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31st August 2005

Allu Arjun's Happy pooja held
Pooja ceremony of Allu Arjun's latest film Happy in the direction of Karunakaran was held at Begumpet today morning. Genelia is the heroine. Yuan Shankar Raja is scoring music. Allu Arvind is producing Happy on Geeta Arts banner. Regular shooting of this film would start soon.

Varma to write a book
Ram Gopal Varma is going to write a book on his films and how his films are made. He would be analyzing and narrating his experiences while making the films. Penguin Book Publishers have bought the rights of this book. This book is expected to hit the stores in the month of December.

Sunil as hero?
Top rated comedy star Sunil is expected to do the role of solo hero very soon. This film is going to be the Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster Sundara Purushan (Livingstone). A Tamil banner is expected to produce this film. More details later.

Balayya to lead Nandi committee
Senior character artist Balayya would act as chairman of Nandi Awards committee. There are 57 film released in 2004 as entrees for various Nandi awards categories. The members of this committee are Kaikala Satyanarayana, Jaya Sudha, SV Krishna Reddy, Akella, Nadimpally Seetaramaraju, Ajay Vincent, V Prakash Rao, S Gopala Krishna, M Uday Kumar and Sanjay Kishore. KV Ramanachari would act as executive member.

30th August 2005

Two releases in this week
1st of September is going to witness the releases of two films in the form of Okkade and Muddula Koduku. Okkade is the comeback vehicle of Srihari as solo hero. He is doing the role of a powerful IPS officer in this film. Mahendra who introduced Srihari as hero with Police is producing this film. Muddula Koduku is the second venture of Ravi Krishna (7GBC fame). AM Ratnam produced this film.

KC Sekhara Babu is the president of TFPC
KC Sekhara Babu is elected as the president of Telugu Film Producers Counsel. Arjuna Raju and Vijaya Bapineedu are selected as vice presidents. C Kalyan and Ashok Kumar are secretaries. ML Kumar Chowdary and P Kiran are joint secretaries. Burugapally Siva Rama Krishna is the treasurer. G Adiseshagiri Rao, KS Rama Rao, KL Narayana, D Suresh Babu, Allu Arvind, M Shyam Prasad Reddy, Ravi Kishore, Lagadapati Sridhar, Vijja Srinivasa Rao and TVD Prasad are executive members. congratulates the newly elected committee.

25th August 2005

Nagababu as Ravana in Sriramadasu
Nagababu is roped in to play Ravana in Nagarjuna's latest film Sri Ramadasu in the direction of K Raghavendra Rao. Suman and Archana (Veda) are playing the roles of Srirama and Seeta respectively. ANR is doing the role of Kabir Das. Nassar is signed in to do the role of Tanisha. Regular shooting of this film was started on 22nd of this month. Kona Krishnam Raju produces this film on Aditya Productions banner.

25th August 2005

Five get-ups for Nagarjuna in Sriramadasu
Nagarjuna would be having five get-ups in Sri Ramadasu film that is based on one of the most reputed Telugu singers and staunch devotee of Lord Srirama. These get-ups come during different stages of life of Sriramadasu like youngster, Tahasildar, prisoner etc. There is an excellent craze in market and movie lovers on this film as Sri Ramadasu is coming from the team that delivered blockbuster Annamayya. Incidentally Annamayya holds the record in audio sales as the number one audio in Telugu film industry so far. MM Keeravani is composing music for this film. Sneha is the heroine. Nagarjuna is known for great dress sense and he introduced many costume designers to Tollywood. Rukhmini - who worked for various Bollywood periodic films and also to Nag's Hindi flick Agnivarsha - is designing costumes for Nagarjuna in this film.

Allari Bullodu on 9th September
Nitin - Trisha starrer Allari Bullodu would be releasing on 9th of September. K Raghavendra Rao is directing this film. Keeravani scored music. Anil who produced films like Ottesi Chebutunna and Radha Gopalam is producing this film on Sri Creations banner. Trisha is commanding enormous craze in Telugu film industry with her charm and successive successes. Trisha who donned traditional dresses so far is going to appear in typical K Raghavendra Rao's style of colorful attires.

