30 June 2008
I will down curtains soon: Chiru
For the first time, actor Chiranjeevi broke his silence about his proposed political entry. Talking to a TV channel in New Delhi today, Chiranjeevi said that he would personally be downing the curtains on the suspense over his political party. So far, his brother Nagababu, brother-in-law Allu Arvind and key persons in CCT had made statements and even fixed the dates of Chiranjeevi's political party launch. However, the megastar didn't respond to this.
Rehman for Nag son's debut?
AR Rehman is likely to score music for the debut film of Nagarjuna's son Nagachaitanya, which will have its muhurt on September 20th, coinciding with the Birthday of ANR. Sameer Reddy handles the camera. Vasu Varma debuts as director. In case of any change in music director's option, the next probable will be Devi Sri Prasad.
Happy Birthday to Allari Naresh
Today (June 30th) is the birthday of Tollywood's busiest comedy hero Allari Naresh. However, the actor is not going to celebrate the occasion as a mark of respect to his friend Muddukrishna, a producer's son, who committed suicide recently. Naresh said he was the first person who used to greet him every year. "In all I am booked in 10 films so far. I usually take part in shooting on all my birthdays. Such movies always became hits. By year end, I will be doing a full-fledged villain role in a film. Though, people mostly look at me as a comedy hero, I want to be a versatile actor. It depends on the audience taste." He expressed confidence about his dad-directed film Fitting Master and Eeshwar Reddy's Dongalabandi. Idlebrain wishes Naresh – Many Happy Returns of the Day.
CMPF in Pawan's Satyagrahi
Though actor Pawan Kalyan announced the launch of Common Man Protection Force (CMPF) on October 22nd, last year, nothing much is known about it in the days that followed. He had even allotted a corpus fund of Rs. 1 Crore from his total savings of "Rs. 1.32 Crore". The major and minor political parties and some social groups also apprehended that formation of such a force would result in heralding the cult of private armies in the state. All said and done, the CMPF will have its presence and activities onscreen, i.e. in Satyagrahi, which is tentatively scheduled to have its shoot from January 2009 with Pawan Kalyan directing it; and Nookarapu Suryaprakasa Rao producing it.
City Life audio on July 5th
The audio of City Life, a Venu Madhav starrer, is going to release on July 5th. Made on Perfect Visuals banner, it is directed by debutant Soudha. Producer is P. Venkateswara Rao. Music is by Pratap Vidyasagar. The film is said to be a hilarious comedy aimed at the youth segment in particular. The central point is the fate of a don in Old city (Hyderabad) in the face of globalization. RK plays the villain. It is set for release by July end.
AVS health is getting better
On the day of AVS joining Global Hospitals, the ever-enthusiastic TV news channels ran scrolling that AVS’s condition is critical and he has slipped into Coma. Then AVS’s son and wife had to give an explanation that the condition of the actor is not critical. The representative of AVS informed idlebrain.com that AVS’s health is stable now and he would be discharged from the hospital in 3 days of time.
Don't do hero worship: SPB
Playback singer SP Balasubramanyam urged the young generation to reject hero worship. Participating at a cultural event in Anantapur on Sunday night, SPB said: "The youth should learn to watch cinema as cinema only. They should be not carried away by the acts and dialogues of the heroes. We (film people) came to industry just for earning livelihood." He expressed happiness that the western world is fast getting influenced by the might of Indian, "which has no boundaries." Dr. IV Subba Rao, Chief Electoral Officer (AP) termed each of SPB's song as a gem.
Abhinayasree in and as Kalanagu
Shoot of item girl turned heroine Abhinayasree's latest film titled Kalanagu is complete by 50 percent. Shot in a good number of forest locations in the state, the film is made on SS Visuals banner with debutant Vikram Sivaji directing it. The second and last schedule will take off on July 11th. The story is about a Nagin's revenge against the villains who have wronged her family. Brahmaji and Jeeva play the male leads. It will be ready for release early September. Interestingly, Mumaith Khan's film Punnami Nagu is also under brisk shoot and gets ready for Dasara season. In contrast, Abhinyasree is a revenge seeker. Mumaith is a lover of her enemies.
29 June 2008
Chiru will create history: Nagababu
Actor Nagababu today said some sections are given to undermine the stamina of Chiranjeevi fans; and this false opinion would be shattered soon. He addressed a big gathering of mega fans and general public at Dondavarti in Vizag district after taking part in a road show. "Chiranjeevi is going to create new history. You all be prepared to join the great event. Social service activities are the right answer to the critics," he said. The fans profusely garlanded Nagababu, hailing the leadership of Chiranjeevi. Meanwhile, the mega fans took out a huge rally in Anantapur this morning. At a similar function, Dr. Samaram termed Chiranjeevi as a "Tsunami," set to create a new trend in politics.
RGV hangover on JD
JD Chakravarthy, who turned a full-fledged screen villain and debut director with Homam, has always kept his project under wraps. But for a lone media briefing in April, so far not much is out about Homam. A theatrical trailer shows suggests that the film has the element of gang war. The audiences largely opine that the influence of Ramgopal Varma could be clearly seen in the trailer. In another TV trailer, Mamta Mohandas playing the heroine appeared on the lines of a Nisha Kothari of RGV production James – with sumptuous oomph. Homam is set for release next month. Meanwhile, rumors are to be believed this film is inspired by Hollywood blockbuster 'The Departed' with Mahesh Manjrekar playing the role of enacted by Jack Nicholson.
MSR keen about more films
Senior Congress leader and APSRTC Chairman M. Satyanarayana Rao, who is doing the Chief Minister in Rajasekhar's Satyameva Jayate, announced that his political career almost came to an end. "That is the reason why I have started my new career in films," he said. Inaugurating a dairy farm today at Patancheru, outskirts of Hyderabad, MSR said that he looked forward to do more and more creative roles.
King stills stunned Seenu Vytla
Before the preliminary bunch of stills (of Nag's King) making their public appearance, its director Seenu Vytla showed strict signs of reluctance to speak about Nag's characterization. When it was brought to his notice that the stills had already made their presence in a fans website, he was puzzled at that. This forced him to vaguely sketch out Nag as a mix of Shiva and Hello Brother. Further, he prompted arranging some stills to the media. Sources said, till November no further stills would be hitting the public. The film's official release date is already announced as Dec 18th.
28 June 2008
Smita’s ‘Dance with me’
Pop singer Smita starter a production house called ‘I Candy Entertainment’. I Candy Entertainment is going to launch a talent show on TV called ‘Dance with me’. Unlike other dance talent shows, Smita will be giving lucrative dance career to the winners of the show. She is also having strategic tie-up with Bollywood popular choreographers like Bosco – Caesar. Smita says that dance is not becoming a full-time profession in Hyderabad unlike Mumbai where dance career is taken up professionally and seriously. ‘Dance with me’ will be an attempt to get seriousness and professionalism towards the dancing career in Andhra Pradesh.
Kathanayakudu music launch in Chennai
Chennai seem to be happening place for music launches these days. After Bujjigadu Made in Chennai and Dasavatharam, another high profile film’s audio is going to be launched in Chennai. The music of Rajnikant’s film Kathanayakudu (Keselan in Tamil) will be launched at Hotel Le Meridian, Chennai on 30 June. This film was announced at a high profile function held at Hotel Novotel in Hyderabad. C Aswini Dutt produces this film and P Vasu directs it.
Mallepoovu music in July
The music of Bhumika Chawla’s latest film Mallepoovu will be launched in the second week of July. Maestro Ilayaraja is composing 8 songs for this film. Music of his last Telugu film ‘Anumanaspadam’ is a big hit. Actress Bhumika is doing different get-ups in this film. Murali Krishna who did a vital role in ‘Oka Voorilo’ is making his debut as a hero. V Samudra directs this film.
Raja – Krishnam Raju combination film
Krishnam Raju is getting busy again in films. He is doing a vital role in Srihari’s Srisailam now. As per the sources of idlebrain.com, a film is going to be made in the combination of Srihari and Raja soon. Raja is currently doing Ravi Raja Pinisetti’s film Andamaina Abaddam.
27 June 2008
AVS admitted in hospital
Popular comedian AVS has been admitted to the Global Hospitals in Hyderabad. He is suffering from serious liver-related complications. Family members said he developed white jaundice (thella kamerlu) in recent days and was taking treatment at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology at Punjagutta in the city. In the wake of an emergency situation requiring surgery, the actor is shifted to the Global Hospitals late in the night. Idlebrain.com wishes AVS a speedy recovery.
Kamal Kamaraju in Avakaya Biryani
Kamal Kamaraju who made his debut as an actor in Godavari film is doing the male lead in Anish Kuruvilla’s directorial debut Avakai Biryani. Bindu Reddy – a proper Telugu girl – is making her debut as an actress. The shooting of the film is almost complete. Sekhar Kammula produces this film on his home banner Amigos Creations.
Ileana as Nitin's heroine?
As for the sources of idlebrain.com, Top actress Ileana is likely to do the heroine for Nitin in a forthcoming film in the direction of VN Aditya. Earlier, she did the female lead in Aata of the same director. Debuting with Devadas of YVS Chowdary, she worked with big heroes Mahesh Babu, NTR, Raviteja and Prabhas. In April, two of her films Pawan's Jalsa and Tarun's Bhale Dongalu were released on alternate dates. VN Aditya's latest film Rainbow is set for release next month..
26 June 2008
Asta Chemma FM music launch
For the first time in the history of Telugu cinema, the music of a Telugu film is not launched through CD/Cassettes, but launched digitally through an FM channel. Big FM is going to officially digital launch the music of Mohana Krishna Indraganti’s film Asta Chemma on 28 June. This film introduces Nani and Srinivas Avasarala in the male leads. ‘Colors’ Swati who got fabulous craze with her spontaneous performance in AMAV (Adavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule) is doing the female lead. Kalyani Malik (Aithe & Boss fame) composes music. This film is being produced by Ram Mohan P – an alumnus of IIM who executed several vital projects in UTV Productions and Suresh Productions in the past.
Seenu Vytla-Venky film in Jan 2009
After King with Nag, director Seenu Vytla will be taking up his next project with hero Venkatesh. The film will be grounded to its launch and shoot in January 2009. Gopi Mohan, who provides the story, said: "The subject is ready and we will be giving it a final touch in the coming months." Kona Venkat is penning the dialogues. By the time Venkatesh gets into Vytla's project, he would have finished his proposed film with Gamyam director Krishh. Venky's Chintakayala Ravi is under brisk shoot schedule and is likely to release during Dasara.
5 more Ready prints to overseas
Five more prints are dispatched from Hyderabad for overseas (4 for USA and 1 for Europe) after seeing the excellent response to the film Ready in USA. There will be more shows with more prints in more centers of USA this week.
Kamalinee as Venu's heroine
Kamalinee Mukherjee, who swept the theatres with her impressive performance in Krishh's Gamyam, is set to play the heroine for tall hero Venu in Vamsi's forthcoming film romantically titled – Gopi, Gopika Godavari. Producer is Valluripalli Ramesh on Anandi Arts. Earlier, the duo gave a cool hit Avunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru, a Ravi Teja film, which had music by Chakri. Interestingly, Chakri is set to score the music again.
Krishnavamsi, driver hurt in road mishap
Director Krishnavamsi and his driver had a providential escape when the car in which they were traveling capsized taking topsy-turvy thrive before coming to a grinding halt at the fields off the road at Nandigam near Vijayawada. The duo was on their way back to Hyderabad after finishing a shoot schedule of the latest film, starring Tarun and Genelia. While the director received slight injuries in the head and leg with some bruises, the driver too escaped with minor injuries. Sources said it was the driver who called the passersby to their rescue. Later, they took first aid at a hospital nearby. His well-wishers and film industry colleagues heaved sigh of relief with Krishnavamsi being safe.
Uttej irrated about TV scrolls
Comedian and character artiste Uttej felt irritated at the TV Channels giving the flash news of director Krishnavamsi getting injured in a road mishap. The actor after participating in the Movie Artistes' Association-arranged condolence meeting today over the demise of Mallikharjuna Rao was seen wildly reacting to the TV scrolls about Krishnavamsi. Using foul language at the scrolls, he said it was wrong on the part of the TV channels to do so and exaggerating things without verifying the facts. He further recalled how the media "over-reacted" - killing Mallikharjuna Rao while he was still alive. For a couple of minutes, Uttej kept his mouth eloquent about flash news ethics.
