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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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Exclusive: The Financials of Pushpa: The Rule

Pushpa: The Rule will be the next big-buget film coming from Telugu cinema and it would be a pan-Indian project. After Pushpa: The Rise did well in Hindi apart from Telugu, the budgets are revised and the remunerations are hiked. The shoot of Pushpa: The Rule will commence in the mid of August and the film will release post-summer in 2023. Sukumar and Allu Arjun hiked their fee. Telugu360 has exclusively learned that Allu Arjun will be taking Rs 125 crores as his remuneration. Sukumar will be taking Rs 75 crores as remuneration. The duo will be taking Rs 200 crores home and this is a rude shock for the production house Mythri Movie Makers. They are left with no other option but to go ahead with the deal.

The making of the film including the interests and the promotional costs are expected to cost Rs 150 crores. The total budget of Pushpa: The Rule is expected to be Rs 350 crores. Sukumar promised to complete the shoot in quick schedules. Mythri Movie Makers are asked not to close any non-theatrical deals. Allu Aravind will close all the deals of Pushpa: The Rule before the release. The biggest shock here is Allu Arjun and Sukumar will share 40 percent each from the film’s profits. It means that Mythri Movie Makers will have to just take 20 percent from the profits. From the amount they are investing, the profits would be tiny if the film fares well. If the film bombs, the entire stress would fall on the production house.

The financials of Pushpa: The Rule are a huge shock for Tollywood when the film industry and the producers are in a struggling phase.

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Bunny rejects a massive deal for Pushpa: The Rule

Stylish Star Allu Arjun is completely focused on Pushpa: The Rule and he is not in a hurry to commence the shoot. Sukumar is giving the final touches to the script and the pre-production too reached the final stages. The shoot is expected to start in the mid of August and the film will release next year. The makers received a massive non-theatrical deal and the asking price was more than Rs 100 crores. Allu Arjun straightaway rejected the deal and he asked the makers not to lock any early deals.

Mythri Movie Makers closed all the non-theatrical deals of Pushpa: The Rise in advance and they would have pocketed more if the deals are closed right before the release. Bunny is not in a mood to close any deal for now. There are also talks that Bunny and his father Allu Aravind will involve in the film’s business as Mythri could not handle the business of the first installment well. There was an issue with the Hindi rights of the first part and Goldmine Telefilms was made as a partner in the Hindi theatrical version. To avoid such deals, Allu Arjun is personally taking care of all the deals.

Rashmika Mandanna, Anasuya, Fahadh Faasil and Sunil will reprise their roles in Pushpa: The Rule. Devi Sri Prasad scores the music and Mythri Movie Makers are the producers.

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Manoj Bajpayee approached for police officer’s part in ‘Pushpa: The Rule’

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Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpyeee, who is known for his work in films like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Satya’, ‘Aligarh’, had recently praised the pan-India Allu Arjun-starrer film ‘Pushpa’, calling it immaculate.

According to several media reports, the actor now has been approached for a role in the film’s second part. Manoj had earlier said that every frame in ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ has been shot as if it’s a matter of life and death.

The film, written and directed by Sukumar and produced by Mythri Movie Makers and Muttamsetty Media, told the story of its titular character Pushparaj of his rise to become a sandalwood smuggler and his personal trauma.

The Telugu action drama marked the debut of the noted Malayalam and Tamil actor, Fahadh Faasil in Telugu cinema. He played the character of a corrupt cop, who will lock horns with Allu’s lead character in the film’s second part ‘Pushpa: The Rule’. Fahadh also spilled beans recently when he told ‘The Cue’ that the film might see a potential third part as the makers have enough material.

Fahadh had told ‘The Cue’ that director Sukumar initially planned the film as an OTT series with both first and second part narrated to him as one project. But now that it has been turned into a film, the makers might actually explore the possibility of a third part.

An official confirmation with regards to Manoj’s casting is awaited from the makers of ‘Pushpa’ and Manoj Bajpayee.

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Rashmika delights paps with ‘Saami Saami’ hookstep in stunning outfit

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She may be India’s crush but ‘Pushpa’ star Rashmika Mandanna has shown that she is a grounded person with her heart in the right place.

