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Tollywood biggies in Financial Stress


The digital and non-theatrical rights of Indian films have seen a huge rise in recent years post Covid. All the star actors have hiked their fees because of this and the budgets of Telugu films reached new heights. The makers are pocketing big through the digital rights even before the release of their films. But there is a huge vacuum because of the substantial hike in the rights. The makers of Project K are quoting huge for the digital rights (including all languages) and digital giants like Amazon Prime and Netflix are in deep shock. This is the biggest ever quote in the history of Indian cinema.

The digital giants are not in a mood to acquire the digital rights of Project K for such high prices. DVV Danayya who is bankrolling Pawan Kalyan’s OG is said to have quoted a huge price for the digital deal and the digital platform decided to step back from the deal. The same is the case with the digital rights of Pushpa: The Rule. The makers are quoting very huge prices. Though these deals will be closed at a later date, the digital giants are not ready to shell out huge amounts. The makers will have to crack the deals at the earliest so that they would receive hefty advances from the digital platforms and these amounts will help the makers to complete the shoots of biggies.

For now, there is a stress among the producers of biggies because of the overhyped digital deals.

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IT Officials Digging On Actors’ Remunerations


It is a known news that, IT and ED officers are conducting raids on Mythri Movie Makers’ office and Sukumar’s house and office. As per sources, IT officers got key details about the actors’ remunerations paid by Mythri. Usually, Heroes take some part of the remuneration in black money to avoid the burden of paying taxes.

Mythri Movie Makers is doing some big films, Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rule and they also have signed Prabhas for Siddharth Anand’s film for an action-adventure. The production house has already paid some part of the remuneration as advances for their actors and IT officials have now got every detail of it. We have to see how this information going to affect our actors.

Income Tax officials conducted raids on the production house for getting more foreign funds in a span of six months and also for not being clear with GST bills. This time these raids are going to affect all the actors who took their salary from Mythri unaccounted.

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Tollywood young actors shocking Filmmakers


With the digital market blooming up for stars and the promising actors, several Tollywood actors have hiked their fees for their upcoming projects. After one successful film, young Tollywood actors are taking multiple advances even before the projects are getting materialized. Actors like Vishwak Sen, Naveen Polishetty and Siddhu Jonnalagadda have signed multiple films. Vishwak Sen and Siddhu are charging Rs 5-6 crores per film which is high. The makers will make profits only if these films end up as super hits in theatres. Vishwak Sen lost big money on Das Ka Dhamki which was produced by his home banner. He also released the film on his own.

After delivering a series of flops, Kiran Abbavaram is in demand. He has more than half a dozen projects signed and some of them are in shooting mode. He has three more releases this year. With the digital rates creeping up, the actors are demanding big numbers and the producers are bowing to their demands without opposing their high paycheques. Most of the filmmakers are in shock with the demands of the actors. Some others are not hesitant to pay high amounts for the actors. They are just desperate of doing films without calculating the market potential of the actor.

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Dasara 2023 turns overcrowded


This year Navaratri will start on October 15th and Vijayadasami will be celebrated on the 24th. Tollywood filmmakers are planning to encash the Dasara weekend. This is one of the biggest season for filmmakers, four big films are already in the race. Balakrishna is coming to theatres on October 19th, the film is said to be a mass entertainer in Anil Ravipudi’s direction. An official announcement for the same is awaited.

Thalapathy Vijay and Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Leo will release in theatres for the Dasara season,i.e, on the 19th. Not only this, Ravi Teja’s big-budget film Tiger Nageswara Rao and Ram Pothineni’s film in Boyapati Srinu’s direction will release on the 20th of October. This Dasara season is going to be a feast for movie lovers. There will be many small films which will be added in the coming days.

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Huge scarcity for Music Composers in Tollywood


Thaman and Devi Sri Prasad emerged as the top music composers of Telugu cinema. They are not reachable for mid-range films as they are charging huge money per film. Tamil composer Anirudh is busy with a bunch of Tamil films and he has no time for Telugu projects. Mickey J Meyer is residing in USA and he is quite selective. Gopi Sundar lost track because of unknown reasons and he is struggling to get back to the track. Bheems delivered super hit tunes for Ravi Teja’s Dhamaka. He is currently signing Telugu films. Telugu filmmakers are relying on young composers from neighboring languages. Nani roped in Santosh Narayanan for Dasara.

