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ED questions Tollywood director Puri Jagannadh for 10 hours

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned leading Telugu film director Puri Jagannadh for nearly 10 hours on Tuesday in connection with a money-laundering probe linked to a four-year-old drug case.

Jagannadh, who, along with his chartered accountant, appeared before ED officials after he was summoned in connection with the probe, left the ED office Tuesday night.

The ED officials are reported to have recorded the director’s statement and quizzed him about some financial transactions.

Producer Bandla Ganesh also arrived at the ED office in the evening, triggering speculations that he too was summoned. He, however, clarified that he came to the ED office only to meet his friend Jagannadh but was not allowed. He requested media not to link him with the case.

The ED last week issued notices to 10 persons connected to Tollywood and two others including a private club manager as part of a money laundering probe linked to the drugs racket.

Actors Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Charmee Kaur, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan, and Jagnnadh have been asked to appear before ED between August 31 and September 22.

Tanish, Nandu, and actor Ravi Teja’s driver Srinivas are also among those summoned.

The questioning is likely to bring to light new facts about the drugs racket which was busted with the arrest of drug peddlers in 2017.

Before beginning the questioning of Tollywood personalities, the ED gathered details of the investigations conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Prohibition and Excise Department.

The questioning by the ED has brought the focus back on the case, which was in cold storage and was even considered dead by many due to the clean chit given by SIT to the film personalities.

The drugs racket was busted on July 2, 2017 when customs officials arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, a musician, and two others and seized drugs valued at Rs 30 lakh from their possession.

They had reportedly told the investigators that they are supplying drugs to film celebrities, software engineers, and even students of some corporate schools. Mobile numbers of some Tollywood celebrities were allegedly found in their contact lists.

The Excise Department had constituted SIT for a comprehensive probe. A total of 12 cases were registered, 30 people were arrested, while 62 individuals including 11 people connected with Tollywood were examined by it under Section 67 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Section 161 of Criminal Procedure Code.

The SIT had collected blood, hair, nail and other samples from some of those who appeared before it for question and sent them for analysis.

Ravi Teja, Charmme Kaur, Mumaith Khan, Jagannadh and young actors Tarun Kumar and Navadeep were among the stars who were questioned by the SIT.

Cinematographer Shyam K. Naidu, actors Subbaraju, Tanish, Nandu and Teja’s driver were also among those questioned.

The SIT filed chargesheet in eight out of 12 cases. It, however, gave clean chit to the film personalities who were questioned as part of the investigation.

The accused against whom cases were booked include Rafeal Alex Victor, a South African citizen, Puttakar Ranson Joseph, working in the film industry as a manager. Joseph was the manager of leading actor Kajal Agarwal who sacked him after his arrest. An NGO, however, alleged that no attempt was made to trace the customers of the accused.

The authorities had recovered 3,000 units of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), 105 grams of MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy), 45 grams of cocaine and other narcotic and psychotropic substances from the accused.

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ED Investigation: Puri Jagannadh submits crucial documents

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The Enforcement Directorate served notices to 12 Tollywood celebrities and asked them to appear before the investigation team. Puri Jagannadh was the first to appear before ED and the top director submitted the track of his financial transactions between 2015 and 2021. All the bank statements of the accounts owned by Puri Jagannadh are submitted for the officials by the top director today.

Puri owns three bank accounts and the crucial documents are submitted. Charmee, Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Srinivas, Mumaith Khan, Nandu, Taneesh and Tharun will appear before ED in the coming days. Puri is currently busy with Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger and the pan-Indian film releases next year.

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Balayya prefers Puri Jagannadh over Anil Ravipudi

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Nandamuri Balakrishna is rushed with offers from all corners. He is turning busy like never before and he received advances from six producers and several others are left in waiting mode. He is busy completing the shoot of Akhanda and he will commence the shoot of Gopichand Malineni’s action entertainer from September. There are talks that young and successful director Anil Ravipudi is in talks for a film with Balakrishna. The project is yet to be announced. As per the latest developments, Balayya decided to work with Puri Jagannadh in his next film. He preferred to take up Puri’s film over Anil Ravipudi’s project.