Srivalli aka Rashmika Mandanna has been the talk of tinsel town for her adorable gesture at a recent public appearance.

At the red carpet, the actress obliged the paps for some pictures and also went ahead to pose with all of them. She also flaunted the ‘Saami Saami’ hookstep and the famous ‘thaggede le’ hand gesture to the audiences.

Rashmika looked drop-dead gorgeous as she posed in a figure-hugging thigh-high length dress. Boasting a deep V-neck, and an accentuated fabric from her waist.

Letting the outfit do all the talking, Rashmika went minimal with her accessories. She opted for simple yet effective pair of hoop earrings to go with her ensemble. The makeup was flawless and kept in neutral tones.

Meanwhile, Rashmika is all set to make her debut in Bollywood with multiple films in the pipeline including Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal opposite Ranbir Kapoor. She will also share screen space with Sidharth Malhotra in Mission Majnu and Goodbye alongside Amitabh Bachchan.

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Allu Arjun’s ‘Pushpa’ hits 5 billion views, first Indian album ever claim makers

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Pan-India blockbuster ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ may have released more than a year ago but the Allu Arjun starrer continues to set new highs in the popularity stakes. The movie has achieved yet another record by becoming the first ever album in India to hit 5 billion views.

Taking to social media, the makers of the film shared the poster and wrote “The Biggest Ever Feat In Indian Cinema ?????

Icon Star @alluarjunonline ‘s #PushpaTheRise is the First Album to hit 5 BILLION VIEWS ????”

From the time the first poster of the film was dropped to the time the film lasted in the theatres, ‘Pushpa’ became a rage across markets.

From ‘Sammi Sammi’ to ‘Eyy Bidda Idhi Naa Adda’, Indians grooved to the movie’s lyrics. ‘Oo Antava Ooo Antava’ went on to became the biggest party anthem of the year.

‘Pushpa: The Rise’, directed by Sukumar, broke several box office records and even entered the Rs 100 crore mark in the Hindi belts. It went on to mint Rs 300 cr worldwide.

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Not what the script said: Poor scripts lead to string of Tollywood failures after ‘Pushpa’, ‘RRR’

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Big stars, eminent directors and big budgets can’t guarantee success of a film and this has been proved by a string of failures in Tollywood after the smashing success of ‘Pushpa’.

Big stars, eminent directors and big budgets can’t guarantee success of a film and this has been proved by a string of failures in Tollywood after the smashing success of ‘Pushpa’.

The last four months saw several eagerly awaited movies hitting the screen but barring S.S. Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan, others either bombed at the box-office or registered average success.

Chiranjeevi, arguably the biggest name in Tollywood, could not guarantee a great opening for ‘Acharya’.

Starring megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead and his son Ram Charan in an extended cameo, the movie directed by Koratala Siva was released on April 29 to a lukewarm response at the box office. Negative reviews saw a huge drop in the movie’s collection in the first four days.

It disappointed even in Telugu states. In Andhra Pradesh it opened to increased ticket prices for the first week as per the policy of the state government for big-budget movies. However, so poor is the performance of ‘Acharya’ that trade analysts believe its business may end within this week.

Despite the hype around the movie due to the presence of the father-son duo and a large number of their fans thronging theatres in the first week-end, it failed to live up to the expectations.

Those who track Tollywood say that Acharya could end up as one of the biggest disasters of 2022.

A cliched story and dated narrative without effective emotions resulted in the huge disappointment for Chiranjeevi’s fans who had high expectations with this maiden collaboration between megastar and successful director Koratala Siva.

This was the second famous father-son duo to flop at the box-office. Earlier, this year ‘Bangarraju’ starring Nagarjuna and his son Naga Chaitanya came as a disappointment. While their fans were excited to see them together on the screen, this could not save the movie based on a done and dusted script of a supernatural drama. Kalyan Krishna made this as a sequel to ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ (2016) which starred Nagarjuna in a dual role and was commercially successful.

