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Dil Raju blessed with a baby boy

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Veteran producer Dil Raju has a great news to rejoice about. He is blessed with a baby boy this morning. The top producer got married to Vygha Reddy on May 10th 2020, years after his wife Anitha passed away. The couple are now blessed with a baby boy. Both his wife and the baby are doing fine. Dil Raju is in Dubai from the past couple of days and he returned back to the country during the early hours of today. The top producer is quite delighted with the arrival of a new family member.

Dil Raju’s daughter Hanshitha is co-producing films for Sri Venkateswara Creations. Dil Raju’s brother’s son Harshith Reddy too is taking care of the production. The top banner is producing Ram Charan and Shankar’s film, Vijay’s Vaarasudu and other projects. Naga Chaitanya’s Thank You is gearing up for release in July.

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Dil Raju and Anil Ravipudi plan a grand bash

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Successful director Anil Ravipudi scored his sixth hit with F3, the sequel for F2. Despite new releases, F3 had a decent run and occupancy across the Telugu states. The film completed three weeks of its run and is having decent occupancies even in its fourth week. Anil Ravipudi and the film’s producer Dil Raju are hosting a grand bash for the team and the distributors and friends today night in Radisson Hotel, Hyderabad.

Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah and Mehreen too will be present for the bash along with the actors and technicians. The distributors across the Telugu states recovered their investments after which the makers arranged a grand bash for the team and the distributors. Anil Ravipudi is on a break and he will start working on his next film that will have Balakrishna in the lead role. The shoot starts in September and the film will head for a summer 2023 release.

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Dil Raju to join NBK’s Next?

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Nandamuri Balakrishna will soon work with talented director Anil Ravipudi and the mass entertainer will start rolling in September. The pre-production work of the film is happening and the first look poster which was planned to be out yesterday was delayed. The look of Balakrishna is currently designed and Anil Ravipudi is working on the script. Sahu Garapati’s Shine Screens are on board to produce this prestigious project.

As per the update, top producer Dil Raju who produced almost all the films of Anil Ravipudi will join the film as co-producer. Shine Screens and Sri Venkateswara Creations will produce this film jointly. The film will head for a summer 2023 release and the cast, crew members will be finalized soon. An official announcement along with the look of Balakrishna will be announced soon. Balayya is currently shooting for Gopichand Malineni’s untitled film and it is expected to release this year.

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Dil Raju’s strategy goes wrong for F3

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Top producer Dil Raju had high hopes on F3, the sequel for F2, one of the biggest hits for his production house. Dil Raju and the entire team of F3 promoted the film with the slogan that the film’s tickets will be sold for normal prices and there would be no hike. The tickets in AP are sold for normal prices but in Nizam, the tickets are sold for Rs 295 plus taxes (multiplexes) and Rs 175 plus taxes (single screens). Dil Raju had a strategy of making these the base prices for the future films and he wanted the audience to watch F3 for these prices. Raju also believed that the family crowds and common audience would rush to watch the film in theatres for these prices.

F3 opened on a strong note over the weekend but the weekday numbers are not satisfying in Telangana. In AP, the film has been doing decent business and it is also expected to have a strong second week. In Telangana, the audience are not much interested to watch the film for these high ticket prices. Dil Raju also sold the theatrical rights for huge prices and the film may fall short in recovering the theatrical deals. Films like Major and Vikram are releasing today and F3 would remain as one of the options for the movie lovers. F3 entered into its second week but the makers are not bothered about slashing down the ticket prices.

Dil Raju’s strategy for F3 went terribly wrong. It’s high time for the filmmakers to slash down the ticket prices and make them affordable for the common audience before the footfalls get reduced.

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F3 Movie Review – Fun, Fun and more Fun

F3 Movie Review

F3 Fun and Frustration Review


Telugu360 Rating 3/5

Story : 

Anand Prasad (Murali Sharma), an influential businessman is in search of his lost heir. Venky, the sole breadwinner of a family in cinematic crisis, provides shortcut services. Varun is an expert day dreamer. They attempt to get rich via the trap the rich girl scheme, only the rich girl happens to be Tamannah’s sister Mehreen, who have the same plan. One thing leads to another, and the group finds themselves in a tough spot in need of money to get out from. What happens when these frustrated folks cross paths with Anand Prasad makes up the rest of the movie.

