Akhanda’s Rampage in Vikarabad Forests

Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Akhanda Teaser has got a sensational response. The getup of Balayya has received an awesome response from fans and the common audience alike. The movie shooting is going on in Vikarabad forests.

An action sequence is being canned on Balayya, Srikanth, and other gangs of villains. The movie was announced for May 28th release as NTR Jayanthi Special. There is no update about any postponement due to the ongoing COVID conditions.

Boyapati who delivered two blockbusters like Simha and Legend to Balakrishna previously is directing the film. Miriyala Ravinder Reddy is bankrolling the project under Dwaraka Creations banner. He previously produced Boyapati’s Jaya Janaki Nayaka. Pragya Jaiswal and Pooja are the heroines. 

Tollywood’s Indifference to Bigg Boss Runner Up

Aadarsh Balakrishna, the runner-up of reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu 1 took to Twitter and had shared a sad story of the film industry’s indifference towards him in this pandemic when his entire family got tested positive for COVID-19.

“The whole family tested +ve for Covid a few days ago. Parents in hospital. Informed my film crew about the same. Was replaced in a jiffy without any intimation whatsoever. The insecurities an actor lives through are beyond measure. But hey, such is life. #COVID19India #covidlesssons,” he tweeted.

This is going to be the case with small and mid-level actors but it can lead to a dangerous trend of actors hiding their COVID positive results and attending the shoots only to become superspreaders. The Telugu film industry should learn a thing or two about being sensitive in such difficult times.  

Vishwak Sen Set for ‘Kalyanam’

Young Hero Vishwak Sen who managed to create a decent following for himself is trying to attempt different genres. He scored a hit last year with a thriller like HIT and is currently starring in a different love story titled Paagal which is ready for release.

He now launched another romantic drama titled ‘Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam”. The movie directed by a newcomer, Vidya Sagar Chinta will have its formal launch today. The title carries a positive vibe that grabs the attention instantly.

Ravi Kiran has provided the script for this film. Bapineedu and Sudheer Eedara will be producing Ashokavanam Lo Arjuna Kalyanam on the SVCC Digital banner while senior producer BVSN Prasad will be presenting it. More details of this project will be revealed later. 

Prabhas Okays Second Straight Bollywood Film?

Young Rebel Star Prabhas seems to be in a rush. He has Radhe Shyam which is almost complete and ready for release. He is already shooting for two more films – Salaar and Adipurush. He also has another film with Mahanati fame Nag Ashwin.

Reports are emerging that he has okayed another straight Bollywood film. Siddharth Anand, the director of Pathan, War, and Bang Bang reportedly narrated a story to the actor and managed to convince him. There are unconfirmed rumors that the movie is the sequel to his blockbuster, War. 

Sources say that Tollywood Top Production House, Mythri Movie Makers are bankrolling the film and the official announcement will come out soon. Going by this lineup, we can assume that Prabhas is already booked at least for five more years and that too with interesting films. 

Telangana To Introduce Curbs on Theaters?

Reports are that Telangana Government is contemplating introducing some curbs in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases. The Health Department submitted a report with a plan of action and the Government is expected to make a decision soon.

If the recommendations were to be accepted, the bars will be closed and the occupancy in the theaters will be restricted only to 50%. So far the Government only closed the educational institutions in the state. Several states in the country including neighboring Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka imposed restrictions on the theaters. 

Maharashtra completely closed them until this month-end. The film industry is okay with the 50% occupancy but is hoping that the night curfew will not be imposed. If the 50% occupancy is announced, small films will release in theaters instead of the big films like how it happened at the start of this year.

Naga Chaitanya Eyeing Chiranjeevi’s Date

The COVID Second Wave issues and the Rates Problem in Andhra Pradesh have made a mess of the Summer Release Plans. Naga Chaitanya’s Love Story which was supposed to release today has been postponed. It is the first film to get postponed.

Sources say that the makers are hoping that things will be conducive next month to release their film. Love Story is now eyeing the May 13th release which is actually the release date of Megastar Chiranjeevi. The official announcement may happen in the first week of May gauging the situation then.

Love Story production has been completed a long ago. Naga Chaitanya already moved on to his next project, Thank you which is also almost complete. Love Story directed by Sekhar Kammula stars Sai Pallavi as the female lead. Saranga Dariya song from the film is a chartbuster and is carrying the necessary hype for the film.

COVID Second Wave Effect for F3

Victory Venkatesh has completed his part in Drushyam 2, the other day. He was supposed to begin the new schedule of F3 from today in Mysore. But we have learned that the makers have decided to defer the schedule in the wake of the COVID second wave.

The makers have decided not to take risks. Almost the entire first half shooting has been completed. The movie has been announced for the August 27th release. So, the makers feel they are conveniently placed to complete the shoot by then.

Dil Raju is bankrolling the sequel project just as the Original. Sunil is the only addition to the F2 cast. Devi Sri Prasad will be composing the music. Sources say that Venkatesh’s role will a lot funnier than the first part. The actor will be seen as someone with night blindness and the audience will enjoy his character a lot.