Malayalam music director Hesham Abdul Wahab is working for two films in Telugu. Kantara music director is busy with a couple of Telugu films. Tamil youngster Leon James is working on multiple Telugu films after the success of Ori Devuda. Sricharan Pakala and Suresh Bobbili are the only young Telugu composers who are working on multiple films. There is a requirement for young Telugu talent here. There are lot of medium and small-budget Telugu films in making and the makers are finding it hard to find to finalize composers in their budgets.

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Top Tollywood stars to miss 2023


2023 is expected to start on a top class note for Telugu cinema. Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna will test their luck with Waltair Veerayya and Veera Simha Reddy. Top actors like NTR, Ram Charan and Allu Arjun are busy with their respective projects. As per the update, all the three top stars are expected to miss 2023 as they would have no releases this year. NTR signed a film in the direction of Koratala Siva and the project got delayed. The shoot commences next month and the makers announced that this action entertainer will release in summer 2024. Ram Charan is shooting for Shankar’s film and it is delayed for now.

There are reports that the film will release in January 2024. An official announcement will be made soon. Allu Arjun is shooting for Pushpa: The Rule. A lavish schedule is planned in Bangkok but it is delayed for now. The film is expected to release in December 2023 but the latest news say that Pushpa: The Rule will release only next year. All the young actors of Telugu cinema are expected to have releases in 2023. Actors like Nani will have multiple releases in 2023. Kannada actor Yash too hasn’t announced his next film. The project will be announced soon but the actor will miss a release this year.

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In a year of celebrations, Tollywood mourned the loss of legends


The year 2022 saw the Telugu film industry losing some of its biggest stars. The deaths of superstar Krishna and ‘rebel star’ Krishnam Raju came as big blows to Tollywood, and the end of the year brought the news of the passing of veteran actors Kaikala Satyanarayana and Chalapathi Rao.

The year began on tragic note with the death of actor-producer Ramesh Babu, elder brother of popular actor Mahesh Babu, in January.

Ramesh Babu was known for films such as Bazaar Rowdy, Mugguru Kodukulu and others. After his retirement from acting in 1997, he had become a producer.

April saw the death of three veteran Tollywood personalities. Director Sarath passed away at the age of 74 after battling cancer. Sarath, who made his directorial debut in 1986 with Chadastapu Mogudu, made over 20 films in his career. He predominantly worked with actors Nandamuri Balakrishna and Suman.

While he delivered superhits such as Vamshanikokkadu, Sulthan, Peddannayya, and Vamshoddharakudu, he directed Suman in films Bava Bavamaridi, Peddinti Alludu, and Chinna Alludu.

The same month, veteran actor M. Balayya passed away at the age of 94. He had acted in more than 300 films and was popular for playing the role of elderly and other important roles in several super hit movies.

Veteran director Tatineni Rama Rao’s death came as another loss to Tollywood. He passed away in Chennai at the age of 84.

He had started his career in the film industry as an assistant director and made his directorial debut with Navarathri (1966), starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Savitri in the lead roles. He directed more than 65 films in Telugu and Hindi.

He directed blockbusters such as Brahmachari (1966), Manchi Mitrulu (1969), Jeevana Tarangalu (1973), Dorababu (1974), Yamagola (1977), Anuraga Devatha (1982) and Pachchani Kapuram (1985).

In September, Tollywood lost legendary actor U. V. Krishnam Raju. He passed away the age of 83. Known as the ‘rebel star’ of Telugu cinema, he was the uncle of popular actor Prabhas.

In a career spanning 50 years, Krishnam Raju acted in more than 180 films. He was also a recipient of five Filmfare south awards as well as three Nandi awards. His most famous works include Jeevana Tarangalu, Krishnaveni, and Bhakta Kannappa among others.

