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Suresh Babu responds on Hiranyakashyapa budget

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Veteran producer Suresh Babu has ample experience in production and distribution. Most of his projects ended up safe and raked money at the box-office. Over these years, Suresh Babu played it safe and was never into the production of big-budget projects. He is all set to present his son Rana Daggubati as a demon king Hiranyakashyapa. The film is expected to be made on a budget close to Rs 200 crores. There are several speculations about the budget and the makers alone know about the exact numbers.

The film was under extensive pre-production work for almost two years and Gunasekhar will direct the project. Speaking about this project, Suresh Babu said “Some stories need to be told lavishly. One should not compromise on the budgets of these projects. Hiranyakashyapa is one such film that needs to be told with high standards. If we compromise on the budget for this film, the audience will never return to theatres. We will go with the planned budget and there are no plans to slash down the budget after the arrival of coronavirus”.

Hiranyakashyapa will start rolling next year once Rana is done with his current projects. Some Hollywood technicians based in USA are working for the film which will be high on visual effects.

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Suresh Babu’s suggestions for reopening of theatres

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Top producer Suresh Babu has years of experience in cinema and he is an exhibitor, distributor apart from producing films. The veteran producer made it clear that this would not be the right time to reopen theatres. Leaving about footfalls, Suresh Babu says that there should be an ample number of films ready in each language if the theatres are reopened. He reminded the situation of China in which theatres were opened and closed in a week.

“China opened the theatres and they closed them soon as they had no enough films ready for release. Feeding all the theatres at this time is a challenge. There should be a bunch of films ready for release. The theatres should open two months after the shoots of the films resume. Several Telugu films are in the final stages of shoot and the Telugu film shoots may resume from July. There should be 30 films ready before theatres reopen” said Suresh Babu.

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Suresh Babu responds on Rana’s wedding

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Tollywood actor Rana Daggubati is all set to tie the knot soon. He announced that he is dating Mumbai-based interior designer Miheeka Bajaj. Rana and Miheeka are in a happy space currently. Rana’s father Suresh Babu responded saying that Rana and Miheeka have known each other for some time. Suresh Babu said that he was quite happy to approve their wedding.

Suresh Babu said that the wedding will take place in December. The plans are on and the final decision will be taken soon. He also said that Rana would take a break for his wedding before which he would complete all his current commitments. Tollywood celebrities congratulated Rana on entering a new phase in his life. He completed the shoot of Aranya and his next project Viraata Parvam is currently in the final stages of shoot.

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Exhibition sector is in a bigger trauma: Suresh Babu

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Top producer Suresh Babu has hands of experience in cinema and he is one filmmaker who witnessed drastic changes in the industry. Speaking to a news channel, Suresh Babu said that Tollywood never faced such tough situations and he expressed his confidence in Tollywood bouncing back. Here are the highlights from his interview:

Nature created a lot of problems and everyone is aware of the crisis. I hope the financiers and banks support our producers in these tough times.

We are content creators and the exhibition of content is changing over the years. The exhibition sector is the most impacted due to coronavirus. We already requested the governments to waive off the minimum power bills for theatres and we are expected a positive response from the government.

We are social animals. Once the problem vanishes, the audience will rush to theatres for sure. This may take a year for sure or even more than that. Probably things get smoother once the vaccine and medicine for coronavirus are found.

We have to be much more efficient at work in the future. We are wasting badly. Everyone will focus more on cost-cutting and will work on strict budgets.

The theatrical experience is getting better every year and the audience will watch films on large screen for sure. Telugu industry is ready to fight down and every problem has a solution.

We have sorted out all the internal issues. All those who completed shoots will be given a chance for theatrical release first. The next bunch would follow after these. We will meet all the producers and will work collectively for better results.

Suresh Productions is in plans to produce content for OTT platforms. We have the material ready and will announce after the lockdown.

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Suresh Babu about how he was mistaken as Kamal Haasan

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With years of experience, Suresh Babu is one of the most successful Telugu producers and turned out to be a true successor for legendary producer D Ramanaidu. Suresh Babu never wanted to turn a producer during his initial days. Even his father Ramanaidu wanted him to choose a non-filmy career. Suresh Babu tested his luck in the ceramic field after he completed his studies and returned from USA. “My looks resembled the same of Kamal Haasan during our younger days. Even our cars are the same. I used to wave at the fans from my car when they try to stop me that Kamal is here. Even Bharatiraja approached me to act in one of his films, but it was a big no for acting” said Suresh Babu.

