh Babu's
sister Manjula. SJ
Suryah directs this film. In that film Mahesh is playing the role
of 25-year-old youngster (for most of the time in the film). Devyani
is playing the role of 26-year-old mother of Mahesh Babu. This film
is being made on the lines of Tom Hanks' Hollywood flick 'The Big'.
AR Rehman is composing music. This film is lined up for Dasara release.
Director SJ Surya is simultaneously directing this film in Tamil as
'New' by casting himself as hero opposite Simran. Amisha Patel is acting
as heroine in Telugu. 'Naani' is title under consideration for Telugu
on 27th March 2003
Raghavendra Rao's 100th film Gangotri is all set for the release on
27th of this month. First copy of Gangotri is expected on 20th of March.
Rerecording of Gangotri is just completed. Allu Arjun (son of Allu Arvind
and nephew of Chiranjeevi) and Aditi Agarwal (younger sister of Arti
Agarwal) are making their debut with this film. Aswini Dutt and Allu
Arvind are jointly producing this film on 'United Producers' banner.
Chinni Krishna provides story. MM Keeravani provides music. Chandra
Bose penned 7 lyrics and Veturi wrote lyrics for one song.
Sriya Reddy in Telugu
Reddy - the popular anchor of SS (Southern Spice or Saravanan Stores)
Music channel for the program 'Phone'tastic is making her debut in Telugu
films as an actress with 'Appudappudu' that is being directed by Chandra
Siddardha (of Inscrutable Indians fame). Raja (of O Chinnadana fame)
is acting as hero. This film deals about the relationship after marriage
and the issue of divorce. RP Patnaik provided music. This film is getting
ready for the release on 28th of this month. GB Productions banner is
Konda and Kona for Tarun's film
get mislead by the heading of this news item. Here 'Konda' means Kondala
Rao and 'Kona' means Kona Venkat. Konda - who worked as co-director
for a Tele serial called Sarada in the past - is directing this film.
Kona Venkat - who is called as Kona - provides screenplay and dialogues.
Tarun, Anita and Sridevi are playing main leads in this untitled film.
Durga Arts that produced Santosham recently is producing this film.
RP Patnaik provides music. S Gopal Reddy handles camera. KL Narayana
is the producer.
for world cup cricket matches
Telugu film star Venkatesh is seen watching the Cricket Match between
India and Kenya at Cape Town, South Africa on 7th March 2003. He finished
the first schedule of Vasantham on 5th of March and flew to South Africa.
Venkatesh is known as a very good sports lover. He also flew to Sydney,
Australia to watch the Olympic Games 2000
lakhs worth set for Vishnu
Mohan Babu is launching his elder son Vishnu into Telugu film industry
in a majestic way. He is spending as much as money required in getting
the gloss and craze for the product. A set for a dance sequence for
the song composed by Ismail Durbar (of Devdas fame) is getting ready
near Tirupati. The producer Mohan Babu is said to have been spending
50 lakhs on it. Art director Srinivasa Raju is doing the set work. Shaji
Kailas - the famous Malayalam action films director - is directing this
film - 'Vishnu'.
film music sittings in Tirumala
Koti would be weaving music for forthcoming Balayya's film in the holy
city of Tirumala from 10th March onwards. Koti is said to have got very
much inspired by the story of 'Aditya Productions' banner film that
introduces Swarna Subba Rao as the director. Koti has given musical
hits like Bangaru Bullodu, Vamsanikokkdadu and Peddannayya
in the past in the combination of Balayya. He is looking forward to
repeat the magic again. The regular shooting of this film would start
in the mid of April 2003, when Balayya completes his work for the B
Gopal film under production now.
brother turns music director
Kalyan, the brother of famous music director Keeravani, is making his
debut as music director for a film titled as 'Aithe' to be produced
by 'Just Yellow Pvt. Ltd' (JYPL). This banner has earlier made an award
winning film titled 'Little Soldiers'. JYPL is currently producing
a popular Sitcom on Gemini TV titled 'Amrutham'. Chandra Sekhar
- who directed 10 episodes 'Amrutham' serial - is making his
debut with this film. Suresh Production is going to lend the valuable
technical and logistical support in terms production, post-production
and distribution activities.
to shoot in Palnadu
The next schedule of Balayya's film in the direction of B Gopal would
start on 10th of March. The unit would shoot few fights and some important
scenes in Macherla, Karampudi and Kotappa Konda. Three songs of the
film are shot so far. The producer is planning to go to Canada (like
he did for Narasimha Naidu) to shoot a few songs. Sonali Bendre and
Arti Agarwal are paired up with Bala Krishna. Sujitha is acting as Balayya
sister (like she did in Samarasimha Reddy) in this film. This film is
lined up for April 2003 release.
Kalyan's Johnny details
The stage is set for the publicity campaign of Johnny. The posters are
being made surreptiously and the publicity is expected to start from
14th of this month. The audio of this film is expected to be released
any day before or on 20th of March 2003. The tentative release date
for movie release is 19th April 2003.
