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‘Pushpa’ music composer Devi Sri Prasad to hoist Indian flag on Times Square

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One of the leading music directors of the Tamil and Telugu film industries, Devi Sri Prasad, who was most recently in the news because of his score for ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, will hoist the Tricolour at Times Square in New York on the Independence Day-eve.

The music director, who has delivered several chartbusters, took to social media to make this announcement.

He said: “I am truly honoured to be invited as the Guest of Honour for the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in New York and the Indian flag hoisting on Times Square on the eve of the 75th Independence Day of India.”

The event has been organised by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA).

Interestingly, mega star Kamal Haasan, too, will be in the United States on Independence Day. He will hoist the National Flag at an event organised by the Association of Indo-Americans in the United States. The actor will also be honoured for completing 63 years in the Indian film industry.

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Devi Sri Prasad collaborates with Armaan Malik

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Music composer Devi Sri Prasad, the man behind the musical force of the Allu Arjun-starrer, ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, has now joined hands with playback singer Armaan Malik for a new song titled ‘Kothaga Ledhenti’, in the upcoming Telugu film ‘Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga’.

While DSP has directed music for Kothaga Ledhenti, Armaan Malik has lent his voice to the song. Collaborating with each other has been a long held dream for both artistes. Commenting on the development, Devi Sri Prasad said in a statement, “These are exciting times for the Indian music industry. I’m excited that North and South are joining hands with this song.”

“It’s great to see everyone collaborating for some meaningful art in the industry. Armaan and I have always wanted to come together for a song and this is the perfect opportunity”, he added.

Armaan also took to his Twitter and wrote, “After many years of knowing each other we finally got to do a song together! I’m excited for y’all to listen to #KothagaLedhenti with rockstar @ThisisDSP.”

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Devi Sri Prasad has already composed 3 chartbuster songs for ‘Pushpa 2’

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Following the stupendous success of ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, musician Devi Shri Prasad is said to have composed three songs for the much-awaited sequel.

It is reported that DSP has already composed three songs for the upcoming movie ‘Pushpa: The Rule’ or ‘Pushpa 2’.

As the movie was not planned to be a two-part affair, DSP had readied a couple of songs earlier. The makers had dropped the plan in the middle and made the movie into two parts, DSP had to wrap up the music for the first part.

Now that the makers are all set to begin shooting for the second part, Devi had worked on minute changes for his previously composed songs and completed three songs for the sequel, a source reported.

Allu Arjun, who was seen as a sandalwood smuggler in ‘Pushpa’, will be seen in a more intense role in ‘Pushpa: The Rule’. Sukumar helms the movie under the Mythri Movie Makers banner in association with Muthamsetty Media.

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Pushpa Movie Review – Allu Arjun the only positive

Pushpa Movie review

Pushpa Movie review

Telugu360 Rating  : 2.75/5

Story: 

Pushparaju is a daily wage worker with the ambition and attitude to win big. Set in the forest backdrop of the Seshachalam forest, the film follows Pushpa’s rise from a coolie to that of a red sandalwood syndicate leader.

Analysis :

The film opens with a voice over describing the demand for red sandalwood in the international market, via graphics in an interesting reverse flow from the consumer in Japan to the Seshachalam forest from where it is smuggled via Chennai & China. Pushpa’s introduction as a coolie in the gang is rustic and seemingly authentic. Pushpa’s character is well established through the first half as a realistically greedy youth who aims to reach the next level of success with just his guts and foresight. The rustic Chittor Forest village set up, people and dialect are done effectively. For most part director Sukumar maintained the subtle narration without over-the-top heroism. However, it borders the line of a flat narrative. The lack of a proper villain does not help the movie either. Ajay Ghosh, Suneel and Rao Ramesh played villains and honestly there isn’t much conflict here to generate rugged action scenes of any sort. Heroine Raskmika’s characterization as a routine village girl in a deglamorized role has nothing to talk about.

Given the smuggling background and hype built around the extravagant budget, any audience expecting action episode will be surely disappointed. The red sandalwood syndicate has Suneel as its lead – a poor casting choice, the Reddy brothers – nothing to offer in terms of villainy. Samantha’s item song is a commercial add on.

Songs Dakko Dakko Meka, Chupe Bangaramaayene , Oo Antava songs are in first half, superhit audio Saamy song is into second half.