Raju served as the Union Minister of state in various ministries in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government between 2000 and 2002. He was elected to the Kakinada and Narasapuram constituencies in the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha on BJP ticket.

In November, Tollywood suffered a huge loss with the death of legendary actor Krishna. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 79.

Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy or Superstar Krishna, as he was popularly known, acted in more than 350 films in a career spanning five decades. He also produced and directed a few films.

Father of actor Mahesh Babu, Krishna was credited with introducing many new trends in Tollywood.

He is known for many landmark movies like ‘Alluri Seetharama Raju’, which was the first cinemascope movie in Tollywood, ‘Eenadu’ (1982), first Eastman colour film and ‘Simhasanam’ (1986), the first 70 mm film.

The superstar founded Padmalaya Studio in 1970 and produced some highly successful movies.

The superstar was reported to be depressed since the death of his wife Indira Devi in September. Early this year, he lost his elder son Ramesh Babu.

Considered close to former Prime Minister Rahiv Gandhi, Krishna joined the Congress party in 1984. He was elected to Lok Sabha from Eluru in 1989 but lost the election in 1991 from the same constituency. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, Krishna distanced himself from politics

He received several awards including NTR national award in 2003. In 2009, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian cinema.

The last month of the year saw Tollywood losing two more veteran actors. Kaikala Satyanarayana passed away on December 23 at the age of 87. Known for his roles as a villain and character artiste, he acted in over 750 films. In a career spanning 60 years, he worked with over 200 directors.

A close friend of former Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Machilipatnam in 1996 on the ticket of Telugu Desam Party (TDP). He later quit politics.

Even before Tollywood could recover from this shock, another veteran actor Tammareddy Chalapathi Rao passed away on December 25. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 78.

Known for his comic and villainous roles, he acted with three generations of top stars in a career spanning over five decades. He acted more than 600 films.

Chalapathi Rao made his debut in 1966 with ‘Ghodachari 116’. He acted in supporting roles with leading actors like N. T. Rama Rao, Krishna, Nagarjuna, Chiranjeevi and Venkatesh. He also produced a few films.

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Ten pan-Indian films from Tollywood in 2023


SS Rajamouli opened doors for pan-Indian cinema and several South Indian films like RRR, Pushpa: The Rise, KGF, Karthikeya 2, Kantara and others minted gold at the North Indian box-office. Bollywood is a vast market when compared to the regional cinema. At the same time, the release expenses and the publicity costs are quite high which is making many to take a back step. Tollywood has lined up several films for a pan-Indian release in 2023. Prabhas is a pan-Indian star and he would test his luck next year with Adipurush and Salaar. Pawan Kalyan too is in plans to release Hari Hara Veera Mallu and Sujeeth’s film across all the Indian languages.

Ram Charan and Shankar’s film would be massive and the film will head for a record release. Koratala Siva’s film would be the next outing of NTR after RRR and the film will also head for a pan-Indian release. Allu Arjun made his mark in Bollywood with Pushpa: The Rise. The sequel starts rolling soon and the film will release in December 2023. Nani’s Dasara, Akhil’s Agent and HanuMan are the other big releases from Tollywood for the year 2023. Some other films are expected to join the pan-Indian race. Here is the list:

Prabhas’ Adipurush and Salaar
Pawan Kalyan’s Hari Hara Veera Mallu
Ram Charan and Shankar Film
NTR and Koratala Siva’s film
Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rule
Pawan Kalyan and Sujeeth’s Film
Nani’s Dasara
Akhil’s Agent

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Sankranthi 2023: Five films in Race


Sankranthi 2023 too is expected to be big like every year. Two veteran Tollywood actors Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna are all set to test their luck during the season with their respective films Waltair Veerayya and Veera Simha Reddy. Vijay’s Vaarasudu is backed by top producer Dil Raju and the film too will get a good release. But before the potential of Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna, Vijay is not a big star. Everyone predicted a triangular fight between the films and all these films will have to share the screens during the holiday season.