Shankar Gets Legal Notice for Anniyan Hindi Remake

Earlier this month, Lyca Productions approached the Madras High Court against Director Shankar for not completing their film, Indian 2 starring Kamal Hassan. They asked the court to prevent Shankar from doing other films without completing their film.

He is in one more legal issue now. The other day, he announced the Hindi remake of his Anniyan with Ranveer Singh. Today, he received a legal from Anniyan Producer, Aascar Ravichandran who claims the being the “sole owner of the rights of the storyline”, which he has purchased from writer, Sujatha.

There are reports that Shankar is going for an out-of-court settlement for Indian 2. We will have to see what he does with Anniyan Hindi Remake. Shankar was to direct Ram Charan in his immediate next project. Mega fans are extremely displeased about what is happening ahead of the big project.

Sarkaru Vaari Paata in Shankarpally

The Second schedule of Sarkaru Vaari Paata has begun in a specially erected set in Shankarpally on Tuesday with a limited crew. A twenty-day schedule of the film is being planned in this one and the total shoot to complete by this July.

Mahesh Babu wants to shift to his next with Trivikram Srinivas from August. This will be the third combination of Mahesh and Trivikram after Athadu and Khaleja. Sarkaru Vaari Paata was previously announced Sankranthi 2022 release. There were rumors that the release may be advanced as the shooting is finishing before.

Directed by Parasuram, Mythri Movie Makers bankrolls the film. They previously produced Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu. Mythri Movie Makers and 14 Reels Plus will produce it along with Mahesh’s own banner, GMB Entertainment Pvt Ltd Banner. Thaman is the music composer. 

Star Hero Tested Positive for Coronavirus

Malayali Star Tovino Thomas who is a familiar face to the Telugu audience with dubbing films on OTT is the latest victim of the Coronavirus. He has been tested positive two days ago and he along with his family is in isolation.

He himself updated this from his social media accounts. He claimed to be an asymptomatic case and is doing well. “A few more days to look forward and long about returning to action and entertaining you all… Stay safe, everyone. Be back soon,” he said.

The number of new coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high with 200,739 infections being reported in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday (at 8 AM). 1,038 lives have been lost in a single day taking the total death count so far to 173,123.

All Set for Radhe Shyam Final Schedule

The last schedule of Young Rebel Star Prabhas’s Radhe Shyam begins on the 17th of this month. Prabhas will join the team. A song is also to be shot in this schedule which will last for ten days, we are told. A couple of sets are being erected in Hyderabad for this schedule. 

The movie is announced for the July 30th release. However, the release will depend on how the COVID Second Wave situation normalizes in the North markets by then. Prabhas already started shooting his two other films – Adipurush and Salaar. Jil fame Radhakrishna is directing Radhe Shyam.

UV Creations bankroll this film that has Pooja Hegde as the female lead. It will be a pan-India release like every film of Prabhas since Baahubali. Radhe Shyam has music by Justine Prabhakaran for the Southern versions. The Hindi version has different music directors.

Natti Kumar Supports AP Government’s Controversial G.O.

While the Stars and Industry Biggies are silent on AP Government’s Controversial G.O., YSR Congress, the Ruling Party in Andhra Pradesh is trying to make the situation favorable for itself. The party’s favorable Filmmakers led by Natti Kumar called for a Pressmeet supporting the G.O.

They say the rates imposed will help audience come to the theaters and will breathe life into the small films. However, this is a flawed argument since theaters would not survive with that rates. If such theaters are lost, things will become even difficult for small films.

On the other hand,  most B and C centers in Andhra Pradesh are going to shutdown from April 16th as a mark of protest on this G.O. They could not sustain after big films postponed due to COVID Second Wave and with these rates imposed by the State Government. Let us see what is in store in the coming days.

Happening Heroine Turns Journalist in #RC15

Sensational Director Shankar is going to direct his next with Mega Powerstar Ram Charan. The movie is the landmark fifteenth film of Ram Charan and it is called #RC15 for now. The Pre-production work of the film is going on and the movie will go on floors in July. 

Sources tell us that the movie will see Ram Charan playing an IAS Officer who will come in the way of a Powerful Chief Minister. It will have some shades of Shankar’s Oke Okkadu but not entirely a remake film. On the other hand, Rashmika Mandanna is said to be the frontrunner to play the heroine in this film.

Buzz is that it is the role of a journalist in the film. If she is no board, it will her second Mega film. She is currently seen alongside Allu Arjun in Pushpa. Thaman is composing music for the film and it is his first time for Shankar. He is already working on the film’s tunes.

Venkatesh Finishes His Part of Drushyam 2

Victory Venkatesh has completed his portion in Drushyam 2. His entire portions are done in the ongoing Kerala schedule and on the other hand, the movie shooting is also almost completed except for some minor patchwork. Venkatesh will now shift to the shooting of his F3.