25 June 2008
Gayam sequel to be made
A sequel to Ram Gopal Varma’s Gayam that has shown Jagapati Babu in an angry young man role is going to be made soon. This film will be directed by a debutant called Praveen. He made a short film titled ‘Souls’ which has got tremendous appreciation. Ram Gopal Varma listened to this subject and okayed it.
YVS Chowdary to direct Vishnu?
As per the sources of idlebrain.com, Vishnu is going to act in the next film YVS Chowdary. YVS Chowdary who proved as a mass director with films like Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo and Devadas is taking this project with lot of interest. Other details are awaited.
Cinematographers turning into directors
We had Teja, S Gopal Reddy and Rasool becoming film directors in the recent past. Following their foot steps a few more cinematographer are going to wield megaphones. As per the sources of idlebrain.com, Chota K Naidu is planning to direct a film with poetic title ‘Chandamama Raave’ with new comers. Another cinematographer Ram Prasad is expected to make his directorial debut in the next year with a film to star Ravi Teja as hero. Hari Anumolu too is planning to direct a film. He already directed a film in the past.
Mallikharjuna Rao consumed to flames
The last rites were performed on the body of comedian Mallikharjuna Rao amidst thousands of well-wishers, film personalities, politicians and local people at Gavarapalem cremation grounds, Anakapalli, today morning. After the actor's demise yesterday morning in Hyderabad, body was taken to Anakapalli to reach last night. State Minister Konathala Ramakrishna, TDP leader Dadi Veerabadra Rao, MAA President Nagababu, hero Srikanth and some of the functionaries of the association took part in the cremation process. The local people recalled their association with the actor, mourning his sudden demise. His son Srinvasa Rao, who came from Germany, lit the funeral pyre.
Directors' real show in Rainbow
Directors SS Rajamouli, Kodi Ramakrishna, Seenu Vytla and Samudra are going to appear in VN Aditya-directed & produced film Rainbow, starring Rahul and Sonal Chauhan. On the lines of RGV's Rangeela, the heroine of Rainbow wants to become a heroine, and trying her luck, she would meet these directors. That's one point of her characterization. The film is set for release in July first week.
Vishal's Salute on Aug 15th
Hero Vishal's bilingual film Salute (in Telugu) and Satyam (Tamil) is planned to release on August 15th as Independence Day gift to the audience. Vishal plays the role of an ACP, for which he took meticulous care in many aspects, such as hairstyle, body language and some peculiar cop mannerisms. Producer and hero's brother Vikram Krishna is said to have engaged the services of a couple of senior police officers to advice not only on the characterization of Vishal, but in its execution too, particularly in stunts and mannerisms. Nayantara plays the female lead. Earlier, Vikram Krishna said the film would release with 750 prints worldwide. If it really happens, the prints figure might be the largest ever in the South. An ex-journalist Rajasekhar makes his debut as director for this film.
Chiru fans rally in YSR bastion
A 76-km mega motorcycle rally was undertaken by hundreds of Chiranjeevi in Cuddapah district, the bastion of Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy. Hundreds of fans of the district unit took part in the rally displaying placards and banners, hailing the leadership of Chiranjeevi. The motorcade commenced at Reddipalle of Badwel mandal and culminated at Reddipalle of Atlur mandal via Kalasampadu and Porumamilla. The event came as a big surprise to the Cong leaders in the district.
24 June 2008
Son missed dad alive by 15 km
The arrival of Mallikharjuna Rao's son at Samshabad airport from Germany and the demise of his father took place more or less at the same time. He missed the last look of his father alive by a 15-km-distance. EVV Satyanarayana, whose films Rao hardly missed, said his son took all pains to reach Hyderabad, taking two flights, en route Dubai. The actor's two daughters, son-in-laws and wife were by his side.
CM, Naidu condole Mallikharjuna Rao's demise
Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy and TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu have expressed their deep shock at the sudden demise of comedian Mallikharjuna Rao. They said his death has created a void in Telugu film industry. Naidu, who is away from Hyderabad on Meekosam program, spoke to the family members of Rao over phone, terming his demise as a big loss to the Telugu Desam Party.
Ayesha Mira murder in Sarkar
The sensational murder mystery over Vijayawada girl Ayesha Mira is now an episode in Nagababu's film Sarkar. As per the story, there is a ladies hostel and the hero happens to assist the watchman in his absence. "For commercial effect, we touched on the Ayesha Mira case in a chilling episode," said its producer Venkateswara Rao. When asked whether mystery is busted, he quipped: "Yes, it is as per the lingering doubts in the media and police." The film is directed by new face Phaniraj. Ramyakrishna plays Nagababu's wife, who gets killed. Of course, Ayesha Mira is played by a young girl. Murdered girl is shown as an evil spirit
Mallikharjuna Rao is no more
Comedian Mallikharjuna Rao who joined Apollo hospital a couple of days back due to acute leukemia expired today morning. He has been suffering from Lukemia for the past few months. He got into lime light with Battala Satyam character in Vamsi’s Ladies Tailor. He did many memorable roles in EVV Satyanarayana directed films as well. He won Nandi award as best character actor for Tammudu film. The film personalities are thronging to hospital to pay respects. May his soul rest in peace.
23 June 2008
Hema Malini in Marma Yogi
Kamal Hassan is going direct his next venture Marma Yogi. Pyramid Saimira will produce this film. Hema Malini signed on the dotted line to play a special character in this film. Actress Kajol is been approached for another vital role. The pre-production work is currently going on. This film is going to be made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Ravi Teja in RR Moviemakers banner
Ravi Teja will be acting in a film to be directed by Surender Reddy (Athanokkade fame). This film will be produced by Venkat on RR Moviemakers banner. The shooting of the film will start in the month of November. RR Moviemakers latest film Victory (Nitin & Mamata Mohandas) is all set to release on 27 of this month.
Mallikharjuna Rao's condition critical
Doctors attending on comedian Mallikharjuna Rao, who was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals with acute leukemia, today said that his condition remains still critical. A hemorrhage occurred in the brain, leading to bleeding through ears and nose. Currently, he is put on ventilation.
Bhanuchandar's son debut with Chedugudu
Former hero Bhanuchandar's son Jayanth made his debut with the film titled Chedugudu. Made on Smiles Movies banner, it is produced by Bhimineni Tirupataiah and K. Nagireddy. Debutant PR Nagaraju, who worked as Asst. director with Nidhi Prasad, is directing the film. Music is by Chakri. Kovai Sarala is the presenter. Swetha, a Chennai-based student, is the heroine. The director said: "The subject is about resumption of the game Chedugudu in Venkatrajapuram village, after a gap of two decades. Why? By whom? Answers to these questions form the entertainment. It is a full-length comedy entertainer." Jayanth took his degree in visual communications and took extensive training in film acting and martial arts under hid dad's guidance. He is also the grandson of popular music director Master Venu. The producers said the film was launched recently with its opening shot on Brahmanandam and Kovai Sarala. The regular shoot would commence from June 24th. The film's talkie and songs would be finished in 50 days. It's tentatively planned to release as Dasara gift to the audience. Naresh, Ali, MS Narayana, Suman Shetty, Nagababu and Sayaji Shinde are among the vital cast. Dialogues are by Veligonda Srinvas.
Nag's King on December 18th
King, a Nag starrer in the direction of Seenu Vytla, is planned to hit the screens on December 18th, according to producer D. Sivaprasad Reddy. Made on Kamakshi Kala Movies banner, the film's regular shoot is under brisk progress since June 6th. He further said that the date was so announced in tune with the sentiment of Nagarjuna, whose blockbusters Manmadhudu, Mass and Don came as December releases. Trisha plays the heroine; and Srihari does a special role. The star cast consists of about 40 busy artistes. It is for the third time Devi Sri Prasad scores music for a Nag film, after Manmadhudu and Mass.
Ninna Nedu Repu on July 4th
Ninna Nedhu Repu, the debut film of Lakshmikanth Chenna in Telugu as director, is going to release on July 4th. It is made on SPR entertainments banner, starring Ravi Krishna, Tamanna and Akshara. This bilingual film will also release simultaneously in Tamil, said its director. It is the second coming for Akshara (formerly Rekha). The film was launched on December 7th last; and its music (scored by debutant Anil) released was released on March 17th.
Fate of 10 in Shekkar Suri's Three?
Shekkar Suri's coming-soon film has a vague title Three. Going by the genre preferred by the director as psychological thriller, its backdrop is hardly questioned. Earlier, the director said the title Three was fixed based on the response from a couple of rustic forest dwellers, while shooting in Araku valley. Three lead characters – Rajiv Kanakala, Rishi and Shanti Chandra – are prominently seen in the publicity trailers and posters, with the female lead Urvashi Sharma casting a weird look. "But, the story starts with 13 and only three accomplish the task. What about the Ten? Do they commit suicide or get murdered? The audience imagination is allowed to run riot," says Shekkar Suri.
Script ready for Ali as villain
Comedian Ali gets ready to don the villain for the first time in his three-decades of tinsel career. "For the last several years, I wanted to do a screen-villain, but it didn't happen for some reasons connected to the script. I am soon appearing as villain in a forthcoming film. But, it will not be a regular fare, because it would be difficult to have such scripts for me. Even if we get, all will not be convincing to the audience." Meanwhile, Ali's brother Khayyum is set to make his debut as hero in a film soon.
Editor Mohan's Telugu flick with new face
After a gap of seven years, Editor Mohan is set to make a Telugu film with a debutant hero. He was in Hyderabad for the launch of a fashion photography studio. He said he lost regular touch with Tollywood after Hanuman Junction (2001). "Though I wanted to do a Telugu film with my son Ravi, it got dragged for a good number of years. He is a busy hero now in Tamil. I hope to do a Telugu film soon, but with a new actor," he said.
Tattoo of naked lady on Mumaith
A lady with her top completely naked is going to give its darshan in the form of a tattoo on the abdomen of none other than Mumaith Khan, the Punnami Naagu of A. Kodandarami Reddy-directed film with Yandamuri Veerendranath scripting the subject. The movie was launched on April 9th last, and got to regular shoot from June 3rd. Spicy pics of Mumaith are seen often on the cover or back pages of some of the popular magazines. A big and sensuous tattoo is made just below the navel of the screen nagin.
22 June 2008
Mallikharjuna Rao admitted in hospital
PK Mallikarjuna Rao, senior comedian and General Secretary of the Movie Artistes Association, is undergoing treatment at the ICU of oncology wing at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad. He is diagnosed with leukemia. Hospital sources said the actor's condition had turned critical since last night. MAA president Nagababu and other office bearers, friends and well-wishers visited the hospitals. He is an active member in the Telugu Desam Party's cultural wing. A few days back, he visited Simhachalam temple near Vizag, where he said he would be taking active part in politics. Before getting admitted to the hospital a couple of days back, he was pursuing refurbishing of the association's new building.
Srihari in Nagarjuna’s King
Hero Srihari is going to do a powerful and vital role in Nagarjuna’s untitled film in the direction of Seenu Vytla. It is the first time that Srihari is doing an important role in a big star film after he became a hero. Srihari did important roles in films of upcoming heroes like Siddhardha, Sumanth and Vishnu in the past. Srihari’s performance in Nagarjuna’s Hello Brother and Aavida Maa Avide was enjoyed for his comedy. Lets see how Seenu Vytla molded the character of Srihari in this film. King is the title under consideration for this film.
Chiru watches Ready film
Producer Sravanthi Ravi Kishore arranged a special preview for Chiranjeevi and his son Ram Charan Teja today morning at 11 am at the preview theater of Prasad Labs. After watching the film, Chiranjeevi appreciated the cast and crewmembers.