Analysis :

As with F2, do not expect any logics in F3. Check In your thinking hats outside the theater and only expect to be treated to Director Anil Ravipudi’s trademark slapstick comedy. Where F2 dealt with fun and frustration in relationships, F3 shows us the fun(?) and frustrating sides of not having the money that you want. 

Using core cast from F2, Anil Ravipudi created a relatively engaging canvas with some laughs and no concrete story. The episodes where the characters end up in fits was good – use of old timer songs in the background is a nice touch.

First half of the movie deals with establishing the characters and we get to see pretty much the entire cast of F2 reappraising their roles in same fashion. Venkatesh leads the way with screentime through the entire movie. His comedy timing and antics with dealing with his night blindness are very funny. 

The track with Venkata Rao’s wife is a signature Anil Ravipudi’ creatives and expertly delivered by Venkatesh. Varun Tej does a good job with good Telangana accent dialogues and his stammer covering mannerism are top notch. After a long time, we see Sunil playing to his strength as the fun sidekick. Rajendra Prasad and Sampath Raj play corrupt cops and provide the subplot that further ties the characters together. Ali’s episodes generated some laughs.

Second half of the movie deals with another scam to get their hands on Anand Prasad (Murali Sharma’s) money. With more laughs – some fun and some forced the movie makes its way to the climax episode. The expert use of movie parodies a treat to watch – albeit a bit too packed. May be could have cut down on a few of the parodies. Venky and Varun Tej excel with unique mannerisms. Sunil and Raghu babu do decent job as sidekick.

Songs are not upto the mark. Editing could have been a bit crisper. 

Pros : 

  • Venkatesh’s & Varun Tej’s performance
  • Few Comedy Blocks

Cons :

  • No reasonable story
  • Songs 

Verdict : 

F3 is an entertainer with Venky leading the way. There are fun scenes here and there, which might work well with family audience.  Don’t expect any logic in the movie ,You can watch once if you want to get some respite from over-the-top action movies from recent past in Telugu.

Telugu360 Rating 3/5

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Dil Raju extra cautious about F3

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After the super success of F2, the team is back to entertain the audience with F3. Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah and Mehreen will reprise their roles from the original which was directed by Anil Ravipudi. The promotional activities and the trailer generated enough buzz on the film. Dil Raju during his recent interviews revealed that F3 will release with regular ticket prices and there would be no hike for F3. The team of F3 decided not to give permission for any special premieres across the Telugu states.

There would be no early premieres in USA and other overseas circles. F3 will release across the globe with regular shows which would start after 8 AM across the globe as per the Indian time. Dil Raju and his team is extra cautious about the release of F3. With good promotions and sequel advantage, F3 is expected to report strong openings all over. The trailer looked impressive and trade circles believe that the family audience would return bac

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Dil Raju hopes proper tracking will be implemented to prevent inflated movie collections

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The numbers game has risen to the top of the priority list in Tollywood. When asked about the inflated box office numbers, noted producer Dil Raju responded that the industry urgently needs a proper tracking system.

With box office collections being considered prestigious, it’s no secret that every big star’s film in any industry involves a numbers game.

Since the release of Mahesh Babu’s ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata,’ Twitter has been buzzing with questions about how the producers were able to pull in such large crowds despite the film’s poor reviews.

In response to a similar question, Telugu producer Dil Raju stated that this trend has continued for all films and that no one film stands out in terms of box office receipts.

“It’s not fair to judge a film solely on its box office receipts. Even without proof, a few websites published that some of the ‘SVP’ collections were simply fake. These problems could be solved with a proper box office tracking system “, says Dil Raju.

With the exception of ‘Acharya’, Dil Raju distributed all of the recent big films. Dil Raju hopes that in Telugu states, proper tracking will be implemented to prevent these inflated collections.