Balakrishna himself recently announced that he will work with Puri Jagannadh soon. Puri readied a couple of interesting plots for Balakrishna and the discussions are on. Puri is also known to complete the shoots in quick schedules. If all goes well, Nandamuri fans will have a chance to witness the combo of Balakrishna and Puri Jagannadh in 2022.

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Puri Jagannadh’s Bollywood Plans

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Puri Jagannadh is one director who can complete a project in the assigned budget and time. He is directing a pan-Indian film Liger that features Vijay Devarakonda in the lead role. There are speculations that Puri is in talks with Bandla Ganesh to direct Pawan Kalyan in his next. For now, Puri Jagannadh has no such thoughts as he is keen to take up pan-Indian projects. He is in talks with Karan Johar for a series of projects and they would be decided only after the release of Liger.

Puri Jagannadh has experience in directing Bollywood films and his working style suits them. Karan Johar is convinced with his work for Liger and he wanted Puri Jagannadh to stay back in Bollywood. Puri Jagannadh too is not in a hurry and he has a bunch of scripts ready to take up after Liger. The shoot of the film resumes soon and Liger releases this year. Ananya Pandey is the heroine in this boxing drama and Charmme is taking care of the production responsibilities for this pan-Indian project.

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Rajamouli’s father’s sensational comments on Puri Jagannadh

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Top director SS Rajamouli’s father V Vijayendra Prasad has been one of the most successful writers of Indian cinema. Vijayendra Prasad is currently penning scripts for several movies in Telugu, Hindi and other Indian languages. During one of his recent interviews, he was asked about his favorite director apart from SS Rajamouli. Without a second thought, Vijayendra Prasad answered saying Puri Jagannadh. Without stopping here, Vijayendra Prasad unlocked his phone and showed the wallpaper of Puri Jagannadh.

“I am jealous of Puri Jagannadh always. That is the reason I kept the wallpaper of my enemy in my mobile” told Vijayendra Prasad in Ali’s talkshow. The complete episode is yet to be aired and the promo video is now going viral all over.

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Puri and Vijay D back to roll

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh is directing Fighter, a pan Indian film that features Vijay Devarakonda in the lead role. The film is a romantic action drama set in the backdrop of boxing. The shoot came to a halt soon after the attack of coronavirus pandemic. Though the shoots of other Telugu films resumed, Puri and Vijay Devarakonda are yet to resume the shoot of Fighter. There are several rumors that surrounded the film that Fighter is shelved due to budget issues.

The real issue is that Puri is not in a mood to shoot with limited crew and he pushed the shoot. Some high voltage action episodes from Fighter will be canned soon. The big news is that the shoot of Fighter resumes from January 3rd and will continue without breaks. A portion of Fighter will be shot in Bangkok with professional foreign fighters. Fighter is aimed for summer 2021 release. Ananya Pandey is the heroine and Manisharma is the music director. Puri Jagannadh and Karan Johar are jointly producing Fighter which is carrying huge expectations.

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Puri Jagannadh’s experiment for Balayya

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh has been completely successful in presenting Nandamuri Balakrishna in a never seen avatar in Paisa Vasool. Though the film was a commercial failure, it turned out to be a complete feast for Nandamuri fans. Soon after the film’s release, Puri Jagannadh announced that he would soon work with Balakrishna once again. Utilizing the coronavirus break, Puri is said to have penned a bunch of scripts.

One among them is for Balakrishna. Puri is all set to present Balakrishna in a never seen energetic avatar. The scriptwork of the film is completed recently. Puri will narrate the script to Balakrishna once he is back to Hyderabad from Mumbai. V Anand Prasad will produce this project on Bhavya Creations banner. Balakrishna is currently busy with Boyapati Srinu’s film and has films lined up with B Gopal and Sriwass.

