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Rana, Venkatesh wrap up shoot of ‘Ray Donovan’ adaptation ‘Rana Naidu’


The shoot of the action-drama streaming series ‘Rana Naidu’ was wrapped up recently. In a casting coup, the series marks the coming together of two of Telugu cinema’s charismatic megastars, the nephew-uncle duo Rana Daggubati, who plays the titular character and Venkatesh Daggubati, who essays Venky Naidu in the series.

The Hindi series which will be available to stream on Netflix, has been shot majorly in Mumbai and follows the life of the city’s go-to-fixer. Rana Naidu does the dirty work for the top power players; making the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear.

In addition, the series also stars Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Suchitra Pillai, Gaurav Chopra, Ashish Vidyarthi and Rajesh Jais in pivotal roles, and has been directed by the duo Karan Anshuman and Suparn Verma.

Produced by Aaron Sunder of Locomotive Global Inc, the series is an official adaptation of the popular American drama series ‘Ray Donovan’. The format rights are licensed by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. The Netflix series will be dubbed in multiple southern languages on release.

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Rana Daggubati’s Virata Parvam Release Plans Updated


Rana Daggubati’s long-delayed film Virata Parvam has been announced for July 1st release this year. The promotional activities will kick-start soon. Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Cinemas which produced Virata Parvam are also the producers of Ravi Teja’s upcoming release Ramarao On Duty. The film’s release is pushed due to the delay in the post-production work. The makers now decided to prepone the release of Virata Parvam.

Virata Parvam will now the screens on June 17th which was blocked for Ramarao On Duty. The makers will make an official announcement about the same this evening. Virata Parvam is a social drama directed by Venu Udugula. Rana Daggubati, Sai Pallavi, Priyamani, Nandita Das and Naveen Chandra played the lead roles in Virata Parvam. The non-theatrical rights of the fetched huge prices. Suresh Babu also co-produced this realistic drama.

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Venky and Rana wraps up Rana Naidu


Daggubati actors Venkatesh and Rana are on board for a web series that is titled Rana Naidu. The entire shooting portion of Rana Naidu is completed. It is the official adaptation of Netflix American series Ray Donovan. Karan Anshuman who directed Inside Edge and Mirzapur helmed the web series. Rana Naidu will stream on Netflix next year and the post-production formalities will be completed by the end of the year. Rana and Venkatesh have been keen to work together for a film but the project never materialized.

Impressed with the content of Ray Donovan, the duo signed the web series. A major portion of the shoot took place in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Abhishek Bhalerao and Saurav Khurana will be seen in other important roles in Rana Naidu. Locomotive Global Inc are the producers. Venkatesh is currently promoting F3 and he is yet to announce his next film. Rana too is waiting for the release of Virata Parvam.

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Rana’s new plan for Virata Parvam


Rana Daggubati has completed the shoot of Virata Parvam long ago but there is no news about the film’s release. During the pandemic days, top digital platform Netflix offered a hefty price for the direct digital release of Virata Parvam but the deal was kept on hold. Suresh Babu closed the deals of Naarappa and Drushyam 2 but the deal of Virata Parvam was yet to be closed. The film is delayed by months and the release chart of films for the upcoming months are announced.

The makers have sold the non-theatrical rights of Virata Parvam recently. Sony LIV acquired the digital streaming rights of Virata Parvam. None of the recent Rana’s films fared well at box-office and there is no proper release date for the film in the next six months. Rana and his team are now in plans to close the theatrical deals and announce the release date. Virata Parvam will now head for a theatrical release soon.

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Rs 42 Cr for Rana Daggubati’s Virata Parvam


Rana Daggubati is done with the shoot of Virata Parvam long ago and the film is yet to hit the screens. Venu Udugula is the director and SLV Cinemas, Suresh Productions are the producers. There are lot of speculations about the film’s release but nothing was finalized. Suresh Babu and Rana Daggubati are keen on a theatrical release but the release chart is full for the next six months. There is a massive OTT deal for the film and Rs 42 crores is the price quoted.

The satellite rights will fetch Rs 8 crores and the makers will make Rs 50 crores comfortably without any risk if they head for a direct digital release. The talks are going on for now and an announcement is awaited in a week. Sai Pallavi is the leading lady in this social drama. Rana Daggubati will be seen in the role of a naxalite and Nandita Das, Priyamani, Nivetha Pethuraj will be seen in other important roles.

