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SAMANTHA

to take

wedding break R

ecently Akkineni Naga Chaitanya has announced that he is going to tie the knot with Samantha in October. Now Gorgeous diva Samantha has also informed the media that she will take wedding break and will not do any work from September to October. She has already wrapped up the shoot of her part from the upcoming horror comedy movie ‘Raju Gari Gadhi 2’ in which Nagarjuna is essaying the role of mentalist and Samantha as ghost. Currently she is romancing with Ram Charan in #RC11 under the direction of Sukumar and will be next seen in upcoming movie ‘Mahanati’ , based on the biopic of Legendary actress Savithri. She has also couple of Tamil movies in her bag. If any case the actress is not able to wrap up the shoot of her projects before September, she will complete these projects post wedding. On the other-side, she has also clarified that after the marriage, she will continue doing movies.


“WE MUST LET GO OF THE LIFE WE HAVE PLANNED, SO AS TO ACCEPT THE ONE THAT IS WAITING FOR US.” Murali Mohan Ravi

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Sai Dharam’s

next with

KARUNAKARAN

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oung actor Sai Dharam Tej is said to be teaming up with romantic genre specialist Karunakaran for the upcoming project. It is heard that Sai Dharam is very impressed with the story line and has given nod. The sources say, “The upcoming film is a love story laced with humour and action. The basic theme of the movie is that love always wins if the lovers are ready to do anything for their love". The official confirmation is awaited regarding this

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project. Earlier Karunakaran was supposed to do direct a movie for Ram but the actor preferred Kishore Tirumala of 'Nenu Sailaja' fame. It is not yet clear whether Sai Dharam has been offered the same story that Ram Pothineni was supposed to do. On the otherside, currently Sai Dharam Tej is busy in the shoot of ‘Jawaan’, directed by BVS Ravi in which Mehreen Kaur Phirzada is playing the female lead role. He is also waiting for the release of multistarrer movie Nakshatram, directed by Krishna Vamsi.


BAAHUBALI 2

HAS NOT BROKEN

any record S

S Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali: The conclusion’ which has broken every box office record and stood at the first place at the Indian box office, does not impress the director Anil Sharma. Currently Anil Sharma is making a movie ‘Genius’ for his son Utkarsh, which would also be Utkarsh’s debut as hero. At the grand mahurat ceremony of his son’s movie, he spoke about Baahubali to the media. In 2001, he directed ‘Gadar:Ek Prem Katha’ starring Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel. During the media interaction Anil said, his movie Gadar earned Rs 265 Cr in 2001 which today would be Rs 5,000 Cr. On the other-side, Baahubali has collected Rs 1500 Cr till date. So how has Baahubali 2 broken any records? He added, “It is just a matter of time. There was a time when Gadar was released and done the business of Rs 265 cr which as per today’s calculation is Rs 5,000 Cr and the ticket rates were Rs 25 only. Baahubali has just reached some Rs 1,500 Cr, so no record has been broken.” He further said, if the content of the movie is good, record would be broken and as far as Baahubali:The Conclusion is concerned, it has not yet set any record.

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RAJINI & PAWAN:

2 SOUTHERN

STARS SET OFF

POLITICAL RIPPLES

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wo Popular personalities of South Indian Film Industry- Superstar Rajinikanth and Power Star Pawan Kalyan have set off ripples in political circles. Jane Sena President Pawan has already announced that he will contest the election from Anantapur in 2019 Assembly elections. On the other-side, Rajinikanth, the demi god of Tamil Cinema, has been dropping hints about the possible entry into the politics. The speculation is that Rajinikanth has decided to enter politics, apparently driven by the political vacuum following the demise of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. If Rajini takes political plunge, it would be game changer in Tamil Nadu. According to latest report, Rajinikanth is planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Recently the actor has wrapped up his five day interaction with his fans in Chennai where he spoke about the need to change the rotten system an asserted his Tamil identity. Film Industry has been inexorably linked to politics in Tamil Nadu. In past MGR and Jayalaithaa had dominated the state politics. Similarity AP politics has been also linked to celluloid glamour. Legendary late NT Rama Rao strode film industry and politics like a colossus. After his death many celebrities from the film industry tried their luck in politics but could not succeed. Megastar Chiranjeevi founded Praja Rajyam in 2009 later merged with Congress and became a Rajya Sabha Member. Chiru’s brother Pawan, is all set to test his political fortunes. He has announced that his party will contest the 2019 assembly elections in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

