to float a TV channel
AP Film Producers Counsel has met today to discuss about
the TPC (Telugu Producers Channel), which they are planning
to launch very soon. A corpus fund of 25 crores would be
generated by allocating shares to whoever applied to be
a member of it. The minimum amount a member (all the members
in film industry and associated 24 crafts and also fans
of heroes) can invest is Rs. 1000/- and the maximum amount
is Rs 10,00,000/-. In case of over-subscription, the shares
would be allotted on pro-rata basis. A team of highly qualified
professionals would be hired. The latest equipment would
be purchased. It is also learnt that no film software would
be given to other Telugu channels anymore and all the cooperation
would be given to TPC only. More details later.
Madhav in Gona Ganna Reddy?
As per the rumor mills, Smitha Madhav - who made her debut
as 'Seeta' in Guna Sekhar's Bala Ramayanam - is expected
to be launched as heroine in Guna Sekhar's Magnum Opus in
planning - Gona Ganna Reddy. Smitha Madhav is an accomplished
Bharatanatyam dancer and a Carnatic musician. She is also
pursuing her degree in law. NTR is expected to play the
lead role in Gona Ganna Reddy.
Looks like the Telugu film industry is stuck with the Serendipity
syndrome. In a span of two months we have already seen two
films - Okariki Okaru and Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu - loosely
based on the script of Hollywood film 'Serendipity'. As
if the two films are not enough, there is another film that
is coming on the same concept of destiny. That is none but
'Love Today' starring Uday Kiran and Divya Khosla. As per
the grapevine of Film Nagar, Love Today deals with a ticket
Uday gets by dropping a coin into a fortune telling machine.
We have to wait and see if Serendipity syndrome stuck with
'Love Today' or not till the release of the film.
We reported in Andhrawala
audio function article about the heinous treatment given
to scribes who traveled all the way from Hyderabad to Nimmakur
and finally did not get to cover the event because of the
mismanagement by the producer. When the scribes were returning
in despair from Pamarru to Vijayawada, a cell phone rang
in the scribes bus. Bellamkonda Suresh spoke to the scribes
and informed them that it was his birthday day on 5th December
2003. He came to know about the sorry plight of the scribes
and declared that he is going to celebrate his birthday
in grand style in Vijayawada. He booked 5 rooms in Hotel
Ilapuram on that night for press people and ordered unlimited
booze and food of various varieties. All the journalists
thanked Bellamkonda Suresh for a noble gesture after they
returned back to Hyderabad.
Shakeela was recently in news for her spending habits. The
filmi celebrities have the habit of putting all their personal
bills on producers account. But Shakeela did something that
should be appreciated by one all. She is a compulsive smoker.
And she smokes packets of cigarettes everyday. She noticed
that her co-stars in sets are becoming little uncomfortable
with her smoking. Hence she hired a a/c caravan for a price
of Rs. 6000/- a day and attended the shooting. She used
to go to her caravan and have a free smoke so that nobody
else in the sets get affected by it. One should appreciate
Shakeela's concern about the people working around her.
This happened during the shooting of 'Sreeramachandrulu'
function crowds used for climax?
A few excellent aerial shots of crowds were taken during
the audio function of NTR's Andhrawala by the cinematographer
Shyam K Naidu. It is reliably learnt that these aerial shots
are going to be used for the climax of 'Andhrawala' film
which demands a huge gathering of public crowds. And the
aerial shots taken on 5th December are said to be simply
Its confirmed that NTR's Andhrawala would be having NTR
playing double role as father (who comes in flashback) and
son. And it is father who plays the role of Andhrawala.