Dil Raju awaits the release of his next production ‘F3’ starring Venkatesh, Varun Tej, and others.

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My Confidence Increased After Watching 1st Copy Of F3: Dil Raju

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Venkatesh and Varun Tej’s fun franchise F3 directed by Anil Ravipudi is making enough noise, thanks to hilarious trailer, appealing songs and massive promotions. Producer Dil Raju interacted with scribes today and shared some interesting things about F3.

He revealed that Anil Ravipudi told him the basic idea of F3, while F2 was underway with its shoot. I liked the concept, but we wanted to decide on it after the release of F2. The film became a blockbuster, but Anil got to direct Mahesh Babu in Sarileru Neekevvaru. He then started working on F3’s script. I didn’t watch rushes in between. I only wanted to watch the first copy. My confidence indeed has increased after watching first copy of the movie. 90 minutes of the movie is going to be a fun ride.”

Dil Raju informs the mannerisms of Venkatesh and Varun Tej brought freshness and also added fun quotient for F3. He stated Sunil’s character will be there throughout first half, wherein other characters come in second half.

The ace producer also hinted about plans of making F4. “Anil Ravipudi narrated me a basic idea of F4. But we will decide on it, after two weeks of F3’s release.”

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Dil Raju spending a bomb for Ram Charan’s Next

Ram Charan is working with Shankar for the first time and this pan-Indian project is produced by Dil Raju. Shankar wanted to shoot the film in real locations rather than erecting sets. A schedule was completed in Rajahmundry and the latest schedule is happening in Vizag. Dil Raju is spending a bomb on the film and the budget is heaping up because of the real locations. More than 200 bouncers are working on the security of Ram Charan on the sets.

The film is shot in RK Beach and it is impossible to control the crowds. The production house is worried about the leaks but Shankar is strict on his stand. Dil Raju decided to beef up the security on the sets and strict measures are imposed. Some crucial episodes are canned currently. Kiara Advani is the heroine and Ram Charan plays a dual role in the film. The shoot of this untitled film will be completed by October this year.

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Dil Raju’s Bollywood Plans badly disrupted

Successful Tollywood producer Dil Raju had grand plans for his Bollywood entry. He picked up Jersey and locked Gowtam Tinnanuri to direct the film. Shahid Kapoor came on to the board and the film is his immediate next release after a blockbuster like Kabir Singh. Allu Aravind and Aman Gill are the co-producers of Jersey. Dil Raju and his team were super confident about the film and they predicted massive openings for the film.

Jersey opened on a poor note and the weekend numbers are completely discouraging. The makers recovered the budget through the non-theatrical deals and they estimated that the film would fare exceptionally well at the ticket windows. But the audience are eager to watch mass entertainers in theatres during this season. KGF: Chapter 2 had an exceptional second weekend across the North Indian circuits.

Dil Raju also produced HIT with Rajkummar Rao in the lead role. The film is a crime thriller and it would release later this year. Dil Raju who had grand plans to make his Bollywood debut is now in shock with the opening numbers of Jersey. He will soon produce Naandhi and F2 in Hindi.

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Buzz: Dhanush and Dil Raju to team up

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Top producer Dil Raju is producing more than half a dozen films currently. He is producing Vijay’s next film which is directed by Vamshi Paidipally. Popular Tamil actor Dhanush has signed two back-to-back films in Telugu and he is keen to sign more Telugu projects which will release in Telugu and Tamil simultaneously. The latest update says that top Tollywood producer Dil Raju is holding talks with Dhanush for a film.

Dhanush agreed to sign the film if he loves the script. Dhanush is shooting for Sir in Hyderabad and he will soon join the sets of Sekhar Kammula’s next film. Dil Raju is keen to lock Dhanush’s project soon and he is discussing the same with a couple of directors. Dhanush is also signing Tamil films and Hindi projects apart from his current Telugu movies.

