I'd like to make a mark as baddie: Aadarsh Balakrishna

Chennai, July 30 : Actor Aadarsh Balakrishna, who will be pitted against Ram Charan in upcoming Telugu film "Govindudu Andarivadele", says he would like to make a mark as a successful baddie in the industry as he strongly feels there's a dearth of young villains.


Karthika will stun audiences with stunts: Chinni Krishna

Chennai, July 29 : Actress Karthika Nair will be seen in an action avatar for the first time in upcoming yet-untitled Telugu action comedy and the director of the film feels that actress will stun audiences with her stunts in the movie.


Age was never a concern to enter filmdom: 'Run Raja Run' director

Chennai, July 29 : Debutant director Sujeeth, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Telugu romantic actioner "Run Raj Run", says he was never concerned about his age before entering films as he firmly believes talent is the deciding factor for survival in the industry.


Harshvardhan Rane teams up with Ravi Babu for 'Avunu 2'

Chennai, July 28 : Actor-filmmaker Harshvardhan Rane has teamed up with director Ravi Babu for the second time for Telugu horror-thriller "Avunu 2", a sequel to the 2012 movie "Avunu".


Sripriya happy with success of 'Drishyam'

Chennai, July 28 : Filmmaker Sripriya's latest Telugu directorial "Drishyam", an eponymous remake of a Malayalam blockbuster, has struck gold at the box-office and has left her extremely delighted with the film's success.


Modelling gave me confidence to be in movies: Avantika Mishra

Chennai, July 27 : Model-turned-actress Avantika Mishra, who will soon be seen in forthcoming Telugu thriller "Maaya", says she neither has any filmy background nor any experience, but modelling gave her the confidence to try acting.


'Pandiya Naadu' villain set for Telugu debut

Chennai, July 27 : Model-turned-actor Harish Uthaman, who rose to fame with his villainous role in last year's Tamil blockbuster "Pandiya Naadu", is making his Telugu debut with upcoming actioner "Power". He will also be seen in Gopichand's yet-untitled next Telugu film.


'Alludu Seenu' - a blessed son sans talent (Telugu Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Alludu Seenu"; Cast - Bellamkonda Srinivas, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Brahmanandam, Prakash Raj, Pradeep Rawat, Tanikella Bharani and Tamannaah Bhatia; Director - V.V Vinayak; Rating: *


Pavan's next along the lines of 'Ninne Pelladutha'

Chennai, July 26 : Telugu romantic-drama "Prem Ishq Kadhal" fame Pavan Sadhineni is ready with his next directorial in the language titled "Zindagi", which will be made along the lines of Akkineni Nagarjuna's "Ninne Pelladutha".


Nagarjuna enjoys 'pressure, pleasure' of hosting TV show

Chennai, July 26 : Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who is busy hosting the Telugu version of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" titled "Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, says he enjoys the pressure and pleasure of hosting the show which is a hit on the small screen.


'Gopala Gopala' first look out on Krishna Janmashtami

Chennai, July 24 : If all goes as planned, then the first look poster of the Telugu remake of "OMG: Oh My God", titled "Gopala Gopala", will be unveiled on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami Aug 16.


'Rowdy Fellow' to feature remix song of senior NTR

Chennai, July 23 : A song from Senior Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR)-starrer 1969 Telugu film Bhale Tammudu has been remixed and used in upcoming Telugu actioner Rowdy Fellow. By including the remixed version, the makers intend to pay tribute to the legendary actor.


Pawan Kalyan to be seen for 25 minutes in 'Gopala Gopala'

Hyderabad, July 22 : Actor Pawan Kalyan, who plays Lord Krishna in the Telugu remake of "OMG: Oh My God" titled "Gopala Gopala", will be seen for 25 minutes in the film. He started shooting for the film here Monday.


Chiranjeevi to feature in Telugu version of 'KBC'

Hyderabad, July 22 : Actor-turned politician Chiranjeevi will soon be seen in the hot seat of Telugu version of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" titled "Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu", hosted by actor Akkineni Nagarjuna.