That's the reason why 'Dildarwala' word is used in lyrics
of 'Nai Re Nai Re' song in stead of 'Andhrawala', because
this song was pictured on son NTR in the film. A powerful
song was also picturised that on father NTR in the film
in the style of Singamalai (of Simhadri).
fascination for elder heroines
Looks like it has become a sentiment for NTR to have a elder
heroine in his films right from Allari Ramudu. Nagma, Rambha
and Ramya Krishna played special roles in NTR's last three
films Allari Ramudu, Naga and Simhadri respectively. Now
its reliably learnt that another senior heroine Sanghvi
is playing a vital role in 'Andhrawala'. Incidentally, all
these heroines worked with Bala Krishna in their heydays.
come in pairs
The father-son duo of Vijayendra Prasad and SS Rajamouli
seems to be becoming the hottest property in the tinsel
town after stupendous success of NTR's Simhadri. When called
by Vijayabapineedu for giving a storyline for his film with
Chiranjeevi, this duo seems to have asked for a whopping
amount of 2 and half crores. And Raja Mouli being the hottest
director in Tollywood, the producer is said to have decided
to hire him (along with his father) for his long-delayed
venture with Chiranjeevi as hero. Incidentally VV Vinayak
- director of Tagore - directed a film with NTR and Nitin
before getting an offer to direct Chiranjeevi. Raja Mouli
also worked with NTR and is currently working with Nitin
before directing Chiranjeevi.
When our producers and heroes have kept their bugging devices
in Chennai for unreleased films with good buzz, reverse
seems to be happening for NTR's Andhrawala. Even before
the shooting of this film is completed, KS Rama Rao bagged
the Kannada rights of this film and remaking it with Shivraj
Kumar and Anita in main leads. The latest buzz is that a
few Chennai producers are hunting Vikram for his dates to
remake this film as 'Madarasi' in Tamil. It's a great achievement
for NTR and Puri Jagan to create such a kind of euphoria
in film industry about their 1st Jan release 'Andhrawala'.
NTR's Student No.1 was already remade in Tamil. Simhadri
is being remade now with Vijay as hero. Looks like NTR is
having tremendous remake value for his films.
Kiran's cell story
An NRI from London has recently returned to India for a
short trip. He wanted to buy a prepaid card his cell phone.
When he activated the number that is given to him. He immediately
started getting calls from various strangers, mainly girls.
All of them started saying that they are Uday Kiran's fans.
Then he realized that the same number was used by Uday Kiran
in the past and that number was published in a few film
diaries. He is getting 70-80 calls a day, mostly from girls.
Don't you feel the similarities between this story and the
story of 'Shivamani-Sheik Imam'?
Chinni Krishna fading away?
Star script writer Chinni Krishna who gave stories to three
consecutive blockbusters - Narasimah Naidu, Indra and Gangotri
- seems to be fading away now. Most of his projects are
shifting other story writers. He is supposed to provide
story for Samba. But, its GS Rao who is providing story
to NTR's Samba. He is expected to direct Vyjayanti's film
with Venky as hero. But is it rumored that YVS Chowdary
might direct the Venkatesh's film in Vyjayanthi banner.
Chinni Krishna is supposed to provide story for B Gopal
- NTR film to be produced by Chengala Venkata Rao. But the
plan of the unit is otherwise. Looks like Chinni Krishna
is losing his projects slowly but steady. Its time for him
to buck up and prove his versatility.
The remunerations of successful artists/technicians are
skyrocketing. As per the unconfirmed sources, Ravi Teja
- who is branded as the minimum guarantee hero with innumerable
successive hits - is charging 2 crores per film. Sri Hari
- who is lagging in success rate - is still charging 40
lakhs a film. Jagapati Babu is said to have charged a crore
for his film to be remade from Malayalam film 'Chronicle
Bachelors'. Just entered Genelia is charging 15 lakhs a
film. NTR has become the second highest paid hero after
Chiranjeevi in Telugu film industry today. Hero Srikanth
is having at least 5 projects in hand all the time and he
is charging at least half a crore per film as he is branded
as the safe hero. Our producers who often criticize about
sky-rocketing remuneration tend to make quick buck if they
could get a chance to make a film with any of these heroes
without mincing a word.
Jyothy daily in films
The newspaper Andhra Jyothy has become film industry's favorite
news paper over the period of time. All the latest hit films
like Tagore, Shivamani and Veede, Andhra Jyothi newspaper
is shown as the newspaper that carries sensational news.
