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Sharwanand keeps his Promise

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Young actor Sharwanand keeps his heart for every project but his recent movies Padi Padi Leche Manasu and Ranarangam ended up as duds. The actor worked hard for Padi Padi Leche Manasu and the film ended up as a debacle. The film’s producer Sudhakar Cherukuri lost a huge amount of money in the film. Sharwanand promised to do one more project for the young producer. The actor is said to have kept his promise now.

Sharwanand has been extremely impressed with a script narrated by Kishore Tirumala and signed the film recently. Sudhakar Cherukuri will bankroll this project on SLV Cinemas banner. The regular shoot commences later this year once Sharwanand wraps up his current commitments. Sharwanand also signed Maha Samudram in the direction of Ajay Bhupathi recently. The actor is expected to shoot for both these projects simultaneously.

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Jaanu Teaser: Romantic Tale

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Top producer Dil Raju is on board to remake Tamil blockbuster 96. The film’s face changed after Sharwanand and Samantha came on to the board. Prem Kumar who directed the original directed the film and the makers unveiled the film’s teaser today. The teaser looked lovely, filled with love, romantic and emotional. Sharwa and Samantha added life through their characters for sure.

The picturesque locales and the stunning background score brought a new color for the teaser. Jaanu is sure going to repeat the magic of 96. Samantha looked similar in both the shades while Sharwanand stuns in the bearded look in of them. Govind Vasantha composed the music and Sri Venkateswara Creations are the producers. The film hits the screens on February 7th across the globe.

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First Look: Sharwanand and Samantha’s Jaanu

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After 96 ended up as a blockbuster in Tamil, top producer Dil Raju acquired the remake rights of the film. Prem Kumar who directed the original has been roped in to remake the film. Sharwanand and Samantha are the lead actors. The film completed all the formalities and is slated for February release. The makers today unveiled the title and first look poster of the film which is titled Jaanu.

Sharwanand has been spotted in the poster in a desert. Samantha’s look as of now is kept under wraps. Jaanu is a romantic entertainer which is carrying decent expectations. Govind Vasantha composed the music and Sri Venkateswara Creations are the producers. The film releases on February 7th across the globe.

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Sharwanand surprised with Maha Samudram script

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Sharwanand is one actor who is ready for experiments and he signed several raw films in his career. One such script that surprised Sharwanand is Maha Samudram. Ajay Bhupathi who created a sensation with RX 100 has been waiting to take off his second project from the past one and half year. Maha Samudram was the most talked script for several wrong reasons as actors like Ravi Teja and Naga Chaitanya walked out from the project. This sent wrong signs for several actors but Ajay Bhupathi was quite confident on the project and waited with patience.

Sharwanand was extremely impressed with Ajay Bhupathi’s narration and suggested no changes. He immediately gave his nod and asked Ajay to start his work on the project immediately. Sharwanand infact was left surprised why several actors did not consider a film like Maha Samudram. He is all excited to start the film’s shoot after he wraps up his current commitments. The female lead and the other lead actor are currently picked up. Ajay Bhupathi is working hard to live up the expectations and he is all delighted that Maha Samudram is taking off after a long wait.

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Three back to back releases for Sharwanand in 2020

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Young actor Sharwanand has been shattered with back to back disasters Padi Padi Leche Manasu and Ranarangam. The actor wrapped up the shoot of his next film Jaanu (96 remake). The film is announced for February 2020 release and Samantha is the leading lady in this romantic drama. Sharwanand is currently shooting for two back to back projects. His next film is titled Sreekaram and is a rural drama that discusses about the problems of farmers.

Kishore Reddy is making his directorial debut with this film which will release during summer 2020. Priyanka Arul Mohan is the leading lady and 14 Reels Plus are the producers. Sharwanand is also busy shooting for a Telugu – Tamil bilingual which will be directed by Shree Karthick. The film is also under shoot and is planned for release post summer. Sharwanand recently signed Maha Samudram in the direction of Ajay Bhupathi and the film starts rolling after Sharwanand completes his current commitments.

On the whole, Sharwanand will have three back to back releases in 2020. 

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Finally: Ajay Bhupathi’s Maha Samudram back on Track

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Young director Ajay Bhupathi created a sensation with his debut film RX100. Soon he was approached by a bunch of filmmakers and he met actors like Ravi Teja, Naga Chaitanya for his second directorial Maha Samudram. The project got delayed due to various reasons but Ajay Bhupathi continued his hunt for the right actor. As per the latest update, Sharwanand gave his nod for this rustic action thriller. The other lead actor is yet to be finalized.

