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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Interview with Sekhar Kammula

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Why did you choose to make Happy Days after Godavari film?
I have both sweet and bitter memories about Godavari film. It was a budget failure. I expected the market of my films to grow after Anand. Hence we spent around 7 crores on making Godavari. It did well in cities. But could not catch up with the B and C centers. Godavari film - though deals with the ambitions of youth - did not cater to youth crowds.

My nephew complained that all my films cater to women. He wanted me to make a youth film. I happened to go to my alma mater CBIT one day. It suddenly stuck me that we never had any genuine Telugu college film in the last one-decade that does not deal with teen love and college politics. I wanted to capture the freshness, first love, confusion, career ambitions etc we go through in our college days. I also realized that the students these days do not have the kind of attachment we used to have to our college in our student days. That is probably due to the change in the culture. I then decided to make a film that romanticizes college life. I wrote the script in one and half months.

Why did you title the film as Happy Days?
The best moments of everybody's life are in they college days. Hence I titled the film as Happy Days.

What was the next step after writing script?
I knew that I had to achieve two things in order to make this film work. The first one is to cast fresh faces and the second one is take permission from CBIT to shoot the film over there. I managed to get the permission to shoot my film in CBIT for free of cost. I ran talent search in Big FM and idlebrain.com and managed to get 7 out of 8. We had to cast Tamanna (an actress with experience) in one role because we could not get any right girl through talent search. We did not cast guys/girls who can dance and do good dialogue delivery. We have meticulously chosen each actor to suit the character.

How did you train these new faces?
I have the habit of distributing the bound script to each and every cast and crew member before the shoot so that they knew exactly whey they were supposed to do. But for these news guys, I gave only their part of the script. Each and every one of them would have done each scene at least 50 times before they did it in front of the camera. I am feeling lucky to get such competitive actors. They brought a lot of freshness to the film with their own styles.

Tell us about the characterizations?
These eight characters in this film are of different type - studious guy, nerd, confused guy, playboy, tomboy etc. All these characters represent different walks of life.

What is Happy Days all about?
Happy Days deals with the 4 years of undergraduate college life. The whole cycle one goes through while studying at college. This film is bound to have nostalgic effect on the moviegoers. Everybody will connect with it. This film sports a challenging screenplay. Happy Days is an event driven story. At the same time there will be conflict aspect in the film, which would sustain the attention of viewers till the last frame.

Don't you think introducing eight principle characters as main leads it self would take at least half an hour? How are you going to make sure that people get to understand four parallel tracks (between the pairs) running without causing any confusion?
For such a story like this, it is a challenging task to write screenplay and do editing. This film boasts of very strong screenplay and editing.

Who is your targeted audience?
I have a set of audiences who are familiar with my films. I would be getting more attention from youth for this film. Happy Days is an urbane flick.

What is the budget of the film?
3 crores.

The rumor has it that your made a table profit of around 3 crores?
(Giggles without saying yes or no)

Are you going to change your car now?
Yes. I would be buying Honda Civic very soon.

What are the number of working days?
100 days

How much of negative did you expose?
Around 2 lakh feet. It was necessary because I shot lots of scenes in the film in backlight.

What is the runtime of the film?
2.35 hours.

Where did you minimize your budget?
I had gone for corporate tie-ups. Our tie up with Pantaloon saved us a lot on costumes front. Location charges are free because CBIT refused to charge me. I did not use any fancy camera equipment except for the hawk lenses. The remunerations of cast are minimal as I signed new faces. All the technicians worked for a relatively less remuneration and gave their maximum output. It is like a collaboration of a good cinema.

What is the response for the music?
It attained unanimous good talk. But these days we find more people who listen to songs and less people who buy music albums. People got used for free digital downloads which are affecting sales in urban areas.

Three songs in Happy Days album have same tune?
It is like the signature tune of the film. If you observe carefully these three songs have same charanams too. It gives a brand recall. And it's not bad to have such signature tunes. Veteran lyricist Veturi once told me that Ghantasala's masterpiece Pathala Bhairavi has only one raga in the entire album.

What is the reason behind releasing Happy Days on 28th September in USA as it clashes with the most expected high-prints release Chirutha?
There are two reasons for that

1. My commitment towards my word: I promised my USA distributor that I would be releasing the film on 14, 21 or 28th of this month. He also booked the theaters. I did not want to go back on my word. When I discussed this with AP distributor Dil Raju, he suggested that we had to make sure that the gap between Indian and USA release should be minimal. Hence we decided to come on 2nd October in India instead of 5th October.