Popular US distributor Radhakrishna Entertainments acquired the Telugu theatrical rights of Ajith’s film Thunivu and the film too will release across the Telugu states. Though the film will not get enough number of screens, Thunivu has to share some of the screens. UV Creations is backing a small film Kalyanam Kamaneeyam and Santosh Shoban played the lead role. The film directed by debutant Anil too is releasing during the Sankranthi season. UV Creations holds a good number of screens in AP and the film too will have to share the screens along with other Sankranthi releases. A more clarity on the exact release dates is expected in a week.

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Analysis: Tollywood in the Biggest Stress


Tollywood has been shining with so many super hits post-pandemic when compared to the other film industries. South Indian films have even proved the potential of Indian cinema and they fared well across the North Indian circuits. Lot of Telugu films also ended up as disasters after the taste of the audience changed after the pandemic. There is a lot of vacuum in the Telugu film industry going on currently. A lot of money is struck because of the poor performance of small and medium-budget films. Several financiers are not ready to lend finances for small and big films considering the reputation, success rate and the track record of the producers. Telugu cinema is faring well even without stars and the financiers are following a new strategy now. They are quite cautious about lending finances for the big-budget films and those with stars.

More than ten regular and top production houses of Tollywood are left in financial stress as per our exclusive news This is because of multiple projects in hand and the financial vaccuum that is created in the market. The financiers too kept a close and keen watch on the budgets, and remunerations. They are ready to lend out a safe bet considering various aspects instead of shelling out huge money. Acharya and Liger taught a lot of lessons to financiers, producers and distributors. Tollywood distributors too are not ready to pay huge advances or release the films on NRA basis. There would be a drastic change in Telugu cinema very soon. The producer will have to face the burden and bear the loss if he has a half boiled product.

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Tollywood directors camping in Mumbai


Indian cinema witnessed drastic changes and regional films of Telugu and Kannada are currently dominating all the languages. Bollywood is currently in a disastrous phase and none of the recent films minted money. Even the top stars are left embarrassed by the theatrical numbers. Several top filmmakers are currently in a hunt for the Telugu directors after the debacles of Bollywood biggies. Harish Shankar is currently in Mumbai and he is in talks with Salman Khan after his film with Pawan Kalyan is delayed or shelved. Mythri Movie Makers have arranged a meeting and the film will get to track if Harish Shankar locks the final script.

Arjun Reddy director Sandeep Vanga shifted his camp completely to Mumbai and he has two biggies lined up. He is directing Animal with Ranbir Kapoor and he will soon direct Prabhas. Puri Jagannadh delivered a disaster like Liger but he is keen to do a film in Hindi. He is working on a script and he is meeting several Bollywood filmmakers. Saaho fame Sujeeth signed deals with two Bollywood production houses and one among them may start next year. RX 100 fame Ajay Bhupathi has been approached by a couple of top Bollywood filmmakers and the discussions are going on. Several other Telugu directors are receiving offers from Bollywood filmmakers and some among them are camping in Mumbai and others are juggling between Hyderabad and Mumbai.

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Tollywood producers burning pockets for Tamil Actors


After the coronavirus pandemic, there is a huge vacuum in several film industries. Several Tamil actors have been looking towards Telugu films and filmmakers. Our over-enthusiastic producers have paid whopping amounts as advances and locked Tamil stars. Actors like Vijay, Dhanush, Sivakarthikeyan and others signed straight Telugu films. The filmmakers estimated high profits considering their Tamil markets. But as the stars collaborated with Telugu directors, the businesses are not so great for these films. The asking price for the theatrical rights is quite lesser than their regular market and quotes.

This turned out to be a shock for the filmmakers who are making films with Tamil stars. Their Telugu theatrical market completely depends on the buzz and the trailer. For now, there is no clarity about the exact pre-release business. Vijay has charged Rs 110 crores for Vaarasudu and the film should end up as a super hit to end up as a safe project. Mythri Movie Makers also paid a huge advance for Vijay and Atlee is on board to direct the film. Dhanush is charging Rs 25 crores per film. His recent films did not do well and he managed to release too many films this year. Sir is gearing up for the December release. Sivakarthikeyan’s Prince is struggling for buzz even after the actor scored a series of super hits. For now, Tollywood producers are burning their pockets by signing films with Tamil stars.