As per the unconfirmed sources, Srikanth is being considered for the
vital role of police constable in Chiranjeevi's film under progress
'Tagore'. This role was played by Yuhi Sethu in Tamil. Shriya is playing
the role of a girl who has crush on hero. There is another heroine in
this film, which comes as Tagore's wife in a small flash back. Simran
played this role in Tamil version. Namitha, Kalyani and Simran are the
heroines under consideration for this role.
shoot for Vasantham
Venky is keeping a low profile on the coverage of his latest film Vasantham.
The current schedule of Vasantham is going on in a house set erected
at Ramaniadu Cine Village, Nanakram Guda. Kalyani and Arti Agarwal are
paired up with Venky. Vikraman directs Vasantham. The banner of Sai
Deva Productions is producing the film.
films for year 2003
Here are the details of NTR's films that are lined up for productions.
Idlebrain.com has collected this list from very reliable sources.
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The above dates are tentative and may change later
Srihari's latest project Simhachalam had muhurat on 5th March 2003.
Santhi Srihari, Kodi Rama Krishna and Talasani Srinivas Yadav did the
honors. Posani Krishna Murali is providing story, screenplay and dialogues.
Akula Siva - who worked for 'Okato Number Kurradu' and was later replaced
by Kodanda Rami Reddy - would be directing this film. However, he changed
his name to Indra Kumar as per the suggestion of Daivagna Sharma.
of Nijam audio function
Mahesh Babu's Nijam audio function and Teja's 'jayam' 175 days function
is going to be celebrated on a joint podium in Sharjah Cricket stadium
during the night of 13th March 2003 and in Kuwait on 14th of March 2003.
Chiranjeevi would be gracing as the chief guest. Uday Kiran and Reema
Sen also grace this occasion. Other celebrities (cast and crew of Jayam
and Nijam) who are going to make it are Mahesh Babu, Nitin, Gopichand,
Tanikella Bharani, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Rakshita, Sada, Raasi,
Mani Chandana, Shakeela, Udaya Bhanu. The comedians who would entertain
with theirs skits are Rallapalli, Gowtam Raju, Chitti Babu, Duvvasi
Mohan and Suman Shetty. RP Patnaik is going to hold a musical night.
Dance master Shankar is going to entertain the crowds with dances by
Kalyan's new movie starts tomorrow
Pawan Kalyan's new film in the banner of Vyjayanthi Movies (produced
by C Aswini Dutt) would have its muhurat on the morning of 27th February
2003. Karunakaran - of Toli Prema fame - is going to direct this film.
Details of other cast and crew are awaited.
gives another chance to Sarat?
Balayya always has a soft corner for few technicians in Telugu film
industry. These people are Koti (music director) and Sarat (director).
Balayya has given another chance for Koti through his new film in the
direction of Swarna Subba Rao. If the industry inside information is
to be believed, Balayya is said to have asked Sarat to direct one of
his future films. MS Reddy - who produced by Vamsoddarakudu with Balayya
in partnership with T Subbirami Reddy - would be producing this film.
complex at Film Nagar
VB Rajendra Prasad - the producer of Jagapati Banner who produced vintage
classics - has taken the of supervising the construction of Temple Complex
at Film Nagar, Hyderabad with an estimated cost of 90 lakhs. This temple
complex consists of temples for Ganapathy, Venkateswara Swamy, Siva,
Anjaneya, Rajarajeswari and Harihara. Noted sculptor Ganapati Stapati
who has designed famous Budda statue for Tank Bund and the statues in
famous Lord Venkateswara Temple in Pittsburgh has taken the onus of
preparing layout plan for this complex. This Temple Complex would be
named as 'Daiva Sannidhaanam'. The construction of this complex is expected
to be completed by November of 2003. The inauguration of 'Daiva Sannidhanam'
is being planned for 14th January 2004 on the eve of Sankrathi festival.
for Balayya's film
B Gopal has fixed a sixer series for Balayya's film under shooting now.
As per the producer, this film is going to have
1. Six mast songs (Mani Sharma)
2. Six powerful dialogues (Paruchuri brothers)
3. Six emotional scenes
4. Six never-before-seen different chases (Sumos, boats, bikes, helicopters
5. Six superb fights
The expected budget for this film is going to be 17-18 crores and the
producer is selling the film off at a marginally higher price. Arti
Agarwal and Sonali Bendre are paired up with Balayya for this film.
As per the unconfirmed sources Pawan Kalyan's Johnny might be releasing
on 9th (Wednesday) of April 2003 with around 225 to 250 prints. If that
is the case, the opening week of Johnny would have 9 days (9th April
to 17th April). This film might release with 55 prints in Nizam itself.
In that case, it would run for the first week in 100 theaters. As per
the estimation, Johnny might end up in collecting a share of 3 crores
in Nizam for the first week itself.