Maha Samudram starts rolling post summer and will hit the screens for Sankranthi 2021. Sithara Entertainments are the producers and the female lead is being finalized. Ajay Bhupathi finally gets a relief and is set to start his second project soon.

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Sujeeth approaches Sharwanand again

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Three months have passed since the release of ‘Saaho’, a colossal failure at the box-office in Telugu states. Prabhas has Radhakrishna Kumar’s love story to focus on now. But director Sujeeth has landed in soup after the debacle. Big stars are not showing interest to give an appointment to him for story narration.

Sujeeth has approached a couple of big stars who evinced interest to work with him when ‘Saaho’ was under the production. But the same stars have turned their backs on him. Sujeeth is now requesting his good friends Sharwanand to work with him again.

Sharwanand introduced Sujeeth as the director with ‘Run Raja Run’. Sharwanand also needs hits. He currently is busy with Dil Raju’s ‘96’ remake and ‘Sreekaram’. Both these movies are in the last leg of the shooting. So, he needs to finalize new films. Will Sharwanand accept Sujeeth’s movie?

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In-depth analysis of “Ranarangam” by Dr. Shrawan Kumar Aerrola

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Let me start off by saying that I don’t intend to write a polemic about this or any other film that i deep dive into, in fact, it’s the opposite, it’s the love of cinema that inspires me to write in such great detail and it’s that very love, especially towards our Telugu cinema that compels me to scrutinize our films because I sincerely believe our industry has the caliber and the gall to represent Indian cinema at the world level & it pains me to see us fall short of that lofty goal just because most of our film makers are slave to the archaic tropes & aren’t prudent about the writing that makes up their films . These series of essays are an effort on my part to make the audience aware and the writer/directors (if they care to listen) to let them know where they went wrong so that they can come back all the more stronger & realize their true potential.

Today we look at writer/director Sudheer Varma’s “RanaRangam” starring Sharwanand, Kalyani priyadarshan & Kajal. But first things first , “everything is a copy of a copy of a copy” the quote which Mr.Varma opens the movie with is written by Author Chuck Palahniuk in his book “Fightclub”, based on which David Fincher made the cult movie of the same name, but the director attributes the above quote to Mr.Fincher. such ignorance from Mr. Varma is bizarre to say the least. Now, Allow me to tell you why Ranarangam has failed to impress the audience.

SPOILER ALERT!

The story at the heart of this movie is the same old tired and tested rags to riches journey of the protagonist, the director knew it, so he wanted to offset the familiarity of the proceedings by narrating it in a non-linear manner, an admirable choice but it’s horribly executed, why you may ask?

1) There is never a sense of urgency especially in the flashback, it’s never made clear why does Mr. Sharwanand aspires to be a mobster? he doesn’t have any goal of his own , we don’t know what drives him, that’s why he comes across as a bland character . one might argue that Mr. Sharwanand becomes a mobster to be the guardian of his slum, but i beg to differ because if he really cared about the people in the slum he wouldn’t be bootlegging alcohol which is known to be mostly consumed by the people in Mr.Sharwanand’s neighborhood & happens to destroy families and that one dialogue “ninnu pencharu, nenu periganu” uttered by Mr. Sharwanand doesn’t count as character building. All the smart dialogues in the world won’t count for nothing if you can’t back that by proper character building which show that characters arc/trajectory in the story. Dialogue writing is very different from screenwriting, many of the writers here seem to believe that all you need to write a film is a set of catchy aphorisms.

2) When the movie keeps cutting back to past and present multiple times, the biggest risk that comes with that decision is that it disrupts the momentum of the movie , imagine you’re a sprinter and you’re running a race but you’re constantly asked to come to a sudden halt and then again asked to sprint, how would you feel? that’s how the film felt as i was watching.