Sholay in Telugu on Zee Telugu
For the first time in the history of Telugu Television, a Hindi film is being dubbed in Telugu for the sole purpose of showing on Television. Sholay - the landmark film of Indian Cinema - is going to be shown with Telugu dubbed dialogues on Zee Telugu at 3:30 pm on Sunday (28th July). Jaya Prasad penned dialogues for this film. We are going to watch Gabbar Singh speaking Telangana dialect in Telugu version of Sholay.

24th August 2005

NTR Ashok's puja held
Pooja ceremony of Ashok - NTR's latest film in the direction of Surender (Athanokkade fame) was held on 24th August at Anandi Arts Office. Valluripally Ramesh is producing this film. This event was held in a low profile without inviting any media attention. Sameera Reddy is expected to play female lead in this film. Ashok would go to sets very soon.

SJ Surya arrested and released
Popular Telugu and Tamil film director SJ Surya was arrested on 23rd August for throwing his cell phone on censor board member when she refused to let SJ Surya add a song in a Tamil film titled 'New'. He was released on the bail immediately. The magistrate asked SJ Surya to report to police station in Chennai everyday. Sessions Court of Madras asked the censor board to withdraw censor certificate for excessive vulgarity in 'New' film on 5th of August. SJ Surya directed Kushi and Naani in Telugu.

Godavari from 27th Aug
Sekhar Kammula (Anand fame) is all set to launch his next film Godavari on 27th of August. This film has Sumanth and Kamalinee Mukherjee in the lead roles. After a brief shoot of 10 days in Hyderabad, the unit would shift to Godavari area to shoot for 45 days. Sekhar Kammula is aiming for December 2005 release. The technical team (KM Radha Krishnan, C Vijay Kumar and Marthand K Venkatesh) that worked for Anand would be working for this film as well. This film would be produced jointly by Sekhar Kammula (Amigos Creations) and GVG Raju (SSC Arts).

Homecoming to Ramu
Ram Gopa Varma did his engineering from Siddardha Engineering College in Vijayawada and later he went on to become a sensational director and got national reputation as director and producer. He would be attending a grand audio function of James to be organized at Siddardha College Grounds on 28th of this month. The other guests are going to be hero Ravi Teja and MP Lagadapati Raj Gopal. Madhura Entertainments bagged the audio rights of Telugu version of James. James would be releasing on 16th of September.

8 prints release for Grahanam
National Award winning film Grahanam would be releasing on 26th of this month in 8 centers with 8 prints. These centers are Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vizag, Kurnool, Tirupati, Kakinada, Guntur and Srikakulam. This art film is based on Chalam's story Doshagunam. Jayalalitha, Takikella Bharani and Surya played important roles. This film launched Indraganti Mohana Krishna as the director.

23rd August 2005

Allari Pidugu audio on 27th Aug
Audio of Bala Krishna's Allari Pidugu would be releasing on 27th of August (Sunday) at a function arranged in Hyderabad. Aditya music has got the audio rights of the film. Mani Sharma scored the music. Audio would be available in the market on 29th of August. Charmme and Katrina Kaif are playing female leads. Jayant C Paranji directs this film.

Tammareddy Bharadwaja's Bullet
The title of Tammareddy Bharadwaja's film with Sindhu Tolani & Siva Balaji in the main leads is confirmed as Bullet. This film is a heroine-oriented film that explores a burning social issue. Praveen Kumar (of RPG banner) is producing this film along with Tammareddy Bharadwaja.

Siddardha provides story of CC
Latest teen sensation Siddardha (NVNV) is providing story for 'Chukkallo Chandrudu'. He was a colleague to debutant director Siva Kumar in the direction department of Mani Ratnam. This film is going to be launched tomorrow at State Art Gallery (Madhapur). Chamme, Sada and another heroine are paired up with Siddardha in this film. ANR and Waheeda Rehman are acting together as elder pair. Alexander Vallabha (son of KS Rama Rao) produces this film Creative Commercials banner.