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Puri Jagannadh utilized the best out of Lockdown

Sensational director Puri Jagannadh is focused on his next big-budget film Fighter, a pan Indian film that will have its release in multiple languages. Vijay Devarakonda and Ananya Pandey are the lead actors in this sports drama that has ample scope for action and romance. The entire shoot was planned in Mumbai and Puri Jagannadh is collaborating with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions for the first time for Fighter.

Utilizing the unexpected coronavirus break, Puri Jagannadh spent most of his time in his Mumbai office space. Puri Jagannadh is done with the bound scripts of half a dozen scripts during this break. Puri who is quick in penning scripts is ready with back-to-back scripts. He has scripts ready for Balakrishna, Mahesh Babu, Ram and others. He will take the final call on his next only after the release of Vijay Devarakonda’s Fighter. The shoot of Fighter will resume from January and a couple of high voltage action stunts on foreign fighters will be canned. The film is aimed for summer 2021 release.

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Puri Jagannadh receives a call from Mega camp

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Puri Jagannadh is the only Tollywood director who tasted several highs and lows. Every time he reached rock bottom, Puri Jagannadh bounced back with a blockbuster. He is currently busy with Vijay Devarakonda’s sports drama which is a pan Indian project. The film hits the screens in summer next year and Puri Jagannadh is in talks for a straight Bollywood film soon. If the latest speculations are to be believed, Puri Jagannadh received a call from Mega camp.

Puri Jagannadh bounced back with Ram’s Ismart Shankar. He is back in demand and is receiving calls from several filmmakers. It is heard that Ram Charan is quite interested to work with Puri Jagannadh again and several filmmakers are holding talks to set up the combination of Chirutha again. Puri too responded on a positive note and started working on a script. Puri Jagannadh penned several scripts during lockdown period and is picking up the best one that suits Charan. If all goes well, Puri will direct Charan very soon.

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Puri Jagannadh planning one more pan Indian film?

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh who directed many Telugu films in his career even directed straight Hindi movies. After the super success of Ismart Shankar, Puri is working with Vijay Devarakonda for a pan Indian film titled Fighter. The shoot of this film resumes next month and will release during summer next year. Puri is holding talks with Karan Johar to produce several pan Indian projects.

He is ready with an action thriller and is considering KGF star Yash for the movie. The film too will be a pan Indian project if everything goes as per the plan. The speculations are currently on but Puri Jagannadh is yet to approach Yash. Puri is giving final touches for the script and he is expected to meet Yash very soon.

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Puri Jagannadh reveals about his dream project

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh is back with a bang with his recent outing Ismart Shankar. His next film Fighter featuring Vijay Devarakonda will have a pan Indian release and Puri recently shifted his base to Mumbai. There are speculations that Puri is holding talks with a bunch of Bollywood filmmakers and he would direct pan Indian projects in the coming future. He utilized this lockdown break and completed penning a couple of scripts.

Puri Jagannadh responded about his long-delayed project Janaganamana saying that the project is very much on. He said that it happens to be his dream project and the film will be made on a pan Indian scale soon. Puri Jagannadh said that he would soon announce the project details of Janaganamana. Puri is currently focused on Fighter and the next schedule is expected to start in Hyderabad. Vijay Devarakonda and Ananya Pandey are the lead actors and Puri Jagannadh, Karan Johar are the producers.

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Puri’s next is a pan Indian project

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh tasted several blockbusters and his films have been remade in several Indian languages. His next film Fighter featuring Vijay Devarakonda will have a pan Indian release next year. As per the new update, Puri Jagannadh recently signed his next and it would be a Bollywood film. He penned an interesting script and narrated it to a young Hindi actor and got his nod. An official announcement about this pan Indian film will be made post lockdown.