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Chiranjeevi

visits

Rajamouli’s

HOME

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arlier during the shoot of Baahubali 2, SS Rajamouli and Prabhas paid a surprise visit to the sets of megastar Chiranjeevi's movie Khaidi No 150 in October 2017. Now after the release of Baahubali 2, Megastar has given shock to Baahubali film maker as he visited to Rajamouli's home. Baahubali:The Conclusion brought the pride and recognition for Telugu Cinema worldwide and opened the door of International market for regional cinema. The sources say that Rajamouli was in pleasant surprise when Chiranjeevi landed at his home. The Khaidi actor spent some quality time with director and congratulated him for the successful venture. It is heard that Chiru is very impressed with Rajamouli’s work and after watching Baahubali 2 , he suggested to the team of his writers to make few changes in the script of his upcoming flick 'Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy'. Earlier Rajamouli has worked as a director of Chiru’s son Ram Charan starrer Magadheera and Megastar also made his screen presence in the song `Bangaru Kodipita'. Recently he has also lauded Rajamouli and the entire team of Baahubali by saying that 'Baahubali is an outstanding film. Rajamouli deserves all the accolades for creating a wonder like Baahubali. Hats off to the creator for letting Telugu Cinema grow by leaps and bounds.

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Helicopter

chase in

Balayya film

I

t is known that Nandamuri Balakrishna is busy in the shoot of his ongoing untitled action entertainer drama #NBK101 under the direction of Puri Jagannadh. Currently the movie is progressing in Portugal. According to the makers, they will can couple of songs and few crucial scenes in this 40 days long schedule. In the movies there are some compelling action sequences which can send an adrenaline rush into our spines and Helicopter chase sequence is one amongst those action sequences. The sources close to the team say that the makers are going to shot an action sequence that will feature racy helicopter chase, in which Balayya will participate. It is will be one of the major highlight of the movie. Hot babe Shriya Saran is playing lady love of Balakrishna who will be seen as a mafia don and newbie Muskaan will be seen in the crucial role. It is being bankrolled by Anand Prasad under the banner of Bhavya Creations and the scheduled to hit the theaters on the occasion of Dussehra.

AR Rahman comments on

Baahubali 2 A

cademy-award winning music composer AR Rahman is set to score the music for upcoming big budget movie ‘Sangamithra’ starring Shruti Haasan, Jayam Ravi and Arya. The entire team of Sangamithra attended the Cannes Film Festival, where their upcoming mega-budget film Sangamithra was launched.

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When Rahman was asked about the effect of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2’s success in the Indian film industry, the world renowned musician made a very interesting observation. He said, “Baahubali is not the first movie that was made on the big scale but it was the first movie that worked so well. Earlier Sekhar Kapoor wanted to make Paani but the things did not materialize. Kochadaiyaan could have been a huge blockbuster, but the animation and CG went wrong. So it is not like Baahubali was the first one, there were many attempts in Indian film Industry but they were failed attempts. The Baahubali team was very lucky and they also worked hard for it." A R Rahman is also making his debut as a director with the world’s first virtual-reality multi-sensory episodic feature film, Le Musk starring Nora Arnezeder, Munirih Grace, Guy Burnet and Mariam Zohrabyan.


VISHWANATH ARIGELA to direct

T

he young, energetic and talented actor Aadi who is currently busy in the shoot of Sriram Aditya's movie Shamanthakamani starring Sundeep Kishan, Sudheer Babu, Nara Rohith, and Rajendra Prasad, has bagged yet another crazy project. According to the latest update, he has been roped in the upcoming untitled movie under the direction of Vishwanath Arigela, which will be produced by USA Charan Tej Uppalapati and Vijaya Lakshmi under the banner of US Productions and Vijaya

Aadi

Lakshmi Entertainments. Cinematographer Dasaradhi Sivendra of ‘Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam’ and ‘Solo’ fame is on the board and Oscar award winning music composer AR Rahman will render the tune. The film is going to be launched in the second week of the June whereas the regular shoot will be commenced from third week of June. U-Turn fame Kannada beauty Shraddha Srinath is set to play the love interest of Aadi. The remaining details about its cast and crew will be announced very soon.

