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- Movie HeroMahesh Babu
- Movie HeroineShruti Haasan
Super Star Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu released today to largely positive reviews and packed houses. USA Boxoffice is Mahesh Babu’s storng forte and he stamps his authority once again in this territory. Srimanthudu grossed a second highest with $555K. This is a touch more than Aagadu which grossed $533K.
As per the latest trend, Srimanthudu is on track to gross $2.5million becoming the second highest grossing movie after Bahubali.
Here are Srimanthudu US collections in all the major US cities
|Rank||Name (City, State)||State||Thur-Premiere|
|1||Macarthur Marketplace Stadium 16 (Irving, TX)||TX||47000|
|2||Century at Pacific Commons + XD (Fremont, CA)||CA||21000|
|3||Lincoln Square Cinema 16 with IMAX (Bellevue, WA)||WA||20500|
|4||Milpitas Great Mall 20 + XD (Milpitas, CA)||CA||2000|
|5||New Brunswick 18 with IMAX (New Brunswick, NJ)||NJ||19000|
|6||Yorktown 15 (Houston, TX)||TX||15500|
|7||Serra (Milpitas, CA)||CA||15000|
|8||Centreville 12 (Centreville, VA)||VA||14500|
|9||Carmike Muvico Rosemont 18 + MUVIXL (Rosemont, IL)||IL||12500|
|10||Fairfax Corner 14 + XD (Fairfax, VA)||VA||12000|
|11||Newport Centre 11 (Jersey City, NJ)||NJ||11500|
|12||Carmike 15 + BigD (Apple Valley, MN)||MN||11000|
|13||Cinemark Tinseltown 20 + XD (Merriam, KS)||KS||11000|
|14||Emagine Novi 18 + EMAX (Novi, MI)||MI||10500|
|15||Egyptian 24 + XD (Hanover, MD)||MD||9500|
|16||Union City 25 + XD (Union City, CA)||CA||9000|
|17||Mountain View Cinema 16 (Mountain View, CA)||CA||9000|
|18||Carmike Movies 400 (Cumming, GA)||GA||8500|
|19||Showcase Lowell 14 (Lowell, MA)||MA||8500|
|20||Polaris 18 + XD (Columbus, OH)||OH||8500|
|21||Park Place 16 (Morrisville, NC)||NC||8000|
|22||MovieMax Cinemas (Niles, IL)||IL||7900|
|23||Carmike 12 + BigD (Pottsgrove, PA)||PA||7800|
|24||Buckland Hills 18 IMAX (Manchester, CT)||CT||7500|
|25||Tinseltown 20 + XD (Pflugerville, TX)||TX||7300|
|26||Solon Cinemas 16 (Solon, OH)||OH||6,800|
|27||BIG Cinemas Movie City 8 (Edison, NJ)||NJ||6,600|
|28||Christiana + XD (11/20) (Newark, DE)||DE||6,500|
|29||Dollar Cinema 7 (Corpus Christi, TX)||TX||5,800|
|30||Century Aurora + XD (Aurora, CO)||CO||5,500|
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Super Star Mahesh Babu’s latest offering Srimanthudu has been snapped up by EROS International for an undisclosed price. This surprise deal, as per sources was struck a couple of days ago between the producers and EROS team. EROS are now the rights holders of the movie across thr globe. Srimanthudu is all set to release tomorrow and the pre release buzz of the movie is very good. Koratala Siva directed this action entertainer with a small message embedded in it. Devi Sri Prasad’s music is super successful among audience.
Super Star Mahesh Babu is coming as Srimanthudu this friday. Stage is set for a grand release and the buzz is off the charts as the release date is nearing. As per the censor certificate of the film, run time of the movie is 163 minutes. At 2 hours and 43 minutes (including the statutory warnings), Srimanthudu has the perfect run time for an action entertainer. Srimanthudu did extraordinary pre release business and advance booking for the film is very encouraging. Director Koratala Siva and Producers Mythri Movie Makers are very confident about the success of the film. Third party investors who buy the film from the actual distributor, are shelling out big money for the film which shows the craze of the film in trade circles.