3) Despite the risks associated with such back & forth narration, the director still decided to go with that sort of non-linear screenplay, in that case the number one priority of the writer should be to minimize the loss of momentum and how would you do that? by inter cutting b/w scenes b/w past & present which have a matching momentum and what does this film do? it cuts at a crucial scene in the present (in the second half at the hospital where the henchmen point their guns at Mr.Sharwanand) to lead into a boring scene in the past where they come out of the jail and then followed by series of montage/scenes which depict their ascent in the big bad world of bootlegging. we already know that Mr.Sharwanand becomes a big mobster, it’s a foregone conclusion, then why is it that the director is disrupting the flow of the movie to show us the obvious? the director thought that such frantic narrative choices will add to the “edginess” of the film? no it did not, what it did was that it brought the film to a grinding halt and with it the audiences viewing experience the least the director could’ve done is to cut to such scenes in the past which could’ve had a moment of suspense because that’s where you’ve cut the scene from in the present. this mismatch of momentum was jarring & this phenomenon was a common occurrence through out the film.

4) The primary advantage that comes with using cinema as a medium to tell a story is that the we get to play around with the concept of time, not every scene has to happen in real time. if the director/writer were prudent enough he could’ve played around with this caveat but what does he do? he cuts from a scene in the present and goes into the past where certain things happen and then again he cuts back to the scene in the present literally to the same moment in the scene, what this does is that it creates a sense of stillness and that is akin to death for a movie banking so heavily on it’s screenplay to deliver the thrills. Take this pre-interval scene for example where Mr. Ajay makes a call to kevin (Mr.Ajay clearly says that he’s making a call to Mr.sharwanand’s enemy so it’s obvious that it’s Kevin) and we cut to flashback and when we again cut back to the present, Ajay is still talking to kevin, if the writer were smart he would’ve cut directly to the chase on the roads in Valencia, of course Mr.Ajay called Kevin to order a hit on Mr.Sharwanand, what’s the need to show it again? every time the director cuts back and forth the time doesn’t move & that’s why we feel bored.

5) Mr.Sharwanand is a fine actor, there is no arguing that but when Ms.Kalyani bites the dust in the bomb blast, did anyone notice the poker face of Mr.Sharwanand? he loved her a lot ( at least that’s what we’re lead to believe) & she literally had his baby and Mr. Sharwanand looks like he couldn’t care less and no, that’s not what subtle acting looks like, if anyone wants to really know how such scenes can be done in a subtle manner, i would advice you to check out Mr.Ntr’s expressions in Aravinda Sametha , the action sequence in the beginning, especially the scene in which he gets back into the car after going on a killing spree & it hits him that his father is no more, now that’s how you do it. If Mr.sharwanand can’t even make us believe that the death of the love of his life is devastating to him then why should we invest in the aftermath and the mayhem that ensues? that’s why we couldn’t care less when Mr.Sharwanand kept on piling up the bodies in her name , even the director knew it that’s why he put in “Aigiri nandini” remix to add some pace to the proceedings so that the audience will overlook the lack of depth in them. (the same tactic was used in the climax of “Ismart Shankar”)

6) Coming to Ms.Agarwal’s character, sigh, where do i even begin? her character is about as useful as a lifeguard at an Olympic swimming competition. Everyone including the lovely Ms.Agarwal knows it so I won’t go much into it.

7) The big twist is supposed to be the reveal that Mr. Suri is the traitor but we can see that coming from a mile. notice how he goes away as the two suspicious guys walk towards Mr.Sharwanand’s room in the hospital and how he’s conspicuous by his absence when Mr.Sharwanand escapes from the hospital, even Mr. Sharwanand doesn’t trust him and he literally says that Suri’s phone is being tapped. everyone by that point knew who the traitor was, the whole Simhachalam being a red herring comes across as tedious and trying too hard for the thrills, i mean why would Mr. Sharwanand not disclose the fact that he killed Simhachalam ? what did Mr.Sharwanand gain by hiding this fact? nothing. infact it would be in Mr.Sharwanand’ s best interest to let everyone know that he killed Simhachalam as that would’ve send a strong message to anyone who would even dare Sharwas reign in the future. so the sole reason why the writer came up with this ploy is to weed out the traitor but the director gave away who the traitor was way before hand. so this little gimmick of his isn’t as effective as he thought it would be but an admirable effort nevertheless.

8) what is the central theme of the movie? what was it that the director wanted to convey through this story? is it that crime pays? crime destroys families? never mess with the DON? once you get into this field then there is no going back? there is no answer because there never was a question to begin with.

The parting shots of the movie treats us to the visuals of Mr.Sharwanand, Ms.Agarwal & the little girl taking a stroll on the beach, so? why should we feel anything about it? it was never shown that Mr.Sharwanand longed for a companion, so why should we care if Mr.Sharwanand and Ms. Agarwal end up together? it was only the little girl that was trying to find a maternal figure in Ms.Agarwal. so the ending would’ve made more sense if the little girl were to tell Mr. Sharwanand that he should ask Ms.Agarwal out for a date and the last shot being all of them at the dinner table laughing.