Second half shows Pushpa try to win his lady love, his humiliation around the circumstances of his birth, minister’s attempt to deescalate the rift within the smuggling syndicate. As expected, Pushpa becomes the smuggling syndicate kingpin. When all seems well for Pushpa both professionally and romantically, Sukumar introduces Shekawat (Fahaad Faazil) as a new police office and gives the audience 30 minutes of filler scenes ending with Pushpa preaching to Shekawat.

Sukumar’s mark direction is a clear miss, with exception to adhering to the rustic backdrop. Cinematography is good enough, but the major disappointment is DSP’s background score and the very bad sound design. Perhaps audiography team did not have time to complete the rerecording work. Most of the film appears to have leveraged Spot Dubbing technique. Visual effects are not up to the mark either.

Allu Arjun as Pushpa has put in his best efforts and acted superb. His body language, performance, and diction (complete Chittor dialect) are excellent. He will be appreciated by one and all and is the only saving grace in the movie. His friend keshava role is good as well. Rest of the cast has nothing much to get appreciation.

Positives :

• Allu Arjun’s fantastic performance
• Two Songs ( Saamy , Oo Antava )
• Authentic rustic, rural setup

Negatives :

• Slow narration in the first half
• Horrible technical values mainly audiography , Visual Effects
• Poor casting of villains and lack of strong conflict points
• Missing Sukumar’s magic
• Unnecessary dragging scenes of 2nd half including the climax

Verdict :

‘Pushpa’ doesn’t live up to the expectations. The story of a Sandalwood smuggler who grows from a ‘Coolie’ to ‘Syndicate Boss’ has been narrated in a flat manner. Allu Arjun characterization, dialogues stand out. Second half is a BIG letdown and audience may keep wondering what the purpose of the last 30 minutes and the climax episode was. As you walk out, you can’t help but think if part 2 will ever be made.

Telugu360 Rating  : 2.75/5

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Bunny will get a National Award for Pushpa

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Stylish Star Allu Arjun transformed himself well for the role of Pushpa and he will be seen as a lorry driver and a don in his upcoming release Pushpa. Sukumar is the director and the film releases this Friday. Rockstar Devi Sri Prasad interacted with the press today and during his interaction, he said that Bunny will win a national award for his portrayal as Pushpa. “I really hope Icon Star Allu Arjun wins a National award for Pushpa” told DSP.

The promotional activities are currently going on. Sukumar is ready with the final copy of the film and the pre-release sales for the film are fantastic. Allu Arjun’s transformation, performance and Sukumar’s presentation are the major highlights of Pushpa. The film is made on a budget of Rs 200 crores and is produced by Mythri Movie Makers. Rashmika Mandanna is the heroine and Fahadh Faasil is the lead antagonist.

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‘Seeti maar’ composer to come up with independent Hindi tracks

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Music composer Devi Sri Prasad aka DSP has been riding high after the success of his Hindi track ‘Seeti maar’ featuring Salman Khan, and more recently with Allu Arjun’s track ‘Jaago jaago bakre’.

The composer now reveals that he will soon release some independent Hindi tracks. DSP is known for singing and composing tracks in Telugu and Tamil as well.

“Very soon you are going to see a few of my singles coming out. It has always been one of my biggest dreams. They will have fresh lyrics and music videos. We are making big plans for the venture,” DSP tells IANS.

His recent track ‘Jaago jaago bakre’ was sung and released in five different languages, receiving instant appreciation from the listeners.

The composer feels this is the right time to push independent music.

“This is the right time because from the last one-and-a-half years, ever since the lockdown started, singles are actually the ones which are doing better than the movie songs, because no movies were releasing. The singles took the main stage. It is the right time for every artiste to display their work. May be this month or next month, something should come out,” he says.

Earlier, DSP had been a guest composer for Salman’s film “Ready”, before composing the track ‘Daddy mummy’ for the movie ‘Bhaag Johnny’.

After the track ‘Seeti maar’ from ‘Radhe’, he will be seen composing for more Hindi movies.

“I am working on a couple of Hindi projects right now, but we don’t know the dates of the releases because of Covid. But by the end of the year, you will hear some more of my Hindi numbers,” he signs off.

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Allu Arjun sends a rocking gift to composer Devi Sri Prasad

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Music composer Devi Sri Prasad was in for a surprise when he received a gift from Telugu star Allu Arjun. Prasad took to Twitter on Thursday to share a beautiful wall sign with his initials carved in it, which Arjun gifted.

Devi Sri Prasad, who is composing music for Arjun’s upcoming film “Pushpa”, uploaded a video of unwrapping the gift.

