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Ramya Krishna: ‘Queen’ season 2 to have more action, thrilling content

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Southern star Ramya Krishna can’t wait to start shooting for the second season of her hit web series “Queen”.

Last year when “Queen” released, her character reminded the audience of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa — from the plain white sarees with black and red stripes and round red bindis that she sported, to the protagonist’s character progression from a filmstar who becomes a top politician

“You are free to feel so (that the web series is inspired by Jayalalithaa’s life). That’s what the director also told me,” Ramya told IANS.

But she says it’s not her story.

“This is based on a book by Anita Sivakumarannitha. I loved it (web series) because of the similarity (with Jayalalithaa’s story), and I loved the late CM for her guts and for being the real queen,” said the actress.

“Queen” chronicles the life of Shakti Seshadri, a spirited and determined woman whose vision and sense of resilience made her an epitome of strength for likeminded women. Despite finding herself in several unfavourable circumstances at different stages of life and being let down by many people she held closest to her heart, Shakti puts up a fight to emerge as a winner every time.

Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon along with Prasath Murugesan, the finite series captures her struggle with her family’s adverse financial position, her excelling in academics and rising to the ranks of a state topper and emerging as a leading superstar in the film industry, and eventually becoming the youngest chief minister of her state.

“I just went by what Gautham told me. He wanted me to be myself and that’s what I did. I was reacting to the words which I had to speak which were so powerful and so well written,” said the actress.

“She (Shakti) is not a politician yet. She is getting there as far as season one goes. I enjoyed doing it, especially the interview portion. I loved the way questions were phrased and answers were written,” added Ramya.

“Queen” season 2 is in the works, and she is excited.

“I am just waiting to get there and be a part of it. People can expect more action, more interesting content, thrilling and exciting content,” she said.

The shooting is yet to begin owing to the ongoing lockdown.

“We don’t have a clarity on when shooting will start. With the quarantine right now, we are yet to know,” she said, adding: “Last when I spoke to (writer) Reshma, she was done with the script. It’s all ready to go on floors but it all depends on the quarantine phase,” she added.

Till then, the audience can watch the first season of “Queen” on Zee TV starting from June 6.

“If a channel has decided to air it, they know that it has done well. This content will really do well on their channel too,” said Ramya.

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Queen Remake gets a Director Change

Ramesh Aravind is directing Tamannaah’s Queen

Bollywood sensational film Queen is being remade in all the South Indian languages. Malayalam filmmaker Manu Kumaran is bankrolling the film in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages. Milky beauty Tamannaah is playing the title role for the Telugu version which is directed by Neelakanta. “There is no truth in director being replaced because of me. I have immense respect towards Neelakanta and our film producer has taken some strict decisions for the film to shape out well” revealed Tamannaah. She did not directly reveal that the director has been replaced and now the director of Telugu version has been replaced. Kamal’s close friend and director Ramesh Aravind who has been helming the Tamil and Kannada remakes of Queen has been asked to take the responsibility of Telugu and Malayalam versions too.

While Tamannaah is the lead actress for the Telugu version, Kajal is the lead actress for Tamil, Parul Yadav for Kannada and Manjima Mohan is playing the title role for the Malayalam version. After wrapping up the foreign schedule, Neelakanta has been replaced with Ramesh Aravind. Only Tamannaah and Neelakanta knows the real reasons about the director’s replacement and we are yet to know if the episodes shot by Neelakanta will be used in the film or will be shot again.

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Had no administrative authority in ‘Queen’ remake: Tamannaah

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no administrative authority in Queen remake

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia says she didn’t enjoy any administrative authority in the creative role play in the Telugu version of Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Queen”.

According to a report, National Award-winning director Neelakanta quit the remake of “Queen” over “creative differences” with the actress.

Slamming it as baseless, Tamannaah said in a statement to IANS: “I would like to reiterate and clarify that no actor ever has had a say in the technical process of a film. My team or I didn’t enjoy any administrative authority in the creative role play for the Telugu version of ‘Queen’.”

The final call “always rests with the producer of the film”, she said.

Tamannaah is looking forward to resuming work and completing the final schedule of the film.

“I have great respect for Neelakanta sir and would like to put an end to all these speculative rumours. The producer (Manu Kumaran) had made some changes to the composition of the team in early November to streamline the execution of this extremely ambitious project,” she said.

“The four language simultaneous remakes of ‘Queen’ is a dream project for everyone involved and we all are collectively working towards giving the audience four beautiful and entertaining movies,” she added.