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A N U S H K A

V I S I T S

BAPPANADU

TEMPLE G

orgeous diva Anushka Shetty who is basking in the glory of successful movie ‘Baahubali 2’ visited Bappanadu Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple at Mulky to offer prayers on 19th May, Friday. Clad in a simple salwar-kameez, she was spotted along with her mother Prafula Shetty and brother Gunaranjan Shetty. After prayers and rituals, she was honoured by the temple administration. Temple priest, Muttappa Rai, temple chief N Yogeshwar, and member Krishnamurthy were present during her visit. The actress who belongs to Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district, had visited Sri Mookambika temple at Kollur. The sources say that from past few months, the actress was reportedly postponing her visit to the temple but now she stole the time from her busy schedule and visited the temple. Her visit was covered by number of media persons and was witnesses by a huge crowd. After the temple visit, she went back to Bangalore and she is expected to re-join the set of upcoming venture ‘Bhagmati’ , directed by Pilla Zamindar fame G. Ashok, soon.

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MAHABHARATA R TO FLAG OFF IN

ABU DHABI

S

tylish star Allu Arjun who is looking forward to the release of his upcoming most awaited movie 'Duvvada Jagannatham', has already joined hands with Vakkantam Vamsi for his next project. Vakkantham Vamsi who has written screenplays for blockbusters movies like Temper and Kick, is making his directorial debut with this venture, titled as 'Na Peru Surya Na Illu India'. The movie will be officially launched on 7th April and the regular shoot will be commenced from June. Kannada actress Rashmika Mandanna is on the board to play the female lead. The makers are targeting to

ecently a multilingual film ‘Mahabharata’ in which Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal will play the lead role, was announced. It is touted to be India’s most expensive film till date and will be made with the lavish budget of whooping Rs 1,000 Cr. Ever Since, Mohanlal announced the project, the movie lovers were eagerly waiting with the question when the film will go on the floor? Clarifying all the rumours on the project, the business tycoon BR Shetty who has taken the responsibility to bankroll this saga, has confirmed the project and said that the regular shoot will be flag off in Abu Dhabi next year. The mythological drama is directed by VA Shrikumar and based on legendary writer MT Vasudevan Nair’s epic novel 'Randamoozham'. On the other-side, currently Mohanlal is busy in his ongoing projects ‘Villain’, directed by B. Unnikrishnan and ‘Velipadinte Pustakam’ under the direction of Lal Jose.

ALLU ARJUN IN

SANKRANTHI RACE

release the movie on the occasion of Sankranthi 2018. It will be produced by noted producer Sridhar Lagadapati and Bunny Vas whereas Naga Babu will present the film. Apart from Vakkantam Vamsi, Tamil director Lingusamy has also signed Bunny for his upcoming project.

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RANA & VENKY IN

Rajiv Gandhi murder

drama?

A

fter the successful venture of Sankalp Reddy’s Ghazi, Tollywood macho star Rana Daggubati is set to act in another periodic film based on the real life incident. According to the latest report, Rana has been approached to play the lead role in the upcoming movie based on Rajiv Gandhi assassination and he will be seen playing CBI chief DR Karthikeyan who lead the special investigation team that probed into the killing of Rajiv Gandhi. The big budget drama will be helmed by Kannada Film maker AMR Ramesh. Recently Rana and Victory Venkatesh met former CBI Chief in a five star hotel as a part of research on the role. It is not yet clear whether Venkatesh is the part of this venture or not. Let’s wait for official confirmation. Actor Ravi Kale will play the crucial role in this political saga. More details about the project will be out very soon

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CHIRANJEEVI SPEAKS ABOUT UYYALAWADA

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t is known that Megastar Chiranjeevi will be next seen in the biopic of a great freedom fighter 'Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy' who fought the British even before the 1857 revolt known as Indian Rebellion of 1857. It is going to be a big budget movie and will be made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. Recently during an media interaction, Megastar spoke about this upcoming project. He said, 'Uyyalavada Narasimha Reddy' will be made with good technical values involving high end visual effects. Huge sets are being erected for the shoot. He also clarified that a team of writers are working on the script and the movie will be released next summer. Rajeevan who has worked for several hit movies like Nenokkadine and Manam, is the production designer. Ravi Varman who has worked for Tamil and Hindi movies like 'Dasavatharam', 'Barfi' and 'Ram Leela', is on the board to handle the Camera work. Chiru expressed the confidence that the story has a potential to strike a chord with pan Indian audiences that is the main reason they are planning to make it in other languages ( Tamil and Hindi). The movie will be directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan. The name of few Bollywood actresses are being considered to play the female lead role but no one is yet finalized. The makers are planning to launch the movie in August.

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CHARAN- MANI RATNAM

FILM TITLED YODHA?