Puri Jagannadh is not a new face to Bollywood. He directed Amitabh Bachchan in the past and he also attempted several other projects. All his Telugu films received wide response across the Hindi circles on YouTube and television. Charmme during her recent media interaction said that she is extremely thrilled with the upcoming pan Indian project of Puri Jagannadh. She said that this is one of the best scripts penned by Puri Jagannadh. We have to wait for some more time to know about the young actor who signed his pan Indian project.

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An emotional incident that made Puri and Charmme thick friends

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Tollywood director Puri Jagannadh and actress Charmme Kaur turned thick friends at a point of time and they are now producing films jointly on Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies banner. There were several speculations about their relationship but none of them responded about it. A person from the industry who is quite close to Puri and Charmme revealed the real incident which made them thick friends. Puri Jagannadh is known to have tasted several lows in his career.

“At one point of time, after a series of debacles, several actors stayed away from Puri. Even his close friends kept ignoring and never responded to Puri’s calls. Charmme without second thought stood as support for Puri. When Puri was running bad with finances, Charmme is the only person who helped Puri. She even invested her savings in the film ‘Jyothi Lakshmi’.Though the film ended up as a disappointment, the actress never took them back. Puri soon after he received the remuneration for his next project returned the amount to Charmme but the actress never accepted the money. It is then, Puri joined her as his partner in the production house. It was an emotional moment when Charmme stood by Puri when no top actor or Puri’s close friends responded” said the person about their friendship.

Charrme is now handling the production responsibilities of Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies and Puri Connects with utmost perfection. Thanks to Charmme, Puri Jagannadh is completely focused on direction and has no mood to look at production.

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Puri’s long-delayed project back in discussion

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh completed 20 years as a director in Telugu cinema and he is still one among the hotshot directors. He met Megastar Chiranjeevi long ago and discussed about a script. But the project did not materialize due to various reasons. During his recent interview, Puri expressed his confidence in impressing Megastar soon. On the occasion of Puri completing 20 years, the project is back in talks and his fans brought the discussion about Puri directing Megastar.

Though Puri Jagannadh did not confirm that he is working on the script but his words made it clear that he would meet Chiranjeevi soon. Puri is working on a couple of scripts currently during this lockdown period. His next directorial is Fighter that features Vijay Devarakonda in the lead role. The film will have its release in five Indian languages this year. Puri Jagannadh and Karan Johar are the producers. On the other side, Chiranjeevi is in talks with a bunch of directors and he is lining up back to back films.

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Dream Debut To Pan India, Puri’s 20 Years In Industry

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Made his directorial debut with the super hit Badri which released in 2000, mass director Puri Jagannadh completes 20 years in the film industry. While it’s a dream for any director to work with Pawan Kalyan at least once, Puri made his debut with a Pawan Kalyan starrer and went on to direct him for the second time in Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu. He indeed made films with almost all the top stars in the industry.

Puri has the ability of narrating different genre films in his own distinct way with his hard-hitting dialogues, fans rejoicing scenes and stylish taking. Besides heavy dose of action, he is more popular for gritty drama in his films.

Re-energized the career of many heroes, Puri helped them reaching next level of stardom. From attitude to dialogue delivery to enacting roles with ease, heroes in Puri’s films will have unique style.

Witnessed many ups and downs in his career, Puri learning from his mistakes has comeback strongly every time much to the surprise of his critics. In fact, when everybody forgot about Puri, he delivered a blockbuster with iSmart Shankar providing biggest blockbuster to hero Ram.

Now, Puri is on a mission to introduce Vijay Devarakonda to Bollywood with his ongoing Pan India film. He during the corona holidays is preparing script of his next film.

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Puri Jagannadh on losing Rs 100 Cr and how he bounced back

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Puri Jagannadh completed 20 years as a director in Telugu cinema and he directed 37 films in his career. Every time he reached rock bottom, Puri Jagannadh bounced back with a blockbuster. He is one director who completes films in quick succession and in a strict budget. During a recent interview, Puri Jagannadh turned emotional reminding himself how his friends cheated him. Puri Jagannadh said that he was not much interested in money and he lost Rs 100 crores. He said that he was cheated by his close friends.