Andhrajyothi's aggressive marketing is helping it to become
the most preferred newspaper to show in films.
charged 2.25 crores for a Telugu film
As per the unconfirmed sources, a producer went to Mumbai
to rope in Kareena Kapoor as heroine for the most happening
young mass star in Telugu film industry. And she asked for
2.25 crores as remuneration. Flabbergasted by this, the
producer decided cast a heroine who is with in the reach
of his budget.
replaced in Vidyardhi
Mamatha Zhaveri, who was roped in to play the female lead
against Ramesh (son of RB Chowdary) in Vidyardhi film, is
out of the project now. She worked for a few TV commercials
and is working in a couple of Tamil film. The producer RB
Chowdary is looking for a replacement.
backdrop for a Telugu film
A Telugu film that is being currently made by a star director
with all new cast is having the backdrop of Indo-Pak. Hero
plays the role of a Hindu boy. Heroine plays the role of
a Muslim girl with Pakistan origin. This director - who
has been successful in his love film so far is attempting
a intra-religion film that borders on patriotism with strong
elements of teenage love for the first time. Lets wish him
a good success.
Jagan's right remedy
After watching the double positive of 'Shivamani', Nagarjuna
felt that entertainment in form of comedy is missing in
the second half. Puri Jagan conceptualized the comedy track
of MS Narayana comprising of 'Shiek Imam' overnight. Next
day, he took the call sheet of MS Narayana and wrapped up
the entire episode of MS Narayana in just 3 hours. This
suggestion turned out to be a factor of great relief in
second half of the film. At the same time, it also shows
the Puri Jagan's flexibility of inserting scenes on the
fly without objecting the basic flow of the film.
shoot for Nagarjuna
Puri Jagan has mastered the art of making the movie with
minimum resources and there by producing the maximum results.
Nagarjuna gave 56 days worth call sheets for this film.
Generally, most of the Nagarjuna's films these days does
take 80-90 days of his callsheets. But for this film, Puri
Jagan took only 56 days call sheets of Nagarjuna.
In our gossip, we mentioned in the past that Puri Jagan
got inspired by reading a novel to make 'Shivamani 98480
22338'. Actually, the basic storyline of Rakshita finding
message-in-a-bottle followed by she going to Kerala to investigate
is inspired by the basic theme of 'Message-in-a-bottle'.
Later on that famous novel was made in to a Hollywood flick
called 'Message in a bottle' in 1999 featuring Kevin Costner
as the hero.
to Paruchuri Gopala Krishna?
Veteran Telugu film script writer Paruchuri Gopala Krishna
is likely to be awarded doctorate in this week. This doctorate
is not going to be a honorary one. But, its going to be
in recognition to the PhD work he has done for the past
few years over Telugu cinema. He has recently submitted
his work and as per the unconfirmed reports, Paruchuri Gopala
Krishna would be given doctorate in a few days.
in VV Vinayak's film?
As per the unconfirmed reports, Prabhas would be starring
in VV Vinayak's project. This project is likely to start
after NTR's Samba is completed. Owner of a noted residential
school in Guntur would be making his entry into Telugu film
industry as a producer through this film.
Actress Gajala seems to be fading out of Telugu films now.
Her last film as fulltime actress was 'Janaki Weds Sriram'.
She is currently having just one project in her hand. That's
too a special song in Suresh Productions latest flick 'Malliswari'
with Venkatesh and Katrina Kaif in the main leads.
crores remuneration for Nagarjuna
Now a days, Nagarjuna is taking Nziam territory rights as
remuneration for his films. It is reliably learnt that Shivamani's
rights for Nizam are worth at least 3 crores of rupees.
Bhagawan and Danayya presented Shivamani as Puri Jagan himself
produced it. It is rumored that the share of Bhagawan and
Danayya is 33% as remaining 66% goes to Puri Jagan. There
is enormous positive buzz and euphoria around this film,
which slated for Diwali 2003 release.
set budget for Guna Sekhar
When Gunasekhar made Bala Ramayanam, he constructed various
Durbar sets with high budget. The Calcutta street set for
'Choodalani Vundi' was erected with a record budget at that
time. He also had a huge unfinished railway bridge set for
Mrigaraju. The Charminar set cost 2 crores for the producer
MS Raju for Okkadu film. And now the Madhura Meenakshi Temple
cost around 4 crores to construct. By looking at the increasing
range budget for sets and Guna Sekhar's taste for selecting
different and rare backdrops, a big producer jocularly commented
what would be the budget of the set if Guna Sekhar chooses
China Wall as the backdrop. Whatever the cost of these sets,
one should agree to it that Guna Sekhar gives value for
the money by making the best use of sets in his film as
There are a few smalltime heroes who appear less on silver
screen, but more on the page 3 of local editions of English
news papers that features photos of celebrities parties.