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Tollywood Financiers imposing new rules for Producers


Gone are the days when the Producers dominated the Financiers and Distributors of Telugu cinema. With a lot of cash crunch and financial crisis in the market post-pandemic, the financiers are now ruling Tollywood. Most of the producers depend on finances to produce films. Some of the financiers have closed doors after the pandemic and there are few options left for the producers. Tollywood financiers are now imposing new rules that are turning a stress for the producers. There is no chance of borrowing full finance for the producers like in the past.

The financiers are now ready to lend only 50 percent of the budget for the makers depending on the lead actor and the director. If there is any risk, no financier is ready to lend money for the film. Even Pawan Kalyan’s Hari Hara Veera Mallu faced a bitter experience and the shoot got delayed due to the financial hurdles. The shoot will resume this month as all the hurdles got cleared. This alone says that big films too are not an exception for the financiers. They are not ready to shell out huge money and land themselves in trouble.

Tollywood distributors too are not ready for big bets. They are ready to pay and release the films on an advance basis and there would be no non-refundable advances in the coming future. Megastar Chiranjeevi’s God Father too released on an advance basis in most of the territories of Andhra Pradesh. The calculations of Tollywood changed post-pandemic and the entire risk falls on the film’s producer. All those who are producing multiple projects should be extra cautious and calculative considering the market, business and other financial factors.

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Tollywood should learn from the team of Ponniyin Selvan


The Telugu pre-release event of the first installment of Ponniyin Selvan, the dream project of legendary director Mani Ratnam took place last night in Hyderabad’s JRC Convention Centre. Tollywood producer Dil Raju is releasing the Telugu version of Ponniyin Selvan and his team made grand arrangements for the event. The entire team of Ponniyin Selvan reached the event at 7 PM and the event got concluded at 9 PM. Not a single bouncer was spotted around the team. This never happened in any of the recent Tollywood events. The guests and the audience are surprised with the time sense and dedication of Ponniyin Selvan.

The entire cast including Sarathkumar, Vikram, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Jayam Ravi, Vikram Prabhu and others were present for the event. Mani Ratnam missed the event as he is busy with the final copy of Ponniyin Selvan. Suhasini and AR Rahman are the special attractions of the evening.

When it comes for the Telugu events, the guests and the audience are kept in waiting mode for hours. The lead actor walks in to the auditorium at 9 PM when the event was scheduled to take place at 7 PM. Too many bouncers and a mad rush spoil the atmosphere. Special AVs will be screened and the anchor posts multiple updates about the arrival of stars. They also need caravans placed near the auditorium. These are not found during the event of Ponniyin Selvan. This event should be a lesson for Tollywood stars.

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National Cinema Day: A Lesson for Filmmakers


Post-pandemic, there are debates going on about the film ticket prices across the country. The ticket prices are hiked in some of the states and a section of audience are hesitant to watch the films in the theatres. Marking the occasion of the National Cinema Day, the film tickets are sold for Rs 75 across the major multiplexes and the single screens in the country. A record number of 6.5 million filmlovers watched films across the country yesterday which is a record. This makes it clear that the audience are interested to watch films and the high ticket pricing is a major barrier. Some of the theatres screened 6 AM shows and they are packed with audience.

While the North Indian belt strictly implemented the Rs 75 pricing, the plexes in the South ignored it. In the Telugu states, no multiplex or single screen sold tickets for Rs 75. Some of the multiplexes in Hyderabad sold the tickets for Rs 112 plus taxes. The Multiplex Association of India issued a statement that September 23rd is the highest attended day of the year by the film lovers. 65 lakh people watching films on a single day is really an achievement.

The Tollywood filmmakers should wake up and plan flexible, low ticket pricing. The National Cinema Day is clearly an indication that the audience are ready to watch films if the ticket prices are low. It is an eye-opener for filmmakers.

