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Sankranthi 2023: Six Films in Race

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Sankranthi 2022 ended up on a dull note because of the third wave of coronavirus pandemic. Sankranthi 2023 is expected to be packed with lot of releases. With seven months left, several films are aimed for release during the holiday season. As per the update, six Tollywood films are aimed for release during the Sankranthi season. Ram Charan and Shankar film produced by Dil Raju is expected to hit the screens during Sankranthi. Vijay and Vamshi Paidipally film too is getting ready for Sankranthi release. Dil Raju is keen to release one of these films during the season.

Mahesh Babu and Trivikram’s film will start rolling in July and the makers are keen to release the film during the festival season. Pawan Kalyan’s Hari Hara Veera Mallu, Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Bhola Shankar, Prabhas’ Adipurush and Vijay Deverakonda’s Kushi are aimed for Sankranthi 2023 release. The festival season will witness the release of at least three biggies next year. The final chart will be updated before the season.

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Tough Times for Small Films in Theatres

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RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 ended up as massive hits across the country and the audience watched the visual spectacles in theatres. Small films that released in the recent times did not fare well though the talk was impressive. Most of the audience are not ready to watch the films without stars in theatres. Vishwak Sen’s Ashoka Vanam Lo Arjuna Kalyanam received decent response but the film could not hold well on weekdays after a decent weekend run. Naga Shaurya’s Krishna Vrinda Vihari has been postponed twice after the release date has been announced. The distributors and exhibitors are not ready to buy small and medium-budget films for now considering the interest of the audience.

Rajasekhar’s Shekar is releasing next Friday and the makers are releasing the film on their own as they have no great theatrical deals. The filmmakers of small-budget films are left puzzled about when to release their films. June, July and August are packed with medium-budget films of tire two heroes. Several small films will find it tough to hit the screens in the coming months. By July or August, there would be a new bunch of medium-budget films getting ready. 2022 will have a tough time for small-budget films in theatres.

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Roshni Sahota to make Tollywood debut

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Actress Roshni Sahota, who has featured in TV shows such as ‘Shakti � Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’ and ‘Patiala Babes’, is delighted to make her Tollywood debut with the upcoming movie ‘O Kala’.

She says: ” I’m super excited for such a great experience and to begin a new journey in Tollywood. My upcoming film which means O Kala, i.e Oh my dream, is a great story. It will allow me to introduce myself and entertain new audiences. After being part of pollywood (Punjabi cinema) and Indian TV this is completely a new opportunity for me in terms of building my acting career in the entertainment industry.”

The poster of the movie which features Roshni Sahota and Gourish Yeleti was launched by popular filmmaker SS Rajamouli. The movie is written and directed by Deepak Kolipaka.

Roshni, reveals about her role, adds, “I’m playing the role of Harika. She is a strong headed, emotional individual who always respects and values a relationship.”

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AP Ticket Portal: Shock for Multiplex Chains

The government of Andhra Pradesh has been focused on the movie ticket prices and the sale of the tickets in the state. The ticket prices are revised recently after which the exhibition industry is on a recovery mode. The High Court of Andhra Pradesh granted permission to sell the movie tickets by AP Film Development Corporation (APFDC). The Multiplex Association of India filed a petition challenging the GO 142 issued by AP government last year. The GO told that the movie tickets have to be sold only through AP Film Development Corporation.

Most of the multiplex chains in the country have their own portals and platforms for ticket sales or they have been relying on Book My Show or Paytm. The AP High Court dismissed the petition and asked the government to go ahead with the ticket sale through APFDC. The further hearing in this case is pushed to July 12th. The Multiplex Association of India is in plans to approach the higher court soon.

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Not what the script said: Poor scripts lead to string of Tollywood failures after ‘Pushpa’, ‘RRR’

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Big stars, eminent directors and big budgets can’t guarantee success of a film and this has been proved by a string of failures in Tollywood after the smashing success of ‘Pushpa’.

Big stars, eminent directors and big budgets can’t guarantee success of a film and this has been proved by a string of failures in Tollywood after the smashing success of ‘Pushpa’.

The last four months saw several eagerly awaited movies hitting the screen but barring S.S. Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan, others either bombed at the box-office or registered average success.

Chiranjeevi, arguably the biggest name in Tollywood, could not guarantee a great opening for ‘Acharya’.

Starring megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead and his son Ram Charan in an extended cameo, the movie directed by Koratala Siva was released on April 29 to a lukewarm response at the box office. Negative reviews saw a huge drop in the movie’s collection in the first four days.

It disappointed even in Telugu states. In Andhra Pradesh it opened to increased ticket prices for the first week as per the policy of the state government for big-budget movies. However, so poor is the performance of ‘Acharya’ that trade analysts believe its business may end within this week.

Despite the hype around the movie due to the presence of the father-son duo and a large number of their fans thronging theatres in the first week-end, it failed to live up to the expectations.

Those who track Tollywood say that Acharya could end up as one of the biggest disasters of 2022.

A cliched story and dated narrative without effective emotions resulted in the huge disappointment for Chiranjeevi’s fans who had high expectations with this maiden collaboration between megastar and successful director Koratala Siva.

This was the second famous father-son duo to flop at the box-office. Earlier, this year ‘Bangarraju’ starring Nagarjuna and his son Naga Chaitanya came as a disappointment. While their fans were excited to see them together on the screen, this could not save the movie based on a done and dusted script of a supernatural drama. Kalyan Krishna made this as a sequel to ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ (2016) which starred Nagarjuna in a dual role and was commercially successful.