Srinivas never behaved like a newcomer: Prakash Raj

Chennai, July 21 : Actor-filmmaker Prakash Raj is floored by the dedication of actor Bellamkonda Srinivas, who is making his acting debut with forthcoming Telugu actioner "Alludu Seenu". Prakash says he never behaved like a newcomer on sets of the film.


Europe beckons 'Yamaleela 2' team

Chennai, July 21 : The team of upcoming Telugu fantasy film "Yamaleela 2" will soon be heading to some exotic locations in Europe such as Switzerland, Slovenia, Milan and Italy to shoot important portions of the film.


When Harshvardhan Rane dons dhoti for 'Maaya'

Hyderabad, July 21 : Customers of Kalamandir store recently here were in for a surprise when actor Harshvardhan Rane along his co-stars Avantika Mishra and Sushma Raj broke into a 'dhoti' dance as part of the promotions for their upcoming Telugu thriller "Maaya".


Money, establishment not required to make film: Rajamouli

Chennai, July 20 : Ace filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli is in accord with his counterpart Ram Gopal Varma's (RGV) philosophy that money and establishment are not required to make a film and that story and determination matter the most.


Sathya filmed 'Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka' at over 100 locations

Chennai, July 20 : Director Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty says he "followed the script" and shot his upcoming Tamil-Telugu directorial debut "Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka", inspired by true events, in over 100 locations in the country to keep the narrative "authentic".


Glamour differs from actor to actor: Seerat Kapoor

Chennai, July 20 : Glamour does get you noticed, says actress Seerat Kapoor, who is making her acting debut with upcoming Telugu action-thriller "Run Raja Run", but says it differs from one actor to another and is based on how one wants to be portrayed on screen.


When 'Yagavarayinuma' lead actors stuck posters on road

Chennai, July 17 : Actors Aadi Pinisetty and Nikki Galrani, who play the lead in upcoming Tamil-Telugu thriller "Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka", recently released the first look poster of their film by walking and sticking it on the road here.


Santosh Srinivas enjoyed directing Jr. NTR in 'Rabhasa'

Chennai, July 17 : Santosh Srinivas is a bundle of joy after working with Junior Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) in upcoming Telugu action-drama "Rabhasa". He says he thoroughly enjoyed directing the actor, who is one of top stars in the southern film industry.


'Drishyam' rakes in Rs.5.23 crore in opening weekend

Chennai, July 15 : Venkatesh-starrer Telugu family thriller "Drishyam", which is the eponymous remake of a Malayalam blockbuster, has minted Rs.5.23 crore in the opening weekend in Andhra Pradesh.


Would like to work with Aadi every year: Sampath Nandi

Chennai, July 14 : Filmmaker Sampath Nandi says he's so impressed with actor Aadi Pudipeddi's work in upcoming Telugu romantic-drama "Gaalipatam" that he wishes to work with him every year going forward.


Mahesh Babu bags best actor Filmfare south award

Chennai, July 13 : Mahesh Babu won the best actor for Telugu movie "SVSC", while Nayantara bagged the best actress trophy for her perforamnce in Tamil film "Raja Rani" for the year 2013 at the star-studded 61st Filmfare Awards southern edition.


Nagarjuna's TV show on top for fourth week in a row

Chennai, July 13 : Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna's TV show "Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudua" has registered a record high score of 10.8 Television Viewer Ratings (TVR) once again and occupied the top slot for fourth week in a row.


Learn to make cost-effective films from RGV: Navdeep

Chennai, July 9 : Actor Navdeep, who has collaborated with Ram Gopal Varma for forthcoming Telugu thriller "Ice Cream", says the filmmaker knows how to make cost-effective films and that other filmmakers should learn from him the art of avoiding unnecessarily expenditure on a film.


Broken star trappings with 'Drishyam': Venkatesh

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, July 9 : Actor Daggubati Venkatesh has many firsts with Telugu thriller "Drishyam". This is his first non-commercial film and his maiden venture with a female director. He says the "challenging" remake has helped him break all the trappings of a star.


Haven't confirmed film with Chiranjeevi: V.V. Vinayak

Chennai, July 9 : Refuting rumours that he will be directing megastar Chiranjeevi's 150th film, filmmaker V.V. Vinayak has said that he hasn't yet confirmed a project with the actor. He says he's still waiting for the veteran's nod.