James audio launch in Vijayawada
Madhura Entertainment has bagged the audio rights of Telugu version Ram Gopal Varma's film 'James'. This audio would be releasing in the grounds of Siddardha Engineering College in Vijayawada, where Ram Gopal Varma finished his graduation on 28th of August (Sunday).

Veda as Seeta in Sri Ramadasu?
As per the unconfirmed reports, Veda (heroine of Nenu) is screen tested for the role Seeta in Nagarjuna's latest film Sri Ramadasu. Nagarjuna, ANR and Suman are playing the roles of Ramadasu, Kabir Dasu and Sri Rama respectively. This film is coming from the team of devotional blockbuster Annamayya. Sneha is the heroine. Shooting of this film started on 22nd of this month. Keeravani scores music. S Gopal Reddy handles camera. Konda Krishnam Raju produces this film.

Pournami in regular shoot
Pournami featuring Prabhas, Trisha, Charmme, Sindhu Tolani & Madhu Sharma started its regular shooting from 22nd of August. Prabhu Deva directs this film. Devi Sri Prasad composes music. MS Raju who delivered 3 consecutive blockbusters - Okkadu, Varsham and NVNV - is producing this film.

Muddula Koduku and Okkade on 1st Sep
Ravi Krishna's (7GBC fame) film Muddula Koduku and Srihari's Okkade would be releasing on 1st September. AM Ratnam produced Muddula Koduku in the direction of Radha Mohan. Vidya Sagar provided music. Revathi is playing the role of mother and Gopika is the heroine. Srihari is attempting to make a comeback as solo hero with Okkade film. Santoshi (Jai fame) is the heroine. Mahendra who made Srihari hero with 'Police' film is producing this film Chandra Mahesh's direction.

22nd August 2005

NTR as Ashok
The title under consideration for NTR's film in the direction of Surender (Athanokkade fame) is Ashok. Valluripally Ramesh will produce this film. Senthil provides cinematography. Sameera Reddy is considered as heroine in this film. 'Ashok' would go to sets very soon.

Siddardha's Chukkallo Chandrudu
The title of Creative Commercials' latest film is finalized as Chukkallo Chandrudu. Siddardha (NVNV fame) is doing the title role as three heroines are going to be paired up with him. Charmme and Sada are confirmed. ANR and Waheeda Rehman are playing elder couple. Kona Venkat pens dialogues. Mani Sharma scores music. KS Rama Rao presents this film and Alexander Vallabha produced it. Siva Kumar - associate of Mani Ratnam - is making his debut as director through this film. This film would be launched on 24th of this month.

Calcutta backdrop for Venky's Lakshmi
Venkatesh's latest film Lakshmi would be having the backdrop of Calcutta. This film is having Nayana Tara and Charmme are playing female leads. This film would be launched on 24th of this month. VV Vinayak directs it and Ramana Gogula is making his comeback as music director through this film. Nallamalupu Bujji is the producer. Akula Siva provides story.

Nuvvante Nakistam in USA
Lemon Rice Inc. has obtained the USA theatrical exhibition rights of EVV's latest flick Nuvvante Nakistam starring Aryan Rajesh, Naresh and Anu Mehta. For business details, you may contact Sudha at (248) 895 - 7232.

20th August 2005

Bala Krishna as Allari Pidugu
The title of Bala Krishna's latest film in the direction of Jayant C Paranji is confirmed as Allari Pidugu. Shooting of this film is complete but for the climax. Charmy and Katrina Kaif play female leads. Audio of this film would be releasing in this month. Allari Pidugu would be releasing either in 3rd of 4th week of September.

Shankar to direct Rajnikant's Sivaji
Director Shankar would be directing Rajnikant's next film 'Sivaji'. This film would be produced by the prestigious banner AVM. Incidentally this is Shankar's 9th film. It is the 9th film with AVM banner for Rajnikant. NV Prasad grabbed the Telugu version rights of this film. Shooting of this film would start for Dipavali 2005 and would be released in April 2006. Incidentally AVM banner celebrates diamond jubilee this year.

