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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Telugu Film News 6th Jan 2008

Okka Magaadu to meet censors on 5th Jan
With the post production work being completed, director-producer YVS Choudary will be having his Balakrishna, Anushka and Nisha Kothari starrer ‘Okka Magaadu’ sent for scrutiny to the Censor Board today, 5thJanuary. All set to be released on the 11th of this month, the film promises to show Balakrishna in an all new getup and with an interesting storyline. The film is believed t o begin in the pre independence period and run up to the present generation. The music, by Mani Sharam, was released last week and has received a good response.

NBK cutout found damaged, fans protest
In a repeat of the late December incident, yet another cutout of actor Balakrishna was found damaged, this time in Mamidi Palem village in Prakasam District, on 4th December. The cutout was a part of the advertisings for Balakrishna’s YVS directed Okka Magadu, which is ready for release on the 11th of this month. Angry fans gathered at the site and began protests. Senior members of the Fans Association of Nandamuris announced that a meeting will be held on the 9th of this month to discuss about the happenings and plan future action.

No show for Nagababu’s Aapada Mokkulavaadu
There were was chaos all around when the prints of the actor Nagababu’s much hyped ‘ Apada Mokkulavaadu’ did not reach the theaters and the public was left high and dry. The film that was to be released today, 5th January, was not screened at any of the theaters for the morning show. That was surely not the kind of start that director-producer Posani Krishna Murali wanted for his political drama.

Nithin in Ashok Kumar’s first
Young actor Nithin has apparently given the nod to work in director Ashok Kumar Lalam’s first directorial venture. Ashok Kumar had earlier assissted director Puri Jagannadh in some of the latter’s biggest grossers like Badri, Itlu Sravani Subramanyam, Idiot and Sivamani. The film, touted to be an action packed entertainer, will go on floors from April 2008. Though no name has been announced, it is believed that a leading actress had been approached and the makers are awaiting an answer. Other details of the film will be announced shortly.

Jayaprada is Ramulamma
The very beautiful and versatile Jayaprada, last seen in Balakrishna’s Maharadhi, is making her foray into Bengali films with the remake of actress Vijayshanti’s rustic hit Osey Ramulamma. Jayaprada , apart from starring in the title role, will also be producing this inspiring story of a rural women bravely facing the wrong doings of a village head. The film is currently being shot at Ramoji Film City.

ANR award for Anjali Devi
Veteran actress and producer Anjali Devi will be awarded with the ANR award for 2007.

“It is an honor to felicitate Anjali Devi with the ANR award” Venkat Akkineni said “She is one of the most versatile actress of our industry. She had acted with my father (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) in some of his most memorable films. She will be felicitated with the award on the 13th of January, at Ravindra Bharati”.

“Out of the 254 films that I acted in Anjali Devi was my co star in 50 of them” Actor ANR said “The first two ANR awards were given to national actors like Dev Anand and Shabana Azmi. And this time our Jury members have chosen Anjali Devi”.

Anjali Devi has acted in over 400 films and even produced some of the South Indian Film Industry’s classical films.

Kalyan Ram’s double shades
Actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram will be a seen portraying a dual role for the first time, in his upcoming home production being directed by Harsha Vardhan. Actress Priyamani will be the leading lady of this Rs 9 crore film that is being produced by Kalyan Ram’s brother Janaki Ram. The shooting of this film, which is said to be named as ‘Okadecchesadu’, is presently taking place at Hyderabad.

Jagapathi Babu’s Swagatham on 24th Jan
Actor Jagapathi Babu will be seen romancing Bhoomika and Anushka in director Dasarath’s upcoming triangular love story Sawgatham. The film is scheduled to be released on the 24th of this month. The film that was shot in a number of varied locales from Rajamundry to New York, is presently in the post production stage and will be wrapped up soon. R.P.Patnaik has scored some very melodious tunes for this family entertainer.

Ajith blessed with a baby girl
Popular Tamil actor Ajith and wife, former child artist Shalini, were blessed with a baby girl on 3rd January. Ajith who had made his debut in films with the hit Telugu movie Prema Pustakam shifted to the Tamil Industry and went on become one of the most popular and successful actors of the Tamil Film industry. Shalini on the other hand, was a very successful child artist and acted with the likes of Chiranjeevi, Shoban Babu and Venkatesh. She later became a leading lady and has hit film including Mani Ratnam’s Sakhi to her credit. Ajit and Shalini met on the sets of their first Tamil movie and the rest as they say is history. Hearty congratulations to the lovely couple.

Pawan caught with BSP leaders
Snap shots of Pawan Kalyan enjoying a good conversation with BSP leaders hit the television screens of TV9 just a couple of days after BSP leader Surya Prakash revealed to the media that the lanky actor had expressed his wish to join the party even if big brother Chiranjeevi did not want to. The photos have apparently been sent by the BSP members them selves after a couple of media reports claimed that the meeting was false news. This latest happening has just added to Pawan’s list of infamous incidents with the media.

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