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What happened to Rana Daggubati’s Virata Parvam?


Rana Daggubati signed an interesting attempt Virata Parvam and the actor plays a Naxalite in this social drama. The film caught everyone’s attention after the teaser and the trailer got released. The coronavirus pandemic spoiled the film’s plans after it was announced for a theatrical release. SLV Cinemas and Suresh Productions produced Virata Parvam. There are also strong speculations that the film will have a direct digital release through Netflix. The trade circles and Tollywood is left surprised by the huge delay in the film’s release when Suresh Babu made some wise deals for Narappa and Drishyam 2.

Suresh Babu and Rana Daggubati have been in talks with Amazon Prime and Netflix for various projects. Selling off the rights of Virata Parvam for a direct digital release is not a big deal for them. The theatrical release chart of Tollywood is packed for the next six months and it would be quite tough for Virata Parvam to get a solo release date in this mad rush. Keeping the project aside will make the project stale and the audience would lose interest on the film.

Its high time for the makers to take a call on the release of Virata Parvam. Venu Udugula directed Virata Parvam and Sai Pallavi played the female lead.

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I love doing different characters and staying true to genres. I did both in Bheemla Nayak: Rana Daggubati


Rana Daggubati made a mark with his portrayal of Daniel Shekar in Bheemla Nayak. As his character is multi-layered in the film, many enjoyed him on screen. The confrontation scenes were a treat to watch. Bheemla Nayak released on February 25 and is declared a blockbuster. Pawan Kalyan, Rana Daggubati, Nithya Menon, Samyuktha Menon, Murali Sharma, Rao Ramesh, Samuthrakani were part of the principal cast. Written by Trivkiram and directed by Saagar K Chandra, the film has good amount of action featuring Pawan Kalyan and Rana Daggubati who is enjoying the success and is happy for all the good responses he is receiving.

Here are the excerpts from Rana’s interaction with media.

On watching Bheemla Nayak in cinemas

I was in a shoot in Mumbai on the release day. I watched it in PVR Mumbai and could expect the craze of fans here. I got loads of wishes on social media and from all corners and it was a fulfilling experience.

What was your feeling when you heard Pawan Kalyan was on board?

I thought the film would hit a big scale. I believe in cinema that stays true to the genre. With a stalwart like Pawan Kalyan doing a film like Bheemla Nayak, I expected a good starting point for Telugu cinema to experiment and venture beyond the normal.

On the journey with Trivikram

He is an exciting person. All his words are valuable. He is a knowledgeable person with degrees in Physics and Nuclear Engineering. He got a grip on language and culture. You keep learning new in each film and here in Bheemla Nayak, I took loads of knowledge from Trivikram and Pawan Kalyan.

Is it good to have a reference point while portraying a character on screen?

Bheemla Nayak is a different film. The emotion at the start stays till the end. There are no subplots and other conflicts crossing paths. Though I can take a reference point from Koshi’s character from the original, there must be many changes. A rich politician in Telangana or AP reacts differently when compared to one from Kerala. The sensibilities and other elements are different. We are more flamboyant. When I watched Marvels’ Iron Man, I liked Robert Downey Jr’s character. He is flamboyant and maverick in nature. I could relate Danny’s character with that. Luckily my reference point to Danny is closer but for Bheemla Nayak it’s farther.

The best compliment received for Bheemla Nayak

I feel the best one was from my father. He said the film is very satisfying and you did great.

How is it working with Pawan Kalyan?

I am exposed to cinema in a different way. I have been doing films in different languages and genres. I worked with a variety of people. But Pawan Kalyan is something different. He is a pure soul. I heard many things about Pawan Kalyan and getting to him up close is a different thing. I enjoyed the whole experience.

On experimenting different genres after the success of Bheemla Nayak

I picked a few films that are rejected by others. I understood how to play characters but never understood how to become a hero. I like to stick to the story and most of the time stay away from commercial trappings. I always tell my father that I will get a hit without any commercial elements. So, I want to stick to my core belief. I always believed in doing films with new concepts and will keep on doing them.