These heroes are currently being referred as Page 3 heroes
in Film Nagar.
to direct Balayya?
Bala Krishna who always followed a set of rules and a set
of directors seems to be changing his style and experimenting
a bit for the past one year. He acted in the direction of
VV Vinayak, who got a good name of technical director. He
is currently acting in Jayant's film. He is also giving
break to a debutant Swarna Subba Rao. Now its realiably
learnt that he would be acting in the direction of Puri
Jagan very soon. And the man who made this combination possible
is none but Chanti Addala, who produced Pavitra Prema and
Krishna Babu with Balayya in the past.
to cut down public appearance
Chiranjeevi is said to have decided to cut down his public
appearances based on the experiences he had in the recent
past. When he made public appearance in Rajahmundry and
Tirupati, the crowds went berserk and the situation got
out of police's control. And the killing of his fans in
Tagore tickets stampede and alleged suicide attempts by
the fans who could not procure tickets was the final lid.
remakes are in
Its hard to see the projects that were meant for somebody
are slipping out and reaching top heroes. It happened for
Ramana (made as Tagore with Chiranjeevi), Saamy (being made
as Lakshmi Narasimha with Bala Krishna) and Kakha Kakha
(to be made with Venkatesh as hero). All these three projects
were either confirmed for Raja Sekhar in Telugu or slipped
out of his hand in the last minute. Hence, this time Raja
Sekhar bought the rights of a Tamil film under production
by paying a hefty sum of 81 lakhs for remake rights. It
is also learnt that bigtime Tamil producers are including
a slot of 1 crore as Telugu remake rights as their future
earnings. Is Telugu film industry going back to the days
where our heroes would be waiting for the preview shows
to happen in Chennai so that they could pluck the hottest
flick right away?
in nela class
NTR - who is currently creating storm at the box office
with his blockbuster Simhadri - watched Simhadri in nela
class of Sandhya 70mm for second show around 5 days back.
To keep his identity anonymous, he wore a monkey cap. He
went to theater to study how crowds are reacting the scenes
in his film and which kinds of scenes are most liked by
the masses. NTR has set all his priorities right. He knows
that nela class is the one that crowns the mass stars. Incidentally,
Bhumika watched Simhadri film by wearing a burka on the
release day one in Sandhya 70mm.
Aditya to direct Chiranjeevi film
VN Aditya was first roped in by Vijaya Bapineedu to direct
his film with Chiranjeevi as hero. But later on B Gopal
was confirmed for that project and VN Aditya was shifted
to Anjana banner to direct the remake Malayalam comedy flick
'Bramhachari' in Telugu. Later on that project was also
abolished and KS Ravi Kumar is roped in to direct Anjana
banner film with Chiranjeevi as hero for the story provided
by Posani Krishna Murali. Now VN Aditya is back in Vijaya
Bapineedu's film. This film would go to floors very soon.
Director VN Aditya is getting married on 31st of October
Krishna to do Nartanasala?
As per the latest gossip that's making rounds in film nagar,
Bala Krishna is keen on acting in the remake of yesteryear's
classic 'Nartanasala' in his own direction. It is also reliably
learnt that another popular hero from Nandamuri dynasty
would be roped in to play an important character in this
film. If this gossip becomes true, it would be a real treat
for the movie lovers of Telugu cinema to see one of the
best classics remade with modern technique on a grandeur
As per the unconfirmed news, D Suresh Babu would be elected
unanimously as the president of AP Film Producer Counsel
Association that's going to held on 21st September. Aswini
Dutt and Arjuna Raju would be unanimously elected as vice
presidents. Sravanthi Ravi Kishore would be unanimously
elected as treasurer. However there would be contest for
the posts of general secretaries and joint secretaries.