With 'Drishyam' we celebrate 50 years in production: Suresh Babu

Chennai, July 8 : Producer Suresh Babu is extremely thrilled that his forthcoming Telugu thriller "Drishyam" will mark 50 years of their production house.


'Drishyam' cleared with U certificate

Chennai, July 8 : Actor Daggubati Venkatesh-starrer Telugu thriller "Drishyam", an eponymous remake of a Malayalam blockbuster, has been passed with a U certificate by the Central Board of Film Certicification - and without cuts.


Extension of 'Oka Romantic Crime' in the offing: Director

Chennai, July 7 : Director Suneel Kumar Reddy's yet-untitled next Telugu film will be an extension of his last directorial "Oka Romantic Crime Katha". He has even retained the same cast and crew for the film.


Haven't signed any Telugu film yet: Kamal Haasan

Hyderabad, July 7 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan has admitted that he's in talks with a few Telugu directors to do a film, but says he hasn't signed a film yet in the language.


'Drishyam' will connect with common man: Suresh Babu

Chennai, July 6 : Producer Suresh Babu is confident that Telugu thriller "Drishyam", which releases Friday, will instantly connect with every common man because of its appealing family sentiment.


Telugu movie actresses ruling the roost in Tamil filmdom

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, July 5 : With a perfect combination of beauty and brains, actresses from the Telugu film world have gained a strong foothold in Tamil filmdom in the recent past.


Friends, family persuaded me to act: Sushma Raj

Chennai, July 3 : Sushma Raj was content with her fashion designing course and her life as a model, and had no desire to join films. But her family and friends made her don the greasepaint, she says.


Mahesh Babu to make cameo in 'Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini'

Chennai, July 2 : Superstar Mahesh Babu, who is busy wrapping up Telugu actioner "Aagadua", will be seen in a cameo role in upcoming Telugu film "Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini", starring his brother-in-law Sudheer Babu.


Working with RGV matters more than a hit film: Tejaswi

Chennai, July 2 : Actress Tejaswi Madivada, who is playing the lead in Ram Gopal Varma-directed Telugu thriller "Ice Cream", says working with the auteur matters the most to her and not whether he is able to churn out hit films or not.


Shanvi Srivastava learns acting nuances from Sumalatha

Chennai, July 1 : Actress Shanvi Srivastava, who is currently shooting with yesteryear actress Sumalatha Ambareesh for upcoming Kannada remake of Telugu hit "Ala Modalaindi", says the film has given her an opportunity to learn the art of subtle acting from her senior colleague.


'Autonagar Surya' makes slow start, expert blame delay in release

Chennai, June 30 : Actor Akkineni Naga Chaitanya-starrer costly Telugu actioner "Autonagar Surya" could earn just Rs.5.8 crore in the opening weekend in Andhra Pradesh. Experts blame delay in its release for its poor performance at the box office.


Nagarjuna overjoyed with response to his TV debut

Chennai, June 29 : Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who recently made his television debut with the Telugu version of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" titled "Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu" (MEK), is ecstatic with the response to his show and his performance on the tube.


'Hora Hori' team awaits monsoon to shoot in rain

Chennai, June 28 : Filmmaker Dharma Teja, who is ready with his next Telugu film titled "Hora Hori", says he is eagerly waiting for the monsoon to arrive as he plans to shoot some important sequences of his film in the rain.


Tamannaah a value addition to 'Baahubali': Rajamouli

Chennai, June 28 : Ace filmmaker S.S Rajamouli has teamed up with actress Tamannaah Bhatia for the first time in upcoming Telugu-Tamil bilingual "Baahubali". He is so impressed with the latter's potential that he feels she's a value addition to the project.


Naga Chaitanya would like to again work with Deva Katta

Chennai, June 27 : Actor Naga Chaitanya-starrer Telugu actioner "Autonagar Surya", directed by Deva Katta, released Friday after a delay of almost a year. Chaitanya says he would like work with the film's director again.


'Baahubali' to be high on VFX: Rajamouli

Chennai, June 26 : Magnum opus "Baahubali", slated to release next year, will be a "thrilling" experience for the audiences with some awe-inspiring visual effects pulled off by international technicians, says the film's director S.S Rajamouli.