The Kangana Ranaut-starrer Hindi blockbuster is being made in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada besides Telugu.

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‘Queen’ remakes: France schedule wrapped up

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The makers of the four remakes of Bollywood entertainer “Queen” have wrapped up the France schedule of the films.

The 2014 Hindi movie is being remade as “Butterfly” (Kannada), “Queen Once Again” (Telugu), “Paris Paris” (Tamil) and “Zam Zam” (Malayalam). It is about a girl who sets out on a honeymoon alone, and from thereon begins a process of self-discovery for her.

Shot in the beautiful beachside town of Frejuz, located in the south of France, the cast and crew experienced cold climatic conditions.

Produced by Mediente, the makers of the film have chosen four different actresses for the lead role.

Co-producer Parul Yadav said in a statement: “I loved that the protagonist elevates herself with each step she takes, even while staying real and funny. The idea of a south remake cropped up as I walked out of the theatre the day I watched ‘Queen’. It has taken us a while to plan the four remakes and I’m excited to be co-producing this important film.”

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, who plays Kangana Ranaut’s part from the original in the Telugu remake, said: “‘Queen’ was a different film from the word go; the essence of which was a sense of humour in every situation in life. I wished this film would be made in the south, because it has that kind of potential.

“I am glad to be part of one version. I am in love with France. It is a dream place to shoot at and a dream film to shoot.”

Kajal Aggarwal, who essays the lead in “Paris Paris”, says there’s a need to bring out relevant characters like the protagonist in the movie.

“Heartbreaks are very common. I love the underlying emotions that come across in the scenes. I am glad that talented actresses are playing this role in different versions and taking this story to more people”, added Kajal.

Manjima Mohan, who will be seen in the Malayalam version of the remake titled “Zam Zam”, said: “In addition to the expectations that people have from all the four remakes of ‘Queen’, there are expectations about what we four actresses bring to the table.

“We have added interesting nuances to each of our characters that will relate to people in our states. The story will continue to inspire too”.

Composer Amit Trivedi is working on the music of all the four films.

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Tamannaah boosts fitness regime for ‘Queen’ remake

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Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, who is essaying Kangana Ranaut’s role in the Telugu remake of “Queen”, is working out harder for her look in the film.

The remake titled “Queen Once Again” is being helmed by National Award-winning director Neelakanta.

Tamannaah has decided to give the traditional gym routine amiss and train on the beach instead.

“It’s a non-polluted environment and I feel it’s doing wonders to my overall well-being. Instead of three times a week which I generally practice in India, I’m doing six times a week in France,” the actress said in a statement.

“My trainer felt I needed to shed a few more kilos so I’m waking up real early everyday to ensure I can give in those two dedicated hours. In fact, I have started skipping, something I have never done before and ‘Queen Once Again’ is making me do thing I have never attempted before,” she added.

Tamannah is loving the vibe in France, which she describes as “picturesque”.

Kangana’s “Queen” released in 2014. It was based on the transformational journey of the character Rani, who embarks on her honeymoon to Paris alone after her fiance — essayed by Rajkummar Rao — calls off the wedding at the very last moment.

Sidhu Jonnalagadda will essay Rajkummar’s role in the Telugu remake, and Shibani Dandekar is taking on the role played by Lisa Haydon in the original.

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Elli, Shibani will bring freshness to ‘Queen’ remakes: Producer

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Elli AvRam has been cast in the Tamil and Kannada remakes of Hindi entertainer “Queen”, while Shibani Dandekar has been zeroed in for its Telugu and Malayalam versions. The producer says they will lend “freshness” to the movies.

Earlier, Amy Jackson was to play essay Lisa Haydon’s role from the original “Queen” in all its four southern versions. Amy had walked out of the film citing creative differences and non-availability of dates.

Producer Manu Kumaran said in a statement: “We have made several changes to the script and the films are going to be different in each language. We had planned on Amy Jackson initially, but it became clear that the character demanded a specific look and feel.

“Elli AvrRam and Shibani Dandekar will bring the much required freshness to the movies”.

He is upset over Amy’s claims.

“For Amy to say that it didn’t work out creatively is completely wrong as she didn’t meet any of the two directors who are making these 4 movies.”

The makers of the film will be kickstarting their first schedule in France. Starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Kajal Aggarwal, Manjima Mohan and Parul Yadav in the lead in their respective languages, the film will be sequentially be shot at various locations adding a tinge of southern element to it.