me Shilpa Anand
When you refer to Shilpa Shivanand with that name, she usually
gets peeved. She quickly request you to refer her as Shilpa
Anand. The history goes like this. Her father's name is
Siva Anand. Hence people call him as Sivanand. His elder
daughter's name is Sonal Anand and younger daughter'a name
is Silpa Anand. Sonal Anand changed her name to Sakshi Anand
and entered. The journalists started calling her Shilpa
Sivanand as her father is Sivanand. Since Sakshi is established
as heroine, when her sister Shilpa Anand enter the people,
they attributed Sivanand to Shilpa too.
phobia for character artists
Its understandable if a hero - however elder he is - refuses
to reveal his year of birth. But few character artists who
generally play the elder roles (father and grand father)
in films did not reveal their year of birth. This happened
when the writers of a Telugu film book went to get the bio
data of a few character artists.
awe for Chiranjeevi
Sachin Tendulkar is the superstar of Cricket who has unlimited
hardcore fans all over the world irrespective of caste,
creed and nationality. He is the most adulated star in the
international cricket arena and its not new for him to see
mobs going crazy over celebrities. But here is an incident
that awed even Sachin Tendulker. Sachin and Chiranjeevi
were traveling in the same car from airport to the cricket
stadium and crowds were all over the roads to get a glimpse
of megastar Chiranjeevi. In one particular incident, one
elderly women fell on the front bonnet of the car while
trying to get a close glimpse of Chiranjeevi and refused
to leave. The situation is so tensed that even Chiranjeevi
could not step out of the car to meet that lady, because
the entire mob would surround him and it would delay their
presence at cricket match. Tendulkar seems to have given
a compliment to Chiranjeevi that he is seeing such a lovable
and hardcore fan following for any star for the first time.
remark on anchors
Its becoming a pain to attend the audio functions in film
industry because of the blabbering anchors do on the stage.
That blabbering went to the new heights in the audio function
of 'Backpocket' because of a couple of women anchors. When
invited by them to the stage, Tammareddy said that in the
earlier days guests who were invited for the function used
to blabber a lot, hence they introduced the anchors so that
they take care of boring blabbering conduct the function
the way it is meant to be. And now a days, the anchors bore
audience in such a way that the crowds would be waiting
for the minute when the function is going to end. After
Tammareddy's smirk, the anchors quickened their pace and
completed the function quickly.
film inspired by Hindi flick Barsat
It is reliably learnt that the basic storyline of Prabhas
film in the direction of B Gopal is inspired by Hindi flick
Barsat starring Bobby Deol and Twinkle Khanna (a
debut film for both of these stars). Like Barsat,
this film too has forest backdrop. Prabhas and Arti Agarwal
are playing the roles of Bobby Deol and Twinkle Khanna.
We have to wait and see if this gossip - that is making
rounds in Film Nagar - is true or not.
film by KRR
K Raghavendra Rao who introduced his son Surya Prakash through
Usha Kiron Movies last year with 'Neetho' film has decided
to produce his son's 2nd film. This film is going to be
a Hinglish (English + Hindi or Telugu) film titled Morning
Raaga. Mahesh Dattani - of Bangalore - would be directing
this flick. Shabana Azmi and Perizad Zorabian (Bollywood
Calling fame) are playing other important characters. Shooting
of this film would take place in and around Rajahmundry
Laden inspired Aithe
While speaking to idlebrain.com, Chandra Sekhar Yeleti -
director Aithe film - said that it was Bin Laden who inspired
him to make 'Aithe'. When America was attacked on 11 September
2001, the USA government put millions of dollars as prize
money on the head of Bin Laden. We have the bad guys kidnapping
good guys and asking for ransom. How about the good guys
kidnapping bad guys and asking for prize money from government?