2. I am always supremely confident about my movies. I always show my film to the distributors before selling it. And I show my films to press by organizing previews before releasing it.

A few of the guys from USA tried to caution me that people would not watch more than one film in a week. I wish that people watch both movies (Happy Days and Chirutha).

Happy Days is a film to which you can even take your Tamil and North friends along with you as 90% of NRIs have engineering background. This film deals with a story happened in an engineering college. I am sure that Happy Days will cross language barrier in USA.

You released Anand film on the same day of Shankar Dada MBBS. Now you are releasing Happy Days on the same day of Chirutha release in USA. What is the reason?
For me, Chiranjeevi is an icon. He went against the wave to become what he is today. I am at the beginning of my career and I am also going against the tide. The release clash happens to be just an unintentional coincidence. I am sure that Chiranjeevi will appreciate my efforts as he too might have gone through these things in the beginning of his career. It is an uphill task for me.

I would like to tell you a small incident

What is it?
We released Anand film with five prints and Shankar Dada got released with 300 prints. The prints were done at Rama Naidu labs a day before the release. We had to send one print to Vizag and we got hold of a van driver and asked him to transport the print. He waited till mid-night. When we got the print out and handed it over to him, he was pretty much disappointed and asked us 'idi chiranjeevi cinema kaada'? We had to give extra money to appease him.

Do you want to say anything to the crowds in abroad who is going to watch Happy Days?
We are taking a huge risk by releasing Happy Days in USA first. I need everybody's cooperation to prevent piracy. If you observe anybody shooting the film using cell phones or other recorded devices in theater, please stop them. If you make Happy Days release in the US a success, there will be many more urban oriented films releasing first in USA.

Telugu Film News September 26, 2007

Krishna Vamsi to make Indian Freedom
Krishna Vamsi announced it today in Vijayawada that his next film is going to be a high budgeted film titled ‘Indian Freedom’. Krishna Vamsi was planning to a film titled ‘Vande Mataram’ with Chiranjeevi for the past 8 years. The speculations are rife that this film could be the one with Chiranjeevi as hero. Krishna Vamsi is in Vijayawada today to take part in promotion of his latest film Chandamama.

Mallanna's extravagant invitations
Kalaipuli Thanu who is producing Mallanna with Vikram in the lead role made his presence felt in Hyderabad today with his extravagant invitations. He made electronic invitations which costs 15000 rupees a piece to send out to VIPs in Telugu film industry. The invitations that are given to the journalists cost around 3000 rupees a piece. Each invitation looks like a grand photo album. Vikram plays five different roles in this film including a get-up of a female. They release a trailer of 8.11 minutes duration.

Gallery: Team India Gets Grand Welcome

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Dhoni is best captain at the moment, says Yuvraj

MUMBAI: Lending support to victorious Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his deputy Yuvraj Singh said the Jharkhand player, who led the team to Twenty20 World Cup win, is the best possible skipper under present circumstances.

Yuvraj said he was not bothered about captaincy and tried to cooperate with Dhoni during the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.

"It does not matter who is the captain. Whoever is the captain, we got to support him. Dhoni has captained well in the World Cup and he is the best captain at the moment," Yuvraj said after the felicitation of the Indian team on their arrival from South Africa on Wednesday.

Appreciating the captain, Yuvraj said, "Dhoni is calm and knows what he is doing."

About his six sixes feat in an over against England, Yuvraj said he was "fired up to give the best."

Ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he was confident about his ability and delivered the goods when required.

"I continued to bowl well. I knew what I can do and I can do it again and again. I am just 27 and hope to play my part for the team's cause in future," he said.

On the team's success, Harbhajan said, "we played brilliantly throughout the tournament. Yuvraj was in brilliant form. Obviously it was a batsman's game, but we got ready for the fight. It was grace of god that we won."

"I enjoyed every moment, the way I bowled, my bhangra," he said.

Reliving the catch of Misbah-ul-Haq, which was the most decisive moment in final, pacer S Sreesanth said he moved a bit earlier which helped him take the catch without any problem.

"When he (Misbah) moved, I also moved back. The improvement in fielding was because of Robin (Singh) Sir," he said.