He captioned it as: “A SURPRISE ‘ROCKSTAR’ Gift from the ‘ICON STAR’ @alluarjun. Thank you so much my dearest Brother Bunny boy.. What a Lovely Surprise!! Totally unexpected!! Daaaamn Sweet of U #PUSHPA.”

Arjun has resumed shooting for “Pushpa” and will shoot for 30 days here.

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DSP onboard for a Bollywood biggie

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Rockstar Devi Sri Prasad recently recomposed his super hit number Seetimaar in Salman Khan’s upcoming movie Radhe. Though the visuals are not so appealing, the song is a smashing hit across the Bollywood circles. The young composer now bagged a Bollywood opportunity. He is roped in to compose the music for Ranveer Singh’s upcoming movie Cirkus that is directed by Rohit Shetty. Devi Sri Prasad is on board to compose two songs and the young composer locked the first song.

While one of them is a party number, the second one is a romantic number. The shooting portions except the songs are completed for the movie. Ranveer Singh will be seen in a dual role in this comic entertainer and Jacqueline Fernandez, Pooja Hegde are the leading ladies. T Series and Reliance Entertainment are the producers. The film is announced for December 2021 release.

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DSP about reprising Seetimaar for Salman Khan’s Radhe

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Tollywood sensational music composer Devi Sri Prasad composed several chartbusters in his career. Some of them have been picked up and reprised in Bollywood. The super hit number ‘Ringa Ringa’ from Arya 2 is used in Salman Khan’s Ready movie as Dhinka Chika and the song is a super hit. After a while, Devi Sri Prasad composed one more song in Salman Khan’s upcoming release Radhe. He recomposed ‘Seetimaar’ song from Allu Arjun’s Duvvada Jagannadham. Devi Sri Prasad responded about the opportunity and why he picked up Seetimaar. He said that he received a call from Prabhudeva who wanted a peppy song for Radhe.

“After Prabhudeva approached me, I suggested Seetimaar from DJ. Prabhudeva was completely impressed. He showed the song to Salman Khan and the top actor personally asked me to compose the song for him in Radhe. Seetimaar is a Hindi word and I always wanted the song to be composed in Hindi. Salman loved the final mix and he asked us to go ahead. The full song from Radhe will be released soon. The song is recomposed considering Salman Khan in mind. I was present on the sets when the shoot of the song took place and we had a blast” told DSP.

Radhe directed by Prabhudeva is announced for May 13th release. Disha Patani is the heroine and Salman Khan, Sohail Khan produced this action entertainer.

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DSP slashes down his Remuneration

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Rockstar Devi Sri Prasad is the highest-paid music composer of Telugu cinema among the youngsters. His recent music albums received a mixed response. He even lost opportunities which left him worried. Directors like Koratala Siva who worked with DSP alone staged a hunt for other options. WithThaman delivering back to back musical blockbusters, DSP is left in self-defense mode. The young composer decided to prevent further damage and is focused on his upcoming projects. Devi Sri Prasad’s recent music album Uppena is a smashing hit. His fans are delighted saying that Uppena marks a perfect comeback for DSP.

Devi Sri Prasad also hinted that he is not much bothered about the paycheque and would be flexible as per the project and the budget. He even slashed down his remuneration for his upcoming movies. He is composing the music for Allu Arjun and Sukumar’s Pushpa which is high on expectations. DSP is not in a hurry and he turned selective after the recent happenings. He will compose the music for F3, Ravi Teja’s Khiladi and couple of other projects. DSP aims for a strong comeback in 2021. Hope the young composer returns back with a bang.

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DSP all set to bounce back with Pushpa

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After delivering some pale and poor music albums, top music composer Devi Sri Prasad was dropped from several big-budget projects. He is working on the music of Allu Arjun’s next film that will be directed by Sukumar. The tunes for this music album are completed recently and Sukumar is working closely with the lyric writers to complete the songs. Allu Arjun too went through the tunes and gave his nod.

Devi Sri Prasad is completely focused on Pushpa as it is a crucial film for the composer to bounce back. Thaman raced to the top with the blockbuster album Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and bagged several biggies in the recent months. DSP has no exciting projects except Pushpa. Sukumar and Allu Arjun are extremely impressed with the tunes of DSP. The shoot of Pushpa commences in October and the film is aimed for summer 2021 release.