This idea has lead to the basic story conceptualization
of 'Aithe'. The basic story of Aithe is all about how a
few needy youngsters kidnap a bad guy and ask police for
the prize money.
time for NTR
NTR is having fun now a days as he has only one film under
production. 15 days would be spent for shooting of 'Andhrawala'
and remaining 15 days for story sittings and fun. He is
moving around with his youth hero friends like Tarun and
Uday Kiran in his free time. NTR has become more cautious
in selecting storylines and is making sure that his future
films would satisfy the skyrocketed expectations created
by his latest blockbuster Simhadri. It is also reliably
learnt that his next film 'Samba' might be starting on 28th
Prada in troubled waters
Jaya Prada seems to be going through rough weather. Recently
her husband Srikanth Nahata underwent a liver transplant
operation in Chennai. 2 days later the donor expired, which
circulated controversial rumors spreading around. She owns
the Jaya Prada theater in Chennai and she purchased two
of the latest bloopers - Johnny and Palnati Brahmanaidu
- at an exorbitant price and lost quite a bit of money.
She is not in good books of Chandra Babu Naidu either. Its
also rumored that she is planning to join Congress for better
mileage in politics. But she has her arch-rival Renuka Chowdary
sitting pretty on the top of women's wing in Congress. We
need to wait and watch the fun!
flops and Telugu hits
The talk of Boys in Tamil film industry is not encouraging
as the trade pundits out there written it off as a flop.
But in Telugu, this film is doing really well. Same is the
case with Vasantham as well. The Tamil version 'Priyamaana
Thozi' (Madhavan, Jyothika & Sreedevi) has bit the dust
as Telugu version 'Vasantham' went on to become a big hit.
Shankar and Vikraman - the Tamil directors - directed these
films. There is another bilingual film 'Naani' starring
Mahesh and Amisha Patel that's coming up. Tamil film director
SJ Suryah is directing this film. We need to wait and watch
if this trend gets extended to Naani as well.
Here is one example of how embarrassing it would be if you
have a suggestive title for your film. Director SV Krishna
happened to be the guest of the audio function of 'Neetho
Vasta'. In that function the MD of Surya music said the
following thing innocuously - SV Krishna Reddy pellam
voorelithe memantha maa studio lo recording chesukunnamu'
(we recorded music when SV Krishna Reddy's wife went to
some town). There was continuous giggling for next 5 minutes
in the venue of Taj Residency. This is one of the side effects
when you have suggestive titles. And guess what? Title of
SV Krishna Reddy's next film is 'Pellamtho Panenti?'. Its
better for SV Krishna Reddy to stop 'pellam' titles before
somebody comments something like 'SV Krishna Reddy Pellamtho
panenti?'. We guess he got wiser by now, title of his film
with Jagapati Babu is 'Athade Oka Sainyam'.
costs a crore
An expense of Rs. 1 crore for running nude in a public place!
Interesting? Its true! There is a scene in 'Boys' film in
which hero Siddardh disrobes his cloths and runs naked in
a public road to impress the heroine Genelia. The producer,
AM Ratnam hired the Mount Road - the busiest road in Chennai
-between 2 am to 6 am for 15 days and he hired thousands
of junior artists and hundreds of vehicles to simulate the
real effect. All this exercise cost the producer one crore.
This is what happens if one tries to streak on public road
instead of Australian cricket grounds.
inspired by a porn flick
A Malayalam director was watching a porn flick one night
and suddenly he got an idea. He called up his assistants
and asked them to have a closer look at what was going on
the screen. The assistants could not see anything special
except for the filth that is shown in porn flick. The next
day the director had to shoot an interrogation scene with
a Malayalam superstar. He recollected that porn flick and
used those camera angles in the interrogation scenes. The
film was released and it became a big hit. And the camera
work for those particular interrogation scenes were appreciated
because of the unusual camera 'angles' applied. Only the
director knows the real secret of it!
When a film was released the other day, we noticed a couple
of young directors discussing about something outside Sathyam
theater in Ameerpet. We heard some passers-by commenting
that '7 crores are speaking' (Yedu kotlu matladukuntunnai).
Incidentally those two directors made their directorial
debut on the same day in the last month and their films
bit the dust and the combined budget for those two films
was 7 crores. Costly directors! Is it not?
A for Apple, B for Bat
. V for Vishnu.
This is the gist of the trailer followed by everybody showing
V sign to a guy walking all over. This is the content of
the second trailer of Vishnu that is being aired since 25th
August onwards. The sign of V for Vishnu seems to have caught
up with the crowds already. When Vishnu was traveling in
his sleek black Sonata car (Numbered 1), he found a middle
aged lady traveling in a maruti car showing him the sign
of V. This happened just 4 hours after the trailers were
put on air. Manchu Vishnu Vardhan Babu seems to be getting
everything right as the audio release date is approaching.