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Analysis: Producers Vs Distributors in Tollywood


There was a drastic change in the business of films after the pandemic. The non-theatrical deals have increased for every established actor of Telugu cinema irrespective of their success streak. The producers have made huge money through the biggies. Several hit films like Pushpa: The Rise, RRR and Sarkaru Vaari Paata left the distributors in losses though they are declared as hits. This is because of the huge asking price from the producers. For films like Radhe Shyam, Acharya, Ghani, Thank You, The Warrior, Ramarao On Duty and Liger, the distributors lost big amounts. The distributors are no longer interested to make non-refundable payments for any film in the future. Most of the producers did not keep their promises because of which the distributors took this drastic step. There is a huge gap between the producers and distributors financially. Here are some of the incidents that took place in the recent months:

Dil Raju who is a distributor-friendly producer too did not keep his promise. He asked his buyers to pay hefty amounts for F3 and the buyers lost in some of the areas. Dil Raju did not repay the losses and he kept calm about the same. It is then his distributors revealed that they would pay nothing for Thank You as the film carried low buzz. After F2, all his films Iddari Lokam Okate, Jaanu, Rowdy Boys ended up as flops and left the buyers in huge losses. Dil Raju missed several deadlines in the past.

Mythri Movie Makers are producing several biggies. After Uppena, films like Pushpa: The Rise, Sarkaru Vaari Paata, Ante Sundaraniki and Happy Birthday released. All these films left the buyers in huge losses. Mythri promised to repay the losses for Pushpa: The Rise but they never compensated for the same. They promised to adjust the same in Sarkaru Vaari Paata but it did not happen. Instead, Ante Sundaraniki increased the losses for the buyers. All the distributors informed the production house that they would release their films on an advance basis in the future and are not ready to take a risk.

Acharya is the biggest flop of Telugu cinema. Koratala Siva who is responsible for the business is yet to compensate the buyers after months. They are just left in waiting mode for the refunds. This is very pathetic.

Sudhakar Cherukuri of SLV Cinemas delivered four flops like Padi Padi Leche Manasu, Virata Parvam, Aadavallu Meeku Joharlu, Ramarao On Duty. His last two films Virata Parvam and Ramarao On Duty were released on an advance basis. He needs to repay huge amounts to his buyers. He now sold out the theatrical rights of Nani’s Dasara for a new buyer as a package. All his distributors are furious against the young producer for his move. He promised to compensate for the same but no one knows when it would happen.

Liger is a huge loss for everyone involved. The distributors are left in shock and Puri Jagannadh is in talks for the compensation.

After a series of incidents, there is a considerable gap between the Producers and Distributors of Telugu cinema. They are now ready to release any film on an advance basis and are not ready to release them on NRA system. Films like Bimbisara, Sita Ramam and Karthikeya 2 which are released on an advance basis left everyone in profit. This would be implemented for every film in the future.

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One more strike sign for Telugu cinema


The Tollywood Producers called off the film shoots and they came to a halt for the entire month of August. Before resolving all the issues, the producers decided to resume the shoots because of the financial stress and stakes involved. The Producers Council and the Producers Guild revealed that they would meet further and finalize the other issues to be resolved. The workers of 24 crafts of Telugu cinema have been demanding a hike in their wages. With the Producers tight-lipped about this, they decided to head for a strike from September 15th.

They have served notices to the Producers Council that they would head for a strike if the issues are not solved and if their wages are not hiked. Several top producers have met today in the Film Chamber and are discussing about the issue. More details awaited.

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Tollywood actors shock Producers on their new Move


The Tollywood Producers kept the film shoots on hold for a month and they have decided to implement their new plans. The character artists who are charging a bomb are asked to pay the expenses of their staff and travel on their own. The Producers also decided to pay them a fixed remuneration instead of paying them on a regular basis. The discussions are on for the ongoing projects and the films that will commence shoots soon.