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Amy Jackson Has Taken Bad Decision?

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Heroine Amy Jackson has made her debut into glamour world of cinema with a Tamil film then she did Hindi and Telugu films with big names in the industry. She is recognized as a Tamil heroine because she did most of her projects in Kollywood with star heroes like Rajinikanth, Vijay and Vikram. Amy was considered by most of the filmmakers down south because of her international appeal and she even signs south films because she tasted her first success there.

Amy Jackson has taken a bad decision by stepping back from playing a key role in the south remake of Queen movie in all the three languages. Initially, she agreed to replicate the role played by Lisa Hayden in the original but now citing date clash issues with her American television serial, she has walked out of the project, informed sources.

Other than Kanada film “The Villian”, Amy Jackson doesn’t have any films in her kitty right now. If she would have acted in Queen remake, Amy would have been in the limelight and more offers might come her way as it’s a bilingual movie. Well if one opportunity is lost then doors open for another big opportunity, let’s hope Amy’s decision don’t turn too costly for her.

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Tamannaah happy to giver her own perspective to ‘Queen’ remake

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Tamannaah Bhatia has been roped in for the Telugu remake of a successful Bollywood film “Queen” and the actress is happy to be able to give her own perspective to the film.

“I am very excited for the film. I feel happy that I am going to be be able to give it my perspective and it will be how I think or perceive of the film so I am really looking forward to it,” said Tamannaah on the sidelines of Elle Beauty Awards 2017 on Wednesday, here.

“We will start shooting the film soon, most probably from this month itself. First of all, that film taught us how to love yourself and I think every girl has loved that film,” she further added.

The film is titled “Queen Once Again” and will be directed by Neelakanta Reddy.

The 2014 released “Queen” that starred Kangana Ranaut narrates the story of Rani, who goes for her honeymoon to Paris alone after her fiance calls-off the wedding on the final day. The trip transforms her completely.

Rajkummar Rao played Kangana’s fiance in the film.

The actress looked like a diva at the award night.

“At Elle Beauty Awards, there are lot of beautiful people who have come to support the awards. It’s all about enjoying beauty, giving recognition and contributing towards beauty industry… I would like to congratulate all the winners who won the awards,” she said.

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Confident we can recreate magic of ‘Queen’: Tamannaah

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Actress Tamannaah Bhatia is confident that the magic of Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Queen” will be recreated in its Telugu version which was officially launched on Sunday.

The remake, to be directed by Neelakanta Reddy, has been titled “Queen Once Again”.

“It’s an exciting project and I love doing roles that talk about women empowerment. I’m confident we can recreate the magic of the original. At the same time, not make our film look like a frame-to-frame remake. We’ll adapt it to suit Telugu sensibilities,” Tamannaah told IANS.

Ever since she saw the Vikas Bahl-directed “Queen”, she wanted to be a part of its remake.

“I wasn’t even sure if it was going to be remade. What makes ‘Queen’ special is that it’s one of those rare women-centric films which succeeded in reaching out to everybody, across all sections of the audience,” she said.

Tamannaah starts shooting for the project from October 25.

“Queen” is the story of the self-exploration of a young Punjabi girl, played by Kangana, who embarks on her honeymoon to Paris alone after her fiance calls off the wedding.

Last week, the Tamil and Telugu versions of “Queen” were launched. The Tamil version, which has been titled “Paris Paris”, stars Kajal Aggarwal in the lead.

The Kannada version, which has been titled “Butterfly” and stars Parul Yadav, has already gone on the floors.

Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind is directing the Tamil as well as Kannada versions of the remake.

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Kajal all set to replace Tamannaah

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Bolywood film Queen has been a smashing hit all over and the film is now being remade into all the South Indian languages. The Kannada version of the film has been launched recently and Parul Yadav will play the lead role. Talented actor and filmmaker Ramesh Aravind will direct the film and the Tamil version of the film has been planned with Tamannaah and we have been told that veteran actress Revathy will direct this social drama. However the latest updates reveal many changes in the cast along with the crew.

The latest news is that Ramesh Aravind will also direct the Tamil version of the film and Kajal Agarwal is likely to play the lead role. Tamannaah and Revathy walked out of the project and the reasons have not been disclosed. Kajal Agarwal along with Amy Jackson are now in talks for the film. Ramesh Aravind will first wrap up the shoot of the Kannada version after which he will concentrate on the Tamil version.

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