Double Nandamuri treat to Valluripally
Valluripally Ramesh who produced soft comedies like Kabaddi Kabaddi and Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru would be simultaneously producing two mass films with youth heroes of Nandamuri dynasty. Asadhyudu with Kalyan Ram as hero in the direction of Anil was started on 19th August at a low-profile launch. Chakri provides music for this film. Valluripally Ramesh has another film coming up with NTR as hero. Vamsi (hero and anchor) provides story. This film would be directed by Surender (Athanokkade director).

Madhu Shalini item song in Nayakudu
Madhu Shalini - a popular TV anchor - made her debut in a flop 'Naa Pranam Kante Ekkuva' directed by Sashi Preetam. Now she did an item song in Raja Sekhar's Nayakudu directed by Kodi Rama Krishna. Audio of this film was released yesterday. Nayakudu would be releasing in the month of September.

18th August 2005

Chiranjeevi's future films' details
Chiranjeevi is currently doing 'Jai Chiranjeeva' in the direction of K Vijaya Bhaskar on C Aswini Dutt's Vyjayanthi banner. His next film would be directed by Murugadas (Tagore's original director). Nagababu would produce this film on Anjana banner for which Madhu (Tagore producer) is expected to be the executive producer. This film is expected to be launched in October 2005. Chiranjeevi also has a film in pipeline with MS Raju as the producer. Guna Sekhar would direct this venture. Chiranjeevi also summoned Paruchuri brothers to prepare a script with patriotism backdrop.

Suman as Srirama in Sri Ramadasu
Veteran actor Suman would be donning the vital role of Lord Srirama in Nagarjuna - K Raghavendra Rao's latest devotional film Sri Ramadasu. This film would go to floors on 22nd of August. The first schedule would take place from 22nd August to 6th September in Hyderabad. Later on the film would shoot in Bhadrachalam, Papikondalu and banks of Godari River from 10th September to 13th October. Later, the unit would shift to Mangalore (Karnataka) to shoot for 15 days. The final leg of shooting would take place in Hyderabad. In may be learnt that Suman played the role of Lord Venkateswara to perfection in Nagarjuna's devotional blockbuster Annamayya. Sneha is paired up with Nagarjuna. ANR is doing the role of Bhakta Kabir Das. K Raghavendra Rao directs this film. S Gopal Reddy handles camera. JK Bharavi wrote the script. Srikar Prasad would edit the film. This film is being produced by Konda Krishnam Raju on Aditya Productions banner.

Amma Meda Ottu on 2nd September
R Narayana Murthy's Amma Meda Ottu is all set to release on 2nd of September. This film got censored recently. R Narayana Murthy played dual role in this film. Lahari is the heroine. Telangana Sakuntala and Prabha played mothers of hero. This film deals with mother sentiment and temple-land-encroachment scandals. Audio of the film (released by Maruthi Music) got good response.

17th August 2005

PVR Cinemas in Hyderabad
PVR Cinemas - the biggest multiplex chain in India - is entering Hyderabad now. It has built 5 screens with together capacity of 1400 seats on the top floor in which Hyderabad Central is located at Punjagutta, Hyderabad. Initially, it faced parking-lot problem. Now it is being sorted out. This multiplex is expected to launch in a month.

MPOD on 7th September
Venky's (Kabaddi Kabaddi fame) 3-characters film Mogudu Pellam O Dongodu (MPOD) would be releasing on 7th of September with limited prints. Raja, Shriya and Brahmanandam essayed the characters of Mogudu, Pellam and O Dongodu respectively. Vakada Apparao is producing this film on Sri Ramalayam vari banner. Kabuli scored music. This film would be releasing in USA on 9th of September.

3 film releases this week
Three films are releasing this week. On 19th August, we have the releases of Andhrudu (Gopichand and Gowri Pandit) and Please Naku Pellaindi (Raghu, Rajiv Kanakala & Sruthi Mehrotra). On 20th August, we have the release of Adirindayya Chandram (Sivaji, Laya, Sangeeta and Madhu Sharma).