Another big disaster this year is ‘Radhe Shyam’ starring Baahubali fame Prabhas in the lead. The multi-lingual period romantic drama failed to live up to the high expectations.

Starring Prabhas in the role of a world-famous palmist, ‘Radhe Shyam’ in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil had hit the screens on March 11. Despite stunning visuals, grand outdoors, visual effects, romance and good music, the movie bombed due to cliched story.

‘Bheemla Nayak’ starring Pawan Kalyan and ‘Baahubali’ fame Daggubati Rana was another much-anticipated movie to hit the screens in February.

It was a Telugu remake of ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ (2020), a Malayalam language action thriller. Unlike ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, which was about clash of egos between two men, it was Pawan Kalyan who dominated ‘Bheemla Nayak’. Rana’s role was played down to allow power star, as the brother of Chiranjeevi is popularly known in film circles, take the centre stage.

Romantic comedy ‘DJ Tillu’ starring young actor Siddhu Jonnalagadda and Neha Shetty in the lead also did average business.

Leading actor Ravi Teja starrer ‘Khiladi’ turned out to be a flop. Released theatrically along with a Hindi dubbed version on February 11 this movie, written and directed by Ramesh Varma.

Industry analysts say poor script is the main reason for many Telugu films bombing at the box office after the grand success of ‘Pushpa’. “The strength of the script makes a film successful. If somebody comes with a loose script and uninteresting script, automatically the film flops. No matter how big a star is and how good a director is, it all depends on the strength of the script. Nobody can save a film if the script is poor,” says film analyst Prabhu.

He believes that a film can succeed only if the script makes the audience sit in theatres without losing their attention.

The film critic, however, adds that a subject a filmmaker chooses is not the entire story. “Whatever line you take, it needs to have some interesting scenes. 10-15 interesting scenes elevate a movie. Lack of strength in the scenes is the main cause of failure. There are no other reasons because the filmmaking standards are very high, wonderful and far ahead,” he opined.

The expert says one can’t blame artists for a film’s failure as all stars are proven artists. It all depends on the script and character an artist gets.

“We can’t blame artists. Actor is like water which takes the shape of a vessel. It all depends on the capability of the director, how best he moulds the character and how best he creates interest in the character,” he said.

According to Prabhu, even ‘Pushpa’ did not have a great script but the way Allu Arjun inculcated the strength, the density of character, a rough and tough wild character and his mannerism helped. “This film has highlighted the smuggler’s character and glorified it. This shows the film does well even if the bad character is portrayed in an intensive and interesting manner,” he added.

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Going Viral: Virat Kohli shakes his leg for Pushpa song

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Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava is a special item number from Pushpa: The Rise which was an instant chartbuster. Samantha will be seen shaking her leg with Allu Arjun in this song. Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli danced to the song in the post-wedding celebrations of Glenn Maxwell last night. The other cricketers who were present joined Virat to groove for the number. Glenn Maxwell got married to Vini Raman on March 18th and he hosted a lavish reception last night. Dressed in a black kurta, Virat was in a perfect party mood and enjoyed the evening.

The video of Virat Kohli grooving for Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava is now going viral across social media circles. Virat was in perfect sync with the song. Several star cricketers attended the reception. Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered two back-to-back debacles in IPL 2022 and Virat Kohli has been struggling for form. Maxwell’s wedding reception came as a major relief for the RCB players.

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3 months and 3 South films: Will Bollywood rechristen itself?

In the last three to four months of time, three south movies outperformed Bollywood movies and it is learnt that there’s a paradigm shift in the approach of Bollywood makers on film making. However the Big question is whether Bollywood will be able to rechristen itself and reclaim the throne i.e. top Industry of the country. Details as follows.

Three movies that have outperformed Bollywood movies in recent times are – Pushpa, RRR and KGF2. When Pushpa was released there wasn’t much buzz though. However the movie surpassed another Bollywood Big movie 83. Later when RRR released, Bollywood hero John Abraham commented that “We are not number 2 to any other industry “ and released his “Attack” movie while RRR was in theatres. Attack movie was a disaster at the box office. Now during KGF2 , Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey movie got postponed to release at a later point of time. Before just a couple of years, Telugu and Kannada movies forcing Bollywood movies change their release date couldn’t be conceived even in the dreams.