Jannath – Hyderabad's first day disco
For the first time in Hyderabad, a daytime disco was held at Black Hole, Celebrations. The event christened Jannat saw the participation of several youngsters and upcoming DJs. Director of Yuva (a serial on MAA Tv) Shabina and music director Viswa were the guests of noon through evening gala. DJ Sunny thrilled the gathering nonstop for about four hours. Its organizer Kiran Kumar said the day-disco received striking response from the Hyderabadi youth and elite sections and it might catch up further like wildfire, adding more sheen to growing trend, next to Bangalore, he hoped.
Chiru should release a white paper on blood bank
The minister Mareppa continued his tirade against Chiranjeevi today also. He demanded that Chiranjeevi should release a white paper on the activities and the procedures taking place at Chiranjeevi Eye and Blood Bank. He also condemned Chiranjeevi fans burning his effigies. Mareppa questioned Chiranjeevi’s ability to run government and rule people if he could not control his own fans.
Raja Sekhar is now ‘Maha Star’
The scribes who visited the swanky launch function of Rajasekhar’s ‘Satyameva Jayathe’ are greeted with huge vinyl posters of the film in which Rajasekhar is mentioned as ‘Maha Star’. This film is being produced by Rajasekhar’s own banner. Siri Media (Dasari’s outfit) presents it. Raja Sekhar used to be called as angry young man earlier for the explosive roles done by him in the past. Now the new title ‘Maha Star’ sounds little more like ‘Mega Star’. Is it not?
21 June 2008
T Subbirami Reddy drives Bentley
A person’s status is known by the car he drives. Earlier Benz cars and BMW cars used to be symbol of social status. But with Benz and BMW showrooms being set-up in Hyderabad, out Hyderabad socialites are looking for new breed of imported cars to flaunt. Union minister and film producer T Subbirami Reddy has recently bought a white Bentley car. This car is having the number 7 which incidentally is the lucky number of TSR.
Kalyanram's Hare Ram near complete
Nandamuri Kalyanram's lastest film Hare Ram with Priyamani doing the heroine on NTR Arts is finished of its shooting but for a lone song sequence, which would be canned in July first week. The audio will be releasing on June 28. Kalyanram produces this flick and director is Harshavardan. Music is by Mickey J. Mayer. Editing is by Gowtham Raju. The unit is hopeful that with Priyamani winning the National Award, it would bring some hype to the film.
Mareppa's effigy burnt at Eluru
Irate fans of megastar Chiranjeevi today morning burnt the effigy of state minister Mareppa in protest against his "unpleasant remarks" against the actor. To note here, the minister alleged selling of blood by the Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust, besides expressing doubts about the eye-donations. The fans demanded an unconditional apology from the minster. They also resorted to rastaroko at the local Vasantha Mahal Centre in the town.
Appuchesi Pappukoodu on July 4
Appucheri Pappukoodu, starring senior hero Rajendra Prasad, is going to release on July 4th. Made on Visakha Talkies banner, its produced by Natti Kumar and direction by Relangi Narasimha Rao. Vandemataram Srinivas is the music director. Addressing the media today in Hyderabad, Nattikumar said that the film's shoot was launched in December last. "After finishing the censor formalities, the film will be releasing on July 4th." The director said that this film was his third with Rajendra Prasad. The story is about the dream of three women who want to build their own houses. Rajendra Pradad collects money from them on the pretext of fulfilling their dreams. The result would form the climax, he added. Madhumitha is the heroine. Dharmavarapu plays a hilarious role. The cast included Giribabu, Chalapati Rao, AVS, Tannikella Bharani, Y. Vijaya, Kalpana and others.
Shoot of City Life done
Shoot of City Life, with Venu Madhav and RK playing key roles in it, is finished. Made on Perfect Visuals banner, it is produced by P Venkateswara Rao and directed by debutant Soudha. Pratap Vidyasagar is the music director. RK said it is his debut in Telugu film, after doing Hinglish flicks – Angrez, Hyderabad Nawabs and FM. "I instantly liked the subject penned by senior journalists. Comedy is given much prominence in the film." Director Soudha said: "The comedy in this film is inspired by real life situations. We finished the shoot in just 21 days." Producer Rao said that the subject has a realistic touch. "The story deals with a don in old city, who wants to learn English in a record number of days. Whether he achieved it or not forms the crux of the hilarious entertainment. Ali plays a very interesting role. It's audio is going to release this month end; and the screen-hit, next month.
20 June 2008
RGV’s film on Paritala Ravi?
Ram Gopal Varma who made it big with his film Shiva on Vijayawada mafia war is expected to produce a Telugu film based on the life story Paritala Ravi and seema faction politics. A Telugu guy will make his debut as director with this film. Charitra is title under consideration for this film as per the unconfirmed sources.
Megastar posters torn off
Tension prevailed in Asakapalli village of Subbavaram mandal in Vizag district Thursday evening when the posters and cutouts of megastar Chiranjeevi were partially removed or torn off. The mega fans displayed the material following the jatara of a local temple. They alleged the hand of Congress workers in the act and resorted to rastaroko in front of the local police station, resulting in a traffic jam for one hour. The sarpanch said the fans entered the village and erected cutouts and pasted wall posters without consulting anyone. The police took complaints from both sides.
Director's search for Blue Bird
T. Prabhakar, director of successful film Bathukamma on Telangana tradition, said that he took a lot of pains to show the worn-out method of Yetam (manual arrangement of lifting of water from well using bullocks for irrigation) and Palapitta (Indian roller) in his film. "With electrification, the farmers forgot Yetam. When I tried to show this in a scene (for 10 seconds), I had fetch some parts like hook (Bokkena) all the way from Karimnagar. For Blue Bird, I tried for seven days. I lost hopes. Finally, a person in our village Mulugu caught it after three days of waiting. This bird-shot also lasts for just a few seconds. But, we spent our mind for ten days."
DJ program for collegers tomorrow
A DJ program – Jannat - is organized tomorrow (June 21) at The Celebrations, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, between – 12.noon and 6. pm. Upcoming playback singers and music directors will also be attending the event. DJ Sunny is set to sizzle the gathering of college students nonstop for six hours.
Chanti Addala held over cheque-bounce
The Hyderabad police today took producer Chanti Addala into custody followed a non-bailable warrant against him by a Nellore court. The court issued the NBW after looking into a petition by film financier Suresh that the concerned producer gave him a cheque, which bounced. The producer earlier made films – Adavi Ramudu, Oka Oorilo and Allari Ramudu.
19 June 2008
Allu Arjun mobbed in Vizag
Allu Arjun this morning reached Vizag to take part in the 50 days function of his latest film Parugu scheduled in the evening. He straight reached the beach road and garlanded the statue of his grandfather late Allu Ramalingaiah. Hundreds of mega fans and general public thronged the junction and surged towards the actor to shake hands with him and for autographs. With much difficulty, he gave a slip from the venue amidst heavy jostle.
Chiru can't do an NTR
APCC President D. Srinivas today stated that actor Chiranjeevi is not at all a threat to the Congress party. "When NTR formed TDP in 1982, there was no alternative to the Congress, and now it's not the case. Chiranjeevi's political entry is going to adversely work against the TDP only," he said.
Directors who watched Ready
Directors Dasarath, Kuchipudi Venkat and RP Patnaik watched the 9.15 AM opening show of Seenu Vytla's film Ready at Prasad Multiplex, Hyderabad. Gemini Kiran, ML Kumar Chowdary and Varun Sandesh (a Happy Days hero) were among the spectators. During the intermission, they were seen weighing the pros and cons of the film's performance. Mallidi Satyanarayana Reddy, producer of Vytla's previous film Dhee, was heard telling his men to watch the second half and tell their opinion. "I already watched it. It's completely our story (Dhee) in second half," saying so, he left. Some of the audiences cheered Vytla with their positive feedback.
18 June 2008
Kajal hurt, 4 stitches in head
Actress Kajal got injured at a stunt sequence of her latest Tamil film (Modhi Vilayadu) at AVM Studios, Chennai, today. Reports say, Kajal and her hero (Vinay) were to wield swords against each other. Suddenly, the sharp-edged weapon hit her in the head an inch above the forehead. The bleeding heroine was rushed to a nearly hospital, where she received four sutures on the gash. The docs advised her rest for a couple of weeks. However, the heroine is likely to resume the shoot in a couple of days. Her film with Ramcharan is also progressing at brisk pace in Telugu. Anyways, tomorrow (June 19th) is her birthday. Idlebrain wishes her a very happy birthday and speedy recovery.
Ravi Teja, Siddarth films launched
Ravi Teja's flick with Puri Jagan titled Neninte and an untitled movie of Siddarth in the direction of a debutante Anand were today launched on Universal Media banner. DVV Danayya is the producer. However, the puja ceremony was performed away from the media hype. Chakri scores music for Neninte, joining Puri team after one and half year.
Charmme getting polyglot
Bubbly actress Charmme is fast becoming a polyglot. When she debuted into Tollywood with the film Neeke Manasichhanu, half a decade ago, she was an alien to Telugu. But, soon she picked up the language with amazing speed, showing improvement after each film. Now, she could address the media in chaste Telugu. Today, she is heard interacting with the production crew in impressive Tamil on the sets of her latest film latest film Kausalya Supraja Rama in Hyderabad. Our Telugu female characters – Hema, Apurva and Sairabhanu – got excited about her fluency. Though, Hema spoke to Charmme in broken Tamil, the actress replied in Telugu. The person who was assisting her said Charmme would take it very seriously when it's concerned about learning tongues alien to her. She hardly gives scope for others to be mocking at her. Not a joke!
Mid term polls: Allu Arvind's curiosity
"It's true that Allu Arvind contacted me over phone," clarified CPI state secretary K. Narayana, at a media briefing in Hyderabad. He said that the producer and Chiranjeevi's brother-in-law had his conversation about the party's interests in withdrawing support to the Centre. "He didn't speak about state politics," the communist leader added. To note here, the left parties made it clear that they were not interested to consider making any tie-up with Chiru till the actor declared the party and his agenda.
Film industry with Chiru: Comedian
P.K. Mallikarjuna Rao, senior comedian and Gen. Sec of the Movie Artistes Association said that the entire film industry would support Chiranjeevi. He spoke to the media at Simhachalam (Vizag) temple premises. He didn't specify the manner of support – general or political. "I am in the Telugu Desam Party for the last 27 years, influenced by the policies of late NTR." The comedian on a couple of occasions tried to contest from the Anakapalli constituency in Vizag district on TDP ticket, but it didn't happen. Mega brother K. Nagababu is the president of the MAA. During the MAA elections-2006, but for this comedian, all the contests who won were from Nagababu's panel.
20 tribal debutants in Dongala Bandi
The regular shoot of Dongala Bandi, a Vegesna Satish-directed Allari Naresh film, started at the picturesque Polluru waterfalls surrounded by thick forests in Khammam district. A tribal hamlet set was erected and few action scenes were canned on Ali, who plays the role of a tribal chief. People from the neighboring tribal villages thronged the venue to have a look at the actors and actresses, including Shakeela, Venu Madhav, model Malishka and others. Director Satish provided the opportunity of doing petty roles to twenty villagers during a week-long shoot. GSK Naidu is the producer.
17 June 2008
Kamal's 11th avatar for Chiru
Kamal Hassan, who attained the new title Loka Nayakudu with Dasavataram, said to spell out his opinion about Chiranjeevi's political entry, "I have to make my eleventh avatar." Responding to a question at a press meet organised for promotion of the latest film, he quipped in the lighter vein. "Chiranjeevi is a good friend of mine. I can wish him well, because he wanted that (politics)," so came his single liner.
No topless society in Marmayogi
Kamal Hassan's next after Dasavataram is Marmayogi, with its subject set in 6th century AD. One should not get confused with the costumes in the film, if he takes the title seriously. "We are taking extra care in matters of costumes. Ours is a topless society. We can't bring it in our Marmayogi," Kamal said it today at a press meet in Hyderabad. The pre-production work on the film has already started. The actor not only stars but also directs the film. Marmayogi is said to be a historical voyage and a romantic film with an some of the big actors and technicians list. Kamal is once again using an old MGR title for his film – Marmayogi (1951). The flick is planned in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.
Kamal's view: Degrading police
Kamal made a reference to a scene in his latest film – Dasavataram, showing Keith Fletcher (Kamal's American Avatar) coming to India and hacking people here. When asked whether such an episode would bring disgrace to Indian police, Kamal shot back in a lighter vein: "We are doing (demeaning Indian police) it very much. Then, why can't he (Fletcher) do it?"