Pawan Kalyan is a cult icon. How did you manage working with him?

Yes, he has a cult following. But I just stayed with Danny’s character. I only focused on how the character works and emotes, so didn’t find it a challenge while shooting.

What was the toughest thing while shooting for the film?

The tough thing was to come out of the original and make a different film. Sometimes it’s scary. Here all good things happened because of Trivikram. Some scenes were shot like the original but later we realized it’s not close to our culture. In Malayalam, the film is verbose. Here we had to cut it short. As I told before, the characteristic traits have to be tweaked as per the liking of Telugu audience.

Has Bheemla Nayak shaped the way you envisioned?

My imagination was limited to one genre, but Bheemla Nayak went beyond that. In one line of emotion, we could hold the audience attention for more than 2 hours and that’s an achievement.

On balancing flamboyance in the character of Danny?

I am quite a flamboyant, crazy person. So, I could get into the skin of the character. For certain characters you go overboard and do your stuff. Here I tried to match to the character requirement.

Your family has a reputation of playing safe with films. You are quite different from them. Your comment on this

I grew up in a film world. My home is a film location. In my 5th grade I learnt editing. The way I look at films is different. I want to do something I have never seen in cinema. That was always my attraction as a young kid. I like to watch something new and want to do new and different characters.

On changing the Telugu version to Bheemla Nayak’s point of view

This was quite a long process. When Pawan Kalyan was on board, we wanted to add more layers to the characters and not just the way Biju Menon played it extreme to character. We don’t like stuff like that. We enjoy big things happening on screen. That’s why there is a change in the way Bheemla Nayak and Daniel Sekhar were presented on screen.

On working with Saagar K Chandra

Right from the beginning Sagar has got his things sorted. He is a perfectionist. I was jealous of Sagar that he got a wonderful chance of working with Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram. He was able to extract what he needs from the characters and got a good control of the set. He is also a person faithful to a film’s genre. He sticks to the style. He became a more matured director with Bheemla Nayak.

More on the characterisation of Danny

Danny is a layered character. He is a loving husband, he respects women, he has an army background, and loads of ego. He is sometimes over the top, loud, and sometimes filled with empathy. This multi-layering of the character worked well when he was pitted against a heavy weight like Bheemla Nayak.

On Thaman’s music for Bheemla Nayak

Thaman is a blessing to the recent Telugu cinema movement. He is one of the reasons why cinema is so cool. The kind of singers, lyricists, instruments he used for Bheemla Nayak made me spell bound. There is a different Thaman speaking with you in the film. To get an audio like this, it’s only possible by Thaman. He has carved a new story of his victory.

Your favourite dialogue from Bheemla Nayak

‘Ey unnava poyaava’ in the climax fight is my favourite. As it was real and spontaneous.

Your comfort levels working with Sitara Entertainment

Sithara Entertainment is a brave production house. There is a new energy in them. They put me at comfort all through the film’s shoot. I wish them all the luck and I wish to do more films.

What’s your first shot in Bheemla Nayak?

The Police station one. We started in order and most of the scenes were shot in order.

Will there be a Bheemla Nayak 2?

What will we do there? Fight with each other again. That’s difficult I believe.

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Bheemla Nayak is good on Mahashivratri day – 5 days AP/TS Collections

Bheemla Nayak 5 days AP/TS Collections

Bheemla Nayak has taken the advantage of Mahashivratri holiday in its first Tuesday. The film has collected a distributor share of 7 cr on its fifth day taking five days total to 62.65 Cr. The film has jumped 50 percent in AP yesterday from fourth day while nizam area has seen 25 percent jump. Real test for the film starts today and it is crucial for it hold for a breakeven.