E

arlier there was a rumour that Mega actor Ram Charan has dropped the idea to act in Mani Ratnam’s film because Ratnam’s latest offering Cheliya starring Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari was bombed at the box office. Now according to the latest update, the project is on and will go on the floor when Charan wraps up the shoot of his ongoing project #RC11 under the direction of Sukumar. It is heard that recently Mani Ratnam met Charan and gave a narration of the script. Dhruva star is very happy with the narration and the title Yodha is being considered for this upcoming project. Dhruva Villain Aravind Swamy will also share the screen space with Ram Charan in this bilingual Tamil-Telugu movie. The film’s shoot is likely to start from August. On the other side, Aravind Swamy has also a lot of projects in the pipeline but he will make time for this film considering his close association with Mani Ratnam. He will play a very crucial role, something which the director has specially written for him, say sources.

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RANA TO PLAY BHEEMA

in Kurukshetra A

fter receiving lot of applause for his portrayal of Bhallaladeva in SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali 2, Tollywood hot chunk Rana Daggubati is set to play the role of Bheema in the upcoming Kannada movie ‘Kurukshetra’. According to the latest update, director Naganna and film producer & MLA Munirathna are in the process of selecting the cast and crew for their upcoming Kannada project, which has been titled Kurukshetra. The makers have already finalized Kannada actor Darshan for the role of Duryodhana and they want to rope Rana to play mighty Bheema in the ambitious Kannada film. The talk has been initiated. Munirathna said, “We are currently in talks with Rana. Kurukshetra will have huge star cast and will be heavy on the VFX. We are already in the discussion with a couple of international special effects studios.” Writer JK Bharavi has penned the script for this drama and it is inspired from rich Kannada literature, including Gadayuddha, written by the greatest Kannada poets Ranna. The movie will be officially launched on 23rd July in Bengaluru and the makers are targeting to release it in January 2018.

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SAMANTHA MOBBED BY FANS IN TIRUMALA G

orgeous diva Samantha Ruth Prabhu visited the holy shrine of Lord Venkateswara Swamy temple at Tirumala recently and offered the prayers. She had darshan of Lord Venkateshwara during the VIP recess time. The temple authorities welcomed her and made all the necessary arrangement for her offerings. As soon as the public knew that Samantha had arrived in the area, they rushed towards her and started to click her photographs, few also tried to get selfie with her. Her presence created sensation as she

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was gathered by huge crowd. She was mobbed by her fans who would not let her go. But she managed to get out safely. It is not the first time when she is mobbed by her fans. The actress has huge fan following and always gets mobbed wherever she goes, her stardom is like the warmth of the sun and there is no doubt everyone wanted to bask in it. On the workside, she will be next seen romancing with Ram Charan in #RC11 under the direction of Sukumar and she is also sharing the screen space with her would be father-in-law Akkineni Nagarjuna in horror comedy movie ‘Raju Gari Gadhi 2’.


KRISH'KANGANA'S

MANIKARNIKA

IN LEGAL TROUBLE

N

ational award winning director Krish who lunched recently his Bollywood film ‘Manikarnika:The Queen of Jhansi’ starring Kangana Ranaut, has landed in a legal tangle now. Director Keten Mehta has sent a legal notice to Queen star for 'hijacking' one of his most ambitious film project, Rani of Jhansi: The Warrior Queen. The sources close to Ketan Mehta has said that he had spent around ten years researching for this historic project. During the media interaction Ketan said, ‘ It is regarding my project called Rani of Jhansi: The Warrior Queen. In 2015, I approached Kangana for this biopic and she gave her nod. I shared all the research material and several drafts of

the script with Kangana and she was actively participating. But I never thought that she would hijack my project and rope another director to helm this drama.” Queen actress Kangana is yet to respond to the legal notice. We will have to wait and watch what Krish has to say about it and if this film will really happen.

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RS 350 CR DEAL

FOR PRABHAS'S SAAHO

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rabhas starrer Baahubali 2 has breached the Rs 1,500 Cr Worldwide gross milestone at the end of its three week theatrical run. After delivering Baahubali:The Beginning and Baahubali:The Conclusion, Prabhas has become popular globally. Though the young rebel star worked with Jakkanna and many more star directors in the past, never he was seen like this before. He will be next seen in Run Raja Run fame Sujeeth’s directorial venture Saaho which will be made on the budget of Rs 150 Cr and will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam. According to the latest update, a leading Bollywood production house is said to have approached UV Creations and offered Rs 350+ Cr to bag the theatrical rights of Saaho for Indian market. If the deal gets finalized, the producers of Saaho will be getting Rs 200 profits on Indian theatrical rights alone and they would also get huge money from overseas territories. UV Creation is yet to accept the proposal, sources say.