Kathanayakudu audio on June 30
Kathanayakudu is the confirmed title of Rajnikanth's Telugu version of P. Vasu-directed bilingual film. The audio will be released on June 30th, said producer Ashwini Dutt and director Vasu, at a joint press briefing. "The entire shoot is finished and currently the postproduction works are going on. The release date will be announced soon, based on the output of graphics and DI, they said. Director Vasu claimed that he ever wanted to do the straight Telugu film of Rajni on Vyjayanti Movies banner. "When I told this to Rajni, he too expressed the same feeling and said it was a matter of pride to do with the banner." This is my fifth film with Rajni (four in Tamil). Ashwini Dutt said that to do a film with Rajnikanth was his goal. "In my opinion, Rajni is the Indian superstar. After working with Rajni, I came to know as to what a hero should be."
I didn't attack director Teja: Nitin
Hero Nitin today disposed himself before the magistrate, Nampally court, Hyderabad. He was facing the charges of attacking director Teja during the shoot of his previous film Dhairyam, a couple of years ago. He spent about an hour and half at the court premises until the hearing was put off to a later date. Screen villain Naveen Reddy is another accused int he alleged attack. Speaking to the media before leaving the court area, Nitin said he had nothing to do with the case, which was being falsely registered, "just to implicate me." Meanwhile, Nitin's new film Victory is hitting the screens in a couple of weeks.
Suicide bid by Comedian's relatives
Comedian MS Narayana's sister and his brother-in-law have today attempted suicide by consuming pesticide. They are admitted to a private hospital and are under intensive medication. Recently, their son Durgaprasad, who married the comedian's daughter, was arrested on the charges of dowry harassment, besides facing allegation of illicit relationship with a junior artiste. He is an under trail at a city jail. Taking these developments as a shame on their family, the couple has decided to end their lives. To this extent, the police recovered a suicide note from them.
Namitha in Jayamalini film remake
Thirty years after the release of Jayamalini's Jaganmohni (1978), its free remake starring Namita was launched amidst fanfare in Chennai a few days back. Even before its launch, the news hanged the air, giving a free imagination to audiences about Namitha's title as Jaganmohni. She plays the role as a pearl diver in sea. Direction is by Viswanathan. Heavy changes are made to the original of Vitalacharya to suit the modern audience. Hollywood technicians are roped in to handle the undersea shots. Telugu hero Raja plays the male lead in the flick, to enact the role that was played by Narasimha Raju. Ilayaraja's name as music director brought the much-required sheen to the film, for which background score is the lifeline. The shoot is under progress at Madurai, at present. The subject is given a fresh treatment by shedding the folklorist tinge.
Somberi unit celebrates success
Playback singer Mano, who turned Music director with the film Somberi, said that there was immense response to the movie in all the released centers. This Ali starrer was released on June 6th. He thanked producer Y. Venkatrao and director Jonnavittula for the gesture of making him a music director. "I had clearly spelt all the Navarasad in the music and retained full originality in tunes." Producer Rao said: "The movie is doing fine in all the centers. Fifty percent of the theatres have registered housefuls, and the remaining showed the occupancy not below 50 percent. For a low budget film like this, it's a sure sign of big success. I thank Ali for his potency at the box office." Director Jonnavittula said: "Even before the release of Somberi, I had full confidence that it was going to be a hit. The audiences proved my expectations." If required, the number of prints would be increased, he said. .
16 June 2008
Suryah's injury to delay Pawan film
With actor-director SJ Suryah getting hurt in the shoot of his Tamil film, the much-publicized launch of Pawan Kalyan's film (Puli) to regular shoot (away from media blare) is likely to be postponed from June 20th. The director was said to have been advised a fortnight's rest. Interestingly, the shoot-launch date of this Suryah-PK film got advanced from its initial schedule on June 23rd. The inaugural shot was planned on a 4000-strong crowd.
How did Dil Raju – Nag’s son project happen?
When Dil Raju seized the chance to produce the debut film of Nagarjuna's son, it didn't happen overnight. In fact, Dil Raju approached Nagarjuna with the subject of Kotha Bangaru Lokam for Naga Chaitanya, before starting it with Varun Sandesh (a Happy Days hero). But, it couldn't materialize as Nag wanted the debut film of his son to create most impact. Similarly, he desired Dil Raju to come up with a script with good scope for action apart from romance and other elements. Meanwhile, the name of Puri Jagannath cropped up for this debut project; post the release of Chiruta, the launch pad of Ramcharan, giving much weight to stunts and dances. This even brought critical appreciation for the debut star. Finally, Dil Raju could impress on Nag with a fresh and ready script made on the lines of his earlier suggestions. The debut director for this film earlier worked with Bhaskar for Bommarillu.
Srikanth as Chiru's US ambassador
Hero Srikanth is going to make an announcement about Chiranjeevi's political entry at a proposed NRI conclave to be held at Washington DC on June 21st. Reports reaching here said that a group of 1500 prominant NRI families would be gracing the occasion. Blood donation camps are likely to be arranged there in a big way. Srikanth is a close associate to Megastar's family from the beginning of his career in the industry. He always stood in the forefront to publicly support the Megastar's family. He took an active part in denouncing the allegations of manhandling a media man against Pawan Kalyan during a family function, some years ago. His relationship with Chiru got cemented further after he worked for both the films of Shankar Dada series.
Nagababu, Harikrishna are anti-T: TRS
The stand of film actors Nagababu and Harikrishna (also a TDP leader) for a united Andhra Pradesh has today come under serious attack by TRS leader Harish Rao, who said, "These two have no understanding of the Telengana issue and the sentiments of the people. They are basically from the coastal areas; and their remarks against the interests of Telengana are objectionable."
Mohan Babu's ire at hospital staff
Actor-producer Mohan Babu today expressed his unhappiness over the inpatient facilities at TTD-run Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) at pilgrim town Tirupati. His sick mother is currently undergoing treatment at the super specialty hospital. Accompanied by local MLA Venkatramana, Mohan Babu questioned the hospital authorities about some of the poor conditions in the wards. To note here, it was late NT Rama Rao who conceived and laid the foundation stone for the hospital with an objective to provide quality medicare to the poor. Operational since 1993, the hospital continues to be in the media expose for various reasons.
Popular heroine in and as Indumati
Harsha Reddy, producer of the film Andaru Dongale, took the avatar of a director himself. The proposed film titled Indumati will be made on his home production Geo Media Arts. Hero Sivaji is roped in for the project, with female lead to be played by a popular heroine, while another prominent hero will do a guest role. Cast of this comedy film includes Vijay (Mantra), Kishore (Vennela), Noyal, Venu Madhav, Raghu Babu, Rajesh, Harshavardhan, Bharat Reddy and others. A costly set is under erection in Hyderabad by art director Narayana Reddy. The regular shoot will commence on July 2nd and would continue till August 15th. Music is by Anand (of Mantra fame). Vasu handles the camera. Nandu is the fight master. Prem Rakshit does the choreography. Harsha Reddy, not only directs, but also provides the story, screenplay and production.
Nagababu balloons AP population
Gone were the filmy phrases like Aaru Kotla Andhrulu & Yedu Kotla Andhrulu. Go and ask Nagababu about the pucca census report on the state. As per the details available with him, seen as one of the official representatives of Megastar Chiranjeevi, the population of the state is 9 Crores. He himself mentioned the figure at a meeting held in Prakasam district. But, the governmental statistics put it at 7.5 Crore. The Mega census report contains a list of 93 backward classes as against the Central list of 107.
Bathukamma 50 Days on June 19
Bathukamma, a Sindhu Tolani starrer, is going to celebrate its 50 days function in Hyderabad on June 19th. Made on Sri Kakatiya banner, it is directed by T. Prabhakar and jointly produced by P. Saraswati and Rammohan Rao. Released with 9 prints only in Nizam area on May 1st, now the film is being screened with 25 prints. Bathukamma symbolizes a peculiar festival to celebrate a particular season in Telengana region. The subject elaborately dealt with the problems faced by the rural poor in the region. Former Central minister Dasari Narayana Rao and other Tollywood biggies would be attending the 50 days fete at the Film Nagar Cultural Club, Film Nagar, Hyderabad. Political leaders supporting Telengana will also be taking part. Interestingly, the wall posters of Bathukamma are seen mainly displayed in the vicinity of Telengana Bhavan in the city. The same day, Parugu will turn 50 days, and its celebration is in Vizag the same day.
Bachchans leave for Mumbai
The Bachchans – Amitabh, Abishek and Aish – have flown back to Mumbai this morning by a special flight, after finishing their busy evening schedule connected the promotion of their latest film Sarkar Raj. Their Indoor and Lucknow trips, which were cancelled due to inclement weather yesterday, will happen in the coming days.
Ready with 160 prints on 19th
Ready, Seenu Vytla-directed film starring Ram and Genelia, is all set to release on June 19th with 160 prints. Producer Ravi Kishore, who makes this on his home banner, said he made it possible to rope in 35 forefront artistes in the film. It is the third movie for Ram hitting the screens after a gap of 15 months. The unit feels Devi Sri Prasad's music has enhanced the expectation levels. Dil Raju is the distributor for this film.
Gang Leaders on July 7th
Gang Leaders, a Kannada film's Telugu dubbed version, starring Prajwal (son of Kannada star Devraj), will hit the marquee on July 7th. Brought to Telugu audiences on Vaishnavi Devi Arts banner, it has dialogues and lyrics by Bharati Babu, who recently celebrated completion of his 100th film as writer for dubbed films. Nihal, Raghu Kunche, MM Srilekha rendered their voices for the songs. Harsha is the director. K. Subramani is the producer. The film is about the tryst of two village guys, who come to a city and become mafia leaders. It is about friendship and sentiment, with lots of action. Three songs from the film were screened to the media today at Dr. Ramanaidu Complex, Hyderabad. The producer expressed confidence that the film would do well.
15 June 2008
Dil Raju to introduce Nagarjuna's son
Nag's son Naga Chaitanya will be doing his debut film with Dil Raju as his producer, it is confirmed today. However, the name of Vasu Sharma, who cropped from the blue all of a sudden, is yet to be confirmed. But, it will be with a debutant young director. As this star-in-the-making belongs to two families owing big studios, Dil Raju met biggies like ANR, Nag and Ramanaidu and convinced all thanks to his track record as cash-churner at the BO. It is set for launch in a couple of months. Incidentally Nagarjuna, Sumanth and Sushant were introduced on ANR's home production Annapurna studios. Nagarjuna introducing his son Naga Chaitanya on Dil Raju's banner shows the tremendous confidence he has on Dil Raju.
Mega rally hit by Section 144
The rally of Chiranjeevi fans inviting the actor to come into politics suffered many a halt in Hyderabad today. Hyped to the brim, the rally took off at Dilsukhnagar to reach Jubilee Hills. The Sarurnagar police took objection to the march as Section 144 is in force some parts of the city, but later allowed it to pass through another route. Once again, the rally was stopped at Nagol. At last, the fans reached the specified venue in groups with each consisting of five members. It was expected that Allu Arvind would address them, but nothing like that happened. Meanwhile, more than 3000 women activists under the banner of Mahila Meluko met at Kukatpally, inviting Chianjeevi into politics. Popular writer Olga joined the gathering and sought Chiranjeevi to give big importance to the uplift of women.
Allu Arvind is dishonest: KA Paul
Evangelist turned politician Kilari Anand alias KA Paul today launched a scathing attack against Allu Arvind, producer and Megastar Chiranjeevi's brother-in-law. Talking to the media, Paul said that silence on the part of Chiranjeevi would send wrong signals in the public. "Chiranjeevi didn't tell me about his party. He also didn't tell about it to anybody. Allu Arvind's intervention and his statements are working against Chiru's image. There are some forces trying to make Chiranjeevi dishonest. Allu Arvind is one such force." He sought Chiranjeevi to make a statement about his party directly, without any further delay. The self-proclaimed peace ambassador also predicted that "Rail of Chiranjeevi is most unlikely this year." However, Megastar's brother Nagababu made it clear that Chiranjeevi would announce the party in August. It is for the first time that Allu Arvind has come under serious criticism.