Success did not come in a day or two for Suresh Babu. He knew that he had story judging skills and made changes during story discussions. Four years after working for Suresh Productions, Suresh Babu wanted to return to USA. But it was the launch of Venkatesh as an actor which made him wait. “Though Venky had a decent launch, most of his projects during the initial days ended up as flops. Venky got the much-needed break with Bobbili Raja in the year 1990. I too decided to take up production and support Venky’s films after he got the break. I decided to continue production while Venky took up acting” said Suresh Babu.

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Suresh Babu predicts the impact of coronavirus on Telugu cinema

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Veteran producer, distributor Suresh Babu is sitting at home and is analyzing the situations and the impact of coronavirus on Telugu cinema. Suresh Babu leased out several theatres across Telugu states and he is one of the leading distributors of Telugu cinema. He says that Tollywood will take years to recover from this crisis. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in total have 1850 theatres (single screens and multiplexes). Suresh Babu predicts that they would have to remain closed for months from now.

“The theatres should remain closed for a few more months. Theatres should open months after the shootings of Telugu movies resume. Things will turn normal once a vaccine for coronavirus is found. It is then the audience will return back to theatres to watch films. Things will continue to be worse until the vaccine is found. Right from the producers to the distributors and the exhibitors, everyone will lose big due to the crisis. Lakhs of people are left unemployed and everyone should support them” said Suresh Babu. He is currently producing Venkatesh’s Naarappa and Rana’s Virata Parvam which are aimed for release this year.

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Suresh Babu and Dil Raju all set for OTT Debut?

Mega Producer Allu Aravind is already exploring the digital space and floated his own OTT platform ‘Aha’. Now top producers Suresh Babu and Dil Raju are in talks to make their debut into digital space. With growing popularity for web series and shows on OTT on a regular basis, Suresh Babu and Dil Raju have been discussing about coming out with an OTT platform for some time. Rana Daggubati is also spending ample time and is working on this idea.

Several scripts are zeroed in and the OTT platform is expected to be launched in the coming months. Suresh Babu and Dil Raju are keen on producing local content as of now and their focus would be on Telugu audience. Digital giants Amazon and Netflix already created a sensation in the Indian market. Amazon is reaching every corner and it acquired the digital rights of several Telugu classics from the past. Suresh Babu and Dil Raju are expected to announce things officially soon.

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Suresh Babu to remake one more Korean Film

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Veteran producer Suresh Babu is quite cautious and all his recent offerings ended up as money-spinners. After remaking the Korean Film Miss Granny as Oh Baby, Suresh Babu is all set to remake one more Korean film Midnight Runners. The film is all about two ruthless cops (males), but in the remake, Suresh Babu decided to go with two female cops. Sudheer Varma who is currently working on the remake of Andhadhun will direct this remake too.

Suresh Babu along with Sunitha Tati (Oh Baby co-producer) will produce the film. Regina Cassandra and Nivetha Thomas are the lead actresses in this film. Both the actresses loved their roles and gave their nod. The regular shoot commences next month. More details awaited.

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A habit of Suresh Babu that irked Rana and Chaitu

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Victory Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya are teaming up for a family entertainer titled Venky Mama. Rana Daggubati interviewed Naga Chaitanya as a part of the film’s promotions. In the short conversation, the duo discussed about various things. Rana and Chaitu discussed about the sincerity and dedication of Venkatesh and Suresh Babu.

Rana revealed that he was left uncomfortable during the shoot of Nene Raju Nene Mantri after he and his father Suresh Babu got their stay on the same floor in a hotel. Chaitu too reminded himself about a similar incident during Venky Mama shoot. He said that Suresh Babu is quite curious after the shoot and he checks into other rooms during the evenings to know what’s happening. Rana and Chaitanya discussed about this during the interview. Chaitu even revealed about the perfect planning of Suresh Babu because of which the shoot was wrapped up on time. He called Suresh Babu a perfectionist who works hard.

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Suresh Babu not in India when IT raids happened!

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The Income Tax department has been conducting raids on Tollywood celebrities in a phased manner. Just days after conducting raids on Mythri Movie Makers, Asian Cinema and Dil Raju’s offices, the officials on Wednesday searched the offices of Suresh Babu, actor Nani, and Haarika Haasine.

Interestingly, IT officials knocked on the doors of Ramanaidu Studios when Suresh Babu was not in India. Suresh Babu recently left for an undisclosed foreign destination on personal work for 10 days. Rumor is that during the raids, officials seized key documents pertaining to ‘tax evasion’.