Below are the area wise shares

AreaClosing Collections10 days Worldwide CollectionsFirst Week Worldwide Collections5 Days Collections4 Days CollectionsAP/TS First Weekend CollectionsWorldwide Pre-Release business
Nizam31.50 Cr (26.8 Cr excluding GST input)30.85 Cr30 Cr28.60Cr25.80Cr23.55Cr30 Cr
Ceeded11Cr10.65 Cr10.15 Cr8.95Cr7.90Cr7.25Cr16.20 Cr
UA 7.30 Cr6.90 Cr6.54 Cr5.95Cr5.08Cr4.40Cr9.60 Cr
Guntur5.15 Cr5.03 Cr4.77 Cr4.65Cr4.21Cr3.87Cr 7.20 Cr
East5.45 Cr5.31 Cr5.02 Cr4.68Cr3.94Cr3.60Cr6.40 Cr
Krishna3.85 Cr3.67 Cr3.39 Cr3.11Cr2.63Cr2.31Cr6 Cr valued
West5 Cr4.94 Cr4.68 Cr4.47Cr4.12Cr3.91Cr 5.60 Cr
Nellore 2.55 Cr2.46 Cr2.32 Cr2.21Cr1.98Cr1.81Cr3.30 Cr
Total AP/TS 71.80 Cr (67.10 Cr excluding GST input)69.81 Cr66.87 Cr62.62Cr55.66Cr50.70Cr84.30 Cr
ROI7.10 Cr7.10 Cr6.80 Cr9 Cr
OS12.80 Cr12.70 Cr12.30 Cr9 Cr
Worldwide91.70 Cr (87 Cr excluding GST input)89.61 Cr85.97 Cr102.30 Cr
Worldwide105.50 Cr (including Expenses)

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Bheemla Nayak Hindi Release Pushed


The fever of Bheemla Nayak gripped the Telugu states and the film opened to packed houses and the response is quite positive. The makers also planned a simultaneous Hindi release for Bheemla Nayak and B4U Motion Pictures acquired the Hindi rights of the film. The makers now pushed the Hindi release of Bheemla Nayak by a week due to the delay in the post-production work. The trailer and the new release date of Bheemla Nayak will be announced and released soon.

Bheemla Nayak is the remake of Ayyappanum Koshiyum and Pawan Kalyan, Rana Daggubati played the lead roles. Saagar Chandra is the director and Sithara Entertainments are the producers. Pawan Kalyan and Rana’s packed performances are the major highlights of the film. The makers are very confident that Bheemla Nayak will do well across the North Indian circuit. The film is expected to release on March 4th in Hindi.

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Will work towards making Hyderabad the movie capital of India: Rana Daggubati


Rana Daggubati, who spoke at the pre-release event of ‘Bheemla Nayak’, stated that he will work towards the development of the movie industry and would collaborate to make Hyderabad the movie capital of India.

As Rana spoke at the event, he expressed that he had worked with multiple personalities in the movie industry, but Pawan Kalyan was really special. “My upcoming movies will have Pawan Kalyan’s influence”, the Bhallaladeva from ‘Baahubali’ said.

Lauding the ministers of Telangana, who were present at the event, Rana thanked the government of Telangana for being understanding, regarding the problems faced by the movie industry.

“I thank Kalvakunta Rama Rao, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, and the Telangana government for being helpful. Your positive approach towards the Telugu movie industry will help us grow. I promise to myself, to work towards making Hyderabad the movie capital of India”, Rana said.

Slated for its release on February 25, the pre-release event of Pawan and Rana- starrer ‘Bheemla Nayak’ took place in the Yousufguda grounds in Hyderabad, on Wednesday. Telangana’s IT Minister KT Rama Rao and Cinematography Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav were invited as the chief guests by the makers of ‘Bheemla Nayak’.

KTR, who spoke at the event conveyed his best regards to the ‘Bheemla Nayak’ team.

Earlier on Thursday, the IT Minister of Telangana, KTR took to his Twitter, as he wrote, “Took a break from my routine to greet my brothers @PawanKalyan garu @RanaDaggubati & @MusicThaman & director Sagar Chandra for their upcoming movie #BheemlaNayak. Lovely to meet some brilliant musicians such as Padmasri Mogilaiah Garu & Sivamani Garu”.

Rana plays a powerful, hot-headed opponent named Daniel Sekhar, while Pawan will reprise a cop in ‘Bheemla Nayak’.

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Bheemla Nayak Trailer: Powerfully Packed


Powerstar Pawan Kalyan will next be seen in Bheemla Nayak, the remake of Malayalam blockbuster film Ayyappanum Koshiyum. The makers unveiled the trailer of the film and it is powerfully packed with action. Bheemla Nayak is Pawan Kalyan’s one-man show and he plays a ruthless cop in this actioner. Bheemla Nayak trailer hints that the film would be a complete feast for fans and Rana Daggubati stuns everyone as Daniel Shekar. The trailer clearly misses the mark of Trivikram as he worked on the script and was present on the sets of the film.