Posani eying for Gowru Mumjal
Gowri Mumjal is likely to play the heroine in a film with Posani Krishna Murali-readied subject. The actress is currently doing a film with hero Srikanth on Suresh Productions banner. Before that, he appeared in a dream song for Venu Madhav in Bhukailas, that too after a long gap. Sources said the concerned persons from Posani's side approached the heroine, who is yet to confirm her acceptance.
14 June 2008
Kajal Agarwal in Arya II
Kajal Agarwal is set to get into the shoes of Anu Mehta, in the sequel to Allu Arjun's Arya, coming up in the direction of Sukumar. BVSN Prasad and Aditya Babu are jointly producing the film. The buzz is that Navdeep will be replacing Siva Balaji in the sequel. Currently, Kajal is doing Ramcharan's film in SS Rajamouli direction.
Dr. Mitra to flag off Mega rally
A massive motorbikes rally inviting Chiranjeevi into politics will be held tomorrow in Hyderabad. The proposed rally will commence at Malakpet and reach Jubilee Hills via Punjagutta. The actor's political advisor Mitra will flag off the rally. Meanwhile, a mahila session with about five thousand activists titled Mahila Meluko is planned tomorrow at Kukatpally locality in the city.
Charmme in and as Mudhapappu?
A young director is said to have roped in Charmme for his debut film with its title in air – Mudhapappu. Despite the actress shedding a lot of weight in the recent months, she still holds that burly vivacity to cheer the audiences. The script of the proposed film has been ready, sources say. However, Mudhapappu might also be the nickname of the actress in the film, while the option might change for the film title. There is no any confirmation on this hazy buzz. Charmme's new film titled 16-Days is likely to release next month.
Neetu Chandra in Satyameva Jayate
Neetu Chandra is roped in to do a police officer role in Rajasekhar's much-hyped film Satyameva Jayate. The actress was last seen in Sekhar Kammula's Godavari, followed by Hindi flick Traffic Signal of Madhur Bandarkar. She also starred opposite Madhavan in a Tamil film. Jeevita directs the movie, which is a free adaptation of Bollywood's Khaki, with modifications done to suit Telugu nativity.
Srikanth’s Kousalya Supraja Rama
Dr. Ramanaidu's latest film, starring Srikanth, Charmi, Gowri Mumjal and Sivaji, is likely to have Kausalya Supraja Rama as its title. Earlier, the title of Basu Gari Ammayi (with tagline Chaala Rich) was under consideration. Made on Suresh Productions the flick is fielding 40 more active artistes. Debutant Prasad is the director. Release is likely in September.
For Tulip Joshi's eyes only
A legislator's son-in-law and debut producer in Tollywood, Abraham Kalvakuri, who is currently doing the film Konchem Kothaga, is a diehard fan of Bollywood actress Tulip Joshi. The model-actress plays the female lead in the film. When asked why he preferred Tulip Joshi in particular for the film, the blushing producer told Idlebrain. "I liked her eyes very much. In fact, they are perfect for horror films. Such eyes will enhance the effect of evil scenes. I believe, she alone could do justice to the subject. That's why I personally went to Mumbai and brought her to act in the film."
Hanuman show for Vizag kids
The animation film Hanuman will be screened to the children of Visakhapatnam tomorrow (June 15th) at VUDA Children's Theatre. Two shows will be there at 11.00 AM & 5. 00 PM. The civic officials organizing the show said it is open invitation to parents and kids.
13 June 2008
Kim Sharma as item girl in RCT film
After six years, Kim Sharma is going to tickle the Telugu audiences with her item song in Ramcharan's flick in SS Rajamouli direction. This ace model turned actress had set Tollywood on fire when she ripped the screen with her item song in Krishnavamsi's Khadgam (2002). Perhaps, the area of item songs did assume powerful commercial dimensions only after Kim's entry. Still, her career-graph as an actress remains low, though she debuted with blockbuster Mohabbatein (2000). But, the glamour has not left her. Currently, she is the ambassador for Olay in India.
NBW against Prakash Raj
The additional session's court in Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari district today issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against actor Prakash Raj, in a cheque-bounce case. Reports said that a financier Nallaballi Janardhan Reddy filed a case against the actor for issuing a cheque that had bounced. The honorable court several times desired Prakash Raj to dispose before it, but in vain; hence, issuing the arrest warrant. The proceedings said the financier gave an amount of Rs. 10 lakh to the actor, three years ago. The case was registered in January 2007.
RCT in Bhaskar direction
Ramcharan's next after SS Rajamouli will be with director Bommarillu Bhaskar. The film is to be produced by BVSN Prasad. Bhaskar found himself on the list of top directors with a single hit – Bommarillu in 2006. His latest film Parugu despite weak talk remained considerably strong at the BO. Chiranjeevi who watched the film had a word of praise for Bhaskar for giving a cool entertainer. Earlier, the names of Puri Jagannath and Lawrence made their rounds.
Lagadapati's next with GNR
Lagadapati Sridhar's next film is planned in the direction of G. Nageshwar Reddy, director of Seemasastry. The subject is said to comedy film with lots of commercial elements. Final list of cast and crew is expected soon. Earlier, Lagadapati proposed to do a film starring the pair Srikanth and Meera Jasime. But it is not likely, sources said. Fresh faces might get a chance in the film to play lead roles. Of late, Lagadapati also showed interest in doing films with debut artistes.
Dasari, N.Shankar to pair up?
Latest buzz is that director N. Shankar will be wielding megaphone for a film with its script by Dasari Narayana Rao. The script will deal with a triangular love story. Recently, N. Shankar hit the headlines in Tollywood circles when his name was projected as one of the probable directors for the 149th film of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Known as Encounter Shankar (by his debut film in 1997), he did eight films so far. His last was with Ram with Nitin. This proposed film will be worked out to its shape soon, sources said.
Chakri's padayatra tomorrow
Music Director Chakri will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow (June 14th) amidst his fans in Hyderabad. Given to initiate social service year, Chakri is undertaking a 3-KM padayatra from KBR Park to Dr. Ramanaidu Complex in Film Nagar. About a thousand participants are expected to join the public event. The march is to promote consumption of water and power, besides creating awareness on AIDS and Cancer. Kill piracy is another slogan for the day. JK Madhu, president of Chakri Fans Association, said blood donations camps would be organized on 14th and 15th.
Abhinayasree as tough cop Bhairavi
Item girl turned actress Abhinayasree gets ready in as and Bharavi. Made on Rahul Movie Makers banner, it's produced by Ramana Mogili and direction is by BO Subbareddy. Vijayanand and Sairabhanu play the screen pair. The subject is set to a mirror to the existing atrocities on women. Abhinayasree dons the role of a heroic police officer to fight out the oppression of the weaker sex. Its audio will be released by month end. Ramireddy, Dinesh and Pale Hegde are among the key roles.
Sri Lankan Film fete in Hyderabad
Sri Lankan On the occasion of the Sri Lankan cinema turning sixty years, the Hyderabad Film Club is organizing a 9-day Sri Lankan Film Festival at Sarathy Studios, Hyderabad. Commencing tomorrow (June 14th), ten select films, which got wide public response, will be screened, during the period. Gamyam director Krishh and HFC president KNT Sastry are organizers of the event. Winners of the recent National Awards in Tollywood – for the films Kamli, Hope and Kittu – would be honored on this occasion. When asked about the efficacy of screening Sri Lankan films in Hyderabad, KNT Sastry said that he had no idea about it. "We don't know anything about the statistics of Sri Lankan population in Hyderabad. It is for the general film enthusiast."
12 June 2008
Saloni in Charan-Rajamouli's film
Svelte actress Saloni, who played the heroine for Sumanth in Dhana 51, is going to resurface in Tollywood with SS Rajamouli's film, starring Ramcharan Teja. This is said to be a very brief role. With Dhana 51 not doing well and lack of chances made the actress shift to Kannada film industry, where she had made a mark of her own. She is also currently busy with some Bollywood projects.
NBK in Fremont on 13 June
People in New Jersey,Dallas and Los Angeles had an oppurtunity to watch Pandurangadu movie with Bala Krishna in the past couple of weeks. Now it is the turn of Telugu people in and around Fremont to watch it with Bala Krishna. Bala Krishna will be watching 8 pm show on 13 June in Park theater, Fremont. Join him!!
Actor Shafi runs 2K for child labors
The participation of the film stars in the 2K Run to mark the World Day Against Child Labor in Hyderabad, today, drew a flak, but for the lone presence of actor Shafi, screen baddie turned hero (upcoming film Shh). The event was flagged off just before dawn at Necklace Road. An impressive turnout of students from city schools joined the run. Shafi freely interacted with the officials and students and said the evil of child labor could be checked with collective social efforts. Some of the students and volunteers said they were disappointed with the commercial approach of the film stars towards humanitarian programs like these.
Dasavataram US premiere confirmed
Premiere show of the much-awaited Dasavataram in US on June 12 is confirmed. Telugu prints have been shipped to the releasing centers there. Response to the online tickets for Telugu is very strong. It is for the first time in the US that Kamal's film is simultaneously releasing with 14 prints. In Tamil, the prints are out with subtitles. Devi Sri Prasad's background score has come out the clean winner with a positive preliminary talk. As such, Kamal's performance is expected to rock.
Prabhas-Gowtham flick soon
The dream of hero Prabhas to do a film in the direction of Gowtham Menon, maker of stylish action flicks. Their combination is likely soon. Gowtham was said to have narrated a terrific script to Prabhas. The proposed film will be produced by BVSN Prasad, who earlier made Chatrapati. Reliable sources said that a couple of months ago, Prabhas showed a lot of interest to do the remake of Gowtham's underproduction film in Tamil Varanam Ayiram. But, those who held its Telugu remake and dubbed rights were not interested to give away the rights. With this, Gwotham altogether made a new story for Prabhas.
SC rejects to stay Dasavataram
The Supreme Court today rejected to issue stay order over the release of Dasavataram, after hearing versions of both sides representing the producers and complainants. With this, the line is clear for the film to release worldwide tomorrow (June 13th). Earlier, a religious group, with the Chennai court verdict against its contention, sought the Supreme Court to look into their concern that some portions of the film amounted to tamper the interests of the Hindu religion.
No cutouts, hype, please: Kamal
Star actor Kamal Hassan appealed to his fans not to organize acts like erecting giant cutouts, performing Milk-Abhishekh, Harati and fireworks at theatres meant for Dasavataram screening tomorrow. He asked them to concentrate on social activities. With this, the fans geared up to distribute clothes to the have-nots, books to the poor and needy students. During the release of Mumbai Express, the fans distributed blouse pieces and kumkum bharanis to women at the theatres. The actor wields frenzied fandom in Tamilnadu and its bordering districts with AP – Chittoor and Nellore.
AM Ratnam's son as Gali Seenu
Ravi Krishna, popularly known as hero of 7GBC, will be doing the role of Gali Seenu (done by EVV Naresh in Krishh-debut film Gamyam) in the Tamil version of the film. AM Ratnam will produce the film; and direction is by a new face. Sharwanand and Kamalinee Mukherjee are roped in to repeat their original roles, sources said.
11 June 2008
Rajnikant as Kathanayakudu?
Rajnikant is acting in a bilingual in the direction of P Vasu who directed the blockbuster Chandramukhi with him earlier. Kuselan was fixed as the title of Tamil version. Based on it, there were speculations that the Telugu version would be named as Kucheludu. As per the sources of idlebrain.com, Kathanayakudu is going to be the title of the film. Rajnikant plays the role of a film hero in that film. Jagapati Babu plays the other hero in this film. C Aswini Dutt produces the Telugu version on Vyjayanthi banner.
Thriller-makers flock actress Sonia
Curly hair, still flaunting fresh looks, Sonia (a Happy Days girl) is busy working for her current film Vinayakudu in the direction of Sekhar Kammula's protégé Saikiran. Prying, the girl had quit her lucrative IT profession in the US to pursue a really serious stint with the glamour world. She told Idlebrain: "A couple of producers and directors approached me with exciting scripts for a crime thriller and a horror flick. They might have liked my tricky hair and looks. Anyways, I am yet to decide on them. Other than these, I am also getting a good many offers. I hope to finalize things after this Vinayakudu." She further confirmed that she got an offer to work in Kantri (for the role played by Tanisha). "Somehow, it didn't materialize. I neither rejected it nor showed much interest on it. It just went like that."