Now Bollywood makers seem to be in the thinking mode and plan movies on pan India scale. Most of the big wigs of Bollywood are asking the writers to again focus on heroic subjects rather than multiplex subjects. We need to wait and see whether Bollywood will be able to rechristen itself and if so how fast can that happen..

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Close on the heels of ‘Pushpa’, ‘RRR’ reaffirms Tollywood’s pan-India appeal

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The resounding theatrical success of ‘RRR’, from the two Telugu-speaking states to the United Kingdom, where it roared past Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Ambulance’ and Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’, has established Tollywood as India’s new cinema powerhouse.

With its worldwide earnings touching Rs 652 crore on its sixth day, far surpassing even the collections of ‘The Kashmir Files’, ‘RRR’ has proved that S.S. Rajamouli’s competition is himself — after edging out his own ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ from the No. 2 all-time blockbuster spot, he has only ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ to dislodge to establish ‘RRR’ as Indian cinema’s highest-ever grosser.

Coming close on the heels of the success of the Allu Arjun-starrer ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, which was 2021’s highest-grossing film pan-India, ‘RRR’ has made it amply clear that Telugu commercial cinema is the new entertainment leader in post-Covid India, especially when compared with much-hyped commercial duds such as ’83’, ‘Gangubai Kathiyawadi’ and ‘Bachchan Pandey’.

‘The Kashmir Files’ has been the only exception, but it owes much of its success to the manner in which it was adopted by the BJP and supported by its state governments with tax exemptions, especially after Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed it wholeheartedly.

Not only films, Telugu movie stars, such as Prabhas, Allu Arjun, Jr NTR and Ram Charan, have become well-known names across the country.

It’s certainly a far cry from the days when Bollywood ruled the box office, and if South Indian films got noticed, it was only if they won national awards or were remade into Hindi films, and their superstars rang a bell north of the Vindhyas only if they made waves in politics. Of course, there have been exceptions such as Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, but Tollywood stars were barely known outside the then undivided Andhra Pradesh.

Observers point to several factors for the growing national acceptance of movies from Tollywood and other South Indian film production hubs.

Telugu film critic and industry analyst Prabhu told IANS: “Television channels dedicated to screening of South Indian movies dubbed to Hindi, and then the arrival of OTT platforms, began opening up a wider audience for them.” Suddenly, all of India started watching and appreciating films made in the south.

The spread of multiplexes across an increasingly urbanised India, with their enormous appetite for software, have also helped South Indian producers to exhibit their films in traditional Hindi markets. But the multiplication of platforms and venues for the exhibition of movies alone cannot explain the growing pan-India footprint of South Indian cinema.

Bollywood’s fading star power is an oft-quoted reason. Much of Bollywood’s heft is thinning as stars such as the Khans, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn are in their 50s and past their prime. Increasingly, they don’t seem to be drawing audiences to cinemas. The developing vacuum has created a level playing field that South Indian movie stars are exploiting, says Bengaluru-based film scholar and critic M.K. Raghavendra.

The South is also scoring because of the grand visions of its movie-makers, which was amply evident in ‘RRR’.

Prabhu pointed to the larger-than-life portrayals of characters that South Indian filmmakers boldly etch on the big screen. “Can you imagine a filmmaker daring to think of a subject such as ‘Bahubali’ and spending so much time and attention as Rajamouli on building up its elements?” Prabhu asked.

Raghavendra added that South Indian filmmakers excel in adding ‘masala’ — action and emotion — in dollops. Something that Bollywood seems to be unable to effectively deliver anymore. “The stuff is pungent. That’s the taste people want,” he said.

“Hindi films are bland, so nobody wants them. They want masala and Hindi films no longer have masala like they did in the past. Telugu and Tamil films, moreover, are punchy. They hit you straight,” Raghavendra explained.