The Kerala speedster said he was overwhelmed by the response of the fans and grand welcome accorded to the team on its return.

Sreesanth's new ball partner RP Singh also echoed the similar sentiments, saying "the rousing reception offered was 1000 times more than what he had expected."

He said the job was "challenging for the bowlers" in the Twenty20 World Cup. (PTI)

Happy Days Free Audio CD contest winners

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Highly talented Director Shekar kammula's Happy days first time Releasing in USA on this 28th Sep before, in india (Oct 2nd).

First we would like thanks to all participants who spent their time in our Happy days Free Audio CD contest.

We recived hundreds of mails but few of them answered correct, we still considered participants who answered atleast 10 questions, few people really did well and they answered all questions perfect we really appreciate them.

Here is the list of winners

1. Kousalya Potluri
2. Deepti Tirunagiri
3. Shashidhar Illendula
4. Lalitha Pabba
5. srinivas Kalla
6. Raju triloka
7. Prashant Reddy
8. Kalyan C Mallavarapu
9. Ravi Kodali
10.Sravanthi Ningampally
11.Verma Kucherlapati
12.Shankar aditya Tanguturi
13.Chaitanya Reddy
14.Vema Reddy Sri
15.Anil Ayyagari
16.Vijaya Alladi
17.Narasimha Kalla
18.sreekar reddy
19.Madhu sudhan
20.Praveen Kumar
21.Lavanya Dyapa
22.Vamshi Krishna Kalluri
23.Sandya Gorripati
24.Ramana Nagubandi
25.Balajagannadh Siram
26.Vamshi Patnaik
27.Srikanth M
29.Seshu Naidu
30.Ravi Ganta

we will soon send Free Audio CDs to all who won in the contest.

If you have any questions please mail us on rkfilm.happydays@gmail.com

Young Guy Shuttling Between Movies And Real Estate

Aditya Ram is the young producer who is shuttling between Real Estate and film making. He produced the films like 'Sandade Sandadi' and 'Khushi Khushiga'. Although his films don't speak enough about him, his stature as the owner of Aditya Ram Group is big. After those films, he has been away from film industry through out the boom period of Real Estate. Now he is producing the film 'Swagatham' with Jagapathi Babu, Bhoomika and Anushka. He is also debuting in Tamil film industry this year with a couple of projects in hand.

Aditya Ram says that his desire is to see his company as billion Dollar Company and also do some meaningful service to society by establishing a Charitable Trust on his name. He also said that the charitable trust details will be announced soon as the process is started.

Aditya Ram says that his saga will continue by making films both in Telugu and Tamil simultaneously.

Prakash Raj buys Happy Days Tamil remake rights

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Prakash Raj bagged Tamil remake rights of Happy Days by paying a royalty of 25 lakhs. We understand a special screening was scheduled for Prakash Raj today evening and he decided to sign the deal by lunch time even before he saw the movie. There are high expectations on Happy Days which is due for release on friday in USA. May be it is a just in time decision. Once Happy Days hits the marquee and becomes a big hit, the price tag would go through the sky and looks like Prakash Raj had just made a smart move based on Sekhar's track record, Dil Raju's confidence in the movie, Audio success and the colorful Promos.

Krishna Vamshi On Patriotism Before Spirituality

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Krishna Vamshi said that he is going to make a film with complete spiritualism in it.

He said that very recently after the release of Chandamama. But now he announced that he is making 'Indian Freedom' in big way with big budget. That's going to be the patriotic film with lots of strong scenes in that, which falls beyond 'Khadgam'. So, before going ahead with spiritual film, inspired by Hollywood flick 'Matrix', Krishna Vamshi is looking into the making of a patriotic film all together.

Let us see how he excels in this unique thought. How he takes the line of subject? Even that has to be seen.

Why ANR Gives Confused Statements?

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Akkineni Nageshwara Roa appears to be giving confused statements now and then. There wouldn't be any link between what he talks once and what he talks later.

In an interview given to a News Daily, a few months ago, he said that the secret of his healthy body is not consuming even a drop of alcohol in his life. He said that he even never smelled alcohol (!?). But entire industry knows about his daily drink habit. And in a recent interview he said that he has been taking a prescribed amount of brandy everyday on doctor's advice. There raises the contradiction in his own talk.