It is a mystery why the IT department is focusing on Tollywood bigwigs these days. What whiff they have received and what their main target is unknown.

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IT Raids on Suresh Babu’s Premises

Top producer Suresh Babu is one of the most successful filmmakers of Telugu cinema. He carried the legacy of his father D Ramanaidu and is producing films on Suresh Productions banner. The Income Tax officials initiated surprise raids on Suresh Babu’s residence, offices and Ramanaidu Studios early this morning. The raids are expected to continue till evening and more details about these raids are awaited. Suresh Babu’s next production Venky Mama featuring Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya is ready for release in December.

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Heights of hypocrisy : Suresh Babu’s double tongue on OTT platforms

The growing affinity towards digital streaming has turned out to be the biggest headache for Tollywood producers. There is a huge drop in the revenues of big ticket films this year compared to previous years. Despite getting good reviews and encouraging word of mouth, it has become very difficult for films to get break even in major territories. The main reason for this is the release of films in streaming channels. Audience are discerning and they are waiting for films to release in OTT platforms rather than watching in theatres. Telugu360 has already reported the impact of digital streaming and why Tollywood producers need to realise the adverse effects of selling rights to these streaming channels for the sake of recouping their investment even before the film’s final copy is out. Many producers and directors have already expressed deep concern over this affliction.

One of the leading producers D. Suresh, who also owns many theatre chains in Telugu states, has been expressing deep concern since past over streaming rights and how it is leading to closure of many theatres across the Telugu states due to lack of revenues. In his recent media interaction, Suresh Babu opined that the surge in streaming viewership is killing the revenues of films as audience are preferring to watch only one or two big ticket films in theatres and avoiding others because of the fact that they can watch them on OTT platforms. He said the slack in theatre business is worrisome for theatre owners and distributors and also a big concern for producers who are making small and medium budget films. Claiming that Telugu film revenues have registered an all time low due to steep fall in the footfalls of audience, Suresh Babu said he is worried over the fate of theatres.

Surprisingly, Suresh Babu has sold the digital rights of his upcoming film Venky Mama to Amazon prime for a good price. The film will be available in prime in less than two months of its theatrical release.

If he is so concerned over the effect of digital streaming he should stop selling the digital rights of his films and lead by example. It seems like big producers are greedy to recoup their investment by selling digital rights for hefty prices and also simultaneously expect audience to turn up in heavy numbers in theatres. If they don’t get a solid deal with these streaming rights, they keep on complaining about its consequences. This is hypocrisy at its highest level. Many industry people are surprised over Suresh Babu’s double tongue over this crucial issue.

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OTT Platforms are killing theatrical business says Suresh Babu

Tollywood is going through a tough phase and like never before, the collections in November are quite low. Top producer Suresh Babu interacted with a Youtube channel during which he explained the reasons for the poor show and why theatres are witnessing the lowest numbers. He said that OTT platforms took a toll and a percentage of people stopped rushing to theatres. The economy is also quite poor admits Suresh Babu.

“A good sizeable amount of audience stopped watching films in theatres already due to the OTT platforms like Amazon and Netflix. Cinema is just becoming a weekend and holiday business. We had 3000 screens in united Andhra Pradesh and they have come down to 1750 screens. The youth are now looking for movies and content on OTT platforms. Along with this, the poor economy and bad films made things even poor. I was never been confused about films and with the dull season around, I am confused about the release date of Venky Mama. We have never released a film on Venkatesh’s birthday. We are planning to release Venky Mama on December 13th” said Suresh Babu

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Suresh Babu’s dilemma continues

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Venky Mama’s new poster is out on the occasion of the Deepavali festival. Still, there is no clarity on the movie’s release date. Venkatesh’s fans and the trade expected that producer Suresh Babu would make an official announcement about the release date on Diwali but he is continuing the suspense around it.

Egos are the main reason for this impasse.

Suresh Babu has not yet decided between the two release options – December 13 or January 11/13. Fans want it to have December 13th release as it will coincide with Venkatesh’s birthday. Moreover, competing with three big movies during the Sankranthi period doesn’t make sense. But Suresh Babu is in favor of releasing the movie for Pongal. Despite two big releases, Venkatesh had scored massive blockbuster with ‘F2’ is the argument that Suresh Babu has.

Insiders say it will take another couple of days to get clarity on Venky Mama’s release date.