Mohan Babu who is known for his rich musical taste made
sure that best of the songs were scored for Vishnu by the
Devdas music director Ismail Durbar. Audio of this film
would be released on 29th of August at Annapurna Studios.
The film is tentatively slated for 28th September release.
craze all over
Shankar's sixth film 'Boys's is having tremendous craze
all over that makes even the biggest hero feel jealous about.
The advance booking for all the theaters are closed for
the first three days after release. The record at Prasad's
multiplex is that the tickets for 3 days (fri, sat, sun)
were sold in just 2 hours. We have to wait and see if Shankar
satisfies the hungry crowds with his film Boys or not on
29th of August.
S for Super Cop
Do you know about two striking similarities among the films
Simhachalam (Srihari), Seetayya (Hari Krishna), Shivamani
(Nagarjuna) and Swamy (Bala Krishna)? All these films start
with the letter S. And hero in these 4 films is a super
cop! We have two of these films already released. When we
get 4 films dealing with the similar subject, there is a
probability getting few scenes and episodes repeated in
the films. We already have the same scene of super cop shifting
the police station where the villain gets a throughly roughed
up repeated in films of Simhachalam and Seetayya. Nagarjuna's
Shivamani is releasing for Vajaya Dasami 2003 and Balakrishna's
Swamy is releasing for Sankranthi 2004.
Vs MAA cold war
If you think we are referring to the director Teja and Movie
Artists Association (MAA) in this gossip item, you are mistaken.
We are talking about two Telugu TV channels Teja and MAA.
This cold war is regarding the cricket match that is going
to take place between the telugu film celebrities and cricket
stars on 7th of September 2003. MAA TV grabbed the telecast
rights. As MAA TV is airing the promotions of Sachin and
Chiranjeevi expressing their pleasure working together,
Teja TV news bulletin concentrated more on showing the protests
made by Vijayawada citizens for losing the opportunity to
host the cricket match.
AM Ratnam - the producer of BOYS film - has come up with
an innovative trailer that elucidates the experiencing the
film on a pirated VHS tape and watching the same film on
a big 70mm screen with DTS effect. The trailer starts with
a small window that shows the Boys song in a mutilated format.
After sometime, the screen gets bigger and the trailer is
shown in the full view with crystal clear quality and precise
sound effect. Then the moviemaker asks the audience which
way they prefer watching the film! The film Boys would be
releasing on 29th August 2003 in various languages of South
to shake a leg with NTR
Namitha is one of the most ardent fans of NTR for his histrionics
and dancing capabilities. And its been her long cherished
wish of dancing with NTR. Though she did not get an opportunity
to dance with him on the screen, she would be shaking her
leg with NTR in the 50 days functions to be celebrated to
Dubai and Kuwait on 4th and 5th of September respectively.
She is looking forward to dance to the song 'Cheekulu' song
from Simhadri along with NTR in that 50 days function!!
A famous TV anchor - who was in the news recently for a
few allegations that she was kidnapped - is found in USA.
She has recently gone to USA to participate in live shows
and has not returned back since then. One wonders what she
is doing out there leaving her regular profession of anchoring
raid on a director
It is reliably learnt that Income Tax department has raided
a director turned producer a couple of weeks back. He is
producing and directing a high profile mass film currently!
cost a bomb
You must have watched the presence of blondes in the recent
Telugu films because script needs it. For example, a part
of Santosham's foreign indoor shoot was held in India. For
shoots like that they needed blondes as props to have nativity.