The heroine Kalyani - of Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaaru and Kabaddi
Kabaddi fame - has marveled one and all, the other day by her excellent
performance for a scene where her father dies for 'vasantham' film with
Venky as hero. Everybody clapped after her shot, but Kalyani kept on
weeping. Then she revealed that she had a real experience few months
back when her father expired.
Raju in Uday Kiran film
Erstwhile Telugu film hero and the honorable Union Cabinet minister
Krishnam Raju is playing a vital role in Suresh Productions film with
Uday Kiran and Shriya in main leads in the direction of debutant Raja
Sekhar. He is said to have taken prior permission from the Prime Minister
AB Vajpayee before signing on the dotted lines. Suman is also acting
in a vital role of heroine's father in this film. Shooting of this film
is currently going on in and around Hyderabad.
Now its time for Brahmanandam to put his vocal chords for a better usage.
He recently sung a song under the baton of MM Keeravani for the VMC
productions film in the direction of Raja Mouli. The lyrics of the song
go like this - Kastoori bhangu bhangu, kaaveri mingu mingu. This song
is pictured on NTR, Brahmanandam and Ankita in a set erected. NTR, Bhumika
Chawla and Ankita are playing main leads. The title under consideration
for this mass film is 'Simhadri'.
- Surya film in progress
The shooting of Mahesh Babu's film in the direction of SJ Suryah was
recently held in LB Stadium, Hyderabad. Few scenes were canned on Mahesh
Babu, Amisha Patel, Aishwarya and a few models. AR Rehman tuned a couple
of songs for this film so far. This film is also simultaneously being
made as 'New' in Tamil with Suryah and Simran in main leads. Manjula
Swaroop is producing this film on Indira banner.
to collect 30 crores
Superstar Krishna predicted that Mahesh Babu's Okkadu would collect
at least 30 crores in the total run. This film has collected 5 lakhs
in such centers where 25-crore collected movies could not amass even
2 lakhs. This film has already proved itself by creating new records
in 60% of the centers it released. As per Superstar Krisna, this film's
second season would start from 23rd March where the world cup competition
comes to an end.
rides on Teja, MS Raju, RP Patnaik and S Ramesh Babu
IT department raided on Teja - the hotshot director - who is shooting
for his latest film Nizam in Gayam house in Hyderabad at 9:30 am today
(21st February 2003). When asked by the IT officials, Teja is said to
have expressed his unwillingness to compromise on work for cooperating
with IT officials. However, Teja has accompanied the IT officials for
the search on his home. The raid is also simultaneously done on office/residence
(in Chennai and Hyderabad) of RP Patnaik, MS Raju and Singanamala Ramesh
Babu (a film financier and the presenter of the film 'Juniors'). The
details of unaccounted money found in these residences are yet to be
am thrilled - says Teja
Speaking to his close buddies on this occasion, Teja is said to have
told that it's been his dream since childhood to earn so much money
that IT people would raid his residence. He is absolutely thrilled by
this gesture from IT department. He is said to have invited his pal
Kula Sekhar (Lyricist) for a party to celebrate the occasion. Teja always
look at the brighter side of all the events. Is it not?
celebrates 100 days at Guntur
debut film 'Eeswar' has celebrated 100 days function amongst fanfare
at Central public school grounds, Mallareddy Nagar, Guntur today (20th
February 2003). Dasari Narayana Rao, Krishnam Raju and Anshu graced
this occasion as guests of honor. The crowd attended for this function
includes 5000 to 6000 people in a relatively small ground. The function
started at 7:45 pm and ended at 9:15 pm. Speaking on this occasion Krishnam
Raju mentioned that he had a special bonding with the Guntur people
as his Bhakta Kannappa ran for 25 weeks in Guntur. Heroine (junior)
Sridevi attended the function and went back to Chennai after taking
the shield due to immediate commitment.
Gopala Krishna appointed as Official Telugu Language Chairman
Paruchuri Gopala Krishna, the famous Telugu film dialogues writer, is
appointed as Official Telugu Language Chairman by the Government of
AP. This position is equivalent to that of a state cabinet minister.
Madugula naga Phani Sharma is currently holding the position, which
would eventually come to an end very soon. Literary Moguls like C Narayana
Reddy donned this post in the past. Speaking on the occasion, Paruchuri
Gopala Krishna said that 26% of the current school going children do
not know how to read Telugu and he would make sure that everybody learn
Telugu in a systematic way right from their childhood.
is back in form
Shirya after a brief break is back with a bang. She is currently acting
in three of the crazy Telugu film projects. She is acting opposite Chiranjeevi
in the Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster Ramana. She is also paired
up with Pawan Kalyan in Tiger Seetaramudu, which is expected to go on
floors in the month of April. She is currently in Coimbattore to participate
in Suresh Productions venture with Uday Kiran as hero in the direction
of debutant Raja Sekhar.