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Suresh Babu suggests changes for Samantha’s Next

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Veteran producer Suresh Babu is releasing a bunch of small budget films after watching them in private screenings. Along with these, he has been producing several films on his prestigious Suresh Productions banner. It was Samantha who referred a Korean remake ‘Miss Granny’ and Suresh Babu loved the film. Nandini Reddy and her team worked for ample time, made several changes for the script. Titled ‘O Baby’, the film’s shoot got wrapped up in record time.

Suresh Babu happened to watch the film recently and he suggested couple of changes in the second half. The post-production work of O Baby is in final stages. Samantha, Naga Shaurya, Rao Ramesh played the lead roles in this interesting drama. O Baby will be released during the third week of June. Samantha sounded extremely confident on the success of O Baby.

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Suresh Babu in awe with a small film

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Veteran producer Suresh Babu loves to acquire the theatrical rights of impressive small budget films and release through his production and distribution house Suresh Productions. After C/O Kancharapalem, he was equally excited after watching Sree Vishnu’s latest offering Brochevarevarura. Suresh Babu loved the stuff and decided to come on to the board and he acquired the theatrical rights of this new age thriller. The teaser received top class response already.

Vivek Athreya directed the film and Sree Vishnu, Nivetha Thomas, Nivetha Pethuraj, Priyadarshi, Satyadev and Rahul Ramakrishna played the lead roles. Brochevarevarura is in final stages of post-production and an official release would be announced soon. Vijay Kumar Manyam is the producer.

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For the next two years, it’s about processes and quality for Suresh Babu

Nagaraj Goud

Leading producer Suresh Babu’s tryst with small cinema is not just ending with June 29 dated ‘Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi’ if his next line-up of films—with Ravikanth Perepu, ‘Dorasani’ (with debutant Mahendra) and ‘C/O Kancharapalem’—are any pointers. Is this the road ahead for him? No, not really. He’d be doing tent-pole cinema too, as his immediate next would be headlined by his superstar brother Venkatesh and nephew Naga Chaitanya. It is tentatively titled as ‘Venky Mama’ and he’d be producing it along with People Media Factory. “With the aim of bringing new talent and new effective processes, I’d be associated with a lot of small cinema moving forward, albeit a different one at it,” he states as we sit down with him for a chat at Ramanaidu Studios, Hyderabad.

Process is the new mantra that he wants to chant as he believes that the industry is below par when it comes to quality. “Whether we are doing the biggest or the smallest of cinema, we’ve become a quantity industry not a quality industry. The habit of not following due processes for the betterment of any product exists in all fields, which is why we are not as great a nation as we could be. At least as far as industry goes, I want to raise the quality bar,” he lets his intentions clear, adding that some time back he met a foreigner who told him that Indian films are not accepted internationally because of poor images and sound. “He told me, ‘Your cameras and sound equipment are same to that of the world, but then you lack discipline’. Those words stayed with me.”

The Tollywood heavy hitter continues, saying that some IT organizations, Pharma companies and ISRO have followed processes and achieved world-class results. It’s time we emulate them, he feels. “It should be a conscious effort from the industry’s end that we improve our quality. With ‘Emaindi Ee Nagaraniki’, it was not the content that surprised me but the resultant ‘quality’ product that Tharun Bhascker and his young team made, in the amount that I gave them. They shot in sync sound; they did the script in advance and like-wise many other things. Yes, there were areas where they could’ve improved a bit but then I never got the people who knew the process to this degree till now.”

He admits it’s going to be a challenging couple of years ahead for Suresh Productions. “ I’ve told the teams of my upcoming production ventures, ‘let us follow a process’. Earlier, we followed experienced processes but they were not documented. We have to document them and come up with a handbook for Indian filmmakers and make it mandatory for production staff. There’s a production handbook for American cinema where they list out the all the guidelines that a production staff should follow. US works that way, whereas we follow processes at absolutely necessary places and at other places, we just don’t because we know our work gets done at the end of the day. We are coming with a film mentorship program at Ramanaidu Film School, so that the students will follow a set process from the initial stages of script development to the end of post-production,” he explains.

Suresh fondly remembers that the first man who emphasized about quality to him was the celebrated tunesmith AR Rahman who worked on the music of his 1994 cop-drama ‘Super Police’. “He kept on harping that we should excel at sound, while I conveniently ignored him. Look where he ended up,” he smiles.