Nag, Amala celebrate wedding day
Actor Nagarjuna and his wife Amala have today celebrated their wedding anniversary with the near and dear extending their best wishes on the occasion. Nag married the then actress Amala on June 11, 1992. Onscreen, their combination produced a record breaking film Shiva in 1989. Idlebrain wishes the couple, a happy wedding day.
Prakash Raj for divorce
South India's highest-paid screen villain Prakash Raj gets ready to separate from his estranged wife, reports said. He was introduced to the Tamil film industry with the film Duet. Soon, the actor made his sway felt all over the South. Ten years ao, he married Lalitha Kumar (younger sister of Shanti Srihari) and has two children. His spouse, who also acted in some Tamil films, said goodbye to the profession after marriage. A lawyer is said to be paving the way for their smooth separation, the reports maintained. The Telugu Film Producers Council recently slapped a non-cooperation notice on the actor.
Chiru's party in speculation again
Simmering speculations started since last night that Megastar Chiranjeevi's party might be launched in advance in view of the prevailing political weather and grouping in the state. The sudden prediction of midterm polls in December is said to have put the mega camp on its nerves. Earlier, Allu Arvind confirming Chiru's political entry fixed the date in August. Now, the feeler is that Chiru's rail might arrive in a couple weeks, after the "moodam" (inauspicious period in Telugu almanac). As usual, there is no confirmation on this.
Maheshswari to turn bride
Actresss Maheshwari, who turned popular in Telugu with JD Chakri movie Gulabi but saw the oblivion later, is set to marry a Hyderabad-based businessman. The actress fell in love with him and both waited for the green signal from their parents to make a wedlock entry. A distant relative of evergreen star Sridevi, Maheshwari flourished in Tamil more than Telugu. At present, she does small roles on the small screen. Their auspicious date would be fixed soon, sources said.
Now, ball is in Tabu's court
Freed from the shackles of Dasavataram making, its director KS Ravi Kumar is now tied to his previously deserted project – Jaggu Bhai, starring Sarath Kumar and Shriya. As per the script, it requires a glamorous motherly character. Earlier, actress Tabu was approached for the role, but things didn't work out. After a long gap, the actress was approached again. Tabu is said to have quoted a hefty fee of Rs. 75 lakh. Efforts of the director to prompt heroine Shriya to play dual roles (as daughter and mother) have failed. Things might materialize based on the pay factor. Four years ago, Rajnikanth was the original choice to play Jaggu Bhai. The preliminary publicity stills and advertisements appeared in several national and vernacular newspapers – showing Rajni in the getup resembling Osama Bin Laden.
10 June 2008
Dasavataram with 250 prints
The much-awaited Kamal's film Dasavataram is all set for a world release with record number of prints on 13 June. As of Telugu, the film will hit with 250 prints, in addition to 14 overseas prints for the US, which had already been shipped along with the premiere edition on 12 June. The film has high technical standards, apart from music by Himmesh Reshmiyya. The famed actor did 10 different roles akin to the title, while the female lead Asin rendered dual role. Jayaprada also acted in this KS Ravi Kumar directed film with Oscar Ravichandran producing it. After several legal hurdles, it is finally seeing the light, amidst huge expectations.
Dial 143 to say love
Sairam Shankar, budding hero and Puri Jagan's brother, is more than practical when it comes to love. He chose to make his debut with a romantic entertainer with convenient title 143. His next love subject was Hello Premistara. He thinks journey into love is not complete until and unless you own the feeling. Yes. He owns love in its numerical sense. His mobile number has the digits lasting with – 143. His latest film too has the symbol of heart embossed on the title – Vaade Kavali.
NBK's Birthday fete in CA
The Indian Community Centre in California is the venue for the birthday celebrations of actor Nandamuri Balakrishna, where he will unveil a book titled Katha Nayakudu 2008, depicting memorable anecdotes from his career. He is there in the US to take part in the annual convocation of Stanford University as his son-in-law Nara Lokesh will be receiving his degree. A clear picture of his next venture is expected once he returns from his abroad trip.
Hansika Motwani with Pawan Kalyan
With Desamuduru girl Hansika Motwani entering the list of probable heroines, the names of Bollywood beauties Kareena and Priyank are set to turn a mere fantasy for lovers of big entertainment. Reports say that Hansika's is almost finalized for the project and that of Parvati Melton's is gaining ground. The two-month long expectation over the Bollywood babes is turning into a mirage! This SJ Surya-directed film with AR Rehman score is set for a June 20 launch.
Police reject cases against producers
Hyderabad city police Chief, B. Prasada Rao, rejected reports of unbailable cases against a dozen film producers and an actress. He said no case was registered in this regard. Telugu Film Producers' Council president Tammareddy Bharadwaja responding to the reports said that no producer in the industry was served with any warrant or legal notice in this regard. However, a few cases were registered elsewhere in the city against some theatre owners based on complaints from some local pressure groups against obscenity in the wall posters.
No in AP, but yes in TN
Hero Sarath Kumar recently said in Hyderabad that his newly floated AISMK party would never ever entertain alliance with any group in his state; and strongly preferred to fight the coming elections singly. He said a talk about hike in petrol and gas prices was mere waste of time. "It purely depended on the world market and inflation scenario," he stated. But, in Chennai, the same actor reversed the statements, saying he was ready to enter into alliance with Vijaykanth's party and that his AISMK would stage protest against price hike of petrol and gas. Also, he didn't agree with Central health minister Anbumani's statement - That smoking in films has adverse impact on youth. Currently, he is starring and producing the film 1977 with a whopping budget of Rs. 16 crore. In the same film, the actor dons a getup resembling of Vijay Mallya with stylish cigar pipe.
Happy Birthday to EVV
Senior director EVV Satyanarayana celebrates his birthday today. Hailing from Godavari basin, the soft-spoken filmmaker always craved for making films in and around his native district. Currently, he is engaged to the script work of Fitting Master, starring his son Naresh. The film is expected to be launched next month to schedules lasting for three months; with plan to release in December. Idlebrain wishes EVV – Many Happy Returns of the Day.
9 June 2008
Bush to watch Dasavataram tomorrow
Tamilnadu chief minister Karunanidhi watched the preview of Dasavataram, a Kamal's multilingual film, in Chennai. The film is set for worldwide release on June 13th. He desired that instead of dubbing versions, the film should be remade in all other Indian languages. Producer Oscar Ravichandran told the media that a special preview is bring arranged to US President George Bush tomorrow (June 10th). Meanwhile, challenging the ruling of the Chennai court in favor of the film, a religious organization filed its fresh petition with the Supreme Court, repeating its contention of disrespect to Hindu religion. The ambiguity is expected to be cleared, soon.
Jagapati Babu's next is Pulihora?
Turning lucky mascot with Rajni's Kucheludu, hero Jagapati Babu awaits the launch of his next project with director Ramesh Varma (of the film Oka Oorilo). The anticipated film goes by an unconfirmed title Pulihora, with its kitchen-like tagline Rendunnara Gantala Thalimpu. It is a remarkable trait with Jagapati Babu that he carefully balances his career – taking alternate turns between family and mass subjects. Further details are awaited.
Sivaji in Satyameva Jayate?
Jeevita Rajasekhar gets ready for the launch of her ambitious project Satyameva Jayate on June 18th. The regular shoot will ensue from June 25th. It is the free remake of Khaki, a Big B's film. Taking the national motto of India (Satymeva Jayate) as its title, the project continues to be in the news one way or the other. It is a bilingual venture. Jeevita impressed the audiences with her debut presence in Talambralu (1987). She turned director with the film Seshu, starring her hubby. After several years, her name surfaced as one of the two directors (earlier being Samudra) for the film Evadaithe Nakenti. Spurred by the success of this flick, the couple time and again spoke about the proposed film. Sivaji is likely to play an important role in the film.
Screen Sita and her sons honored
Nagaraju and Subramanyam, who played the highly popular title roles of the film Lava Kusha (1963), were today felicitated at Government Music College at Vijayawada. Highlight is that the duo was honored along with their screen mother (Anjali Devi who played Sita). Screen brothers, who turned old now, shared their journey with the film. Anjali Devi said it was her "Poorva Janma Sukrutham" which brought her the opportunity to do the sacred role as Sita. Launched in 1958, it took six years for the film to release. It is the first Telugu movie which collected Rs. 1 Crore and this was a record for a long time. Prior to Lava Kusha, no film collected even one-third of this amount. During Tollywood's diamond jubilee last year, the screen sons of Lord Rama (played by NT Rama Rao) poured out their anguish before the media that they were in utter poverty, leading lives as tailors in a remote Konaseema village.
MS Narayana's son-in-law arrested
Hyderabad police on Monday arrested one Durga Prasad, son-in-law of popular comedian MS Narayana, on charges of dowry harassment. The police said Sasikiran, the artiste's daughter, got married to Durga Prasad in 1996, and a dowry of Rs. 5 lakh and 50 tulas of gold were given to the bridegroom. Of late, the hubby started harassing the lady for extra dowry which resulted in filing the complaint. The written complaint of Sasikiran also alleged that her husband maintained illicit relationship with a junior artiste. Further investigation is on.
Producers, Mumaith booked for obscenity
It came as a rude shock to the Telugu film industry circles with the police registering non-bailable cases against a whopping 16 biggies, including Dasari Narayana Rao, KS Rama Rao, K. Raghavendra Rao, G. Ramesh Babu, Ashwini Dutt, Devi Varaprasad, ML Kumar Chowdary and Bellamkonda, under section IPC 292 (indecent representation of women act). The name of Mumaith Khan also figured in the police registry. The cases are booked based on the allegations that the producers have violated censor norms, by not displaying the certification details in the posters and trailers, besides resorting to obscene publicity.
Tirupati cops arrest Roja
Tirupati police arrested actress turned TDP mahila leader, Roja, today, as she ripped out a sensation at the pilgrim town. She swooped on the excise station after attacking a belt shop at a local slum area. She criticized the government for allowing free flow of liquor, affecting poor and middleclass families. The woman leader is also scheduled to reach Vizag for enacting similar act on June 11
Sriram's Premotsavam in Telugu
Hero Sriram's Tamil film is titled Premotsavam in Telugu. Made on Yank Movies banner, K. Rajeshwar is the director. Ashok K. Kotwani is the producer. Yetish scores music. The hero, who debuted into Telugu film industry with Rasool Ellore's film Okariki Okaru said that he played the role of a corporate employee. He expressed his happiness working with a brilliant director like Rajeshawar. The first schedule will be shot till June 20th. There is a lot of sentiment in the film, he said. The director said the unit will move to Singapore and Malaysia for the second schedule. A major highlight of the film is that Namita plays the heroine. A Mumbai model Hema Malini is introduced as the second heroine.
8 June 2008
Sairam Shankar with 8 pack abs
Sairam Shankar, considered the blue-eyed boy in the circles of Puri Jagannath, felt excited to be working with his brother for his next project. He told Idlebrain that he had developed eight pack abs for the film. "I got trained under the coach, who actually worked for Allu Arjun. It took me about six months to develop my eight pack abs. That's why you can see my cheeks missing." Sporting a long hair falling on the shoulders, the actor looked stiff and fit compared to his previous film. The film is said to be having a rough and tough mass subject. The flick will roll to its shoot by month end or in the first week of next month. "Brother's shoot of Mahesh Babu's will follow after my film. Also, I can't rule out the simultaneous handling of both," he maintained.
Kalyanram happy with Hare Ram
Nandamuri Kalyanram-Priyamani starrer titled Hare Ram is finished to its shoot but for one song. Made on NTR Arts, the film is directed by Harshavardhan with music by Mickey J. Mayer (a Happy Days entrant). "The film's output is superb, excelling the technical and entertainment standards of my previous blockbuster Athanokkade," said the hero, who also produces the flick. Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry worked as single-card lyricist. The left out song will be shot at a specially erected set in Hyderabad. Kota, Ashok Kumar, Brahmanandam, Ali and others form vital cast. Audio is planned to hit the music stands early next month.