Madhie, the cinematographer of Srimanthudu, watches at least one film a day post shoot to make sure he’s updated with the times. He has mostly worked in solid commercial films in both Telugu and Tamil, including Karthi’s Paiyya, Vishal’s Pandianadu, Mirchi and Run Raja Run. He still has an eye to work for realistic films. In the case of Srimanthudu, even as he felt Mahesh Babu alone could carry a frame, his challenge was to make him look better. Meanwhile, does he want to become a director something? Know more in this exclusive interview by Telugu360.com
How do you update your work after having done 16 films?
After the shoot, I make time to watch a film a day. I go to my room, open my laptop, switch off the phone while doing so. I have around 2500 movies on my laptop. Also, all the cinema production companies now have their own apps and they also put updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Why are visuals sharp or ordinary in certain films?
In order to maintain a sharp level or a quality visual, four or five aspects come into consideration. The time we are shooting, the weather we are shooting and also the way we want the image are very important. We also need to check if it is the right lighting condition and possess the right camera and other equipment. Moreover, we should make sure that the post production is done in higher resolution.
Isn’t there a dearth of DoPs?
It’s true. We hardly have three or four popular cinematographers in Telugu who are able to sustain themselves. It is just not here but all over India where there is a dearth of classy cinematographers. Every year around 500 films in Bollywood are churned out, about 150 in Telugu, and more in Tamil and Malayalam. Every year, I reject at least 100 films. After all, how many one can do? The Telugu industry has no institutes to teach cinematography. I keep telling producers to come up with some school so that aspirants need not have to travel to far off places to study and can find immediate placement in movies here.
Aren’t you getting stuck in commercial cinema?
After Karthi’s Paiyya, I did Naan Mahan Alla, then jumped into Shaitan, then Mirchi and later, Pandianadu which was a small film. Run Raja Run too was a commercial movie. Though I am inclined to work with various directors, I am not getting offers to work for realistic or art films. Provided I get any, I will definitely be inclined to do so. There is so much to learn from such movies.
Your opinion on DoPs turning directors?
Cinematographers like Balu Mahendra KV Anand have gone onto become successful directors. Even before turning to direction, it is still a very hectic job for a cinematographer because their work is close to that of a director. Every field has a specialist and I find it difficult to understand how a director can write the story, dialogues, screenplay, direct it and also serve as a cinematographer, all by himself. He might do everything but beyond 4 or 5 films, if they don’t achieve success, they start delegating work. In Hollywood, I see only screenplay and direction in the credits for the director but in the Indian industry there is multi tasking which is not even common in Bollywood. A certain producer in the South has started the trend that if someone came to him with a story, he would make him a director. This way, he had made 50 people as directors. I don’t say if it is good or bad but still feel multi tasking is a tough job. You need to master every area for the film to shine.
What made you work with Koratala Siva again?
We share a good rapport and after Mirchi’s success, he wanted me in his team. Moreover, all cinematographers would want to work with Mahesh Babu at least once. I tried my best to make him look more handsome. He is a charming man anyway. The film has very good producers too who didn’t mind pumping in the needed money. They are quite passionate about producing films.
What about the film and Mahesh?
I decorate the frame but only after Mahesh Babu comes in, the frame feels complete. Not that I want to praise him, but I’m saying it as a matter of fact that he infuses life into the frame. At that moment, you don’t want a better camera. In the end as a cinematographer though, your intent is to show him much better. The camera length, angle and lighting all help enhance an artiste’s emotion. There is a nice emotion in the story and I like the concept of Srimanthudu. Some movies can run without a script banking only on technical stuff, but they can’t sustain for long.
Super Star Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu was censored in the morning today. Censor officials passed the film with a “U/A” certificate. With this all the pre release formalities for Srimanthudu are completed. Srimanthudu is all set to hit screens on August 7th 2015. With no releases scheduled for 2 weeks after the release of Srimanthudu, Super Star has the stage set for a massive box office bonanza.
Super Star Mahesh Babu will be in Chennai today to promote his upcoming biggie Srimanthudu and its dubbed version Selvandhan. Srimanthudu is going for a bilingual parallel release in Tamil and the Tamil version is titled Selvandhan. An audio release and trailer release function followed by press interaction is likely to be the order of the day today. Mahesh Babu – Sruthi Hassan pair is already a hit among Telugu audience and will certainly help a lot in the promotions of Tamil version, Selvandhan. Thenandal films will be distributing the Tamil version whereas SPI cinemas will be releasing the Telugu version in Tamilnadu. Mythri Movie Makers and G.Mahesh Babu Productions are making their production debut with this film which is the second film directed by Koratala Siva.