He foresees that most Telugu filmmakers will be using sync sound technology henceforth. “Mumbai has started the use of sync sound. Aamir Khan shoots all of his films on sync because he realized its value. When did sync sound go off? When cameras and lights became loud and as we started shooting outdoors, right? Most English films are shot on sync sound. In fact, for four-wheeler explosion scenes too, 70 -75 per cent directors use sync. When I went to the sets of ‘Ee Nagariniki Emaindi’, I was taken aback at the discipline that was being maintained on sets. There was no murmuring and everyone was focused on the job at hand. Which is why I felt the performances turned out to be so strong. Sync sound usage will only increase in the coming days. If there are noisy surroundings, we will get better mics,” he signs off.

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With Rana-starrer ‘Hiranya’, Ravikanth Perepu’s next and ‘Dorasani’, SP has its plate full

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Nagaraj Goud

In the business for the past four decades, ace producer Suresh Babu has never been this busy. While he is presently awaiting the release of his much-talked about production venture ‘Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi,’ directed by Tharun Bhascker, he is gearing up to partner with People Media Factory for Venkatesh’s next with Bobby, ‘Venky Mama’ (tentative title). The project will have a formal launch ceremony in the next five-ten days. “We might go to sets in July-end or August. There are certain issues with Naga Chaitanya’s dates and once we have a clarity from his end, we can prepare a schedule chart,” Babu, the chief of the famed Suresh Productions, shares, going on to add that he’ll also be producing a couple of small films—Ravikanth Perepu’s next and debutant director Mahendra’s ‘Dorasani.’ “The latter is a Telangana-set love story. I’ve agreed in-principle to fund it along with another producer. Mahendra has been working on the script for the past six months.”

The association with People Media Factory is for another two-three films, Babu admits. “The point is if I have an exciting script, I’ll be asking them to listen to it and if they like it, let us jointly take it to sets. Likewise, they have the same liberty with me too. I’ve also green-lit Teja’s script but asked Anil Sunkara to come on board,” he informs, cautioning that he cannot do everything by himself and so, requires support. “Also, the industry hasn’t created enough project executives to complete a project. We have to execute ourselves, only then we will be able to train the next generation. In the process, I’ll also get taught because I’m not aware of many things.”

Citing an example, he continues, “When I worked with SS Rajamouli for ‘Eega’, I got to know a lot about visual effects. Although I did some effects for ‘Bobbili Raja’ way back, I couldn’t pursue it like the way Rajamouli has gone about it since the starting of ‘Chhatrapati’ and is continuing to do so. We are doing ‘Hiranya’ with Rana (directed by Gunasekhar). It’s a big project and it’s been 18 months since it took off—on a computer. It’s going on and on as it involves a lot of FX. We want to make it on an international level. Hollywood has cracked the process of making FX-driven films in a stipulated time. We have to learn from them, for a better industry. They too initially took three years to make such films but now they are doing them in 10 months. Financial aspects aside, I’m passionate about upping the standards as much as I can.”

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Suresh Babu’s ‘Happy Cows’

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Veteran producer Suresh Babu suffered with bad health last year after which he decided to start his own farm growing his own organic vegetables. Suresh Babu who owns a farm land across the outskirts of the city purchased 30 cows and he named his farm ‘Happy Cows’. The veteran producer proudly says that he has the best milk and ghee in the town. Though it took some time for him to learn the techniques of farming, Suresh Babu admits that he is a proud farmer now.

“I feed my cows with organic food and pure water. I am now getting the purest milk and ghee. Though I wanted to sell them for huge price, my family members laughed at me. I am not here to make money but I wanted to show the difference between the purest products and chemically injected products. I grow all the vegetables on my own through natural methods. I even want my studio to turn organic and necessary attempts are made” said Suresh Babu.

The top producer is waiting for the release of Ee Nagariniki Emaindi directed by Tharun Bhascker and the film will hit the screens on June 29th across the world.

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That is Suresh Babu!

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Out of many successful producers in Tollywood, Suresh Babu occupies a unique position for his dynamism and the entire film fraternity admires him for taking his dad D.Ramanaidu’s legacy forward. Suresh Babu is also quite clear on what he wants from a film and its crew and perfectly articulates it. Now, he has made director Teja go off the latter’s regular working style!

Suresh Babu’s has signed up dynamic director Teja for the next film with Victory Venkatesh and Teja is well known for not writing scripts well in advance. He usually goes on the flow by writing the script after hitting the sets. But Suresh Babu has insisted on Teja to work for the script for nearly a year. The similar thing happened for Rana’s Nene Raju Nene Mantri and the result was quite evident.

It is interesting to see that while many producers fall for director’s whims and fancies , only Suresh has proven time and again that he is a tough task master.

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