The soon-to-be-released ‘KGF: Chapter 2’, starring Kannada movie star Yash, is another South India potential blockbuster that has raised expectations, especially among the fans of ‘KGF: Chapter 1’, which raked in Rs 250 crore, a record for a Kannada film. It just changed the way the rest of India perceived Kannada cinema, which previously made news only because of its arthouse productions.

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Allu Arjun’s Pushpa tops TRP ratings in Bollywood

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Allu Arjun has undoubtedly emerged a national star with Pushpa: The Rise, which has Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Faasil and Sunil in important characters.

After creating collection records in theaters pan-India, the movie has now smashed TRP ratings in all centres with a huge difference when compared with Bollywood mega movies.

Pushpa is on a high with 4.35 TVR, Sooryavanshi 2.7 and 83 just 1.79 when it comes to HSM Urban. And, Pushpa is on top with 3.79 TVR, Sooryavanshi second with 3.18 and 83 third with 2.11 in HSM Urban Pay.

Not just that, Pushpa, Sooryavanshi and 83 respectively scored 4.23, 1.68 and 1.07 in HSM U+R. Now, isn’t this enough to show the power of pan-Indian movies as against Bollywood films?

Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music for Pushpa and the songs topped the charts in various languages. Besides the Telugu states and Maharashtra, the film directed by Sukumar and bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers Muttamsetty Media ran successfully in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka too.

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Anasuya turns the lead antagonist in Pushpa: The Rule

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Stylish Star Allu Arjun delivered his career’s best performance in Pushpa: The Rise and the film also paved the path for the actor in Bollywood. Sukumar and his team are focused on the sequel and the shoot is expected to commence from the mid of April or May. The first installment ends after Allu Arjun announces war on Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat, a cop essayed by Fahadh Faasil. The audience predicted that the second part will be high on the tiff between a mafia don and a cop.

But Sukumar has a different plan. Anasuya who had a crisp role in the first part will be seen as the lead antagonist in the second installment. Sukumar and his team is said to have penned a powerful role for Anasuya. Fahadh Faasil too will have a crucial role but Anasuya takes the front seat among the list of the antagonists in Pushpa: The Rule. Rashmika will be playing Allu Arjun’s wife and Sunil, Rao Ramesh, Dhananjaya will be playing other crucial roles. Devi Sri Prasad is the music composer and Mythri Movie Makers are the producers. Pushpa: The Rule releases next year.

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Bheemla Nayak takes best opening post COVID 2nd wave

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Bheemla Nayak has taken a very good opening in the Telugu States with a distributor share of 25.80 Cr. The film has set All-Time Record in Nizam beating Pushpa but the collections in AP have been affected by the ticket cap restrictions. The film didn’t even release in some centres as the tickets were capped at 30/- which won’t even recover the theatre rents.

The film has taken the best opening post COVID 3rd wave beating Pushpa. In areas like Ceeded, Nellore, Krishna the film has collected less than Pushpa due to the ticket cap restrictions. Even special shows were now allowed to be screened.

AP/TS shares of Top 3 films Post COVID 3rd wave:

MovieAP/TS shares
Bheemla Nayak25.80 Cr
Pushpa 24.50 Cr
Akhanda 14.65 Cr

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Pushpa Impact on Bheemla Nayak Pre-release Event

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Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak is hitting the screens this Friday across the globe. The pre-release event which was scheduled to take place on Monday was rescheduled for today and it will take place in Yousufguda Police Grounds in Hyderabad. Fans are expected to attend the event in huge numbers for the event. Allu Arjun’s Pushpa pre-release event too took place at the same venue and there was a huge ruckus on the day as there are huge number of passes issued. Thousands of fans could not enter the venue due to the restrictions. Ten thousand passes are issued for a venue which can accommodate 5000 people.

To prevent such unexpected incidents, the cops took the responsibility to issue the passes. The passes issued by the production house for the Monday event are not valid for the today’s event. The cops finalized the number of passes and they are issued by them for the fans. 5000 passes are issued for the pre-release event of Bheemla Nayak. The event will be telecasted live on the YouTube page of Haarika and Hassine Creations. TV channels and other media houses are not allowed for the pre-release event of Bheemla Nayak.