Happy with 'Oohalu Gusagusalade' success: Director

Chennai, June 26 : First time director Srinivas Avasarala is extremely happy with the response he has received for his recent Telugu romantic-drama "Oohalu Gusagusalade" and this has motivated him to make more films.


Excited to be sharing screen space with Pawan: Venkatesh

Chennai, June 25 : In the Telugu remake of "OMG: Oh My God", titled "Gopala Gopala", two of Telugu cinema's top stars - Daggubati Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan are sharing screen space. Venkatesh says he's really excited to be working alongside the latter.


Success of 'Drishyam' will encourage women directors: Nadiya

Chennai, June 24 : Actress Nadiya feels the success of upcoming Telugu thriller "Drishyam", directed by Sripriya Rajkumar, will encourage a lot of women directors to join the directorial bandwagon.


'Janmasthanam' will appeal to women audiences: Director

Chennai, June 24 : Director Om Sai Prakash says his upcoming Telugu-Kannada bilingual "Janmasthanam", about the problems women are facing today in the society, will appeal to women audiences in particular as he feels they will easily connect with the story.


'Swamy Ra Ra' made me an established actor: Nikhil Siddhartha

Chennai, June 23 : Nikhil Siddhartha, who hasn't had a release since last year's Telugu blockbuster "Swamy Ra Ra", says the film made him an established actor and it changed his priorities as an actor.


Nagarjuna's television debut stirs up a storm

Chennai, June 23 : Telugu superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna, who recently made his small-screen debut with the Telugu version of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" titled "Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu" (MEK), registered the highest Gross Rating Points (GRP) last week.


Lucky to be paired with top heroines in cameos: Harshvardhan Rane

Chennai, June 23 : Actor Harshavardhan Rane, who is playing cameos in two Telugu projects - comedy-thriller "Geethanjali" and a yet-untitled film - says he doesn't mind doing these special appearances because he gets to work with some top heroines of the industry.


Telugu dubbed version of 'London Bridge' to release

Chennai, June 22 : Malayalam hit "London Bridge", will soon be released in Telugu. The Telugu version, which is currently in the dubbing phase, is slated for release in July and the makers are confident of its success.


'Drishyam' makers launch jigsaw puzzle game on Facebook

Chennai, June 22 : The makers of upcoming Telugu thriller "Drishyam", remake of Malayalam blockbuster of the same name, have launched a jigsaw puzzle on the social networking site Facebook. The game has already generated a lot of buzz as it allows users to win prizes every day.


'Indrudu' - keeps you awake (Telugu Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Film: "Indrudu"; Cast: Vishal Krishna, Lakshmi Menon, Iniya, Jagan, Sunder Ramu, Jayaprakash and Saranya Ponvannan; Director: Thiru; Rating: **1/2


Delay in release won't affect 'Autonagar Surya': Dil Raju

Chennai, June 20 : Ace producer Dil Raju has acquired the distribution rights of forthcoming Telugu actioner "Autonagar Surya", which is releasing after nearly a year's delay. He says he's confident about the film's success.


Telangana Film Producers' Guild bats for small Telugu movies

Hyderabad, June 18 : No tax on small-budget movies, medical insurance for technicians and subsidy for small films are some of the demands put forth by the Telangana Film Producers' Guild (TFPG) in an effort to support the Telangana film industry.


I enjoy storytelling more than acting: Srinivas Avasarala

Chennai, June 18 : Actor Srinivas Avasarala's passion for writing and storytelling encouraged him to don the director's hat for forthcoming Telugu romantic-comedy "Oohalu Gusagusalade". He says he enjoys the storytelling process more than acting.


Working again with Swati improved my performance: Nikhil

Chennai, June 17 : Actor Nikhil Siddhartha, who has teamed up with Swathi Reddy for the second time in a row in upcoming Telugu-Tamil bilingual "Karthikeya", says collaborating with her helped him improve his performance as an actor.


Romancing three heroines in 'Maaya' a challenge: Harshvardhan

Chennai, June 17 : Actor Harshvardhan Rane, who is paired with three heroines in upcoming Telugu thriller "Maaya", says the experience was challenging because he had to romance them with different emotions.