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Ramyakrishna’s car driver arrested with large quantity of liquor

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The car driver of Bahubaali fame Shiva Gamini was arrested by the Chennai police on Saturday.

Actress Ramyakrishna’s car driver was arrested in Tamil Nadu after he was found to be carrying large quantity of liquour in a routine check by the police. According to the police, Ramyakrishna’s car driver was travelling in her Toyota Innova Crista car (TN07Q0099) carrying 96 beer bottles and eight bottles of whiskey.

The police said the car driver bought the liquor in Mahabalipuram as alcohol sales are banned in Chennai.
The actress car driver was arrested and was later released on bail.

Ramakrishna who will be appearing in her next Telugu film Rangamarthanda directed by Krishna Vamsi and Puri Jagannadh’s Fighter with Vijay Deverakonda, is yet to respond.

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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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Ramya Krishna yet to sign Andhadhun Remake

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Young actor Nithiin will step into the shoes of Andhadhun remake. Merlapaka Gandhi will direct the project and it will start rolling later this year. Tabu has been approached to reprise her role from the original. The actress quoted huge remuneration after which Anasuya Bharadwaj was in talks. The feedback on casting Anasuya for the role received mixed results after which the makers approached Ramya Krisha.

There are reports that the actress already signed the film but it is untrue. Ramya Krishna is yet to take the final call on playing the role in the film. It is a glamorous role though it has utmost importance in the film. Nithiin as of now is busy with Rang De and Check. He will start shooting for Andhadhun remake once he is done with these projects. His home banner Sreshth Movies will produce the remake. The entire film is planned to be shot in Pondicherry.

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Troubles in store for Ramya Krishna’s Jayalalitha biopic

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Without even revealing a word about what they are making, director Gowtham Menon released a poster of his upcoming web series titled ‘Queen’, which has Ramya Krishna playing the lead role. Later Gowtham Menon commented that he is making this series on the life and times of former Tamilnadu CM Jayalalitha.

Today, Jayalalitha’s nephew Deepak Jayakumar has issued a press statement that only director AL Vijay took permission and NOC from Jayalalitha’s family to carve the biopic, but Gautham Menon hasn’t even approached them. He stated that if anyone makes a film or web series on Jayalalitha without approaching them, serious action would be taken.

While the Jayalalitha biopic featuring Kangana Ranaut in the lead, which is produced by Telugu producer Vishnu Induri, is yet to take off, Gautham Menon’s web series was already under the process of filming. This jolt coming from Jayalalitha family might result in some legal battles now.

According to law, the life of any public figure could be made into a film even if the family doesn’t give permission. But if any of the living persons are shown in a negative light, they could knock the doors of court with possible evidence. Using the same logic, Ram Gopal Varma made a film on NTR and legal notices failed to stop him.

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Ramya Krishna roped in for a horror film

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Yesteryear heroine Ramya Krishna is one of the most admired actors down South. The popular actor has scored brownie points for her power-packed performance in Baahubali. She is currently busy with a few interesting projects in Tamil and Telugu.

In the meantime, she has been roped in for a Malayalam horror film titled ‘Aadu Puliyattam’. Reportedly, Ramya Krishna plays the role of the daughter to a king of the tribal group. Popular Bollywood artist Om Puri will be essaying a crucial role in the film.The film will go on floors in mid November.

Ramya Krishna is presently shooting for Soggade Chinni Nayana and Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu.

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Focus on Bahubali Stylist Prashanti Tipirneni-An Interview

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the stylists for Bahubali, Prashanti Tipirneni has worked for Vedam, Golconda High School and she is now currently working on Anushka’s costumes for Size Zero. Prashanti gives more importance to simplicity and comfort and is not a flamboyant person at all. She however says, she likes to be funky sometimes and some other time very sobre, depending on how she is feeling that day. In a chat with Telugu360, she says she is missing Bahubali shoot and is looking forward to wrapping up the remaining 40 percent soon. “After Size Zero, I think I will get a month and a half break after which I will move to Bahubali Part II. The reviews and inputs from people will let us know where we are lacking and we might do a better job.”

Do costume designers and stylists need to be present on the sets every day till the shoot gets finished?

I haven’t travelled for my other films but for jewellery and research for Bahubali I travelled a bit. Mostly I did from scratch in Hyderabad. For Size Zero, I am travelling a bit to Mumbai once or twice. I only work for movies and that too one at a time. I am in a particular zone and would prefer to be in that zone till I finish. For some scripts, our presence is not needed. For Vedam, I wasn’t there. I would go on the first day, see if everything was going smoothly and return. Even with Golconda High School, I would just pack, tag them and give it but for Size Zero and Bahubali, it is different. We had to make Anushka look heavy, there will be problems with the body suit, some fit and some don’t. So, I got to be there. Moreover every production is different, so is the director. It is okay if you aren’t there. The assistant directors will handle it but we can’t rely on them. So I go everyday.