Samudra denies copying of Iranian film
Director V. Samudra said that his latest film Mallepoovu, starring Bhumika, is almost completed of its shoot. "It will be hitting the screens soon, may in early next month. I am happy that it has shaped up well." When asked about reports that he had plagiarized the subject from an Iranian movie, he made a modest reply, "Of course, there might be some slight similarities. The subject is original with full of nativity, to which I give great importance. I am surprised to know that people sniffed it too much out of nothing." Till date, this female-oriented film underwent silent producing away from media attention.
Ready trailers draw audience attention
Ready, a Seenu-Vytla movie starring Ram and Genelia, gets ready to hit the marquee on June 19th. Made on Sravanti movies banner with Ravikishore producing it, the flick is termed as an emotional comedy entertainer. Devi Sri Prasad scored music for the film; and the audio is doing considerably well. Separate trailers of the songs and stunts parts on the small screen have already generated some heat about the film in the industry and general audiences.
7 June 2008
Krish’s Jaya Krishna Mukunda Murari
Krish who made it big with his debut film Gamyam by incorporating the teachings of Vivekananda and life journey of Goutama Buddha, is going to touch upon the subject of ‘krishna tatvam’ in his next venture. Jaya Krishna Mukunda Murari and Krisham Vande Jagatgurum are the titles under consideration for this film. A big hero (read it as Venkatesh) is going to play the main lead. C Aswini Dutt will produce this film on Vyjayanthi banner. This film will go to floors in August.
T and Naxalite issues in Chiru agenda?
The agenda of Chiranjeevi's Party coming up in August includes a positive approach towards the burning Naxalite and Telengana issues; read some flash reports today. The megastar is also said to in touch with senior leaders of the civil liberties activists to have a clear-cut first hand information and understanding of the Naxal problem in the state. However, there is no confirmation about this either from Chiru or his spokespersons.
JD’s Homam sequel as Marana Homam
JD who established as hero with flicks like Gulabi, Anaganaga Oka Roju, Satya etc is currently directing a film titled Homam with Jagapati Babu as hero. This film is going to release very soon. He is planning to direct a sequel called Marana Homam for this film Homam. Marana Homam will have Pakistan backdrop. Jagapati Babu is going to act in this film. This film is likely to go to sets in the month of September 2008.
Jagapati Babu enters Kucheludu sets
Hero Jagapati Babu, costarring Rajni in Telugu version (Kucheludu) today entered the shooting location at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. Produced by Ashwini Dutt, it is directed by P. Vasu. Rajni plays the real-life role of a superstar; Jagapati Babu does the role of his childhood friend. Meena plays the female lead for Jagapati Babu. Remake of Malayalam hit Katha Parayum Pol, the film deals with "friendship of a layman with a superstar". The title Kucheludu reminds of a popular mythological character Sudhamudu alias Kucheludu, a poor brahmin, in a Bhagavatam narration. So far, seven films exist in India on the relationship between Kucheludu and Krishna, shot between 1920 and 1976, in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya and Marati.
Popcorn rule for Sarkar Raj viewers
If you want to watch a film in Ad Labs, mere purchasing of a ticket won't do. You also have to purchase a popcorn packet worth. This happened in Warangal. Audience who reached the theatre for the opening show of Sarkar Raj (RGV's film, starring Amitab, Abhishek and Aish), they were stunned at the rule. The ticket was Rs. 30/- and popcorn cone, Rs. 20/-. This made several movie-buffs return without watching the film. Generally, prices of eatables would soar high in theatres, but to enjoy it or not depends on the audience's choice. However, the Abhi-Aish pairing up for Sarkar Raj after their marriage brought ample crowds to the theatre.
AR Rehman for Mahesh-WB movie
AR Rehman is likely to score music for Mahesh Babu-Puri Jagan's trilingual film with joint production by Warner Brothers and Rajni's daughter Soundarya. It is for the first time that a Telugu hero is roped in for a global produciton house. And expectations are high because it is coming from the record breaking combination of Pokiri film.
Mega rally in CBN's bastion
Despite state bandh, a huge rally by Chiranjeevi fans in Kuppam (Chittor district) on Friday stunned the circles of TDP. About 5000 people from various mandals in the constituency held by Nara Chandrababu Naidu gathered at the local tank bund in Kuppam and took out a rally up to bus station, shouting slogans in favor of megastar. Though, similar rallies were reported from all over the state, it is first of its kind in remote Kuppam, that too on a bandh day. In the absence of RTC buses, crowds reached the place in private tempos and tractors as far from Palamner and Chittoor.
NTR-Vinayak film shoots from July 1
Regular shoot of NTR's film in the direction of VV Vinayak will commence on July 1st. Its release is planned in December. Vallabhaneni Vamsi produces the flick. Gudiwada MLA Kodali Venkateswara Rao (Nani) is the presenter. Chota K. Naidu handles the camera. The film's puja was held at Film Nagar Cultural Club, Hyderabad, on April 23rd.
Ravi Teja-Anushka film for I'Day
Ravi Teja-Anushka starrer in the direction of Uday Shankar is planed to hit the screens as Independence Day gift (Aug 15th). Earlier Uday Shankar gave a stupendous hit to Suresh Productions with Kalisundam Raa film. Baladur is one of the titles under consideration. The producer is maintaining low profile because of the mishap of Ravi Teja’s dupe expiry at shooting location in Rajahmundry.
Nitin's Victory on June 27th
Nitin's latest film, showing him in 8-pack abs, will be releasing on June 27th. It is directed by Ravi C. Kumar (of Samanyudu fmae) and produced by Venkat on RR Movie Makers banner. Mamta Mohandas is the heroine. This film is supposed to release on 15 June. But the delay in releases of Dasavataram and Ready forced this film’s release to get postponed to 27 June.
Rambha in romantic comedy
Rambha is going to play the heroine in a new film in the direction of Marshal Ramana (fight master who turned director with Krishna's 100 Kotlu). Vijay Sai, who played the hero in Ammayilu Abbailu, is the hero. Produced by Satyanarayana and Vallabhaneni Purnachandra Rao, it has music by Nani. The film will be launched in a couple of weeks for a regular shoot. It is said to be a romantic comedy on the lines of Jayasudha's Aunty.
6 June 2008
Madan to make Ajay a hero
Young Telugu actor Ajay who proved his mettle as villain in films like Vikramarkudu and Lakshmi Kalyanam with his terrific performance is all set to make his debut as hero. Director n producer Madan (also story writer of Aa Naluguru) who made his debut with commercial hit Pellaina Kothalo is going to direct this film. Madan is currently directing a film titled Gunde Jhallu Mandi with Uday Kiran and Aditi Sharma in the main leads. The film with Ajay as hero will go to floors after Gunde Jhallu Mandi is completed. Madan is also likely to produce this film along with of group of his friends.
4000 Jr. artistes for Puli fight scene
The shoot of Pawan Kalyan's latest film Puli (title in vogue) will commence on June 20th, advanced by three days. Directed by SJ Suryah and produced by Singanamala Ramesh, the film has music by AR Rehman. The opening shot will be an action episode on the hero, with the participation of four thousand junior artistes. Earlier, it was reported that the film would roll on June 23.
Dates fixed for Naga Chaitanya film?
Just a couple of months is left for the launch of Naga Chaitanya's debut film. It is going to happen on August 29th (Nag's Birthday) or September 20th (ANR's birthday). Unconfirmed sources say that Vasu Sharma, a debutant, provides the story, screenplay and direction. Dil Raju will produce the flick on home banner Sri Venkateswara Creations with Annapoorna Studios as the presenter. It is said the regular shoot will commence in December and the movie is planned for release in May 2009. Interestingly, Nagarjuna was introduced to the films when his debut film Vikram was launched on Sep 20, 1985. The film got released on May 23, 1986.
CM to open Ramanaidu's Vizag studio in August
Movie Moghal Dr. D. Ramanaidu's dream of his Vizag Studio is coming true. The 35-acre sprawling studio on the Vizag-Bhimili road will be inaugurated by Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy in August. Saying this, Naidu, who today celebrated his 73rd birthday, reiterated his ambition to direct a film soon, besides producing films with grandsons Rana and Naga Chaitanya.
RGV's Raksha on Black Magic
Ramgopal Varma presents a new film titled Raksha in Telugu. Vamsikrishna Akella, story and dialogue writer of Vamsi's Anumanaspadam, makes his debut as director this film. Made on One More Thought Entertainment Private Limited, the flick has a hazy caption – Chetabadi Unda? (Meaning - Is there Witchcraft?) Preliminary details say the film stars Jagapati Babu in the lead, with the cast including Kalyani, Rajiv Kanakala and others.
Thriller girls join for Ravi Babu's Dooram
Bhumika and Charmme, sizzling heroines turned potential female leads for crime thrillers with Anasuya and Mantra respectively, are coming together for thriller-savvy director Ravi Babu. A tentative title Dhooram hangs around the proposed suspense thriller. Bhumika's hubby Bharath Takur is set to produce the film on newly-floated Downtown Films banner. The regular shoot is expected from September.
Films go off screen: State Bandh
The statewide bandh today against the hike in oil and LPG cylinders, the new releases - Ramgopal Varma's Sarkar Raj; Sombheri and Adhyaksha (lyricist Jonnavittula and writer Marudhuri Raja as debut directors) remained off the screens for the morning show. They are set for screening from the evening.
Rajamouli's film with Sunil?
Unbeaten director SS Rajamouli is planning a film with Sunil in the lead and that might hit the marquee as 2009 summer release, reports said. It said Rajamouli wanted to take a short break from the regular trend and tread an offbeat track with the comedian in the lead. Currently, Rajamouli is directing Ramcharan Tej, followed by a film with Prabhas. The proposed Sunil-starred film is expected to be done at a brisk pace over a single schedule.
Happy Birthday to Ramanaidu
Senior producer Dr. D. Ramanaidu today celebrates his 73rd birthday. Reaching erstwhile Madras in his twenties, Naidu thought of becoming an actor, but destiny has it that he touched the peaks of fame as producer, making more than a hundred films on his home banner Suresh Productions. He holds the coveted Guinness Book of World Records for his record number of films in almost all prominent languages in India. Idlebrain wishes the ace producer – Many Happy Returns of the Day.
5 June 2008
Bangaru kodi petta in Ramcharan film?
Bangaru Kodi Petta - that unforgettable item song in Chiranjeevi's thumping blockbuster Gharana Mogudu (1992) is going to be introduced in Ramcharan's untitled film in the direction of SS Rajamouli. Similarities are that MM Keeravani scored music for Gharana Mogudu; and now for Ramcharan's film. Sources said Mumaith Khan is likely to step into the shoes of Disco Shanti. Setting for the proposed song is the same – Vizag Shipyard, it is further learnt. The shoot is expected to start soon. To note here, Gharana Mogudu turned out to be a sensational hit; and remains the first Telugu film to gross over a distributors' share of Rs. 10 crore. It also made Chiru the highest paid actor in India with India Today terming him as "Bigger Than Bachhan".
Nag-Vytla film to roll in few hours
A few hours are left for the regular shoot to commence for Nagarjuna's film with Seenu Vytla (with widely felt title King) at Sarathy Studios, Hyderabad. The first schedule will commence from June 6th for a two-week-long shoot. The successful director is said to have fully impressed on Nag with a chiseled script. Made on Kamakshi Kalabharati movies banner, D.Sivaprasad Reddy, a close family friend of Nag, is the producer. Devi Sri Prasad is the music director. Trisha is heroine. Seenu Vytla-Devi Sri Prasad combine recently finished their latest film Ready, which is set for June 12 release.
Bandh may affect Sarkar Raj release
RGV-Bacchans' film Sarkar Raj is releasing today (June 6th) under the shadow of the statewide bandh by the opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh over hike in oil and LPG cylinder prices. Seen as a multiplex and urban film, the film's morning and noon shows are unlikely.