The film is an action thriller set in the backdrop of Sesachalam forests and it discusses about red sandalwood mafia. Allu Arjun plays a lorry driver in this action entertainer and DSP composed the right tunes as per the situations narrated by Sukumar. Pushpa will also have an electrifying item number which will be shot on a lavish scale. A Bollywood beauty will shake leg with Allu Arjun in this special song. Rashmika is the leading lady and Mythri Movie Makers are the producers.

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DSP and Sukumar ready for a musical feast

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Sukumar and Devi Sri Prasad delivered chartbusters over these years and all the albums in their combo lived up to their expectations. DSP who is running in a lean phase took it as an opportunity to bounce back and is working for Sukumar’s next film Pushpa. Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna are the lead actors in this action thriller. The music sittings of the film commenced last month and Devi Sri Prasad is ready with all the five tunes for Pushpa.

Sukumar is thoroughly impressed with the tunes which also has an item number included. Allu Arjun gave a freehand for Sukumar and DSP respecting their combination and their past works. The shoot of Pushpa is expected to commence from September or October as per the news. All the necessary permissions are acquired currently as the film has to be shot mostly in forests. The film marks the pan Indian debut of Allu Arjun and the film has several prominent actors from other Indian languages. To be shot on lavish scales, Pushpa will be produced by Mythri Movie Makers.

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DSP bags a golden opportunity

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Powerstar Pawan Kalyan and mass helmer Harish Shankar are joining hands for the second time and Powerstar fans are all excited about the project. The regular shoot of this film starts next year once Pawan Kalyan completes his current commitments. On the occasion of Gabbar Singh completing 8 years, Harish Shankar announced that Devi Sri Prasad will be composing the tunes for Pawan Kalyan’s film. DSP already started working on the tunes and is in touch with Harish Shankar.

This is sure a golden opportunity for DSP who is running low currently. Harish Shankar is working on the script and he will narrate it to Pawan soon. Mythri Movie Makers will produce this mass entertainer. Pawan Kalyan will complete the shoot of Vakeel Saab after which he would join the sets of Krish’s film before he joins the project of Harish Shankar.

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An acid test for Devi Sri Prasad

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Among the young generation of music composers, Devi Sri Prasad raced to the top spot and enjoyed star status among the music directors of Telugu cinema. With back to back hits, he even charged huge remuneration for his projects. However as days passed, his music lacked freshness and he composed several pale albums after which all the top directors of Telugu cinema started ignoring him. At the same time, Thaman raced to the top with back to back hits.

Sukumar and Devi Sri Prasad combo delivered chartbusters and Sukumar once again roped in DSP for Allu Arjun’s film. There went a huge debate but Sukumar voted for DSP and Allu Arjun too supported DSP for the project. Now DSP will face an acid test and he needs to deliver a blockbuster album to return back with a bang. After a musical hit like Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo for Allu Arjun, DSP should impress Allu Arjun fans at any cost. If they fall short of expectations, he will be vanished.

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DSP to compose music for Bellamkonda’s next

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Young actor Bellamkonda Sreenivas is on a break after his last movie Raakshasudu. The actor gave his nod for Santosh Srinivas who has been struggling for a project. Bellamkonda Sreenivas loved the action thriller and signed the film immediately. The movie will be launched officially on November 29th and the regular shoot will follow. Top music composer Devi Sri Prasad has been roped in to compose the music for this prestigious project.

Bellamkonda Sreenivas already worked on his looks and his eight pack click is out today. The female lead is being finalized and Sumanth Movie Productions will bankroll this prestigious project. The makers are in plans to release this untitled film during summer 2020. Apart from this, Bellamkonda Sreenivas is also in talks for a couple of other films.

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Singam director not repeating DSP

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Music director Devi Sri Prasad is facing a tough time these days. Big directors are deserting him. His starry tantrums are the main reason for big filmmakers not showing interest to collaborate with him these days. After Trivikram, Koratala Siva, now Tamil director Hari has also moved out of DSP’s camp.

Hari has worked with Devi Sri Prasad for films such as “Aaru”, “Yamudu” and “Singam”. Suriya starred in all these action dramas. But Hari is not repeating him these days. Hari has announced another film with Suriya and D Imman has been roped in to compose music for this action thriller.

Devi Sri Prasad needs to go for introspection. Also, the filmmakers complain that he is stubborn in receiving fresh ideas that directors propose. DSP who is still considered as Tollywood’s number one music director should take this criticism in his stride and change his attitude.