16th August 2005

Maruthi enters Overseas
Maruthi Movies distributors - a major player in Nizam distribution circle (Okkadu, Varsham, NVNV, Mass, Shivamani, ANOTA, Athanokkade, Vasantham, Satyam, Nenunnanu, Super and Athadu) and also an important brand in audio distribution - is all set to enter overseas market. They have acquired overseas rights for theatrical exhibition and home video (DVD) for Ravi Teja's latest film Bhageeratha in the direction of Rasool. Shriya is the heroine. This film is being produced by M Satyanarayana Reddy (Bunny producer). This film is expected to release for Vijaya Dasami (October 12th 2005). The interested exhibitors might contact Mr. Pramod Ramrakhyani on 98490 43832.

Sivaji in Venky's film
Hero Sivaji would be playing a vital character in Venkatesh's future film Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule in the direction of Selva Raghavan. Sonia Agarwal would play the female lead. NV Prasad wpuld produce this film. Sivaji's latest film Adirindayya Chandram is ready for the release now.

ML Kumar Chowdary's son as hero
ML Kumar Chowdary who produced films like Idiot, Pedababu, Dhana 51 is having his latest film Andhrudu releasing on 19th of this month. He is currently producing That is Pandu with Jagapati Babu as hero. He would be producing a film with Ravi Teja as hero in the direction of Rajamouli. This film is expected to be launched in November/December 2005. ML Kumar Chowdary is planning to introduce his son Kittu (as referred by friends) as hero with a film soon.

Grahanam release on 26th August
National award winning film Grahanam is all set to release on 26th of August after being in docks for almost one year. This film was made on shoestring budget with the sole intention of making a good art film. This film won Indira Gandhi award for the best first film this year. This film is based in Chalam's work 'Doshagunam' and is directed by Mohana Krishna Indraganti.

15th August 2005

Charmi and Nayana Tara in Lakshmi
Charmme and Nayanatara (Chandramukhi fame) are paired up with Venkatesh in Lakshmi Narasimha Productions banner's film titled 'Lakshmi' in the direction of VV Vinayak. Ramana Gogula provides music. Akula Siva provides story. Chota K Naidu handles camera. Nallamalupu Bujji produces this film. Muhurat of Lakshmi was held at Suresh Productions on 14th of August. Regular shooting would take place from 21st August onwards.

Vikram misses Aparichitudu function
There was a huge turnout for Aparichitudu 50 days function in Tirupati town on 14th of August. The function which was supposed to start at 6 pm was delayed by one and half an hour. The crowds as disappointed as the hero Vikram and heroine Sada could not make it to the function.

Single character film
Siven Hills Creations is producing a film titled 'Tarvatha Emiti?'(What's Next?) in the direction of MS Vasu with single character played by Raj Narendra. This film is about how a soldier who falls into a jungle due to warplane crash makes his way out of jungle. This film is made on digital mode and duration of this film would be of 1 hour and 45 minutes. There is one song in this film scored by Taraka Ramarao. Audio of this film is released on 15th August by RP Patnaik at a function. PDRK Chowdary produces this film.

14th August 2005

Raja Mouli to direct Chiranjeevi's ad film
Chiranjeevi has recently endorsed Navaratna Oil by personal and healthcare major Emami. An ad film is going to shot and aired in this month. Hotshot director SS Rajamouli is roped in to direct the ad film for the same.

Vikram - Guna Sekhar bilingual
National award winning actor Vikram is going to act in a film to be directed by Guna Sekhar. This film is a bilingual in Telugu and Tamil. Bhogavally Prasad who is currently producing Chatrapati in Rajamouli and Prabhas combination is expected to produce this flick. This film is likely to start in the first half of next year. Harris Jayaraj and Sekhar V Joseph are likely to handle the departments of music and cinematography respectively.

Allu Arjun's Happy
The title under consideration for Allu Arjun's next venture in the direction of Karunakaran is Happy. Genelia is being considered to play the role of female lead. Yuan Shankar Raja provides music. Allu Arvind produces this film on Geeta Arts banner. Incidentally Pawan Kalyan's movie with similar title 'Kushi' went on to become a blockbuster. This film would go to floors very soon.