Looking at another aspect, he says that he is completely atheist. But he has many divine photographs in his house. When asked he says that they are only for decoration (!) Although there is some confusion let us accept this.

In the fresh interview he said that his habit is to act only in the roles those suit his age and statute. But why he danced in 'Chukkallo Chandrudu' with Siddhartha? Is that suitable to his stature? Again a little confusion!

Nostalgia: Ghantasala's Song In Railway Compartment

Ghantasala, the legendary Telugu film singer was traveling in a Railway Compartment along with SV Ranga Rao, Pingali and Kodavati ganti Kutumba Rao. They were traveling to attend the 100 days function of 'Pelli Chesi Choodu' in Vijayawada.

On the way two policemen entered the compartment. When enquired they said that they have come as an escort to Minister traveling in adjacent compartment. When asked if they heard the name of Ghantasala, they said 'yes'. Ghantasala sang the famous song 'Panchadara vanti Police venkatsamy…' But they understood nothing. They said they are from Kerala and they can't follow Telugu properly.

Then Ghantasala sang a Malayalam song for them. They didn't understand even that song. The song is a bhakti song which was filled with Sanskrit words. Then Ghantasala got disgusted and said, "I don't know how you protect your minister. But I can't strain my voice again". He said this with humor filled disgust.

Buzz: Simran Has Much to 'Show' Than To Perform!

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Heroine Simran is putting no condition to accept roles in her second innings. Her heroes now range from top ranking Balakrishna to comical hero Krishna Bhagavan. Be it " Okka Magaadu' or 'John Appa Rao Forty Plus'- it makes no difference for her. She is prepared to pair any guy irrespective of his image or stature.

She is busy doing Item songs too. She has toed with big heroes right from Mega Star Chiranjeevi to upcoming hero Kalyan Ram. Why has Simran remained a shining star amidst the heroines younger to her age? She attributes the reason to her performance.

But many believe she is known for wearing tight fitting clothes revealing her voluptuous structure. This could be the right reason!

Former Pakistan captains rue India jinx

Karachi(IANS): Three former Pakistan cricket captains have lamented their national side's inability to overcome India after losing to their arch-rivals in the Twenty20 World Championships final in South Africa.

"But they said that the thriller was good for the game generally, and that at least Pakistan had recovered from their disastrous show at the 50-over World Cup in the West Indies earlier this year," The News reported Wednesday.

India lifted the inaugural cup with a five-run win at Johannesburg Monday - maintaining their record of beating Pakistan in every world cup match they have played in.

"It's a repeat and it will hurt the fans and players alike for some time, but apart from that jinx both teams played superbly and cricket was the winner," former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said.

Wasim, who had tipped Pakistan to beat India, said the final was memorable.

"It was a close game and the better team won, no regrets. It was only a game and people have to take it as a game and must appreciate the quality of cricket," Akram maintained.

"I would blame Pakistan batsmen Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi for their reckless strokes and in the end Misbah-ul Haq should have played a straight bat shot," he added.

Akram said both teams had redeemed themselves after their bitter exits from the World Cup in March.

"Shoaib Malik has emerged as a great captain and the way he led the team from the front, I see Pakistan winning the World Cup in 2011," he maintained.

"India have found Mahendra Singh Dhoni as their leader and eventually he will also lead in Test cricket. I see Indian cricket going up from here and it is a boost to Twenty20 because India has the market to lift any form of the game," Akram contended.

Another former captain, Javed Miandad, blamed Pakistan's defeat on the lack of planning.

"We have maintained our losing streak to India in World Cup matches and I would blame poor planning for that. Why did Malik not come in at number three instead of Kamran Akmal?" Miandad wondered.

Intikhab Alam, also a former captain and manager of the 1992 World Cup winning team, said India holds a psychological edge over Pakistan in big games.

"The World Cup jinx continues and India seems to have an edge over us in all World Cup matches. But I am grateful to the Pakistan team for making the final a fitting one," he maintained.

BIG 92.7 FM becomes exclusive radio partner for Mahesh Babu’s FILM ‘Athidhi’

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Hyderabad, 25 September 2007: BIG 92.7 FM, Hyderabad announces its exclusive Radio partnership with the upcoming and much looked forward to Tollywood movie ‘Athidhi’. Directed by Surender Reddy, the movie features famous actor Mahesh Babu and Bollywood actress Amrita Rao along with Malaika Arora Khan who is doing item number opposite Mahesh Babu in the film. September 27th 2007 will see the exclusive premiere of the music album on BIG 92.7 FM’s Breakfast show – BIG Sandadi with RJ Sekhar.