Telangana Ministers KTR and Talasani Srinivas Yadav are the Chief guests for the event. Bheemla Nayak is directed by Saagar Chandra and Sithara Entertainments are the producers.

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Pushpa bags Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award

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Allu Arjun’s recent film Pushpa: The Rise is a surprise hit in Hindi and the film raked Rs 100 crores in its final run in Bollywood. Several top Bollywood actors lauded the performance of Allu Arjun. The film now bagged the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award 2022. Pushpa: The Rise is named as the Film of the Year beating several Bollywood films. Ranveer Singh bagged the Best Actor award for his performance in 83. Kriti Sanon is named as the Best Actress for the film Mimi.

Sardar Udham Singh is awarded the Critics Best Film and Shershaah is the Best Film at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival. Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani turned out to be the special attraction at the event and they won Critics Best Actor and Actress awards respectively. Manoj Bajpayee is awarded the Best Actor award in web series and Raveena Tandon is the Best Actress in web series. The event took place last night in Mumbai.

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‘Sukumar is a hard nut to crack’: ‘Pushpa’ writer Srikanth Vissa

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Srikanth Vissa, who penned the dialogues for blockbuster ‘Pushpa’, has also worked on Ravi Teja’s upcoming movie ‘Khiladi’.

The screenplay writer who has a busy lineup with multiple big-ticket movies in his kitty, states that it was not at all easy to work under director Sukumar.

In a candid interview with IANS, the ‘Khiladi’ writer (dialogues) shares his experience working for multiple movies in Telugu.

Srikanth Vissa, who was lauded by Sukumar for his work in ‘Pushpa’ said, “It is not an easy task to impress Sukumar Garu. He always craves perfection. Even in the slightest things, he looks for details”.

“Being a hard nut to crack, Sukumar sir always push me to do it better each time I bring in my dialogue work”.

Srikanth also mentions that the movie ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ had begun in a context that it will be lengthy, yet a single-episode movie.

“Later in the making, we understood that we had to make this movie in two parts. So, we are all ready with the scripting and other related works. We shall start shooting whenever the team is ready”, Srikanth said.

On being quizzed about his work experience with Allu Arjun, Srikanth said, “Allu Arjun is so easy to work with. He grasps even little things easily. It is a pleasure to see him in front of the camera”.

Srikanth Vissa, who has worked for several other movies like ‘Kittu Unnadu Jagratha’, ‘MCA- Middle-Class Abbayi’, ‘Pantham’, ‘Venky Mama’, ‘Amaram Akhilam Prema’ and many others, have provided dialogues and screenplay for multiple other movies.

Srikanth, who sees himself as a director sometime in the future, has a heavy lineup, which includes two movies with hero Ravi Teja, which has brought the duo closer.

As he has penned the dialogues for the upcoming movie ‘Khiladi’, he said that he has bonded with hero Ravi Teja, as they share mutual interests.

“Ravi Teja has become my family. We have travelled together, for more than a year now. He is such a hard worker and always energetic. He is so humble and we have become quite closer”.

Srikanth will be penning dialogues for ‘Ravansura’, ‘Tiger Nageswar Rao’, ’18 Pages’, ‘Pushpa 2’, ‘Devil’, and ‘Bhala Thandanana’.

Srikanth, who was supposed to work with late Kannada star Puneeth Raj Kumar, explains that he had been so heartbroken with the huge loss.

“I was supposed to start work with Puneeth sir. We had a chat over the script as well. Kicha Sudeep’s ‘Pehlwan’ director Krishna was supposed to direct the movie and I was supposed to work on the screenplay. But the heartbreaking incident took him away, leaving a void that can never be replaced,” he said.

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Pushpa… Pushparaj… Jhukega Nahin, says the Congress Party

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No…. Pushpa star Allu Arjun is not campaigning in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh. He is too busy to go through the poll grind in the biggest state of the country. But, Pushpa’s most popular tunes are going to be used by the Congress party for the election campaign. Yes. The Congress has released peppy parodies of hit number “Choope Bangaramayene Sri Valli” for its campaign in the state.