The director wanted to tell a sweeping epic of the life of a gangster, he really did try especially with the visuals & my god what a beautiful film this was to look at! but he faltered in the story & screenplay which negated all the other positives that the director brought to the table. This film had the potential to be this generations “Naayakudu” but alas, the wait continues.

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Sharwanand & Ritu Varma Movie Launch

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Sharwa and Ritu Varma pair up!

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Hero Sharwanand has taken yet another film to the sets. To be directed by a newcomer, Shree Karthick, Sharwa will be romancing ‘Pelli Choopulu’ beauty Ritu Varma in this latest film.

Touted to be based on inseparable bonding in friendship and love, this untitled film will also star Nassar Vennela Kishore and Priyadarshi in supporting roles.

The film was launched on Wednesday in Chennai and the shooting commenced right after the launch.

Interesting this film will have director Tharun Bhascker’s hand too as he is penning the dialogues.

Dream Warrior Pictures banner which is a popular production house in Kollywood, is bankrolling the movie and will have music of Jakes Bejoy and cinematography by Sujith Sarang.

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Ranarangam Extended Weekend (4 days) Worldwide Collections – Below Par

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Ranarangam has a below par first weekend as the film has collected a distributor share of 7.50 Cr.After a good opening day the film has dropped on second day, went down further on third day(Saturday) and couldn’t show the required growth on fourth day ie, Sunday. Worldwide theatrical rights of the film are valued for 14.30 Cr. The film is a disaster in overseas as it wont even recover the expenses. It will drop today and it needs to be seen how big it is going to be.

Below are the area wise shares

AreaPre ReleaseFirst Weekend CollectionsDay 1 Collections
Nizam4.50 Cr Valued2.70 Cr1.40 Cr
Ceeded2 Cr NRA0.85 Cr0.47 Cr
UA0.92 Cr 0.51 Cr
Guntur0.55 Cr0.37 Cr
East0.51 Cr0.36 Cr
Krishna0.49 Cr0.23 Cr
West0.47 Cr0.28 Cr
Nellore0.30 Cr 0.18 Cr
Andhra5.5 Cr Ratio
AP/TS12 Cr6.79 Cr3.80 Cr
ROI1 Cr0.40 Cr
Overseas1.30 Cr Valued0.25 Cr
Total14.30 Cr7.44 Cr

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US box office : Evaru emerges as hit, Ranarangam is an outright disaster

Two medium budget films Evaru and Ranarangam released last week. While Evaru emerged as a decent hit, Ranarangam turned out to be an outright disaster at the US box office.

Adivi Sesh’s suspense thriller Evaru, which received rave reviews and superb word of mouth from all sections of audience, collected respectable gross in the first weekend in USA. After taking a good start with $ 61K from Wednesday premiers and $ 43K from first day, the film added good numbers in the weekend ( $ 73K on Friday, $ 105K on Saturday) to surpass the quarter million mark. By the end of Sunday, the film is poised to collect close to $ 350K in USA. After scoring success with Kshanam and Godachari, Sesh has once again delivered a box office hit with Evaru.

Sharwanand’s latest gangster drama Ranarangam has come a cropper in the first weekend. The unusual strategy of not screening premiers has backfired bigtime and the film has turned out to be an outright disaster as it failed to collect the theatre expenses by the end of Sunday. The Sudheer Varma directional showed no signs of improvement in the weekend after taking a low start with $ 21K from Thursday. With Friday’s $ 17K and Saturday’s $ 21K, the film continued its disappointing run. As of this writing, Ranarangam collected close to $ 5K on Sunday and is likely to end up with less than $ 75K in the first weekend.

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Sharwanand Interview

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Video: Ranarangam Success Meet

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Ranarangam Day1 AP/TS Collections – Highest Opening for Sharwanand

Ranarangam has a taken a good opening in Telugu States with a distributor share of 3.80 Cr. This is the highest opening ever for a Sharwanand Starrer as it has surpassed Shatamanam Bhavati which had collected 3.06 Cr share. Independence holiday has helped the film big time. Theatricals of the film in Telugu States are valued for 12.50 Cr. It is carrying mixed reports and the weekend is going to be very crucial for a breakeven.