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T

he first look posters of Young tiger Jr NTR’s much awaited movie 'Jai Lava Kusa' is finally out. In the movie, Tarak is playing three different roles and sports different looks. Not only one, two poster has been released on the occasion of Tarak's birthday. In this new posters, the actors seem like a popular leader who is present during a festival. The presence of Ravana in the background of the poster caught the attention of everyone and the movie lovers are very curious about it. In one poster, he’s all about the swag and in the second poster, Tarak

appears to be in chain. Interestingly, there is not much difference in the physical appearance in his posters. Are they of the same character? The posters look promising and are getting positive responses from the netizens. Jai Lava Kusa is being helmed by KS Ravindra alias Bobby and produced by Nandamuri Kalyanram under the banner of NTR Arts and the music is scored by Devi Sri Prasad. Renowned Telugu cameraman Chota K Naidu has been roped recently to handle the cinematography. Two actresses Rashi Khanna and Niveda Thomas are playing the female lead. The movie is set to hit the theaters on 1st September.

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First LooK:

IN JAI LAVA KUSA


Anushka:

Prabhas

IS SEXIER THAN

RANA

S

S Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 will be remembered for several things, be it the characters or its enchanting visuals. But one of the most interesting aspects of the film is the romance between Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas) and Devasena (Anushka). Recently Anushka attended an interview and reveled that Prabhas is more sexy than Rana Daggubati. The video clip, which was shared by Anushka’s fan page, has gone viral on the social media and grabbing the attention of everyone. Anushka was asked by the anchor that who is more sexier, Prabhas or Rana?. Without taking any second thought, she replied, it is Prabhas and also mentioned that Rana is like a brother. Anushka’s reply did not quite leave many surprised considering rumours of Prabhas and Anushka being “more than friends”. Both Prabhas and Anushka pushed their marriages for the sake of Baahubali. There is gossiping going in the media that they are in relationship and will be getting married soon. Prabhas and Anushka are one of the most loved and successful onscreen pairs in Tollywood. Earlier they have worked together for Billa and Mirchi.


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Raai Laxmi redefined

hotness R

aai Laxmi aka Lakshmi Rai, who is eagerly waiting for the release of her Bollywood movie ‘Julie 2’ is currently enjoying holidays and giving us some serious vacation goals. She shared a photograph of her on her Instagram to delight her fans and captioned it, “#sunkissed #beach #Tan#waterbaby #loveit.” The actress wore two pieces bikini and covered her hot body with white top but flashes her sexy milky toned legs. Raai loves the sun, sand, waves and the water. She looks absolutely

sizzling, doesn’t she? Neeku Naaku actress has amazed us with her quirky and sexy photograph. Her hot new avatar is a treat for sore eyes. She believes that everything looks good on a person as long as one is comfortable in it. She was last seen in Tamil movie ‘Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva’ starring Raghava Lawrence in which she made her special appearance in the "Hara Hara Mahadevaki" song. Recently she has signed bilingual Telugu-Tamil Untitled Mithraj Jawahar project.

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RAO RAMESH WALKS OUT OF A

CHARAN FILM

ccording to the latest update, actor Rao Ramesh has been walked out from Ram Charan’s upcoming untitled movie #RC11, being helmed by Sukumar. The reason behind it is the differences between director Sukumar and actor Rao Ramesh. Finally the makers have brought versatile actor Prakash Raj on the board and he is going to essay the role of Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s father in this venture, based on rural backdrop. The sources say that Rao Ramesh was not happy with the attitude of Sukumar. When Sukumar asked Rao Ramesh for the better emotion for one particular scene, the actor lost his control and walked away from the set. Later the makers approached Prakash Raj to play Rao Ramesh’s role and he immediately gave nod. Sukumar and Prakash Raj are very close together and shares good rapport. So the actor became ready to adjust his call sheet. Now the team is planning to re-shoot the scenes which was earlier shot on Rao Ramesh. It is not the first time when Charan’s movie is facing such type of replacement. Earlier during the shoot of Krishna Vamsi’s directorial venture Govindudu Andarivadele, actor Raj Kiran was replaced by Prakash Raj.