Tabu joins cover page heroines
After Shriya and Asin, now it's the turn of Tabu to run after the cover pages of popular magazines. She is seen afresh in the current month (June) issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, a Hearst Corporation publication with 55 lakh global readership. She has cast an elegant look in her blazing red dress. Her performance in NBK's Pandurangadu is considered too hot for the masses.
Debut hero wants more kids
Sushant, Nag's nephew who debuted with Kalidas, opined that parents should concentrate on more on creating awareness among kids about cultural activities such as music and dance. He was a guest at the valedictory session of a special summer camp for kids, organized at the YMCA, Secunderabad. He emphasized the need for providing more professional training to child artistes; and said that opportunities on the big scree are wide-open for talented kid-artists. The hero enjoyed the programme with catwalk, dance and music by kids.
Realtor-artistes as Vasthu advisors
Veteran artistes Murali Mohan and TS Vijaychander (Karunamayudu fame) have turned Vasthu advisors to the Movie Artistes' Association, for construction of its new premises in Hyderabad. Generally, the Vasthu advisors charge a fee of their reputation for their services. Here, these artistes are doing it for free in the welfare of their own organization. Both are well-established realtors in city.
4 June 2008
Sangeeta playing screen whore
Recognized as a talented actress both in Telugu and Tamil, Sangeeta is going to act in the role of a call girl in a bilingual film in the direction of G. Siva, with musical score by maestro Ilayaraja. The movie intends to project on the lives of sex workers, languishing in poverty, distress and disease. The actress feels this a great opportunity to exhibit the best of her histrionics. Such roles by heroines always fascinated the audiences. For instance, Tabu's in Pandurangadu.
Surender Reddy's comedy tilt
He couldn't repeat the magic of Athanokkade in his later films Ashok and Athidi, but received critical appreciation for technical standards. After a big gap, Surender Reddy, is hoping to make a sensation with Khatarnak combine Ravi Teja and Ileana. Puri Jagannath was considered to take up this combination, earlier. But unconfirmed reports say he might not proceed with it. Reddy is said to have arrived at the deal over the project. This time, Reddy is said to be giving a big place to comedy, which was weak in his earlier films.
JD's Homam for July release
JD Chakri's debut film as director, Homam, is set for release in July. Two months ago, its poster publicity was released at LB Stadium in city. Latest, the film's shoot is done, but for a lone song on lead pair Jagapati Babu-Mamta Mohandas. JD, who plays the villain, will also shake legs with actress Madhurima in the song. Postproduction works are going on at a brisk pace. Sakshi does an item song. JD and Jagapati Babu heaped praise on each other's work style at their first media briefing, recently.
Asin to hit Vogue cover page
Heroines may come and go. But, here's one who robbed the hearts of many with a creepy mix of both beauty and sexiness. She awaits the first world release in her career Dasavataram, costarring Kamal in dual roles. Also engaged to a hefty budget film with Aamir Khan (Ghazini), she naturally needs publicity worth her efforts. Her dad Joseph Thotumkal turned her guide planning interviews for the media. This way, Asin decided to give interviews to the media, but on one condition. She should be featured on the cover pages. Shreya's slit on the Maxim is said to have driven Asin to demand similar options. So, Asin gets ready to hit the cover page of Vogue, one of world's favorite magazines. Watch out for July issue.
Kucheludu cameraman doing well
Arvind Krishnan, cameraman of Rajnikanth's film Kucheludu (Kuchelan in Tamil), who got hurt a couple of days back while shooting a song at Alapuzha in Kereala, is doing well and likely to resume the work, hospital sources said. His assistant Karunamurthy is currently handling the cam. The mishap occurred when Arvind tried to change the angle on lead pair Rajni and Nayantara (in a canoe). He tried to jump from one boat to the other, but fell into the lake. It resulted in a sprain of his ankle with a gash on it. Immediately, he was taken to the local medical college and administered wit instant treatment. Director P. Vasu accompanied the cameraman. Alapuzha is known for its picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons.
Bhumika to cheer Vizagites
Actress Bhumika is going to cheer the Vizagites at RK beach on June 7th. She will attend the Nandi Awards (TV) presentation function by the state government, as the special guest. Over 2000 elite of the steel city are invited to the event. SP Balasubramanyam and Vandemataram Srinvias will be jointly organizing a musical night. It is for the first time Vizag has become the venue for Nandi Awards function. The RK beach venue is considered for a bigger public participation in the event, an official said.
3 June 2008
Farzana putting on extra kilos
At a time when heroines are starving to keep a fit figure onscreen, heroine Farzana, who registered her entry hit with Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw in Telugu, is seen on the verge of losing shape. The heroine was last seen in the film – BBCS of Srinivasa Reddy and costarring EVV Naresh. Currently, she does a female lead in Sarath Kumar's Tamil movie 1977. Though she looked slim on the posters displayed at a function related to the film, she looked different off-screen with extra pounds on her. Time for her to shed the weight!
Writers clash on June 6
Two movies Somberi and Adyaksha, in the direction of lyricist Jonnavittula and dialogue writer Marudhuri Raja respectively are hitting the marquee on June 6th. Sombheri stars Ali in the lead, while Adyaksha is a satire on the prevailing political and social conditions. The former is banking on Ali's comedy strength; with Marudhuri Raja hopeful of the title and the subject that he had dealt with.
John Abraham in Hindi AFBA
John Abraham is likely to play the lead role in the Hindi remake of A Film By Arvind (successful suspense thriller in Telugu). Many a time, it was in the news that the film would be remade in Bollywood, but so far it didn't materialize. Sekhar Suri might take up the project next year. Kangana Raunat, who was the original choice in Telugu version of the film, is said to be showing interest in Hindi remake.
Politics not bed of roses: Sarath Kumar
Politics and glamour are different from each other, said Tamil hero Sarath Kumar. When asked whether he holds any suggestions to actor Chiranjeevi, whose political party is coming up in August, he said: "I will give many, if he asks me. It is very difficult to survive in politics. Everything will look rosy, but once we see the reality, it will be shocking." Reacting to the possible entry of other actors like Balakrishna into politics, he said: "I welcome it. Politics is people's ultimate weapon. Anybody can join politics and wield his weapon."
Ex-model Geetanjali declared sound
Former model Geetanjali is declared free from drug abuse. She will be reaching Hardwar today to live with her relatives. So far, she has been put on medication and surveillance at a rehabilitation centre at Hissar in Haryana. Based on her willingness, the Mahila commission would initiate steps for sending the model to their parents. To note here, Geetanjali was found begging in the streets of New Delhi a few months ago. Later, she was diagnosed with drug abuse, which rendered her mentally and physically weak. As Geetanjali sprints towards normalcy, she awaits revival of her lost career.
2 June 2008
PK-Surya film to roll June 23
Unit of Pawan Kalyan-SJ Surya combine film with its current title as Puli in public circles awaits the start of the regular shoot from June 23rd. Produced by Singanamala Ramesh, for the first time India's musical sensation AR Rehman will be scoring the music. Reports already came out that the actor too plays the role of a cop, first of its kind in his career.
Shilpa's flash visit to Tirumala
Closely guarded by a dozen private security guards, Big Brother sensation and Bollywood damsel Shilpa Shetty trekked the 16-km-long serpentine footpath from Alipiri to Tirumala and had dharshan of Lord Venkateswara at predawn today. TTD authorities guided her entourage for a smooth visit. This slim and long-legged beauty took three hours to reach the hill shrine from the foothills, while an average trekker would take four to four and half hours. En route, she took a brief halt at Lord Hanuman junction. Her visit was so sudden and kept under wraps that neither the media nor the general crowds had any idea of it; till they saw her by an accident checking into a posh guesthouse.
Seenu Vytla's Ready on June 19/20
Seenu Vytla-directed film Ready, staring Ram and Genelia, is racing ahead for a June 19/20 release. Produced by Sravanti Ravikishore on his home banner, it has music by Devi Sri Prasad, which got released recently, to a good response. Ace comedian Brahmanandam, who plays a lengthy role from the start to finish in the film, recently reiterated that Ready would a full-length Seenu Vytla kind of film on the lines of his earlier blockbuster Dhee. Words of this senior comedian seem to hold some weight as he played the unforgettable Chari in Dhee.
Hero Rajasekhar for Congress theerth
Post Telengana-battle results, hero Rajasekhar and his talkative spouse Jeevita have today met Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy at his chambers. The 20-minute parley was said have dwelt on issues like Telengana sentiment and the couple's willingness to get into active politics. Coming out, the hero made it clear that if he were to join a political party, it would be none but the Congress. "Despite the Telengana wave, people believed in YSR government and voted in favor of it. My desire to become a Congressman doesn't mean that I am after power or position," he maintained.
Charmme gives a slip to lensmen
Actress Charmme today gave a slip to the photographers when they sought to have a photo-session with her. She was here shooting for the film 16 Days. The title announcement got delayed by an hour thanks to her late arrival. When a photographer said that the media was waiting for her since an hour, Charmme said: "I came here half an hour back. But, what can I do? I am also waiting for you." After the media briefing, she was reluctant to pose for the photographers, saying: "Not now, please. You see. I am in a casual dress. The dress doesn't match my hairstyle. See you next time." Saying so, she left the venue. Earlier, looking at her picture on the poster there, she exclaimed: "Very nice."
1 June 2008
Bala Krishna to watch Pandurangadu in NJ
Bala Krishna Nandamuri will be watching Pandurangadu film along with the NRI public in New Jersey, USA on the evening of 1 June at 6:45 pm show at Movie city, Edison, NJ. This information is given by the Desi cinemas, the USA distributor of Pandurangadu film. Sneha may also watch the film along with Bala Krishna.
Crazy fan made media obsessive
A page from a crazy fan's book played havoc with the media, which took the scribbling for granted for megastar Chiranjeevi's party's name (Labour Party), flag (in Blue and Red colors) and the symbol (Rail). The media too went obsessive over the details and the channels competed with each other in flashing the details, without getting it confirmed. However, the act is staunchly defended by the media – that the details were leaked from the actor's inner circles. Allu Arvind and Nagababu who officially confirmed Chiranjeevi's decision to form a party, rejected the rumors surrounding the party's name, parameters of the flag, symbol and agenda. The announcement from the megastar's family members is only partial. Throwing a waiting time of another 82 days is definitely too much for both the fans and media. Analysts say this stalemate will only result in another phase of wild imagination. However, the fixing of certainty over Chiru's political entry will cheer up the enthusiasts, while keeping the political groups on tenterhooks.
Charan eyes magnetize me: Kajal Agarwal
Kajal Agarwal found herself catapulted to the heights of high demand thanks to her project with Ramchran Tej, directed by unbeaten Rajamouli. She is in city shooting for the film. In an exclusive chat with Idlebrain, Kajal shared her experiences working with the megastar's son. "I say it's my sheer luck to be costarring Ramcharan." She used the best of the superlatives to describe the hero's outlook. "Charan is hard-working, highly brilliant and dedicated to his profession to the core. In particular, his eyes pull me a lot and still haunt me. They have all the magic for the audiences. They are loaded with powerful expressions." She further said she would be doing a Tamil film, next. When asked about her film with Ravi Teja in the direction of Puri Jagannath, she said: I have not yet confirmed it.
Chiru is people's man: Sarath Kumar
Tamil actor Sarath Kumar, said that Chiranjeevi is a man of the masses. He is currently in Medak busy shooting for his Tamil film titled 1977. Responding to the news of Chiru's decision to float a political party, he said: "In a democratic country like India, anyone can play active role in politics. He doesn't need to be a mere film star, but doctors, engineers, lawyers and elite of all vibrant walks. I have all confidence that Chiru will work for the poor and needy." Sarath Kumar said he would be fielding the candidates of the party AISMK in all the Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamilnadu in the general elections next year.
Gummadi regrets vulgarity in films
Veteran actor Gummadi Venkateswara Rao deplored that the present day Telugu film industry is going off track. Speaking as guest at a function in city, Gummadi said in the name of entertainment, vulgarity and violence were promoted in a big way. Another guest Dr. C. Narayana Reddy criticized the way in which comedy tracks in films are run with 'double-meaning' dialogues and crude episodes. He advised the present day writers not to miss the decency factor while dealing with comedy, which he termed as a tonic to audience heart.
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