Do you know how much a blonde charges for a shoot in India
(though they act as mere props and junior artists)? They
do charge Rs. 2500/- per head per day (and most of them
need to be called from Bangalore city). All they have to
do is to sit in the background and feign as if they are
sipping coffee or walking around. If a Telugu junior artist
does the same, all he/she gets paid for is just Rs 250/-
to Rs 300/- per day. Blonds does cost a bomb. Is it not?
up my bank account says an actor
Abhi - the guy who is scared of the imposition given by
his pop in 'Aithe' film - is portraying the character of
a sophisticated rich youngster in Sravanthi Arts banner
film. One fine day, he met Sravanthi Ravi Kishore and casually
asked that 'Sir, I am not getting the feel of being a rich
youngster. Why don't you put in some money in my bank account
so that I really feel that I am a rich guy'. The producer
Sravanthi Ravi Kishore is at a loss of words for some time
though it's a small prank played by Abhi!
lost 3 crores in Nijam
Teja has arranged a pressmeet today to clarify the controversial
statement he has given which projected the leaders of APFIEF
as drunkards. While speaking to press on that occasion,
he said that he is conducting interviews for the cast of
'Jai' film. He also said that he is arranging food and other
amenities to the aspirants. He questioned the press to show
any other person in industry who cares for the people. Then
a scribe asked him, if the film becomes a hit he would get
benefited by a big margin and the money he is spending for
interviews and other amenities would be of no value compared
to the profits Teja get. Then Teja shot back in a humorous
way by saying that who says that I am making profits in
the film. 'Nijam ki moodu kotla bokka' (I lost 3
crores in Nijam). Looks like Teja has finally admitted in
press that Nijam is a loss making venture for Teja.
hubby acts in Naani
Sanjay Swaroop - the executive producer of Mahesh Babu's
starrer Naani and also the husband of Mahesh Babu's sister
Manjula - is making his debut as an actor with the film
Naani. He is playing the father of the hero character in
this film. Devyani is paired up with him in Naani. Click
on this photo to see it yourself.
There are three heroines in Telugu film industry who are
conveniently ignoring their past and pretending themselves
to be fresh and debut heroines. These heroines are
The actress who was involved in a row with Mohan Babu recently
claims that she is a debut heroine in Telugu. But it's a
fact that she made her debut in Telugu with a C grade film
titled 'Bejawada Police Station' by pairing opposite Keshav
(a non-entity). Photo gallery: Bejawada
The actress who is pretending that she is making debut through
Aditya Birla's maiden venture 'Tapana' has acted in a forgettable
Telugu film called Ramana, directed by Sivanageswara Rao.
Photo gallery: Ramana
She is acting with Srikanth in GSK Arts film currently.
But she made her debut through a flop film called 'Nee thone
vuntaanu', which is directed by Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao.
This 'Nee thone vuntanu' is a free-make of Hollywood flick
'Return to me'. Photo gallery: Nee
is hit back
Teja has accused
the leaders of APFIEF as drunkards in the meeting held
yesterday. Today the leaders of APFIEF branded Teja as the
maverick director who beats up his actors. They also said
that Teja paid the penalty for his acts two times. They
produced a bounced check given by Teja to association when
he paid penalty in one of those occasions.
loses Nagarjuna's film
Whenever RP Patnaik visits west, he loses a project. When
he visited Canada last year, he lost the project of Nagarjuna's
Manmadhudu to Devi Sri Prasad as he was not available for
recording at that time. This time he went to USA for live
concerts and made himself unavailable for the music sittings
of Nagarjuna's film in the direction of VN Aditya. Now he
is replaced by music director MM Keeravani.
centers used as fill-up centers for records
The frenzy of records and number of centers is on. And the
producers set a target for the same. Simhadri's producer
aimed at 200 centers in 25 days and he added lots of centers
from USA to fill up the slots. Likewise, the producer of
Vasantham aimed at 171 centers for 35 days list. And he
added 18 centers from USA as 35 days centers that included
cities like Fremont, Boston, Atlanta, New York, Milwaukee,
Houston, Louisiana, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Portland,
Seattle, Columbus, Austin, Bloomington Cincinnati, Louisville
- the in thing
An old movie promotional tool called 'Istagosti' is brought
back in to the limelight recently. It all started with Kabirdas
film. There are many cultural organizations in the city
and they take the initiative and conduct a 'istagosti' where
learned people say good things about the movie praising
the cast and crew. The same program would be telecasted
as a 30-minute capsule in all TV channels. With in a week
after Kabirdas's Istagosti, a cultural organization named
'Abhinandana' organized another 'istagosti' to appreciate
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