Super Star Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu censor formalities were supposed to be completed today. As things stand, Censor work of the film is pushed by a day to 4th August 2015. Unavailability of the censor officer who is out of town is being said as the reason for this delay. There is no delay from the production side and the film will be censored at 9 AM on 4th August 2015. Mahesh Babu and the producers Mythri Movie Makers are going all out with the publicity of the film and there is a very positive buzz around the film. Srimanthudu is all set to release in Telugu and Tamil (Selvandhan) on 7th August 2015. Music scored by Devi Sri Prasad is a runaway hit. Koratala Siva is supremely confident about the success of his second directional venture.
Today is the all important day for Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu. Srimanthudu will undergo censor certification process today. This message oriented action film is most likely to pass censor certification without any hiccups. Srimanthudu is all set to release on a grand scale on August 7th and the date advetisements will be splurged all across news papers and media outlets from tomorrow once the censor certificate is issued. Koratala Siva directs this film for Mythri Movie Makers and the producers are leaving no stone unturned to market the film on a grand scale.
Mahesh Babu has been a busy man promoting Srimanthudu, made in his newly floated banner and even as he sounds a tad tired in his replies, he is honest about what he says. He is extremely sincere in his apology to fans about previous films not doing well and the need for producers and directors to be surer when they set out for a project. In this exclusive conversation for Telugu360.com, he’s all praise for Baahubali and is firm about making a mark in the Tamil film industry too. More on that here..
How different is this banner from what your family already runs?
It is the same but also first time I put my name. That is the only difference. Earlier my sister or my brother were involved. Luckily my wife is handling the budgeting part now. I don’t get involved with the finances. I know what is happening but I don’t let it interfere with my work too much.
You surprised all by apologizing to fans on the audio release day?
I am not used to these marathon interviews and talking so much or marketing a film extravagantly. It is not because my earlier films didn’t do well. I didn’t plan the apology and it came out of my heart. I didn’t know what I would say two minutes before. For every audio release, fans come from distant places but the applause and their enthusiasm remains the same. They love watching trailers, listening to songs and as a result, there is unbelievable response. When I took the mike, I don’t know why but I really felt like apologising for letting them down with my last two films. At the end of the day, I feel responsible for the fate of the film.
Is there pressure on you due to the benchmark set by Baahubali?
Whenever a film of mine doesn’t do well, I take some time to get out of it. There is no pressure as some people keep saying. There is absolutely no pressure, in fact it is very good. Let us not compare our films to Baahubali. It is in a different zone together. It was meant to do that business. It is a 250 crore film and it happened because of one man’s vision, Mr Rajamouli. Whenever a film like Baahubali happens in the industry, it is very good for even other films. Suppose my film collects 70 crores and because of Baahubali, if it becomes a hit, it will collect 77. There is jump of seven crores which is amazing and good for the industry.
Are you game to widening the segment of non-Telugu audiences?
There have been films that have been dubbed before but this is the first time we are doing good publicity and marketing it. Going into Tamil cinema is something I too look forward but the subject should have Tamil nativity too. If it suits Telugu alone, it might not work. The subject should be universal too. Srimanthudu is a bit universal and we felt it might work in Tamil also. If I had time, I would have dubbed as I am fluent in Tamil.
How did the director blend a social message with commercial elements?
When Siva garu narrated the story, the point seemed very fresh. At that time, there wasn’t much focus on village adoption. Only after we went to floors, the concept came to focus. He thinks a film should not be preachy and be conveyed in a commercial format which is his biggest strength. The audience wants to get entertained in a big hero’s film. He is a terrific writer, doesn’t like writing separate mass and class dialogues. Any dialogue has to come from the story and when that happens, they sound genuine. It gives immense pleasure to an actor when he delivers the goods. I found them fresh and noted that the director was a writer before. Every night, I would call him and ask, ‘Meeru raasukunattu undha, raasukunattu chesaama?’ meaning, What you thought and wrote on paper, did it come out as you expected? He said daanikanna minchindi chesaamu and I felt good.
Tell us something about cinematographer Madhie
He is one of the top DoPs in India and very clear with his visuals, colours,skin tone and other aspects that he wants. If he thinks an actor is wearing a certain colour and feels it doesn’t look good, he makes sure the actor changes it. The producers know what they are doing too. They are in awe of the story and respect me a lot. I have known them before and their passion is to make films. With Srimanthudu they are here to stay.