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Official: Dil Raju and Sukumar teaming up after 18 years

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Top producer launched director Sukumar with Arya 18 years ago. The duo did not work together after that due to various reasons. Now, after 18 years, Sukumar and Dil Raju are collaborating for a film that will have Dil Raju’s nephew Ashish in the lead role. The film is titled Selfish and the movie got its official launch today in Annapurna Studios. Tamil actor Dhanush attended the event as a guest and blessed the team. Anil Ravipudi, Sriram Venu and Harish Shankar are the other guests for the day.

Kasi Vishal will make his debut as director with this youthful entertainer. Sree Leela is paired up beside Ashish and Sri Venkateswara Creations, Sukumar Writings are the producers. Mickey J Meyer will compose the music and background score for Selfish. The film will release next year.

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Dil Raju calls Pooja Hegde ‘lucky charm’ of film industry

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Telugu’s leading producer Dil Raju, who has acquired the rights to release the Telugu version of the Tamil movie ‘Beast’, hailed actress Pooja Hegde and called her the ‘Lucky Charm’.

Dil Raju made the remarks while attending a press meet on Friday, in Hyderabad.

The video of his comments on Pooja has now become viral on social media.

“Pooja is like a lucky charm to the film industry. ‘DJ- Duvvada Jagannadham’, ‘Maharshi’, ‘Ala Vaikunthapuramu Loo’, ‘Aravinda Sametha’, all of these movies were super hits because Pooja stepped in. Pooja! I want your dates”, Dil Raju said.

Dil Raju compares Pooja to a famous regional sweet ‘Kaja’, which has grabbed much attention. While some netizens commented that it was insensitive to objectify an actress, some of them enjoyed his comments. At the same time, his speech was assumed to be witty, by many others.

Hemed by Nelson Dilipkumar, Pooja Hegde and Vijay- starrer ‘Beast’ will hit the screens on April 13.

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Dil Raju to host a party for team RRR

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Top producer Dil Raju acquired the Nizam distribution rights of RRR and he is making handsome profits in the territory. RRR is expected to end up as the first film to cross Rs 100 crore mark in Nizam. Dil Raju is quite delighted with the film’s performance and he decided to throw a lavish party for the entire team of RRR. Dil Raju will host the party today and the venue is kept under wraps. The top producer earlier hosted a party for the team of Akhanda after the super success of the film.

Dil Raju wanted to host the party before SS Rajamouli, NTR and Charan turn busy with their respective projects. Rajamouli and his family are planning a holiday for two weeks and Charan will resume the shoot of Shankar’s film this month. NTR is on a break and he will start the shoot of Koratala Siva’s film in June. On the other side, RRR had an exceptional second weekend all over.

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Dil Raju takes up Beast

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Top producer Dil Raju is producing a film with Tamil Superstar Vijay. Vamshi Paidipally will direct this film and the shoot commences next week. Ahead of the release of his latest film Beast, Dil Raju decided to distribute the film across the Telugu states. There are speculations that Asian Films and Suresh Babu acquired the theatrical rights of AP and Telangana and this is untrue. Dil Raju locked the theatrical deal of Beast and he will release the Telugu version.

Nelson Dilipkumar directed Beast, an action drama that has Vijay and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles. The songs composed by Anirudh are widely popular and Sun Pictures bankrolled the film. Beast is releasing on April 13th and the film will have tough competition from KGF: Chapter 2 which is releasing on April 14th across the globe.

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Dil Raju to mint huge with RRR

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RRR is raking massive numbers all over and the makers are left in huge profits even before the film’s release. The theatrical rights of the Telugu states are sold for record prices. Top producer Dil Raju acquired the Nizam distribution rights of the film for a record price. The movie opened with a bang and he is able to recover his investment even before the completion of the first week. The number of screens and shows will be reduced in its second week and the number of 3D shows are getting increased all over.

Coming to the Nizam territory, trade analysts predict that the film will cross Rs 100 crores mark which is huge. The footfalls are decent on weekdays and RRR will be massive on Saturday and Sunday over the Ugadi weekend. The movie is expected to collect more than Rs 16 crores on Saturday and Sunday as per the predictions. Some of them even say that the film’s theatrical share in Nizam will end up at Rs 110 crores and if this is true, Dil Raju will make handsome profits through RRR.