Bheemla Nayak is an out-and-out commercial entertainer and the team took the basic plot from the original. Rana Daggubati’s role is chopped off in the second half and he is the lead antagonist. Nithya Menen is the leading lady and Thaman’s background score is good. Bankrolled by Sithara Entertainments, Bheemla Nayak hits the screens this Friday. Bheemla Nayak is carrying huge expectations all over and the pre-release sales are exceptional all over.

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Balayya makes fun of Rana’s Marriage


Rana Daggubati is the guest of the recent episode of Balayya’s talk show Unstoppable. The episode was entertaining and both Balakrishna, Rana Daggubati were hilarious to the core. Balakrishna said to Rana that his wedding came as a surprise during the Covid times when the people have been waiting for the vaccine. When Balakrishna asked, Rana said that he has seen everything in life and he decided to get married.

“I have been hearing so many gossips about you and your relationships from the past ten years. I heard the names of many heroines. When I heard the news that you are getting married, I asked who is the heroine that Rana is getting married to? They told that the girl is an outsider and not from the industry. What is this twist Rana?” questioned Balayya.

Rana replied on a funny note that it did not work out from the industry. When Balayya asked how many Rana rejected, the youngster replied that there are so many who rejected him.

The one-hour episode is just packed with unlimited fun. Rana appreciated the hosting skills of Balakrishna and Balayya called Rana one of the most talented youngsters.

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Swag of Daniel Shekar: Rana Daggubati looks Ferocious


Pawann Kalyan and Rana Daggubati are playing the lead roles in the remake of Ayyappanum Koshiyum that is titled Bheemla Nayak. Marking the birthday of Rana Daggubati, the makers released the Swag of Daniel Shekar. Rana plays a powerful role with negative shades who heads for a fight with Pawan Kalyan playing the role of a powerful cop Bheemla Nayak. The Swag of Daniel Shekar is a perfect birthday gift for Rana’s fans. He looks ferocious and plays an angry youngster in Bheemla Nayak. Thaman’s background score offers a special treat. Rana’s bass voice is his actual strength.

The shoot of the film reached the final stages and will release soon. Saagar Chandra is the director and Trivikram worked on the screenplay and dialogues work. Sithara Entertainments are the producers and Nithya Menen will have an important role. Bheemla Nayak is announced for January 12th 2022 release and the film is carrying terrific expectations.

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‘Virata Parvam’: ‘The Voice of Ravanna’ booms on Rana Daggubati’s birthday


On the occasion of Rana Daggubati’s birthday, the makers of his upcoming film ‘Virata Parvam’ shared a special glimpse titled ‘The Voice of Ravanna’ on Tuesday.

Helmed by Venky Udugula, Rana plays the role of Comrade Ravanna in ‘Virata Parvam’. Paired up with Sai Pallavi who plays the love interest of Rana in the movie.

In the glimpse, Rana delivers a powerful speech with the words “Maaradulee Ee Dopidi Dongala Rajyam Maaradule”, which means ‘the world will not change, with all the selfish people looting each other, the world will never change’.

The visuals in the video hint at the soulful journey of Rana and Sai Pallavi and their love story in the war. Rana’s voice in the backdrop is strong, with a revolutionary speech.

The makers have announced to release trailer of the movie on Sankranthi. Billed to be an action-oriented revolutionary story, the makers had earlier released a teaser, in which it was established that Rana’s revolutionary writings inspire Sai Pallavi, as she starts idolising him with his pen name Aranya.

‘Virata Parvam’ is presented by D. Suresh Babu, while Sudhakar Cherukuri of Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Cinemas is bankrolling it. Dani Sanchez Lopez and Divakar Mani handle the cinematography, while Suresh Bobbili scores the music.

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Rana Daggubati’s ‘1945’ to finally release after long delay


Rana Daggubati’s long-delayed movie ‘1945’ is finally ready to release soon. Directed by Sathyasiva, the Tamil-Telugu film has been in the making for more than three years now.