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KISHORE AS MENACING GEORGE IN GARUDA VEGA

T

he entire shoot of upcoming action entertainer drama ‘PSV Garuda Vega 126.18M’ starring Rajasekhar has been wrapped up and the post production work is going on in full swing. It is directed by Guntur Talkies fame Praveen Sattaru, produced by M Koteswara Raju on Jyostar Enterprises and presented by Shivani Shivathmika Movies. The makers have started the promotional activities, they have released a character poster and revealed something interesting about Kishor’s character who is playing George. He is evil personified in this stylist entertainer. Devious, deceptive and deadly,

George is physically imperfect, but mentally sharp. A perfect kill machine with no empathy, an avaricious predator and, finally, the ultimate, unapologetic villain. Earlier Kishor has acted in 'Kabali' and 'Cheekati Rajyam' but his character in Garuda Vega will be on a par with that of greatest on-screen villains like Mr. India's Mogambo (Amresh Puri) and Sholay's Gabbar Singh (Amzad Khan). Rajasekhar is playing NIA( National Investigation Agency) officer and the major part of the movie was majorly shot in Georgia. Viswaroopam fame Pooja Kumar is playing female lead whereas Shraddha Das will be seen in crucial role. Seductive actress Sunny Leone is shaking legs in special song.

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Boyapati script for

Chiranjeevi

M

egastar Chiranjeevi has made his strong comeback with Khaidi No 150 which was

turned out blockbuster at the box office and he will be next seen playing a freedom fighter in the upcoming prestigious historical biopic Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. Chiru’s 151st project will be helmed by Dhruva fame Surender Reddy and bankrolled by Ram Charan under the banner of Konidela Production. According to the latest buzz, Megastar is going to collaborate with Boyapati Sinu for his 152 project and it will be bankrolled by Mega producer Allu Aravind. The movie will go on the floor next year. It is heard that Boyapati who is popular for mass masala movies, is currently working on the script for Chiru and sources say that he has come up with a never seen before mass role for Chiranjeevi. On the other-side, currently Boyapati is busy in his ongoing project starring Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Rakul Preet Singh and Pragya Jaiswal.

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ctor Nikhil Siddhartha is a versatile actor and he is popular for selecting variety of roles for his upcoming ventures. According to the latest buzz, Nikhil has hiked his remuneration. The actor will be next seen in remake of Kannada blockbuster movie Kirik Party, followed by another Tamil remake Ganitam . AK Entertainments has brought the Telugu remake rights of Kannada movie 'Kirik Party' and joined hands with Nikhil Siddhartha, it will be helmed by dance master Raju Sundaram and will be his directorial debut. The sources say AK entertainments producing Kirik Party is paying Rs 2 Cr remuneration for this remake and the Tamil producer who has taken the responsibility to bankroll Ganitam remake, has reportedly offered Rs 3 Cr.

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NTR NOMINATED

FOR KANNADA

FILMFARE

T

here is a good news of Tarak fans! Last year Young Tiger Jr. NTR crooned a song titled ‘Geleya Geleya’ for the Kannada film ‘Chakravyuha’, which was huge hit and stood among the chartbusters in Kannada films. Now NTR's name has been nominated in the Best Singer Category in the upcoming Filmfare South awards for ‘Chakravyuha’ in which Power star Puneeth Rajkumar played the lead

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role and SS Thaman composed the music. The making video and lyrical video of the song also got millions of views. Tarak is a multi-talented actor and after delivering a series of hit movies- Temper, Nannku Prematho, Janatha Garage, he has emerged as one among the highest paid actors in Telugu Film industry. Currently he is shooting for his ongoing movie ‘Jai Lava Kusa’ which is progressing at brisk pace under the direction of KS Ravindra.


SANGAMITHRA

FIRST LOOK:

SHRUTI’S WARRIOR AVATAR

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here is a good news for Superstar Rajinikanth fans. Very soon Ranjini is going to start the shoot of his next movie, also his 161st film where he is set to play real life character of Tamil don Mirza Hazi Mastan. The movie is yet to be titled, but Rajini’s fans named it #Thalivar161. A Tamil-Muslim by birth, Haji Mastan was raised as one among the many siblings in a poor family but dreamt of doing something bigger in life. He was a don and popular as smuggler, films financier and real estate businessman who lived between 1926

and 1994. Hazi Mastan was popular for his wearing white shoes, smoking costly cigarettes and driving white Mercedes. Interestingly the project will be produced by his son-inlaw Dhanush under the banner of Wunderful films. Pa Ranjith which has helmed Rajini’s Kabali, is going to helm this megaphone. The movie is expected to go on the floor very soon. Meanwhile, Rajini fans are waiting for the release of 2.0 directed by Shankar, which is set to hit the theaters next year on the occasion of Republic Day.