“I earned so much money that no director of this generation earned. I was not so much interested in money and I never thought of buying lands and properties with the money. When I was completely focused on films, my friends cheated me. I lost Rs 100 crores as I believed so much in them. I learned from my mistakes and bounced back. Directing a movie is a creative job. I am happy with the way life is going. Will direct Nandamuri Balakrishna once again very soon” said Puri Jagannadh.

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When Rajamouli wanted to turn assistant director for Puri Jagannadh

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SS Rajamouli is one director who is a perfectionist and takes ample time to wrap up a project. Going into the past, during the audio release event of Puri Jagannadh – Mahesh Babu’s Businessman, Rajamouli made some interesting comments. Rajamouli said that his wife asked him to learn from Puri Jagannadh how to complete shooting for a film in just six months and score a blockbuster. During his speech, Rajamouli requested Puri Jagannadh that he would turn his associate for a couple of days on the sets of his film.

“Puri Jagannadh is the only director who can score a blockbuster with his dialogues in the film. My wife makes fun of me asking me to learn to direct films at a quick pace. I would love to turn assistant director for him for a couple of days. We are working for years to complete a film and score a hit, Puri is scoring industry hits every year” said SS Rajamouli. The ace director is busy with RRR and he will soon direct Mahesh Babu in his next film.

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Speculation: Puri penning a powerful script for Balakrishna

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Nandamuri Balakrishna and Puri Jagannadh share a close bonding. Their combination film Paisa Vasool ended up as a below-average grosser but the duo decided to work together again. Nandamuri fans are left in delight with the stylish portrayal of their favorite actor in Paisa Vasool and they are waiting for the combo again. With the coronavirus break, Puri Jagannadh is said to be working on a powerful script for Balakrishna.

The duo is in talks for the project for some time. Puri who got ample time during this break started working on the script. He would narrate the script to Balayya once he is done with the draft and gets convinced. V Anand Prasad of Bhavya Creations is on board to produce this interesting project. Puri is currently busy with Vijay Devarakonda’s Fighter and Balakrishna is occupied with Boyapati Srinu’s untitled action entertainer. Both these projects are expected to release during the second half of this year.

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Puri Jagannadh revises the budget for Romantic

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Puri Jagannadh made a loud come back with Ismart Shankar and the film minted massive money. Puri Jagannadh is currently producing his son Akash Puri’s upcoming film Romantic. The film will mark the directorial debut of Anil Paduri and Puri himself penned the script, dialogues. Romantic was initially planned on a shoestring budget.

Puri Jagannadh recently watched the rushes and he suggested changes. He even revised the budget of the film after the super success of Ismart Shankar. Mandira Bedi was replaced with Ramya Krishna and the episodes are shot again. Most of the film is canned in Goa. Akash Puri and Ketika Sharma are the lead actors in Romantic and the film releases for summer.

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Puri Jagannadh ghost directing son’s film!

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Is Puri Jagannadh is directing songs and a couple of romantic scenes to help out his assistant? Puri Jagannadh is producing ‘Romantic’ which is his son Akash Puri’s second film as the lead hero. Puri’s assistant Anil Paduri is directing the movie. A major schedule is going in Goa. Akash Puri, Ketika Sharma, and Ramya Krishna are participating in the schedule.

Charmee has been overseeing the production but now Puri has also joined the team. Apparently, Puri Jagannadh wants to give his give own ideas to the director in picturizing the songs. Puri Jagannadh is a master in handling romantic scenes. He knows the pulse of mass audiences. His subdued taking of ‘Mehbooba’ in his son’s debut film didn’t work out. So, he is giving ‘iSmart Shankar’ touch to ‘Romantic’.

Puri is not entirely involving in the film but he is overseeing the direction of Anil Paduri in some sequences.

Touted to be a romantic entertainer, Sunil Kashyap is composing music for the film and the movie is expected to hit the screens next year.

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