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Nag hikes his fee for Bigg Boss 4

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With the arrival of coronavirus pandemic, the calculations on the budgets are the need of the hour. Several actors and directors already announced that they would slash down their remunerations voluntarily to reduce the stress for the producers. Bigg Boss 4 is all set to start in August and the makers reduced the budget of the reality show already. The remunerations of all the contestants are reduced along with the prize money. The fourth season of Bigg Boss will also be completed in 50 days instead of 100 days.

King Nagarjuna will host Bigg Boss 4 but the actor hasn’t announced any cut in his paycheque. The actor hiked his fee by 25% when compared to the previous season. Nag’s remuneration is calculated as per the days he works for the show. The makers of Bigg Boss staged hunt but they could not find the right host after which they decided to go with Nagarjuna. The veteran actor too cashed the opportunity and he demanded huge remuneration for Bigg Boss 4. The show is expected to commence from the mid of August.

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Nag’s long-delayed project back on cards

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King Nagarjuna is out of track and none of his recent films minted money. The actor is busy with the shoot of Wild Dog, an action thriller that will release during summer. Nag was in talks with Kalyan Krishna Kurasala for Bangarraju, the sequel of Soggade Chinni Nayana from the past one and a half year. The project was initially planned to roll in May 2019 and is slated for Sankranthi 2020 release. But, Bangarraju got delayed due to various reasons.

As per the latest news, the film will start rolling from April this year. Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya will play the lead roles in this rural-based entertainer. Annapurna Studios are the producers and the film is aimed for January 2021 release. Nag recently heard the final draft and gave his nod. Kalyan Krishna is busy finalizing the actors, technicians and the shooting schedules are planned.

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Nagarjuna to release ’83’ in Telugu

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’83’ is one of the prestigious films made in Indian cinema and this sports drama is based on the life story of Indian star cricketer Kapil Dev. Directed by Kabir Singh, the film features Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. Vishnu Induri’s Vibri Media along with Reliance Entertainments are producing the film that will release during this summer in all the Indian languages.

King Nagarjuna is now associated with the project and he would present the Telugu version of 83. “India won its first world cup in 83 &we still get goosebumps when we think of that moment. Very happy to present the Telugu version of the film 83” revealed Nag. Annapurna Studios will release the Telugu version of 83 which is slated for April 10th 2020.

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Unidentified body found at Nagarjuna’s farmhouse

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The decompsed body of an unknown person was found in the farmhouse of popular Telugu actor Nagarjuna on the outskirts of Hyderabad, police said on Thursday.

According to police, the body was found on late Wednesday by few persons who were sent by the actor to examine the land and suggest a suitable crop for cultivation.

The body was found lying in a room at the farmhouse in Papireddyguda village of Shadnagar block and the persons immediately alerted the police, which shifted the body for autopsy.

A case was booked at Keshampet police station. Police said they launched an investigation to identify the body and were waiting for autopsy report.

Nagarjuna and his family members said to have visited the farm house recently and planted few saplings. However, for cultivation of some organic food crops, the actor had hired the services of few experts and sent them to the farmhouse for the survey.

The actor is said to have bought the 40-acre agriculture land about a year ago.

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Chiranjeevi is my inspiration, says Nagarjuna

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Tollywood ‘King’ Nagarjuna says Chiranjeevi is his inspiration. He has been interacting with various TV channels today on the occasion of independence day and he was promoting his recent movie Manmadhudu-2 and also taking the questions on Bigg boss 3 program, that has been hosted by him.

During this chitchat, one of the audience asked, who is his inspiration apart from ANR in film industry. Nagarjuna took no time to answer this question and replied quickly that Chiranjeevi is his inspiration and explained the reasons for the same quiet convincingly. He told he always admired the mythological roles played by senior NTR apart from the memorable roles played by ANR. However, they are very seniors, but in case of Chiranjeevi, he knows Chiranjeevi inside out as they both are from the same generation, Nagarjuna added. He also told that he has seen Chiranjeevi growing from ashes to top chair very closely i.e. from small characters, negative roles to star hero roles. He added that he has always seen that fire and passion in Chiranjeevi to achieve what he wants to achieve and that always inspired him.

He also spoke about Bigg boss 3 program and told that he watches each and every episode of Bigg boss, including unseen episodes in the app. Audience appreciated him for handling the show very deftly.

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Video: Manmadhudu-2 Team Interview

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Video: Manmadhudu 2 Movie Success Meet

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#DeeplyDisturbing effect on Manmadhudu 2

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Not even a single film of Nagarjuna in his entire career, including the likes of Bhai or Raju gari Gadhi 2 trolled like this by critics and audiences alike. Other day it is gloom and doom for his new release Manmadhudu 2 however. Cinema analysts, however, opine that this happened due to two women and their previous comments.