Most of the character actors have now been demanding huge remuneration as a package after the new rules are imposed by the Producers. This turned out to be a new headache for the producers. Without taking any individual decisions, the producers are in plans to meet once again about these fat paycheques. The personal expenses of the staff have reached the skies already. Most of them are demanding special food and transport to the shooting location. To cut down these expenses, the producers stepped out with this move but this turned out to be a new headache for filmmakers.

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BJP woos celebrities to consolidate base in Telugu states


Looking to expand its base in Telugu states, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to woo celebrities to its fold.

As part of these efforts, BJP national president J. P. Nadda will be meeting actor Nithin and former cricketer Mithali Raj here on Saturday.

Nadda is likely to meet Mithali Raj at Novotel Hotel near Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad around noon.

After landing at the airport, the BJP leader will halt at the hotel before leaving for Hanamkonda to address a public meeting to mark the culmination of the third phase of Praja Sangrama Yatra of party’s state president Bandi Sanjay.

The BJP chief will meet Nithin at the same hotel in the evening after his return from Hanamkonda. Nadda is likely to request the actor hailing from Telangana to enter politics.

Nithin Kumar Reddy, who is known in film circles as Nithin, hails from Nizamabad district of the state. He made his debut in 2002 with ‘Jayam’ and won the award for best male debut-south for his performance.

Mithali Raj, one of Indian cricket’s all-time greats, retired from international cricket in June this year. Born in Rajasthan, she lives in Hyderabad.

During her 23-year international career, she scored 7,805 ODI runs in 232 matches, at an average of just over 50. She also scored 2,364 runs in 89 T20Is, as well as 699 runs in 12 Tests, including a century and four half-centuries.

Nadda’s meeting with two celebrities comes less than a week before union home minister Amit Shah’s meeting with popular actor Junior NTR at the same hotel.

Shah had called on Junior NTR on August 21 after addressing a public meeting in Munugode Assembly constituency, which fell vacant after the resignation of Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy. The Congress leader joined the BJP at the public meeting.

Though BJP leaders claimed that politics was not discussed during Shah’s meeting with NTR, it’s no secret that the saffron party is in search of some charismatic faces to woo the electorate and consolidate its base in the two Telugu states, especially in Telangana where Assembly elections are due next year.

Junior NTR is the grandson of N. T. Rama Rao, popularly known as NTR, the legendary actor, founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and former chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

Junior NTR, who has emerged as a pan India actor with his recent movie ‘RRR’, is one of the top stars of Tollywood with a mass following in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He had campaigned for Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP in 2009 elections but remained away from active politics.

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September releases struggling for Buzz


Liger is the next Tollywood film for which the audience are eagerly waiting for. The film is releasing tomorrow and a successful August comes to an end with Liger for Tollywood. A heap of small and medium budget films are testing their luck in September and the release dates are announced. Unfortunately, none of the films are carrying decent buzz and they are in struggling mode.

Vaisshnav Tej’s Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga is releasing on September 2nd. The trailer was out recently but it fell short of the expectations. Jathi Ratnalu director Anudeep is presenting a small film First Day First Show and the film too is carrying low expectations. Satyadev and Tamannaah starrer Gurthunda Seethakalam is releasing on September 9th. Most of the audience are not aware about the film and its release. Kiran Abbavaram’s Nenu Meeku Baga Kavalsinavadini too is releasing on the same date and the makers are promoting the film.

Sharwanand who is struggling for success will test his luck with Oke Oka Jeevitham. The film sounds to be an emotional entertainer and the audience are not much interested about the film. None of the promotional content was impressive. Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra is also releasing on September 9th. Vishal will test his luck with Laththi and the film releases on September 15th. Sudheer Babu and Krithi Shetty starrer Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali is releasing on September 16th. Regina and Nivetha Thomas starrer Saakini Daakini
will be in theatres on 16th.

Sree Vishnu’s Alluri will release on September 23rd. Naga Shaurya’s long-delayed own film Krishna Vrinda Vihari too will release on 23rd. Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan: Part-1 will release on September 30th. For now, none of the films are carrying terrific buzz and are kept in the watchlist of the audience among the September releases. We have to wait to see if they will change with the trailer of the films and the promotional content.

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