The makers of Rana Daggubati’s starrer ‘1945’ have announced to release the period drama on December 31. The announcement came with a poster featuring Rana in a new avatar. He is seen in a fierce pose, with the Union Jack in the backdrop.

Rana will be seen in the role of a soldier of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA). Actress Regina Cassandra is the leading lady opposite Rana. It also features Sathyaraj, Nasser, and RJ Balaji in important roles.

Yuvan Shankar Raja has scored the music, while Sathya is the cinematographer for the movie ‘1945’. The movie was shelved due to differences between the producer and the hero.

Rana Daggubati had earlier called the movie an “unfinished film” back in 2019 and had also accused producer S.N. Rajarajan of non-payment of dues. Now that the movie has cleared all hurdles, the makers have decided to release it.

Rana’s ‘Virata Parvam’ starring Sai Pallavi will also release soon.

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Prithviraj catches up with ‘Bheemla Nayak’ countepart Rana Daggubati


Malayalam actor Prithviraj Sukumaran on Monday took to Twitter to post a picture with Telugu hero Rana Daggubati. The special picture was captured during the shoot of Prithviraj’s directorial ‘Bro Daddy’ in Hyderabad.

“Throwback to when #DanielShekhar met #KoshyKurien on the sets of #BroDaddy @RanaDaggubati #BhimlaNayak #BroDaddy”, Prithviraj Sukumaran wrote on his Twitter timeline, as he shared the special picture.

In the picture, both Prithviraj and Rana are seen smiling from ear to ear, as they have a heartfelt conversation on the sets of ‘Bro Daddy’. Rana Daggubati is reprising Prithviraj Sukumaran’s role, in the upcoming movie ‘Bheemla Nayak’. ‘Bheemla Nayak’ is the Telugu remake of Malayalam hit movie ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, in which Prithviraj plays an important role.

Prithviraj Sukumaran’s role is named Koshi Kurien in ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, while Rana Daggubati reprises the negative role with the name Daniel Shekhar in Pawan Kalyan’s upcoming movie ‘Bheemla Nayak’. That is why Prithviraj mentioned, “Daniel Shekhar met Koshy Kurien”, as he shared the picture.

‘Bheemla Nayak’ is slated for release on January 12, 2022. Helmed by Sagar K. Chandra, the team has Trivikram Srinivas, who penned the screenplay and dialogues. S.S. Thaman is the music composer and Surya Devara Naga Vamsi has produced the movie under Sithara Entertainments.

Nitya Menen, Samyuktha Menon, Murali Sharma, and others appear in important roles in ‘Bheemla Nayak’.

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Buzz: Rana behind Samantha’s International Film


Rana Daggubati is one actor who has fair knowledge on all the crafts of cinema. He is spending ample time on scripts and is finalizing some of them for his production house Suresh Productions. He is also keen to produce content-driven projects soon. Samantha signed her first International film ‘Arrangements of Love’ and an official announcement was made recently. The latest update we hear says that Rana Daggubati was the man behind the makers picking up Samantha for the role.

It was Rana who suggested Sunitha Tati to approach Samantha. After Samantha was contacted, the actress instantly gave her nod. Samantha loved the narration and the shoot starts soon. Samantha plays a bisexual woman and a detective in Arrangements of Love. The actress is all excited about her first international outing. Sunitha Tati of Guru Films will produce this film and Philip John is the director.

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Director Venu Udugula confirms ‘Virata Parvam’ theatrical release


With Rana Daggubati and Sai Pallavi in the lead roles, the movie ‘Virata Parvam’ has been in talks for an OTT release for a while now.

The movie was completed earlier and was supposed to hit the screens during summer. But due to the second wave of the pandemic, the makers had to push the release date forward, which kept the release shelved for a while.

There were talks that the makers are eyeing to release the movie on the OTT platform. As per the reports, director Venu Udugula has confirmed that the movie ‘Virata Parvam’ would get a theatrical release before its OTT release.

The reports suggest that the makers are planning to go with the theatrical release, and would announce the release date soon. A release date poster is being prepared by the team.

The makers will soon resume the post-production work and then start promotional events. Billed as a period love story, ‘Virata Parvam’ is to feature Rana Daggubati in the role of a revolutionary leader.