With all due respect to the good work put up by Chinmayi and Samantha on Twitter through their activism, they should have impartially knocked off their family and friends in the same meter. Especially when Chinmayi’s husband Rahul Ravindran directorial Manmadhudu 2 trailer was released, this trolling game has started on social media sites as they pointed at the kisses and double entendre dialogues of Nagarjuna inside it. Trollers included Samantha as well as she is the daughter in law of Akkineni khandan.

At that time, both Chinmayi and Samantha criticised director Sandeep Reddy Vanga for making Kabir Singh slap Preethi in Arjun Reddy Hindi version and commented on it with the hashtag #DeeplyDisturbing. Linking the same hashtag to Manmadhudu 2, trollers made an outrage of Nag’s dialogue where he says he will not pick farming just for a plate of food (in connection to falling in love and getting married).

Other day on the eve of film’s release, the peck by Rakul on Jhansi’s lips, followed by Nag’s double meaning dialogues and Rakul’s cigarette smoking, trollers had a feast targetting Samantha and Chinmayi. While they continued to blast them accusing that they are pseudo feminists, it’s Manmadhudu 2 that got entangled in loads of negativity.

This whole discussion happening on Twitter has two sides, but the trolling got more weight with Manmadhudu 2 unable to put a weight with its content.

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Manmadhudu 2 Review : Jabardasth like adult comedy !

Manmadhudu 2 Review

Manmadhudu 2 Review

Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5

Akkineni Nagarjuna returns back to rom-coms with Manmadhudu 2 which sees him playing a middle-aged bachelor who prefers casual flings to marriage. Directed by Rahul Ravindran, the film has Rakul Preet Singh as the leading lady and host of prominent actors in pivotal roles.

Can Manmadhudu 2 repeat the magic of Manmadhudu at the box office? Let’s find out. Here is our review.

Story :

Sam alias Sambasiva Rao ( Nagarjuna ) is a Casanova who lives in Portugal along with personal assistant Kishore ( Vennela Kishore).  His family pushes him to get married as he already past his marriage age. To get away from them, he requests and contracts Ms. Avantika ( Rakul Preet) to pretend as his lover for two weeks. Rest of the story is how the fake lover works with his family to get the things done.

Analysis:

Manmadhudu-2 story has nothing to do with its predecessor. Makers are honest to that extent and in prerelease interviews cautioned audience not to compare this film with ‘Manmadhudu’.
The story has backdrop of a city called ‘cassandhra’  located in Portugal. Though the intention is to be funny, the family setup and their characterizations are totally out of zone.
This film has a flimsy storyline which has shades of nineties Telugu movies. This farcical film largely depends on Vennela Kishore’s comedy which worked in first half, partial in 2nd half. The movie rides on Vennela Kishore and he gets more screentime than the protagonist. Hero Sam, Heroine Avantika roles have been written with no real strength to their characterizations. Nagarjuna’s onscreen image in his hayday is a ‘Heartthrob’, but in this film the thick line between a heartthrob and a womanizer is blurred and Sam characterization doesn’t appeal to his age. This character is a forgettable one for him. Looks-wise he is very good in this film though. Rakul preet Singh looked good, performed good as well.

Maybe to make this film appeal to youth, a generous dose of double entendre, adult comedy scenes are inserted. Even in the days of Jabardasth, the double meaning dialogues are too much to take and will be an uneasy watch with kids. Vennela Kishore as Kishore is hilarious for majority part of the film. Rao Ramesh excels as mamiah of Sam.

Even though Nagarjuna hesitates to admit, the reason Manmadhudu is a good watch even today is Trivikram’s punch dialogues and the timing. M2 fails big in that aspect, especially in the second half. The iconic Brahmanandam Escalator scene from the original is repeated in this movie again and was poorly executed.

Positives:

  • Nagarjuna’s looks
  • Vennela Kishore Comedy
  • High quality technical, production values

Negatives:

  • Poor direction, script writing
  • Weird story with no nativity
  • Lack of musical hit songs
  • Adult comedy crosses the line

Verdict

Manmadhudu-2 fails to meet the minimum bar of a franchise film. One wonders how Nagarjuna, who is a tasteful producer, allowed too much adult content as he has a good following in families. This film provides some youth appealing entertainment with its double meaning dialogues and leaves other departments unsatisfactorily. In an attempt to make a new generation hatke comedy film, director – writer Rahul Ravindran ended up making a film that doesn’t match to Nagarjuna’s stature.

Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5

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What exactly happened between Nag and Trivikram

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From the past one week, there are speculations about the drift between Nagarjuna and director Trivikram. Nag during the pre-release event of Manmadhudu 2 preferred not to give any credit of Manmadhudu to Trivikram though he left the director Vijay Bhaskar in heaps of praises. Even during his recent media interactions, Nag stood away from talking about Trivikram which made clear that all is not well between Nag and Trivikram.

