Kishore Tirumala has spent a lot of time on Nenu Shailaja, it was earlier named HariKatha. The film is releasing on Jan 1st. It is crucial just not for him but for Ram as well who is reeling under flops. Kishore has to deliver a hit for the hero and has made many last minute changes after the debacle of Shivam. Though he directed Second Hand in Telugu, his first film in Tamil was Peliyar Thedu Kadisi Veeran with Jeeva’s brother Ramesh for Supergood Films. The movie did not do well. He went to Chennai for the dubbing of Nenu Neeku Telusa (the Tamil version) and narrated a story to Jeeva. He was impressed. He can read and write in Telugu and Tamil and had written dialogues for both the versions. His father speaks Telugu and his mother is a Tamilian.
Ram Pothineni is on a low now, it is a must for him to assess his strengths and flaws and work on his limitations be it in the selection of story or the factors surrounding him or for that matter his attitude. Why did Shivam fail at the box office? The critics and insiders in the industry, the audience in general say the film could have been a decent hit but for the length. The original length decided by the director was somewhere between two hours 10 to 15 minutes but the producer had sought to make his own changes and kept the length at two hours 50 minutes. The Panel members at the Censor Board and distributors too suggested the film needs a trim in the second half. The promotion was a bizarre thing too. A press meet was held at Daspalla for a big section of the journalists and the hero who is supposed to turn up at 2pm showed up at 6pm..a full four hour delay. Neither did he apologise or smile but left in a while citing to his team that he had no mood to stay on evenwhile as Rashi Khanna went on with her chat.
His PR suggested that the promotional material like posters, first look etc should be made available to websites but Ram felt that it would be right to post it on his Twitter and wanted media to take it from there, share it. But why would anyone even look at his Twitter account for updates when he is not social and not that big a star?
When it came to selling the film, Dil Raju approached the producer and said he would buy it, the producer quoted seven crore for Nizam. Ram has a market in Nizam for not more than 3.5cr, so Dil Raju offered despite all the debate a decent figure of 5crore. The producer didn’t sell it to him apprehending Dil Raju’s insistence on seeing the film and his habit of asking for cutting the length. If there is no change in the attitude of the uncle and nephew, the coming days would be difficult. Even a hero like Mahesh Babu went all out to promote his film, one shouldn’t be taking the status very seriously. Directors will refuse to work and the hero will have to settle for newcomers. Surender Reddy was supposed to do Tom and Jerry with Ram after Kick but owing to differences with his uncle the project was called off. A director needs creative freedom and freedom to express his opinion. If that is thwarted, it shows on the film and its prospects. The next film due is Kishore Tirumala, his film Hari Katha has been apparently changed to Nenu Shailaja. The real change actually needs to come from the producer and the hero.
Ram-starrer Shivam released last Friday amidst high expectations. Srinivas Reddy is the director for the film and Rashi Khanna is the heroine. Ram has pinned a lot of hopes on the film and took part in the extensive promotional campaign.
After releasing across 41 screens in the US, the film managed to collect a measly $12,800 on Thursday Premiers. The sad story continued as the collections plummeted to just $8440 on Friday. With the pathetic collections after the premier and the first day shows, disaster is already written all over Shivam. The response from the audience is not promising and the web reviews are also not encouraging.
Sravanthi Ravi Kishore is the producer and Devi Sri Prasad is the music director for the film.
Ram-starrer Shivam released today amidst high expectations. Srinivas Reddy is the director for the film and Rashi Khanna is the heroine. Ram has pinned a lot of hopes on the film and promoted it aggressively all over the Telugu states. Shivam marks the biggest ever release in Ram’s career.
After releasing across 41 screens in the US, the film managed to collected a measly $ 12,800 on Thursday Premiers. Initially, the film was slated to release across 87 screens, but some shows were cancelled. The response from the audience is not promising and the web reviews are also not encouraging.