Pushpa song has been dubbed as “Tu Hai Gajab UP… Teri Kasam” and shared on its Twitter handle. The song has visuals that depict the greatness of UP and how it contributes to the building of national identity. Dubbed versions of Pushpa are a rage across North India and have notched up over Rs 100 crore in the Hindi belt.  Several celebrities, cricketers and actors have done short videos dancing to this number.

This is not the first time that the Congress has used filmi numbers for its campaign. In fact, the Congress had secured the rights of AR Rahman’s hit number that got him the Oscars. Jai Ho was the Congress anthem in the 2009 general elections. This time around, they have chosen to capitalise on Pushpa mania.

But whether the song will be able to lift the fortunes of the Congress Party is a moot question. The party is fighting the election all alone and the SP has refused to ally with the Congress. Most electoral surveys have given the Congress Party less than ten seats in the UP elections. The seven-phase UP election will begin from February 10 and the results will be declared on March 10.

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January 2022: Poor Start for Tollywood

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2021 left the film industry in huge losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The producers are left under huge stress because of the delays and the heaping up interests. December 2021 has been quite good after the month reported three hits in the form of Akhanda, Pushpa and Shyam Singha Roy. The crucial Sankranthi season is badly missed this year as there are no prominent releases except Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya’s Bangarraju. January started on a dull note with ten releases and nine flops.

Bangarraju reported decent footfalls during the Sankranthi season because of the stars. Before this, Aasha Encounter, Induvadhana, 1945 and Athididevobhava released during the first week of January. All these films ended up as disasters. Other Sankranthi releases Rowdy Boys and Hero ended up as flops and failed to make an impact. They failed to recover the huge budgets too. Kalyaan Dhev’s Super Machi failed to screen shows as they were no footfalls. Keerthy Suresh tested her luck with Good Luck Sakhi and the word of mouth is quite poor.

The film too will fail to recover the publicity expenses. This adds one more debacle for Keerthy Suresh. On the whole, January 2022 started on a dull note and Tollywood has high hopes on February.

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‘He is Music’, says Allu Arjun, showering praise on ‘Srivalli’ singer Sid Sriram

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Sid Sriram, who has become one of the country’s most talked-about singers after the success of his ‘Srivalli’ track for ‘Pushpa’, was praised by the film’s lead actor Allu Arjun as he remembered an event where the crooner belted out the now-famous song without any musical accompaniment.

The absence of music had been caused by a technical glitch, but that did not stop the California-raised, Chennai-based Sriram from continuing with the performance.

This happened before the release of ‘Pushpa’. Recalling the event, Allu Arjun took to Twitter to say: “Wanted to write this at leisure. My brother Sid Sriram Garu was singing ‘Srivalli’ on stage at the pre-release event.”

He went on to note: “He started singing without music and I was waiting for the musical instruments to start slowly supporting his vocals. But they didn’t. And he kept singing without any music.”

Sharing a video of the event, Allu Arjun concluded: “I was blown away. It was sounding so magical I thought in my head … ‘He doesn’t need music. HE IS MUSIC.”

Overwhelmed by the heartfelt praise, Sriram said: “Brother, I am beyond humbled. So much love! You are a legend and these words mean the world to me.”

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After Warner, Suresh Raina now dances to Allu Arjun’s ‘Srivalli’

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The number ‘Srivalli’ from the Telugu blockbuster ‘Pushpa – The Rise’, featuring Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead, seems to have captured not just the hearts of fans and film buffs but also cricketers.

First, it was Australian cricketer David Warner, who loved the number so much that he put out a video of him replicating actor Allu Arjun’s dance moves for the superhit number. Now, Suresh Raina too seems to have tried his hand at dancing for the same song.

Raina, however, danced to the Hindi version of the hit number. He posted a video clip of him dancing to the number on Instagram and said: “I couldn’t stop but try this myself.”

The cricketer also heartily congratulated Allu Arjun for a fine performance in the film that was directed by Sukumar.

He said: “Allu Arjun, what an incredible performance in Pushpa brother! Wishing you lots of success!”

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