Uday Kiran's Abaddam
K Bala Chandar is directing a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu with Uday Kiran and Vimala Rao (an Australian NRI) in the main leads. Tamil version of this film is titled as Poi and Telugu version is Abaddam. Prakash Raj produces the Tamil version and Gemini Kiran produces Telugu version. There are rumors floating around that Chiranjeevi and Rajnikant might give guest appearances in this film.

Sai Kumar as villain
Dubbing artist turned hero Sai Kumar is all set to play the role of a villain in a Tamil film. This film is the remake of Telugu blockbuster Athanokkade. He is doing the role played by Asish Vidyardhi in Telugu. Vijay is playing the hero role.

13th August 2005

Athadu team donates 2 lakhs
Hero Mahesh Babu and producer Jayabheri Kishore donated a lakh each to the family of a Mahesh Babu's fan Sheik Moulali who had a sad demise in Tadipatri while procuring a ticket for Mahesh Babu's Athadu on its released day. Producer Jayabheri Kishore said that the film met with great response all over.

Aparichitudu 50-days function in Tirupati
Producer Subramanyam is going to host 50-days function of blockbuster Aparichitudu on the evening of 14th August at Mahathi auditorium in Tirupati town. This film was released with 110 prints and the prints number reached 125 after it's success. This function would be attended by the hero Vikram and the director Shankar. Producer is also considering the idea of celebrating 100 days function in grand style at a later point.

Andhrudu on 19th August
Gopichand's film Andhrudu with Bihar backdrop is all set to release on 19th of August. This film is produced on Sri Keerthi Creations banner by ML Kumar Chowdary in the direction of Paruchuri Murali. Kalyani Malik provided music. Gowri Pandit is paired up with Gopichand. This film is a violent love story. Incidentally, Andhrudu is the only major Telugu film that is releasing on 19th August.

11th August 2005

Athadu shows cancelled in US on 11th (NJ show at 9 pm on 11th August)
Athadu shows scheduled for 11th August in USA are cancelled except for New Jersey due to unexpected delay caused in Fedex shipment. The New Jersey show is scheduled at 9 pm on 11th August. The shows would be screened as per schedule in San Jose, Detroit, Chicago, Virginia, Falls Church and Dallas from 12th August onwards.

Three producers for Teja's film
D Suresh Babu, Teja and Nallamalupu Bujji would be jointly producing Teja's next film Kotha Chitram. This film would be a new line cinema. Ilayaraja has already given 9 tunes for this film. Recording of songs would be start on next Wednesday in Chennai. Teja is planning to introduce new singers through this film. We have already asked the interested visitors to send a mail to [email protected] to grab the opportunity to sing in Teja's Kotha Chitram under the baton of Ilayaraja. Teja is considering all the mails that are sent with a sample audio file of less than 1 mb. This film would be launched very soon.

One died in Athadu ticket rush
A youngster named Sheik Moulali died in the process of producing a ticket for his favorite star Mahesh Babu's film Athadu on its release date 10th August 2005 in Tadipatri of Ananthapur district. May his soul rest in peace.

10th August 2005

4 prints for AOR in USA
We informed in the last week that one print was added in USA for Anukokunda Oka Roju film. On public demand, another print is sent to LA now. This makes the total prints count to 4. Around 280 patrons attended the AOR show at LA last week. Looking at this positive response, the distributor Sridhar Appasani decided to screen the film again in Naz 8 Cinemas on 14th of this month. AOR is going to play in 8 centers this weekend in USA.

9th August 2005

Athadu film with 18 reels
The prints of Mahesh Babu's much awaited flick Athadu are already dispatched to various head quarters of territories by evening. The prints USA are on their way. As per the sources of, Athadu film is having 18 reels and the length of the film is 5080 meters (16,666 feet). The twin theaters of Kukatpally (Bramarambha and Mallikharjuna) are screening special fans shows at 8 am on 10th August with the ticket priced at Rs. 100/-. The mid night shows are expected to start in Tirupathi and other important areas in Ceded. In Vijayawada city, Athadu would have benifit shows in Urvasi and Alankar theaters at 8 am.