Sravanthi Ravi Kishore is the producer and Devi Sri Prasad is the music director for the film.
Sreenivas Reddy, the director of Ram-Raashi Khanna starrer Shivam, was a good academic student before he came into the industry. Studying responsibly and yet keeping his love for cinema understated, he was always game for opportunities. Being in Nellore was very ideal for him, as he was exposed to Tamil and Telugu cinema on an equal measure. Angrez was his first as an assistant, before he joined Surender Reddy’s camp. His confidence increased, thereby with the influences around and working in films like Kick, Ooseravelli and Race Gurram, the commercial sensibilities in him grew. He dreams of directing Allu Arjun one day. But, he wants to deliver a hit before that happens. The director in an exclusive conversation with Telugu360.com assures there will be novelty even in a commercial entertainer like Shivam. More into that below.
I have completed B.Tech from SV University and have no filmi background and influence of anyone. I would watch films on weekends three shows without a break on the same day. My grandfather would fund me and my parents didn’t know about my movie watching spree. I would spend my Sundays in the three theatres and this was when I was studying 8th and 9th standard. My father was a contractor, mother, a housewife. What started as a time pass, became an interest, hobby and then a passion. Even while watching so many films, I stood first in the school. While I used films as recreation, my peers spent on something else. In college later on, if I wouldn’t watch a film I would feel restless. I would jump walls to go to films. My family would get complaint letters that I was bunking college but my parents never believed the college authorities because my marks were exemplary. Later on, I began selecting films for viewing.
I watched too many Ajith films, as Nellore where I studied had a lot of Tamil influences. Especially Vaali by SJ Suryah. That was when I started thinking about the director as a great narrator. I would discuss with friends about an auteur like Karunakaran, Suryah more than the artistes. I would read their interviews where they would say that their life revolved around films. While I was studying in Tirupati, everyFriday I would go to Chennai watch films and make efforts to join the industry. I was advised by people to finish my studies first and then pursue a film career. My family still didn’t know about my fetish for cinema and neither did I let them know. I got a job in Hyderabad but didn’t join lest I might get stuck in academics. I nevertheless moved to Hyderabad convincing my parents that I am interested in higher studies but actually began looking for opportunities to become a director with a B. Tech resume on hand. I stayed put in Srinagar Colony as I thought that was the place many film people lived.
I joined Angrez as an assistant director to Kunta Nikhil. It gave me a superb experience. I joined as a last assistant and finally ended up as a main assistant. Started learning what a film is, how many departments are there in it, the hierarchy etc. I worked hard and I learnt the structure and business of film making. It became a success and we followed it up with Hyderabad Nawabs. I started implementing what I learnt in Angrez and it gave me a lot of confidence. I did small films after that and was summoned by Surender Reddy when he was looking for an associate. Art director Narayan Reddy recommended me and I worked on Kick, Ooservalli and Race Gurram. I got a complete picture after I joined Surender Reddy’s team. I would read plenty of books on screenplay. I also realised book knowledge and what you learn from institutes is totally contrasting to what you learn practically. When they join the sets, they are completely confused. Direction is about creativity, and Seinfeld, the screenplay writer says if you have the capacity to cheat audience, you don’t have to follow the rules in his book.
Till then I did small budget films, but when I joined Surender Reddy, the scale of film making grew and so had my thinking capacity. Freedom grew in aspects of creativity, the span grew and I began writing. Surender Reddy has a habit of changing assistant directors with every movie. I was the only one who stayed on with him for four films. Even while I was working there, I started writing my script in the nights keeping Bunny on my mind. I thought later I must first deliver a hit and then approach him. I like commercial elements, mass, crazy dialogues. With Surender Reddy, there was a perfect wavelength and sync. The dialogues that I had written for a few scenes worked big time and the director liked it. I can’t write in poetic way like certain directors, but I can manage colloquial dialogues with satire well. It is just about the treatment of the dialogues and the director would ask me to write a few dialogues for certain scenes. In Race Gurram, I had written the interval dialogue. It felt good that my dialogues were accepted for thirty five plus crore films. When I saw the response onscreen, I felt good. In story writing we can’t go beyond the limit in Telugu cinema. If we want that way, we shouldn’t go to a commercial hero, we should go to new hero. If you go with commercial hero you should do films as per the expectations of the audience.