BIG 92.7 FM has exhaustive on-air and on-ground plans for the BIG Movie Athidhi in order to create unprecedented buzz. BIG 92.7 FM started the promotion of the movie by exclusively premiering teasers of the music starting September 23. On September 27th all songs of the movie will premier for the first time on radio exclusively on BIG 92.7 FM.

The Station will feature interviews with the cast and crew of the movie and also run contests for its listeners across Hyderabad, Tirupathi and Vishakapatnam to get a chance to meet “Prince” Mahesh Babu.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ashwin Padmanabhan, Station Director, BIG 92.7 FM, said “We are extremely excited to join hands with one of Mahesh Babu’s most expected movies. We are approaching the association with the objective of delivering value to our listeners as well as the producers of the movie. Our effort is to create exciting content around the theme of the movie which will generate listener interest and thereby promote the movie far more effectively. With the clutter-breaking ideas, innovative campaigns and other interesting stuff centered on Athidhi, we are sure that our entire on-air package will make for great content and listener involvement”.

The Big 7 of The Telugu Industry

The Classiest Movie Of All Time: Shankarabharanam (1979)
'God' Of The Matinee: NT Rama Rao
Ultimate Lover Of The Matinee: Akkineni Nageshwar Rao
Starriest Star: Chiranjeevi
Biggest Grosser Ever: Pokiri (2006)
Funniest Movie Ever: Mayabazar (1957)
Tollywood's Best Export To Mumbai: Sridevi

For mathematicians, it could be just a statistic. 240 movies released every year and Rs 2.3 billion in the last one year. For the producers, it is a boost to their current account. Seven hundred million tickets sold annually, for the bees ka challees wallahs, it is just an awesome figure. But for the Telugu moviegoer, a matinee show is not just a three hour pastime. It is part of his life, an element of his psyche, a component of his lifestyle and a piece of his very being.

Seventy-five years since the first Telugu movie hit the screens, the movie mania continues to hold the Telugus spellbound. How else can you explain the mushrooming of 2,700 theatres across the state? Magic of the movies? Call it mania. An obsession. A passion. Or simply Telugu cinema.

Perhaps the biggest milestone of the industry was the shifting of headquarters from Chennai to Hyderabad and starting off from scratch to build the most exotic film cities in the world.

On the whole, the 75 years of Telugu cinema can be summed up as phenomenal. Barring the post-World War II period when the British levied a ban on movies, nothing else could shake the industry.

While the quality of lyrics has plummeted, the number of young maverick directors has skyrocketed. If the sons of the soil have got a raw deal and are trying their luck in Bollywood imports, the advent of star sons has compensated for this unfortunate trend. If digital intermediaries, animation, CG(computer graphics) and SFX (special effects) has pushed up Tollywood's worth by a couple of notches, copies and inspirations pull it down by a couple of rungs. Tollywood has been breaking new ground in every single decade. The first decade marked the theatre artistes facing the camera; the second decade was about mythologicals. The third centred around socially-relevant themes such as freedom and poverty etc. The fourth was the decade of epics and devotionals. The fifth included love stories, tragedies, classics et al. The sixth opened doors to family dramas and the seventh opened doors to sentiment and love. The seventh was musicals, romance, action and violence.

Each decade gave birth to a new set of filmmakers who added a new dimension. If K Vishwanath put Indian music on a pedestal with his 'S' series, Ramgopal Varma brought in the Hollywood action and revenge dramas amidst the gaana bajana. If lyricist Srisri motivated the youngsters to take up the cudgels for society with his motivational songs,

Sirivennela cocktailed chaste Telugu with colloquial Telugu to produce fresh lyrics. In terms of sheer technical brilliance, the cinematographer took Telugu cinema to new heights, be it with his camera angles or Digital Intermediaries. Interestingly, the stars of the new age have also done their bit for the society. If not directly, but by gently guiding their fan force into social service.

Like any industry, Tollywood too had its ups and downs, awesome flicks and some bakwas movies. But the promise is that there are new paths being explored, fresher ideas being incorporated and path breaking trends. That spirit is enough to celebrate 75 years of Telugu cinema. Salaam Tollywoood!