‘Virata Parvam’ is touted to be the journey of a couple, and their story revolves around Communism. As per the teaser which was released earlier, Sai Pallavi’s sterling love for Rana Daggubati’s revolutionary ideologies in the movie is the crux of the story.

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Rana Daggubati greets ‘Eternals’ with a ‘namaste’; has fanboy moment with Angelina


At a time when ‘Eternals’, the 25th movie to roll out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is being ‘review bombed’ by two rather nasty sets of critics — one that has a problem with its Oscar-winning outspoken Chinese director Chloe Zhao, and the other who can’t stomach the fact that the film has a gay superhero — it has got a shoutout from none other than Rana Daggubati, India’s supervillain.

Welcoming the release of ‘Eternals’ in six languages in India on Friday, November 5, Daggubati took to Instagram to greet the movie with a ‘namaste’ and a witty introduction that ended with him urging his fans to buy tickets and crowd the theatres. The sci-fi adventure drama is being released in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam across the country.

Daggubati has an old Marvel connection. He was the voice of the destructive villain Thanos in the Telugu version of the 2019 superhero film, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, for which, incidentally, A.R. Rehman had dubbed the Marvel Anthem. The ‘Baahubali’ villain had also voiced ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in Telugu in 2018.

In his Instagram Reels shoutout, Daggubati makes a special reference to Angelina Jolie, who plays the elite warrior Thena gifted with the quality of transforming cosmic energy into weapons of her choice.

“Angelina, so good to see you. I can’t tell you how much we all love you here,” Daggubati says in the clip. It cuts into Angelina mouthing Thena’s line: “If you love something, you protect it.” To which, Daggubati says: “Of course, I will protect it.”

“You can’t protect any of them,” says the voice of the villain, to which Daggubati replies with the words: “You have no idea who I am.” The reel then cuts into images of Thanos and the voice of Salma Hayek says, “Five years ago, Thanos erased half of the population of the universe.” At the end Angelina appears again to say ‘Hello’ and Daggubati gestures a ‘namaste’ with the coyness of a fan boy.

‘Eternals’ is an ode to diversity and Angelina has spoken very strongly about it. Reacting angrily to the ban on the film in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar because of the gay love scenes in ‘Eternals’, she said during an roundtable interaction with the website, www.news.com.au: “I’m sad for [those audiences]. And I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut those scenes out.”

She continued: “I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there’s still [people who] would not see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love.”

The Eternals team of immortals who defend the Earth is led by a Latina woman (Salma Hayek) and it has five other people of colour, including Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, who plays the gay Phastos, Lauren Ridloff and Don Lee. Ridloff (whom viewers will remember from ‘The Walking Dead’) plays Makkari, Marvel’s first deaf superhero.

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Rana Daggubati to be the face of WWE campaign in Tamil, Telugu


Telugu star Rana Daggubati, who attained national fame after he played the villain in ‘Baahubali’, is the face of an upcoming WWE campaign in Tamil, Telugu, and English.

WWE, or World Wrestling Entertainment, headed by bodybuilder-wrestler-showman-TV mogul Vince McMahon, is the world’s No. 1 purveyor of professional wrestling on television. It has been the nursery of international celebrity wrestlers such as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena.

At a shoot recently at the Railway Sports Complex, Secunderabad, Daggubati posed for the upcoming WWE campaign, which will be aired on Sony Ten 4. The actor, incidentally, was the face of the Sony Ten 4 channels when they were launched. The channel airs sports programmes, including pro wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA), in Tamil and Telugu.

On the sets of the campaign shoot, Daggubati was spotted donning a WWE championship title and interacting with a group of children. He also posed on a Harley Davidson and performed stunts with ropes. Pictures from the shoot have now gone viral.

Commenting on the campaign, the actor said, “I can say that it will strike a chord with our native viewers.” A representative from Sony Sports added: “WWE is one of the most viewed properties on the sports channels in India and has a strong following in Tamil- and Telugu-speaking markets. Rana’s love of sports and WWE is well-documented in the public domain. So, Rana Daggubati is the ideal choice to front the campaign.”

Daggubati will soon be seen with Sai Pallavi and Priyamani in the upcoming Telugu movie ‘Virata Parvam’, which is centred around the Naxalite movement in Telangana.

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