The cycle photo was a big hit with your fans….
Srimanthudu is a perfect title for the story of the film. We were contemplating of something appropriate and some said it was soft, but I think it is perfect. It was a fresh feeling when we thought about using the cycle. I enjoyed riding it. People take time to get used to a look. When the cycle picture came out, it registered so fast and I felt happy. In my entire career, I have never given so many interviews like I did yesterday and today. I have to promote my film and the content. I am saying this not because of my name attached to it and will henceforth do it for all my movies
Super Star Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu is going to have a simultaneous Tamil release by the name Selvandhan. Rumors were doing rounds that Mahesh dubbed for his voice in Tamil. Today Mahesh refuted these claims saying that he was busy with the promotions of Srimanthudu and could not dub for the Tamil version. Srimanthudu and Selvandhan are all set to release on August 7th 2015. Music scored by Devi Sri Prasad is already a massive hit. Koratala Siva is directing this message oriented action movie for Myrhri Movie Makers banner.
Koratala Siva is ideally the man for the big canvas. He isn’t the one to settle for patchy humour and is rather behind generating good emotional highs. In his experience with Mahesh, he was enthralled himself as a viewer watching him utter his dialogue. In an extensive chat with Telugu360.com, he talks about what could have been better with Mirchi and how proud he’s about Baahubali
Why the gap and why village stories always?
I planned some other movie for some reasons it didn’t materialise. I had committed a film with Mahesh but had to wait till Aagadu got completed. I love villages but it is purely coincidental that Mirchi and this film has something to do with a village, I have always been inclined towards villages, the soul of India lies in villages, we all came from there. The first question that people ask is from which village you are from, be it common man or celeb, the sentence remains the same.
How did the idea germinate?
It is a pure commercial film. When I have a star with a huge image, I want to tell a story on a large canvas. It’s not a simple idea with a few commercial ingredients. It doesn’t happen with all actors but I must say this – I have written some nice dialogues and visualised some good expressions which I felt will be conveyed better through Mahesh. I have a basic thought, and being a writer, I am used to noting random ideas. When I met Mahesh, I developed such an idea with emotional highs and went about improving and elevating the canvas.
What about this movie?
I told Mahesh, this story in a very entertaining and a commercial manner. It would have been preachy had I not taken efforts to make it commercial. A plot like giving back to the society will go to all sections of the society if conveyed through Mahesh. It is not a family subject. There are never touched sub plots here, beautiful romance, lot of pain and extraordinary emotions. I was so excited, when I had written it. I thought it was simple but when I saw it on the monitor while he was saying the dialogue, I found it exciting like an audience.
How was Sruthi Hassan’s work?
It is a strong team. Mahesh is a great actor and believes in the team. The producers are first timers and are very passionate about their job. When you have an actor like Mahesh, it is not easy to balance the other side but Sruthi did a great job. Acting is in her DNA and she might not have got good scope in the past to prove her talent but here she maintained balance. She made sure that the character got conveyed. She understood the character and knew how much to maintain. The producers are keen on taking this point to a bigger audience, be it politicians or sport persons and any segment of life, they want to market and see it go to many people.
About Mahesh’s character:
His character is very simple, straight though he is a Srimanthudu. I thought if he rides a cycle it would be good and when he did that, he looked so natural; as if he’s been going on it every day. The cycle must be around 3 lakhs. I felt very happy when we put up the poster. The Hyderabad traffic police put it in their FB and endorsed it. It meant that if Mahesh goes on a cycle, traffic, pollution is controlled and it is also a good exercise. We are used to commercial mass titles. So, I couldn’t find a better title. It is the story of a Srimanthudu; what better title can I think of? I didn’t think much and finalised it.
Did the actor’s previous work weigh on your mind?
I don’t worry about previous hits or flops. I just believed in the plot and wrote the story. If I keep thinking of such trivia, instead of writing the story, I will be writing something else. Even if Aagadu was a blockbuster, we wouldn’t have changed the script. It was perfectly locked. I like strong emotions, more than simple emotions. There should be a lot of highs. I can’t tell a story in a simple scale and in a light-hearted manner. I don’t want to summarise one-liners about others achievements but I feel, while you are eating and a small stone gets into it, you spit the whole stuff off. Aa character ki, aa scene ki, tagga dialogue raakapothe it won’t work. Aa scene lo forced ga punch rayisthe, it doesn’t work.