Andhra girls ignore Tollywood

It’s unfair to blame Tollywood for not taking any girls from Andhra as heroines argues director Krishnavamsi. He says that it’s the girls who are not interested in doing Telugu films. The director reveals that he contacted nearly 60 girls when he was casting for his newly released film Chandamama, but no one showed any interest. "This lack of inclination can be due to lack of courage to pursue a career in films, safety issues and fear of parents," says Krishnavamsi. But he is quick to add that there is nothing wrong with Tollywood for girls to shy away from the industry.

To prove that Tollywood isn’t biased the director who was in Vijayawada to participate in a function to celebrate his film’s success with the lead heroines Sindhu Menon and Kajal Agarwal (both girls aren’t from AP) said, "I shall bring 10 directors to Vijayawada, but show me a single girl who wants to act."

Producers’ Council Chairman C. Kalyan too agrees with Krishnavamsi as he says, "There is a dearth of local girls in our films, so we are forced to go to other cities like Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. No girl is available here." Noted comedian Uttej also complains that there are no good looking girls with a firm command over the language. This is sad because nearly 100 films are produced by Tollywood every year and none of these films have any local girls in the lead role.

Reel Talk: Bariatric Treatment For Jr NTR!

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Do you know the surgical aspect that made Jr NTR slim and sharp by cutting down 26.5 kgs? Do you know the secret behind Adnan Sami's 100kg reduction? That's Bariatric treatment which is accompanied with a surgery to stomach.

It's the process of putting a bandage to liver and making the individual take only less amount of food. This makes the individual take very less amount of food and the fat melts down to met the requirement of heavy body. As there will be no intake of food in big way, the affect will be seen in the form of slim look within a couple of months. A Daily mentioned that NTR and Adnan Sami have undergone this treatment that lasts forever.

But regular exercise is a must for the individuals those take this treatment. Otherwise, the muscles become loose and give an old age look for person. They have to take care in that aspect.

Telugu film News September 26, 2007

Nayanatara upset over media reports
Heroine Nayanatara terribly upset over false reports of her mother found dead in a section of newspapers. "Nayanthara's mother found murdered" - wrote English newspapers and carried Nayanatara photo. It was a terrible mix-up. A junior artist named by the same name (Nayanatara) was all about the news item but the newspapers mistook it for the real Nayanatara.
The Kerala heroine shocked seeing the news and is planning to file defamation case against the said newspapers for falsely writing and causing mental pressure.

Yamadonga to be remade in Tamil
NTR is happy that his "Yamadonga" is doing great business. He will be happier now as many producers from Tamil film industry are trying for remake rights. According to buzz doing the rounds, Tamil top hero Vijay has shown interest in remaking the film. Vijay is popular for making his career on remakes of Telugu movies. He expressed his desire to do this socio-fantasy as Tamil films normally don't do such movies.

Producer Aditya Ram launches new wing
Successful movies like "Sandade Sandadi" and "Khusi Khusi Ga.." made the banner Aditya Ram Movies very popular. The man behind the production house is Aditya Ram who is now producing "Swagatham" with Jagapathi Babu, Anushka and Bhumika. The young producer also is joining Tamil film industry where he plans three big movies at a time. He says he liked the concept and storyline of "Swagatham" narrated by director Dasaradh and immediately agreed to make it. He has plans of launching separate wing for making more big films.

Jackie Shroff in another Telugu film
Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff recently made his debut in Telugu. He played negative role in Vishnu starrer "Asthram". He is also doing a trilingual movie Bank and shot for the film in Hyderabad. Another director and producer R Venu who made "Kotta Katha" brings him back to Telugu. This new film will be launched on Dussera.

Actress Asha Saini becomes Mayuri
Asha Saini set screens afire with her sexy numbers in many films and did very glamorous roles in Telugu. Of late she was not seen in Telugu films. But she is staging comeback to Tollywood with a new name and identity. Asha Saini has changed her name to Mayuri to start her career afresh.

Gossip: Pawan Kalyan Slaps Ileana!

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Hero Pawan Kalyan slapped heroine Ileana. No, that's not a scene in the film but open for public. He is presently playing the lead role in a Trivikram Srinivas' film.

As his legal battle with his estranged wife Nandita is becoming tough, he appears restive and tense. Though the shooting of the film is taking place with less hype, the news of 'slapping' is making rounds in the industry. It is not new to know about the anger of Pawan Kalyan.