Earlier there were reports that the movie will release in June. But several films have changed their release dates owing to the COVID Second Wave and we do not know what happens in June. Jeethu Joseph, the director of Drishyam 2 is wielding the megaphone for this film.

Sri Priya wielded the megaphone for the Telugu Remake of Drishyam but Jeethu Joseph will be directing the second part remake. Poorna will be playing a crucial role in the film. Venkatesh fans are eagerly waiting for the film’s release and are looking forward to its success.

Balayya’s Script Being Prepared at a 100 years old library

Nandamuri Balakrishna is all set to team up with Krack director Gopichand Malineni for his next project. Mythri Movie Makers who recently delivered a Blockbuster like Uppena will be bankrolling this project. The Director is currently busy finalizing the script for the film.

The director was spotted at a 100 years old library in Vetapalem in Prakasam district and doing some research work for his film’s script. Buzz is that he is coming up with a real story for Balayya and is doing extensive research for it.

The movie will go on floors after Balayya completes Akhanda. We are told that the regular shooting of the film will begin on May 28th or June 4th. The plan is to release the film for Sankranthi 2022. Gopichand is working hard on the film as a hit here will propel him into the star league.

Here is the Subject of #RC15?

Sensational Director Shankar is going to direct his next with Mega Powerstar Ram Charan. The movie is the landmark fifteenth film of Ram Charan and it is called #RC15 for now. The Pre-production work of the film is going on and the movie will go on floors in July. 

Sources tell us that the movie will see Ram Charan playing an IAS Officer who will come in the way of a Powerful Chief Minister. It will have some shades of Shankar’s Oke Okkadu but not entirely a remake film. This is the first time Shankar is doing a Political subject film.

Dil Raju will be bankrolling this project. This is the fiftieth film on Dil Raju’s Sri Venkateswara Creations Banner. Shankar is currently busy finalizing the final draft of the script. A Senior Star is likely to play the role of the Chief Minister. Rest of the cast and crew will be finalized soon.

Virata Parvam is Now Postponed

As expected, the Postponement announcements pour in one after the other. This time it is Rana Daggubati’s Virata Parvam. They have announced the postponement from their earlier announced April 30th Release Date due to the COVID Second Wave impact.

This has come as a huge disappointment for Daggubati fans. Inspired from true events of 1990s, Rana plays the role of Comrade Ravanna who is known by his pen name Aranya. Sai Pallavi will be seen as his admirer named Vennela. Virata Parvam is going to narrate a wonderful love story in the backdrop of war.

D Suresh Babu is presenting the film and Sudhakar Cherukuri of Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Cinemas is bankrolling it. Dani Sanchez Lopez and Divakar Mani handled the cinematography, while Suresh Bobbili scores the music. Virata Parvam also stars Priyamani, Nanditha Das, Naveen Chandra, Zareena Wahab, Eswari Rao and Sai Chand in important roles.

Alia Bhatt Tests Negative for COVID

Bollywood Diva Alia Bhatt who has contracted Coronavirus earlier this month has recovered and is tested negative in the recent COVID-19 test. She has revealed this herself posting a picture in her social media account.

The actress, on Wednesday, posted a photo of herself smiling with all her heart for the camera and wrote: “The only time being negative is a good thing”. She tested positive when she was supposed to join the RRR shooting. She will now join the team soon and wrap up her portions.

Alia Bhatt is seen alongside Ram Charan in this movie which marks her Telugu debut. The actress plays Sita in the movie and her first look poster from the film was released recently on her Birthday. As of now, RRR is being readied for October 13th release.

Shankar Not Concentrating Enough on Ram Charan?

Sensational Director Shankar recently announced his next with Mega Powerstar Ram Charan. The Pre-production work of the film is going on and the regular shooting of the film will begin in July. But even before that, Shankar has announced his next film which will be made in Bollywood.

It is the official remake of Shankar’s previous Blockbuster, Anniyan (Aparachithudu in Telugu). Jayantilal Gada of Pen Studios will be bankrolling this project. The same production house is currently Chatrapathi Bollywood Remake with Bellamkonda Sreenivas.

On the other hand, Ram Charan fans are worried if Shankar is trying many things at a time. The director may be legally compelled to finish the balance portions of Kamal Hassan’s Indian 2. They hope this do not affect the quality of Ram Charan’s film.

Theaters in AP Going for An Indefinite Closure?

The Controversial Ticket Prices G.O. of Andhra Pradesh Government is threatening to close the theaters in the state. The Theaters in East Godavari are going to be shut indefinitely until Andhra Pradesh Government takes back the G.O. Talks are on to make it a Statewide Closure.

“With these rates, there is no way we can recover even the Power Charges and the VPF costs. The problems are more for theaters in villages and smaller towns. Most theaters have invested almost 2 Crore on Renovation and they are worried about their future,” Sources say.

After the postponement of the big films like Love Story and Tuck Jagadish, smaller films are trying to release moving the things forward. But a closure will mean that the entire industry will come to a standstill like a Pandemic like situation which will be a problem for several families surviving on the industry.