Allu Arjun's film from 14th Aug
Allu Arjun's 4th film as hero would be launched on 14th of August. This film would be produced by Allu Arvind and directed by Karunakaran. Yuan Shankar Raja provides music. This film would shoot for week in this month. Next schedule would start on 1st September.

Nayakudu on 26th August
Rajasekhar's latest film Nayakudu in the direction of Kodi Rama Krishna would be releasing on 26th of August. Audio of this film scored by Koti is expected to be released on 14th of August. Namitha is paired up with Rajasekhar. This film is a remake of Malayalam blockbuster Runway. Director V Sagar is producing this film on Sravani Cinema banner.

Navdeep's Bilingual
Rajarajeswari Combines that produced award winning Swarabhishekam would be producing a bilingual with Navdeep as hero in Telugu and Tamil. Sheela is paired up with Navdeep. Mani Sharma provides music. Rajarajan - a protégé of director Bharati Raja - would direct this film. Recording on the songs would start on 19th of this month. Kousalyendra Rao is the producer.

Jyothika to wed Surya
South Indian film industry's top actress Jyothika is all set to wed Tamil film hero Surya in the next month. She had to reject a couple of hot offers (heroine role in Nagarjuna;s Bhakta Ramadasu and Venkatesh's Lakshmi) due to the same reason.

8th August 2005

KS Rama Rao grabs Chandramukhi Hindi remake rights
KS Rama Rao (Creative Commercials banner) has grabbed the Hindi remake rights of Chandramukhi. This subject was originally made in Malayalam as Manichithrathazhu in Malayalam in 1993 by Fazil. This film was remade as Aptamitra by P Vasu in Kannada which went on to run for over a year. Apta Mitra won all the Filmfare awards that are in Kannda language segment this year. Later on P Vasu directed the bilingual in Tamil and Telugu with Rajnikanth and Jyothika as 'Chandramukhi'. This film is a huge blockbuster in both Tamil and Telugu. KS Rama Rao has bought this subject that went on to become blockbuster in all four languages. The artists under consideration to play the lead role are Amitab Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt. The cast and crewmembers would be finalized very soon.

Sneha in Sri Ramadasu
It was announced earlier that Jyothika would be doing the female lead against Nagarjuna in Sri Ramadasu film. She has opted out due to some personal reasons. Sneha is roped in to play that role now. Sneha got popular with her sensible portrayal as Telugu housewife in Bapu's Raghagopalam. It is also learnt that the director tried to cast in Kamalinee Mukherjee. But Kamalinee has already given bulk dates to Sekhar Kammula's Godavari during the same period. Regular shooting of this film would start from 3rd week of August.

Ravi Krishna as Jadoo
Ravi Krishna's 3rd Telugu film is titled as Jadoo with a tagline 'a romantic thief'. Jyothi Krishna is directing this film. Shooting of Jadoo is currently going on in Hyderabad. Yuan Shankar Raja is composing music for this love story with slick action backdrop. Stun Siva composes fights. Ileana and Tamanna are playing female leads. AM Ratnam is producing this film on Sri Surya Movies banner. Ravi Krishna's 2nd film Muddula Koduku is ready for the release.

Bhageeratha shoot completed
The shooting of Ravi Teja's latest film Bhageeratha is completed except for a song. Shriya is paired up with Ravi Teja. The unit has recently shot a few songs in Europe. Popular cinematographer Rasool Ellore is directing this film. Mallidi Satyanarayana Reddy (Bunny producer) produces this film. Chakri scores music. Audio of this film would be releasing in this month and the film would be releasing in the next month.

5th August 2005

1 more print for AOR in USA
Just Yellow Media's latest hit Anukokunda Oka Roju was released with 2 prints a few weeks back. Due to the demand from the exhibitors, one more print is added from this week. This film is playing at Chicago, LA, Virginia and Memphis this week end. This film would be playing in seven centers (Minneapolis, Connecticut, Houston, Boston, Indianapolis Albany & St Louis) next week.