[pullquote position=”left”] We had to be in ready at 5 am in Ramoji Film City, and all the junior artistes would be ready standing in a line with costumes. We would paint them black, on their faces especially the Kalakeyas and in the last would send them for breakfast. We did that for nearly five months.[/pullquote] 

  • Do you think a professional course helps a stylist or is practical, hands on job will suffice?
A lot in this field has specially to do with common sense, keeping in mind is what the director’s vision is. I am not undermining what people learn in colleges. I regret not doing NIFT and other courses. Lot of times I want a certain cut, pleat or a fold and I don’t know how to do it. If I had done that, I would have been easy, we would have been trained well. I never learnt cutting. I did Masters in counselling and more into child psychology and marriage counselling.
  • How did you and Rama compartmentalize work?
We categorised it into two, Rama was doing Hero’s kingdom, the Mayashmathis that involved the hero, Ramya Krishna. I did the heroine’s kingdom that had Anushka, Tamanna and that’s how we divided work. I would be doing it in one style and the difference between one kingdom and the other would be distinct and evident. We did a war and that was the biggest sequence. The costumes were done by Rama. We kept supporting one another no matter whose work it is. The biggest crew was 1000 people, soldiers–half of them were Kalakeyas and half Mahashmathis and there were two groups in Mahashmatis.

 

  • What time would the shoot begin?
We had to be in ready at 5 am in Ramoji Film City and all the junior artistes would be ready standing in a line with costumes. We would paint them black on their faces, especially, the Kalakeyas and in the last, would send them for breakfast. We did that for nearly five months. The first shot would be at 7am. All of them, the direction department too were staying back in RFC but I would be coming back for my daughter. Her school, bus and had to get up at 3.30am, leave by 4am and be at RFC by 5am, return in the evening and would be home by 9pm. I would hardly get time to be with her and she would sleep by then. I got to learn a lot in this  project. The whole team works like a family. This is the kind of exposure and experience, I don’t think I would have got in any other project.

What metal and stones were used to dress the artistes?

Bahubali is a mammoth project and Rajamouli is a systematic planner and from scratch, he gave us time for trial and error. We would never let it come till the last minute. There was eight months pre production when I got into the picture and even before that there were story sittings. For every meeting, all the technicians and ADs would be there. We had lot of story to fall back on to do our research, source and create material. The discussions on the  minerals were available, the skill sets they had, what soil they had and what grains they frew. All of this played on our mind. For costumes and jewellery, we didn’t want to use stones or diamonds. We used a little Kundan on Ramya Krishna but mostly plain gold on women. All jewellery is silver and we gold plated it.

 

 

  • Teaming with jewellery brands would have helped?

In the beginning we were banking on brands to make the jewellery and were trying to team up with jewellers and in the process lost lot of time. They wouldn’t understand our requirement, we needed something new and didn’t like things they already had. I went to Jaipur and as I love Amrapali jewellery, I went to the head of Amprapali and got antiques that I liked as samples. If I carried earrings from there, we would make necklaces and hip chains here. It depends from deal to deal and we got some in exhibitions. Most of it, we got it made as we had a silver smith with us. In RFC now there is an art related museum and an entire floor has been given to display jewellery used for Bahubali.

 

  • How exciting was it to work these three years?

it was very exciting as it is has to be built from scratch and Bahubali is fiction not history based. It gave us leverage to do what we wanted. It was physically tiring nevertheless. I am not a morning person and waking up at 3.30 am was torture but once on the set it didn’t feel like work. Everyone from small to high technicians, they owned this product, it didn’t feel  taxing at all. Now I am missing the shoot as I do ‘Size Zero.’ I keep calling Rama and tell her that I am missing the shoot. What you imagine on screen is high level images but this is ten times more bigger, you are in awe of it, it is a fantastic feeling.

 

  • Three films with Anushka, what rapport do you share with her?

She is not fussy at all and she is a close friend..not that she says yes for everything, she will only tell you no, only with a reason, and why it will work or why it won’t. She has the clarity..that makes our job easier. She sees the ability in a person and if she feels you will do full justice she will not even question you. If she feels somewhere your notice should be brought she will tell you. There is no discomfort or stressed feeling working with her and moreover in the last three years we have become really close friends.

(Sunita Yalavarthi)

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