What care did you take to contain the budget?
It becomes a huge business when big stars come on board and lots of lives get involved in that. We can’t sit in our room and decide how much to invest. The producers respect our thought and invest so much. So before starting the project, we decided the cost of the project and the expected returns. We had thorough discussions on the areas where we could cut the cost.
What lessons have you learnt from the past?
Despite Mirchi being a blockbuster, I did learn lessons from it, from the creative side, where I wished I could have written it better and wasted lesser money. I learnt about the budget and how much one can invest on fights, action sequences. The two years have taught me a lot of lessons and not wasting time anymore. The gap didn’t happen on purpose but got delayed because a project didn’t materialise. Mahesh was busy with another movie.
How did you blend mass and class elements?
We have rich and poor segments but the emotions are the same. If a mother dies, the class and mass both cry. There is a degree of difference, but we have to just balance it. If the film is good, it connects with a lot of people. Mahesh is just himself here; he is a simple-natured yet strong soul in the film too. He didn’t have to act much because he played his own part. It was shot in Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Malaysia and Pune. I am very excited because the story has shaped up better than what I expected. I might be sounding pompous but when I heard the dialogues that I had written on-screen with some extraordinary emotions I was like “abbah nene na rasindi.” It looks like a cinema but no one goes over aboard. Mahesh reacts so naturally. When he comes to the sets in the morning and listens to the scene, when he steps down his caravan, he carries with him his character. It sits with him, be it dancing, acting, eating or watching him is a joyful ride.
About other characters?
First time, Jagapati Babu plays dad to Mahesh and you will enjoy watching their scenes. Then, there is Rahul Ravindran who is a natural. He has a small role but since he likes Mahesh, he agreed to do it and did a great job. It is good, we postponed the film after Baahubali. Baahubali was a beautiful cinematic experience. There has been a lot of money involved and it has been 3 years of effort. We should respect that and hats off to the team. All over the world, our Telugu film is being spoken about and tomorrow too, if we travel, they will give us respect on account of Baahubali. My next film could be a comedy romance or thriller. Whatever the genre is, I will convey the story strongly.
Super Star Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu is in the final stages of its post production work. Mahesh Babu completed his share of dubbing for the film and the movie is all set to be censored on 31st of July 2015. Jagapathi Babu and Sukanya play parents of Mahesh in this film. Song trailers of Srimanthudu are an instant hit and people are raving about Mahesh and Sruthi Hassan pair. The movie is all set for a grand release in Telugu and Tamil on August 7th 2015.
Super Star Mahesh Babu’s upcoming film Srimanthudu will be released in Dolby Atmos sound on August 7th 2015. This family entertainer dirrcted by Koratala Siva is set to tune by Devi Sri Prasad and his BGMs are bound to sound amazing in Dolby Atmos Sound system. Trailers of this much awaited movie helped in hightening curiosity around the film. Mahesh Babu – Sruthi Hassan pair is an instant hit among the audience. Mythri Movie Makers are making their production debut with this film. Mahesh Babu is co-producing this movie on his home banner.
Srimanthudu audio was launched in Hyderabad today in a vibrant function at Shilpa Kala Vedika . Victory Venkatesh and V V Vinayak were the chief guests. Super Star Krishna was felicitated at the beginning of the function by the Producers of the film.
Venkatesh affectionately called Mahesh “Chinnodu” and wished that Srimanthudu will smash all Box Office records.
Devi Sri Prasad performed live on stage and he interviewed Mahesh as a part of it. Later on DSP and Sruthi Hassan performed to a song on the stage.
Koratala Siva thanked the Producers for supporting him and praised Cinematographer Madhie for mounting the movie with loads of grandeur. Siva was all praise of Mahesh Babu and lauded him as the best hero in this generation.
Mahesh delivered one of his best on stage speeches today. Mahesh revealed that he is a fan of Kamal Hassan and never expected that he will work with his daughter. Mahesh gave a special mention to Jagapathi Babu and thanked him for accepting the role. At the end, Mahesh apologized to his fans for letting them down with Aagadu and promised to deliver a blockbuster this August as his Birthday present to his fans.
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