Going into the details, after the disaster of Akhil and Hello, Nag approached Trivikram and asked him to direct Akhil. He even offered a hefty package for the project. Trivikram without rejecting or accepting stood calm and did not respond about the offer. This irked Nag and things are not smooth between them. Now Nag decided not to give the credit to Trivikram for Manmadhudu. Nag’s Manmadhudu 2 is releasing tomorrow. Rahul Ravindran is the director and Rakul Preet Singh is the female lead.

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Nag’s Flawless Presence in Hey Menina- Manmadhudu 2!

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King Nagarjuna has surely defied age with his perfectionist looks and youngest appearance in his latest release Manmadhudu-2. He has been looking as fit as he was in the earlier Manmadhudu which released 14 years ago! The makers of Manmadhudu-2 are aggressively promoting the film which is due for release this Friday. With a strong cast including Rakul Preet Singh as the female lead, Lakshmi, Vennela Kishore and Rao Ramesh in pivotal roles, Manmadhudu-2 is directed by Rahul Ravindran.

The latest one minute video of the famous song Hey Menina has been released and Nag looks charming as ever in it. With breathtaking locations blended with foot tapping rhythmic music, the song’s video has definitely increased expectations on the main flick. Nag’s costumes are quite stylish and suited his aura perfectly.

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Big Boss 3 TVR : Nagarjuna beats NTR and Nani

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Highly popular Telugu reality show Big Boss is now into its third season. After NTR and Nani, it is Akkineni Nagarjuna’s turn to steer the show with his impeccable anchoring. As the first two seasons emerged as super hits on small screen with solid ratings, the third season is expected to draw more attention from the audience. And rightly the third season is off to a terrific start.

As per the latest reports, the first episode of the third season garnered an unprecedented viewership in the history of the show. While the NTR set a benchmark with 15.41 points, Nani couldn’t surpass him as he fell short with 14.70 points in his first episode. But, Nagarjuna has surpassed both of them and set a record with 17.24 points which is the highest till date. Nagarjuna is a popular host in audience as he previously bagged brownie points for his hosting skills in Meelo Yevaru Koteswarudu.

While NTR proved he is peerless with his inimitable timing and energy levels, Nani thoroughly impressed with his subtle approach. Till now, Nagarjuna impressed with his easy-going and relaxed hosting skills. He hasn’t shown any signs of nervousness and pulled off the episodes quite effortlessly. It remains to be seen if Nagarjuna can continue the same tempo in the coming weeks or not.

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Video: Manmadhudu 2 Second Song Launch

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Video: Akkineni Nagarjuna Launched Guna 369 3rd Song

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Video: Nagarjuna Superb Answers to Media Questions

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Video: Manmadhudu-2 Trailer Launch

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Nag puzzled about Manmadhudu 2 Release

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King Nagarjuna is busy wrapping up the shoot of his next film Manmadhudu 2. Directed by Rahul Ravindran, this romantic drama has been carrying decent expectations. Tollywood audience were left surprised after the film has been announced for August 9th release, less than a week before Saaho release. Nag is left puzzled about the release of Manmadhudu 2 as there are a bunch of projects releasing in August and September.

Sharwanand’s Ranarangam is announced for August 2nd release. Adivi Sesh’s Evaru is hitting the screens on August 23rd and Nani’s Gang Leader is slated for August 30th release. Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya’s multi-starrer Venky Mama, Varun Tej’s Valmiki and Gopichand’s Chanakya are slated for September release. Hence, Nag announced that Manmadhudu 2 will release on August 9th as he wanted a solo release for the film. As of now, there is no clarity on the release date and the final date may change. Rakul Preet Singh is the female lead.

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Nagarjuna work out in Portugal

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Akkineni Nagarjuna took to his Twitter to share a video of his work out in Portugal along with Rakul Preet Singh and Vennela Kishore while shooting for Manmadhudu-2.

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Finally: Akkinenis left delighted

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Akkineni Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya and Akhil haven’t tasted success in recent years. Though Nag did not express, he was left worried with the careers of Chaitu and Akhil. Chaitanya keeping the results of his films aside, signed back to back films and wrapped up on time. He tested his luck with Majili which released yesterday and received a top-notch response from the audience. The film registered stunning numbers on day one and the performances of Chaitanya, Samantha received rave reviews.

The entire Akkineni family watched the film in a private screening in Annapurna Studios Thursday night. Nagarjuna was the happiest among the family and he is left delighted with the film’s result. The entire family celebrated after Majili brought much-needed success. Directed by Shiva Nirvana, the film featured Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Divyansha Kaushik in the lead roles. Shine Screens produced Majili and the film is expected to end up as the biggest hit in Naga Chaitanya’s career.

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On the sets of Nagarjuna’s “Manmadhudu-2”

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