If you try something new, it takes time for people to register it on their minds. So for Shivam, in the commercial film format, I avoided the regular and routine points and added new points. A hero should love the heroine, a hero should fight the villain is standard, we can only change reasons. So when I added a new reason, the fresh look became very evident. A few friends gave a good feedback, I narrated it to a hero but had to change the hero as there was a small issue and producer Sravanti Ravi Kishore called me. Ooseravelli was supposed to take off with Ram, it happened with NTR due to some disturbance. At that time, I knew Ravi Kishore. He asked me for a script but by then they started Masala. So, I told the story to Nitin and since it didn’t happen with him, it came back to Ram. I went with a bound script and dialogues. The shoot went on comfortably. You will enjoy the novel point in the film though the format is regular. Revealing it will be like killing the soul of the movie.
With just one day left for the release of ‘Shivam’, the film’s lead pair, Ram and Rashi Khanna, are busy with the last leg of the extensive promotions. The film is gearing up for a huge release on October 2nd.
According to an exclusive update, the film’s satellite rights were bagged by Gemini TV for a whopping price. Srinivas Reddy is the director and Sravanthi Ravi Kishore is the producer. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music for the film.
Ram is gearing up to start promotional campaign for his upcoming release, Shivam. A short audio release teaser will be launched today at 5 PM to kick start promotion of the film. Audio release function of Shivam will be held on Septemer 12th in Hyderabad.
Shivam has music scored by Devi Sri Prasad whose association with Ram has always delivered chartbuster music. Rashi Khanna will be seen beside Ram in this film. Debutant Srinivas Reddy is directing the film. Shivam is likely to release on October 2nd 2015.
Shivam is an upcoming action entertainer starring energetic hero Ram and gorgeous beauty Rashi Khanna in the lead roles. Srinivas Reddy is directing the film and Sravanthi Ravi Kishore is bankrolling it. Recently, the unit has wrapped up a busy schedule in Europe.
The film’s audio launch event will be held on 12 th of this month in Hyderabad. The teaser of the film will be released very soon and the makers have already confirmed that the movie will hit the screens on October 2nd. The entire shooting part will be wrapped up in a few more days and the post production activities are going on at a brisk pace. Devi Sri Prasad has given the tunes for this film.
Dynamic hero Ram is gearing up for the release of his next film titled Shivam. The shooting part is nearing completion and the movie will hit the screens on October 2nd. Touted to be a high voltage action entertainer, the film is being directed by Srinivas Reddy and Ram’s uncle Sravanthi Ravi Kishore is bankrolling it. Rashi Khanna is the female lead.
According to the fresh reports, the unit is shooting for a song in Sweden from today. Sources close to the unit inform that music composer DSP has given a superb tune for the song for which the lyrics were penned by Bhaskarbhatla. With this song shoot, the entire shooting part will be wrapped up and the post production will kick start.
Buoyed by the commercial success of his last outing Pandaga Chesko, young and dynamic hero Ram is busy shooting for his upcoming films Shivam and Hari Katha. Both of them are being produced by his uncle Sravanthi Ravi Kishore.
Shivam, which is being directed by Srinivas Reddy, is on the brink of completing its shoot. The talkie part will be completed by Wednesday and the unit will soon leave to Norway and Sweden to start canning the left over songs from August 18.
They will shoot these songs in the picturesque valleys of Norway and Sweden till the last week of this month. Rashi Khanna is paired opposite Ram and DSP is giving tunes.