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ana Sena President and actor Power star Pawan Kalyan has made a major blunder when he addressed the party representatives from Anantapur in Hyderabad recently. To inspire the attendees, Pawan tried to give an example and it went wrong as he mentioned Einstein as the bulb's inventor.Everyone was shocked after hearing it but none of them came forward to correct the mistake. The students who are studying in I class have the knowledge that Thomas Alva Edison was the inventor of electric bulb not Einstein. It seems

the attendees understood the intention of Pawan behind taking the example so instead of correcting Pawan’s mistake, they were silent but it was not expected that well educated Pawan could do such silly mistake. The haters took it an opportunity and started to troll him on social media platform. Some antifans compared Pawan with MLA Jaleel Khan who believes there is Physics in B.Com. On the other side, Pawan fans defend his favourite actor by sharing an old video in which Pawan spoke about Edison.

PAWAN:

EINSTEIN INVENTED

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irector Sankalp Reddy who received lot of applause for his directorial debut ‘The Ghazi Attack’, India's first war-at-sea film, is working in different theme for his next film with young actor Varun Tej, which will like his debut film, will have lot of graphics.The sources say that upcoming untitled venture is a science fiction drama and currently the director is preparing the script. He is using graphics for this project too and wants to take his own time. Meanwhile, Varun Tej is romancing with Premam beauty Sai Pallavi in Sekhar Kammula’s Fidaa and recently he signed one more movie, to be helmed by debutant director Venky Atluri. Salkalp Reddy’s project will go on the floor when Varun Tej will wrap up the shoot of his these two projects.

VARUN TEJ

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Priyadarshan

TO DIRECT VENKATESH?

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he director, producer, and screenwriter Priyadarshan is planning to make his

scripts from the film makers. Earlier he was in the talk with Krish’s project but it did not go on

comeback to Telugu movies after a long gap. His last directorial venture in Telugu was ‘Nirnayam ‘ in 1991 starring Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amala Akkineni. According to the latest buzz, he is planning to collaborate with Victory Venkatesh for his next project. After delivering successful sport based drama ‘Guru’, Venky is yet to sign a project and he is listening some

the floor due to various reasons. The sources say that Venakatesh liked Priyandarshan’s recently released Malayalam movie ‘Oopam’ and asked him to prepare an impressive script. Recently both film maker and actor met and discussed about the project. If the things will materialize, it will be very interesting to see what kind of project come up from these two.

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ecently it was reported that creative and talented film maker Sukumar is going to make his foray in Kollywood and set to bankroll the remake of ‘100% Love’ starring Milky beauty Tamannah Bhatia and Naga Chaitanya which was released in 2011. The music composer cum actor GV Prakash Kumar is on the board to play the lead role and according to the latest buzz, Tamaannah Bhatia will reprise herself in its Tamil remake. The official confirmation is awaited it. If she gives her nod, it will be very interesting to see her do the same in Tamil. It will be helmed by debutant Chandramouli and Singam fame DOP Dudley will handle the cinematography work. It is heard that the major part of the shoot will take place in London. Currently Tamannah has number of Kollywood movies like Sketch, Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, Pon Ondru Kandein, in her hand.

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BAAHUBALI FAME PRABHAKAR

in Prabhudeva film

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rabhakar who has given shock to the audiences with his wonderful performance as he made his screen presence in the role of Kalakeya, in SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali:The Beginning”, is set to play antagonist in the upcoming Tamil movie ‘Yung Mung Sung”, directed by M.S Arjun, the former assistant to Mundasupatti Ramkumar and Indru Netru Naalai Ravikumar. Recently M.S Arjun interacted with media and spoke up about the project. He said, “Prabhakar is playing villain. I don’t spoil the fun by revealing much about Prabhakar’s character but i can assure you

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that he does not play a typical antagonist. Prabhudeva is playing a Kung Fu master in this action comedy and I am going to shot an action a la the 1980s martial art film. Currently Prabhudeva is undergoing kung fu classes. Very soon we will head to China where he will learn from the real masters.” The directoractor Thangar Bachan is playing Prabhudeva’s father. It is produced by KS Srinivasan and KS Sivaraman for Vasans Visual Ventures banner, the film starring Lakshmi Menon, Munishkanth, RJ Balaji and Chithra Lakshmanan. The music director Amresh and Cinematographer RB Gurudev are part of the technical team.