Below are the area wise shares

AreaPre ReleaseFirst Weekend CollectionsDay 1 Collections
Nizam4.50 Cr Valued2.70 Cr1.40 Cr
Ceeded2 Cr NRA0.85 Cr0.47 Cr
UA0.92 Cr 0.51 Cr
Guntur0.55 Cr0.37 Cr
East0.51 Cr0.36 Cr
Krishna0.49 Cr0.23 Cr
West0.47 Cr0.28 Cr
Nellore0.30 Cr 0.18 Cr
Andhra5.5 Cr Ratio
AP/TS12 Cr6.79 Cr3.80 Cr
ROI1 Cr0.40 Cr
Overseas1.30 Cr Valued0.25 Cr
Total14.30 Cr7.44 Cr

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Ranarangam Review: Sharwanand couldn’t rescue this gangster drama

Ranarangam Review

Ranarangam Review

Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5

On the outset, Ranarangam’s genre is a tried and tested formula which has either worked greatly or has fallen flatly in the past. But how does Sudheer Varma make Ranarangam interesting to watch and how does Sharwanand fit into the setup designed by the director? Let’s see that here.

Story :

Deva (Sharwanand) is a young man from the port-side slums in Vizag who, along with his friends, is into selling tickets in black near cinema halls in mid-90s. The prohibition rule by the government of AP entices Deva to sell liquor illegally by exporting from Orissa through various means. But he has a competitor in that business, the local MLA Simhachalam (Murli Sharma). Parallely, Deva is in love with Geetha (Kalyani Priyadarshan) who lives in his neighborhood and the two eventually get married. In the tug of war between Deva and Simhachalam, Geetha gets killed in a bomb blast plotted by the latter and the former seeks vengeance. After avenging the death of Geetha, Deva quits the dirty world and flies to Spain with his months-old daughter and decides to live a clean life. But his past haunts him and he is forced to come back to India. What happens next and how Deva handles the situation forms the crux of story in Ranarangam.

Positives:

Sharwanand is good in his role and hits it out of the park with his performance. His look as a dreadful gangster is perfectly suited to him and the actor is impressive. Kalyani Priyadarshan is gorgeous in her role and delivers a decent performance. Murli Sharma once again proves in Ranarangam why he is the most sought-after actor for supporting roles.However , his role resembles ‘ Indrudu Chandrudu ‘ kamal Hasssan

Speaking about director, Sudheer Varma ..The back and forth to past and present in the screenplay failed to keep audience hooked onto the narrative.

The real shot in the arm of Ranarangam is the background score which is by Prashanth Pillai. The intense and vibrant score makes the watching experience enjoyable. Production design of Ranarangam is impeccable and in sync with the theme of the film. Color tones chosen for the scenes create the mood keeping the viewers in sync with the narrative.

Negatives:

All the above said elements get hampered by the very slow narrative in Ranarangam which tests your patience. While Sharwanand is at the centre of everything in the film, it gets a bit of overdose at many junctures. Sharwanand has a gang of friends who are with him throughout and they have a longer screen time than Kajal Aggarwal. As she enters in the second half of the film, her presence is in only few scenes which go undefined. Although the run time is 2 hours and 18 minutes, at the end of the movie you don’t get that feeling and walk out with a feeling that you were in there for a very long time.

The back and forth play in the narrative is a bit of an overdose and hampers the watching experience in Ranarangam. You’d have ample time to wonder why a particular scene was in the film and that scene wouldn’t have been done with yet.

Verdict : Sharwanand and the production design are the best parts of ‘ Ranarangam ‘. But , the slow narration and weak second half make this film a tedious watch.

Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5

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Video: Ranarangam Pre-Release Event

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Ranarangam Movie Pre Release Event

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Video: Ram Charan Launches Ranarangam Sound Cut Trailer

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Ranarangam Sound Cut trailer is innovative and impressive

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Interesting promos have created a strong buzz on Sharwanand’s Ranarangam. Director Sudheer Varma is adept at making technically strong films and the theatrical trailer laced with good technical values has hinted that Ranarangam is yet another similar attempt from him.

As the film gears up for release this 15th, the makers have unveiled an innovative sound cut trailer this Sunday. The one minute trailer features the sound effects of various crucial sequences in the film and they create a strong impact to elevate these scenes. This is a unique way to promote the film.

Sharwanand is playing a gangster in this crime thriller and Kajal Aggarwal is the leading lady.

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