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DSP keeps his promise for Superstar Fans

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Top music composer Devi Sri Prasad during the launch of Mahesh Babu’s Sarileru Neekevvaru promised Superstar fans that he would live up the expectations with his music. As promised he is said to have delivered an outstanding music album for the film. The film’s producer Anil Sunkara himself revealed the news saying that he was extremely impressed with a mass number composed by DSP. He said that it would be a treat for fans and audience.

The recent schedule of Sarileru Neekevvaru was wrapped up in Hyderabad and the movie unit will can some crucial scenes in Pollachi next week. Mahesh plays an army major in this mass entertainer and Rashmika Mandanna is the leading lady. Vijayashanthi essays a pivotal role and AK Entertainments, GMB Entertainment and Sri Venkateswara Creations are the producers. Sarileru Neekevvaru releases across the globe on January 12th 2020.

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Are top directors moving away from DSP?

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For the first time, Devi Sri Prasad is under severe pressure. The top music director is feeling the heat as big directors are slowly moving away from him. Trivikram has already stopped working with Devi Sri Prasad after ‘Attharintiki Daaredi’. Trivikram has collaborated with Mickey J Meyer, Anirudh Ravichander and Thaman for his recent movies. Thaman is also composing music for his current movie ‘Ala Vaikunthapuramlo’ and songs of this movie have already gone viral.

It is doubtful whether Trivikram approaches DSP for future assignments.

The strong buzz in the industry is that Koratala Siva also is looking towards Bollywood music composers for his new film with megastar Chiranjeevi. Koratala Siva and DSP is the most successful combination as the duo gave four hits – ‘Mirchi’, ‘Srimanthudu’, ‘Janatha Garage’ and ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’. Koratala Siva recently approached Bollywood music composers Ajay-Atul and Amit Trivedi. He may finalize one of them.

After signing DSP for ‘Valmiki’, Harish Shankar opted out when the music composer refused to do a remix song. Harish signed Mickey J Meyer in his place.

Top directors who had a long association with him looking for other music composers are sending wrong signals about Devi Sri Prasad. Also, with SS Thaman is giving hit numbers like ‘Samajavaragamana’, Devi Sri Prasad is worrying about his career.

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DSP- The Energetic Powerhouse

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Maintaining high voltage energy throughout a song is not an easy task for sure. It needs unfaltering love for music and knowledge of rhythm to do so. Moreover, being in a competitive environment like Telugu film industry and produce back to back hits is also quite a big challenge. One composer who has been consistently churning out hits since a young age when he started composing is none other than Devi Sri Prasad – also known as DSP for short.

When he began his music composing career with Kodi Ramakrishna’s Devi, DSP was just in teens. The songs in his first album were beautifully melodious and rich usage of orchestration raised many eyebrows in the film industry. How could a young guy in teens produce such beautiful music was the debate. His style was classified as extremely elegant and classy but not much of an appeal to the masses. After a few years, DSP himself rediscovered his own antics with Srinu Vaitla’s entertainer Anandam. The album was a perfect mix of duets, dance numbers and even an energetic item number!

Right from then, DSP has formulated a success mantra for a brilliant album to elevate a film’s output. His essential focus on movie album songs was with rhythm and foot-tapping music. Being a student of Mandolin Legend U.Srinivas, DSP also loves guitar and usage of strings in his songs. Apart from being a swift composer, he himself is an energetic powerhouse when he performs on stage.

Whenever DSP was branded to be a mass musician or repetitive, he used to bring out something new and contrasting to stun the critics. It is his unfaltering energy levels which keeps the composer going victorious in all these years!

Telugu360 wishes the energetic powerhouse DSP a very happy birthday and a creative year ahead!

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DSP in damage control mode

Tollywood’s young music sensation and Rockstar Devi Sri Prasad is badly criticized for his recent works. The ace composer’s tunes sounded outdated and most of his recent albums ended up unimpressive. Occupied with enough work and back to back projects, DSP could not dedicate enough time speculated industry sources. With Maharshi music album receiving a poor response and DSP badly trolled across social media circles, he is back focused and is in damage control mode.

DSP walked out of 4-5 projects which he signed recently said an industry source. He decided not to hurry and wanted to focus more on the next upcoming biggies which are in pipeline. Out of them, two big prestigious projects are Chiranjeevi – Koratala Siva film, Mahesh Babu – Anil Ravipudi’s mass entertainer. Both these projects will roll later this year and DSP is said to spend ample time on these projects first. DSP is not in a hurry anymore and his fans are waiting for his grand comeback with a musical delight.

DSP also signed Sukumar – Allu Arjun film along with Vaisshnav Tej’s debut film which will roll soon.

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