Huma Qureshi to romance

Rajinikanth

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uma Qureshi (30) has been cast opposite Rajinikanth in his next action-romantic film in which she will play the love interest of 66-year-old actor. The film will be helmed by Kabali fame Pa Ranjith and produced by actor Dhanush under his production house Wunderbar Films. The movie will be made on the budget of Rs 5 Crore and will go on the floor by the end of this month. Earlier the name of various actresses like Vidya Balan and Kajol were making round but Huma Qureshi has been finalized to play the female lead role. The

actress has worked for various movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Dedh Ishqiya, Ek Thi Daayan, and Badlapur. She was last seen in Akshay Kumar starrer Jolly LLB2. After a long gap of 8 years, Rajinikanth interacted with his fans. In Kodambakkam, during the interaction, he said that he would start the shoot for Pa Ranjith’s project from 28th May. After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and seductive actress Radika Apte, now it is the turn of Huma Qureshi to romance with Rajinikanth.

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NANI & NAGARJUNA

MULTISTARRER

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ulti-starrer is the trending concept in Tollywood these days, the biggest one in the recent past being Baahubali 2. Back in the 60s and 70s, there were numerous multi-starrer movies with actors like Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, and many others. The multi-starrer trend is catching up again in Telugu Film Industry. According to the latest buzz, Akkineni Nagarjuna and natural star Nani are going to team up for upcoming project and the official announcement regarding this project will be out very soon. Nag is popular for experimental movies, he is the person who always encourage the newcomers and talented persons in the film industry. A top Telugu producer is said to have finalized this crazy combo. If everything will go accordingly the movie will go on the floor in the beginning of 2018. Currently Nagajuna is busy in upcoming horror comedy movie ‘Raju Gardi Gadhi 2’ starring Seerat Kapoor and Samantha. On the other side, Nani is waiting for the release of Ninnu Kori and very soon he will join the set of Veny Sriram and Dil Raju’s MCA.

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fter delivering successful venture Managaram/Nagaram, actor Sundeep Kishan has become very choosy and taking special care while listening the scripts. According to the reliable sources, the actor has signed his next project, to be helmed by Vamsi Krishna who is popular for delivering successful ventures like ‘Dongata’ and ‘Kittu Unnadu Jagratha’. Vamsi Krishna has announced that the story for this film will be provided by the most happening writer Prasanna Kumar who has penned the story for Avika Gor’s Cinema Choopistha Mava and Natural star Nani’s Nenu Local. Prasanna Kumar is confident and said that like his earlier two movies, he had readied an entertaining love story by keeping Sudeep in mind and it would be produced by Rupesh D Gohil who produced ‘Cinema Choopistha Mava’. On the other side, Currently Sundeep is waiting for the release of 'Nakshatram’ and recently his next upcoming untitled project in the direction of Manjula, the sister of Mahesh Babu was launched.

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NEXT WITH

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Baahubali VFX

team for

RAJINIKANTH NEXT

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t is known that Kollywood Superstar Rajinikanth will be next seen working with Kabali director Pa Ranjith. Currently a huge set is being erected in Chennai for the shoot. The makers have roped Pete Draper to supervise the VFX work of this drama. SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali which has emerged as first Indian movie to earn Rs 1,500 Cr, is the feast in the terms of visuals and the credit goes to Supervisors RC Kamalakannan and Pete Draper. Pete Draper worked for Baahubali:The Beginning whereas Kamalakannan joined during the shoot of Baahubali:The Conclusion.

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Now Pete Draper is on the board to take care of VFX work for Rajinkanth’s prestigious project. It is 161st film of Rajinikanth, which will be produced by Dhansuh and will have top technician team. During the media interaction Pete Draper said that very soon, his team would be flying down to work on Rajini’s project. He added, “I am very excited to work with Rajini. I have seen the set which has been erected in Chennai, it resembles an area from Mumbai. The upcoming project is my next after the recent blockbuster Baahubali.”


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ctress Anisha Amborse who was last seen in Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal starrer ‘Manamantha’, is set to make her foray in Kollywood with suspense thriller drama. Recently during a media interaction, she revealed that she is going to make her Tamil debut in a yet untitled suspense drama in which Sibiraj, the son of Baahubali’s Kattappa Sathyaraj, will play the lead role. The actress is a very thrilled about foraying into a new industry. But she did not reveal much about the project. On the other side, She will be next seen in Manchu Manoj starrer upcoming periodic war drama ‘Okkadu Migiladu’, directed by Ajay Andrews, based on the backdrop of LTTE conflict based in Sri Lanka. She will be seen playing journalist.

ANISHA AMBORSE

DEBUT IN

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Tollywood Magazine English June- 2017  

Tollywood Magazine English June- 2017

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