For the theatrical rights of RRR for Nizam, Dil Raju and his ex-partner Laxman competed and Raju managed to bag the rights for a big bet. He is now enjoying the success of RRR. His earnings for the territory are equal to the profits he usually makes for a big-budget successful film produced on his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations.

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Dil Raju mounting pressure on Bheemla Nayak makers

There is a lot of confusion around the makers of Bheemla Nayak. The film may hit the screens on February 25th if the 100 percent occupancy is granted in the theatres of AP. The government of Andhra Pradesh too is yet to revise the ticket pricing GO in AP. Top producer Dil Raju acquired the Nizam theatrical rights of Bheemla Nayak for a fancy price. He is mounting pressure on the makers of Bheemla Nayak to release the film on February 25th.

Dil Raju is distributing biggies like Radhe Shyam, RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 in summer. With a lot of biggies lined up in summer, Dil Raju wants Bheemla Nayak to release in February so that the summer lineup will not be impacted. With the 100 percent occupancy not announced, Bheemla Nayak may not hit the screens considering the distributors of AP. Bheemla Nayak is directed by Saagar Chandra, the film has Pawan Kalyan, Rana Daggubati and Nithya Menen in the lead roles. Sithara Entertainments are the producers and the film is carrying huge expectations.

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Sukumar’s promise for Dil Raju

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Top director Sukumar made his directorial debut with Arya that was produced by Dil Raju. But the duo never worked together again. After years, Sukumar and Dil Raju are joining hands and the film is titled Selfish. Sukumar’s protege will direct Selfish and the script of the film is locked recently. Sukumar and Dil Raju loved the final draft after which the shooting schedules of the film are planned currently. Dil Raju’s nephew Ashish will play the lead role in this youthful romantic entertainer and the shoot commences in March. Pelli SandaD fame Sree Leela is the leading lady and Sri Venkateswara Creations, Sukumar Writings will jointly bankroll the project.

Sukumar promised Dil Raju that he would completely take care of the project. Sukumar will involve in the post-production work and will participate in the music sittings. Dil Raju too will involve in the project and the film will head for release this year during the second half. Ashish’s debut film Rowdy Boys ended up as an average grosser and his performance was appreciated by the audience.

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Dil Raju enters web series space with Harish Shankar

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Dil Raju, one of the leading producers of Telugu cinema, has ventured into bankrolling web series. He has partnered with director Harish Shankar to produce ATM for Zee5.

Directed by Chandramohan, ATM is tipped to be a nail biting thriller. As the title suggests, it will throw light on a bunch of youngsters who are together to steal an ATM kiosk. Will they succeed or not forms the crux of the series.

Harish Shankar, apart from producing ATM in association with Dil Raju’s daughter Hanshitha and nephew Harshith, has also penned the story of ATM. He has done intense research to get the script right, it is learnt.

ATM will soon go on air on Zee5 and will have interesting team on board as the cast and crew.

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Dil Raju’s deal with Zee Studios for Ram Charan’s Film

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Top producer Dil Raju is producing a pan-Indian film that features Ram Charan in the lead role. The film is directed by Shankar and is made on a huge budget. Two massive schedules of the film are completed and the new schedule commences soon. Zee Studios joined the project as partners and they are shelling out funds for the movie. For the investment Zee Studios is putting in, they will hold the non-theatrical rights of all the languages for this film.

Dil Raju will hold the theatrical rights of all the languages. This would be Ram Charan’s next film after RRR and Shankar too enjoys enough craze across the North Indian circuits. Hence, Dil Raju wanted to release the film in all the Indian languages and he offered the non-theatrical rights to Zee Studios. The film is expected to release for Sankranthi 2023 and Kiara Advani is the leading lady. Thaman is the music director and Jayaram, Sunil, Anjali will be playing other important roles. The film is yet to be titled.

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