This incident took place most recently. Being very sensitive by nature, Ileana was aghast at his rude behavior and absconded from shooting from the very next day.

Now Trivikram Srinivas is trying to soothe her.

Press Note: Happy Days Gala Opening

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Sekhar Kammula’s movies have always been well received by NRIs. As a tribute to NRIs, this time Sekhar is releasing Happy Days in USA on 28th September before India release (Oct 2nd ). Happy Days is releasing with a bang in Dallas, in Hollywood theaters (Touring Talkies) , Irving. It is opening on 2 screens with 4 shows on friday ( 6 PM, 8 PM, 9:30 PM, 11 PM). The capacities are 425 and 375 for these 2 screens. With 2 shows in each of these screens a combined capacity of 1600 can be accomodated on first day. A total of 22 shows are scheduled for the opening week in Dallas which is the highest in United states for Happy Days. USA Major cities shows are as following for the first week.

Dallas – 22 shows
Bay area - 18 Shows
Atlanta - 17 shows
New Jersey – 16 shows
Detroit - 13 shows
Virginia -10 shows

For non USA readers, on an average opening week’s ticket price is $10. Typically in major cities decent movie can get any where from 1000 to 4,000 patrons for the opening week. Dallas is the fast growing telugu market in USA and watch for this space for first week numbers.

Sekhar Kammula’s Dallas fans can buy Happy days tickets on www.gohollywood.com.

Reel Talk: Mamta Mohandas To Add On Little

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Mamta Mohandas is in the process f adding little weight to her body following some comments raised after her first direct debut on Telugu screen with 'Yamadonga'.

She is putting on little weight to look stuffed that suits to the aesthetic sense of Telugu audiences. She has got the talent in singing and adaptability in acting. She also gave her own dubbing for the film for her character which stood as a standing example for her commitment.

Let us see how she looks with that added stuff in her body. Well, while many actresses are struggling a lot to reduce Mamta is going the other way round.

That's The Greatness Of Late NTR

Myriad things can be learned from Late NTR especially in the matters of punctuality, discipline and giving respect to deserved people. He always used to stand when producer walked into the sets. Although the producer is many years younger to him, he used to follow that.

He also used to say that if big heroes fail to respect producers, the youngsters cannot learn. At the same time, he also used to say that if the hero of the film respects the producer then entire unit will also respect him.

But these are the days where producer is being treated down by young lasses and juvenile heroes as well. Who will teach them discipline?

Nayantara To File Case On 'The Hindu'

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The online edition of The Hindu has wrongly published that heroine Nayantara's mother was killed. It was not heroine Nayantara but it's the case of Jr artiste Nayantara. The deceased lady was Kamala Devi, the mother of that junior artiste. The issue has become a serious note since the photograph of heroine Nayantara was published wrongly in the News Paper.

Nayantara was stunned to know that and said that she is going to file a defamation sue on The Hindu for disturbing her psychologically and socially. The reporter and the team are so unprofessional that they published perfect wrong news. The jr artiste named herself as Nayanatara only to turn the attention of industry.

Nayanatara stays only in Taj Krishna when she comes to Hyderabad . She never stays in any house. She is in the shooting of Tamil film 'Sathyam'. Knowing this news Nayantara called her mother Omana Kurian in Thiruvalla and informed about the news.

Nayan is now boiling on the popular English daily for pulling her mother into the gossip in the nastiest way possible. She said that she is tolerating all sort of gossip written on her but pulling her mother into that is demeaning and disappointing.

India's Twenty20 Cup heroes welcomed home

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's triumphant Twenty20 World Cup squad arrived home from South Africa on Wednesday with thousands of joyous fans gathering at the airport to greet them.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team mates were greeted by the region's chief minister before being taken on an open-top bus to the Wankhede stadium for a reception hosted by the national cricket board.

Elaborate security measures were in place on the 35- kilometre journey from Mumbai airport, with giant hoardings on display to congratulate the surprise winners.

India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in a thrilling final in Johannesburg on Monday, a victory to compare with their upset 1983 World Cup final win over West Indies.

The Indian board has announced a win bonus of $3 million (1.49 million pounds) and a special cash award for batsman Yuvraj Singh, who hit six sixes in one over in a match against England.


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