Publicity blitz for Nuvvante Nakistam
EVV Satyanarayana gives keeps a big portion of his film's budget aside for the publicity. His latest film Nuvvante Nakistam is releasing in the same week of Mahesh Babu's Athadu on 12th August. In Hyderabad city alone, 40 vinyl posters are going to be displayed. It would cost lots of money to get the prime spots. And EVV is not compromising on publicity aspect for this film.

Odd titles rule the roost
Kotta Chitram, Modati Cinema and Kotha Katha. These are the titles of the films that are going to be released in this year. And the titles of the films have no relevance to the story of the film. Recently released films like Super and Rendella Taruvatha too have titles that have no connection to the story line. The filmmakers are trying to come up with interesting titles to create curiosity factor among the film goers.

5th August 2005

Athadu on 10th August
Mahesh Babu's latest film Athadu is all set to release on 10th August which happens to be the Wednesday. This film got censored yesterday. Trisha is paired up with Mahesh Babu. Initially the release date was announced as 12th August and now it is advanced. Popular dialogue writer Trivikram directed this film. Music scored by Mani Sharma is a chartbuster. D Kishore is producing this film on Jayabheri banner.

4th August 2005

Arti Agarwal in a controversy
Film actress Arti Agarwal has landed up in a minor controversy on the night of 3rd August when she visited a popular bar in Banjara Hills. She allegedly knocked the door of rest room so heavily that Ritu Nagpal - the women inside restroom - got injured. Then there was allegedly an altercation between the two women. Razak Sharma - a friend of Ritu - launched a police complaint against Arti Agarwal at Banjara Hill Police station. Sub Inspector of Police Vidya Sagar is investigating this case.

Ilaya Raja gives 9 tunes in one hour
Teja told that it took Maestro Ilayaraja a couple of half an hour sessions to come up with 9 tunes for his forthcoming film Kotha Chitram. Generally music directors take around 3 days to come up with one tune. The recording of the songs would start in the next week. Teja is planning to take in new singers for this album.

Pellam Pichodu on 19th Aug
Rajendra Prasad's latest film Pellam Pichodu would be releasing on 19th of this month. Richa Pallod and Srujana played the female leads. Popular lyricist Jonnavithula is making his debut as director with this film. Hero Rajendra Prasad is making his debut as music director with this film. RRB Sastry and BV Srinivas are jointly producing this film.

2nd August 2005

New singers for Teja film
Teja is going to make a film titled 'Kotha Chitram' by introducing new faces. Teja is planning to introduce new talent in terms of singers too. He introduced many singers with Chitram film and all those singers had good career later. The interested singers might mail to [email protected]. Ilayaraja would be scoring music and songs recording would start after 7 days.

'22 Minutes' preview on 14th August
RP Patnaik's short film '22 Minutes' with the duration of 22 minutes is complete. This film has only 3 characters played by Raja, Veda (Archana) and Raghubabu. RP is making his debut as director with '22 Minutes' that is aimed at screening in film festivals. RP Patnaik is planning to preview this film to press and film industry people on 14th of August in Prasad labs. Lots of film celebrities are expected watch this film as 14th August happen to be second Sunday, which is a holiday for film industry.

RFC enters Guinness Book of World Records
Ramoji Film City - located at the outskirts of Hyderabad city - entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest film city in the world. RFC is spread over 1600 acres and has in-house facilities to make over 20 films simultaneously. One can enter the RFC with a script and go out of RFC with finished print. It also boasts of star hotels and other guest houses to lodge cast and crewmembers. Ramoji Rao - the media baron of AP - owns RFC.

1st August 2005

Venkat Kuchipudi's Modati Cinema
Venkat Kuchipudi's directorial debut film is titled as 'Modati Cinema'. This film stars Navdeep and Poonam (debutant) in the lead roles. 90% of shooting of this film is completed. Sameer Reddy handles camera. Swaraj is making debut as music director. K Ramana Reddy and Venkat Kuchipudi jointly produce this film on Abhisatwika Creations banner.

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