Another big disaster this year is ‘Radhe Shyam’ starring Baahubali fame Prabhas in the lead. The multi-lingual period romantic drama failed to live up to the high expectations.

Starring Prabhas in the role of a world-famous palmist, ‘Radhe Shyam’ in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil had hit the screens on March 11. Despite stunning visuals, grand outdoors, visual effects, romance and good music, the movie bombed due to cliched story.

‘Bheemla Nayak’ starring Pawan Kalyan and ‘Baahubali’ fame Daggubati Rana was another much-anticipated movie to hit the screens in February.

It was a Telugu remake of ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ (2020), a Malayalam language action thriller. Unlike ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, which was about clash of egos between two men, it was Pawan Kalyan who dominated ‘Bheemla Nayak’. Rana’s role was played down to allow power star, as the brother of Chiranjeevi is popularly known in film circles, take the centre stage.

Romantic comedy ‘DJ Tillu’ starring young actor Siddhu Jonnalagadda and Neha Shetty in the lead also did average business.

Leading actor Ravi Teja starrer ‘Khiladi’ turned out to be a flop. Released theatrically along with a Hindi dubbed version on February 11 this movie, written and directed by Ramesh Varma.

Industry analysts say poor script is the main reason for many Telugu films bombing at the box office after the grand success of ‘Pushpa’. “The strength of the script makes a film successful. If somebody comes with a loose script and uninteresting script, automatically the film flops. No matter how big a star is and how good a director is, it all depends on the strength of the script. Nobody can save a film if the script is poor,” says film analyst Prabhu.

He believes that a film can succeed only if the script makes the audience sit in theatres without losing their attention.

The film critic, however, adds that a subject a filmmaker chooses is not the entire story. “Whatever line you take, it needs to have some interesting scenes. 10-15 interesting scenes elevate a movie. Lack of strength in the scenes is the main cause of failure. There are no other reasons because the filmmaking standards are very high, wonderful and far ahead,” he opined.

The expert says one can’t blame artists for a film’s failure as all stars are proven artists. It all depends on the script and character an artist gets.

“We can’t blame artists. Actor is like water which takes the shape of a vessel. It all depends on the capability of the director, how best he moulds the character and how best he creates interest in the character,” he said.

According to Prabhu, even ‘Pushpa’ did not have a great script but the way Allu Arjun inculcated the strength, the density of character, a rough and tough wild character and his mannerism helped. “This film has highlighted the smuggler’s character and glorified it. This shows the film does well even if the bad character is portrayed in an intensive and interesting manner,” he added.

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Stories, Emotions, Action, Star Power: Success formula of southern cinema

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Emotions, strong content, captivating storytelling, great visual effects, breathtaking action scenes and star cast from across movie industries is what is making some multilingual films from South rock at the box-office in recent times and emerge as pan-India movies.

From ‘Baahubali’ to ‘KGF 2’, all the blockbusters have a common element of emotions while creativity by the filmmakers with the use of the state-of-the-art technology and action added to their success.

Filmmakers and others connected with Tollywood attribute the new trend of pan-India movies to the availability of various social media and OTT platforms helping the audience to make informed choices and the new means of communication facilitating fast spread of the word about movies with good stories irrespective of the languages they are made in.

They hailed the new trend which removed the language barrier and offered a level-playing field to regional film industries and the actors and artists. The filmmakers believe this trend augurs well for the new generation.

The trend of dubbing movies in multiple languages, including Hindi, and releasing simultaneously all over India started with ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ (2015) directed by S. S. Rajamouli, who went beyond the Telugu states to tap other regional and Hindi markets and even international opportunities.

Two years later came its sequel ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ which broke all the records to emerge as the highest-grossing movie with reported collections of over Rs 500 crore in Hindi.

The two-part epic-fantasy franchise not only marked the arrival of Tollywood on the big platform but set a new trend of filmmaking in India.

Though simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil, it was dubbed in Malayalam and Hindi, targeting the entire Indian market. It dazzled movie lovers beyond boundaries and was even dubbed in Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

After Tollywood, it was the turn of Kannada film industry to continue the crossover trend with ‘KGF: Chapter 1’ in 2018. Written and directed by Prashanth Neel and starring Yash in the lead, it brought recognition to Kannada industry, which was not considered strong like Telugu and Tamil film industries.

Like ‘Baahubali-2’, the sequel of KGF ‘KGF: Chapter 2’ broke new records to become third highest grosser in Hindi in two weeks.

‘KGF: Chapter 2’, released in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, also stars Sanjay Dutt and Raveena among many others.

Tollywood continued its march in the new trend with director Sukumar’s ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ featuring superstar Allu Arjun in the lead.

Released pan-India in December 2021, the film has already grossed a whopping Rs 365 crore. ‘Pushpa-2’ , which is set to commence production soon, is expected to follow in the footsteps of ‘Baahubali’ and ‘KGF’ series.

Last month , Rajamouli came back to recreate his magic with ‘RRR’ starring Ram Charan Teja and Junior NTR along with Bollywood stars Ajay Devgan and Alia Bhatt.

These movies started a new trend. It was no longer filmmakers picking a hit Telugu or Tamil film and re-making it in Hindi with Bollywood star cast.

Since re-making regional films starring actors like Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Vikram, Surya into Hindi costs huge sums, the producers started dubbing as it was the cheapest way to reach a larger audience.

While dubbing of Tamil, Telugu and other regional films and even Hollywood films into Hindi is not new, the availability of digital technology has made the process smooth and the mixing of various ingredients has ensured success.

Filmmaker Laxman Murari termed this a new trend of making grandeur films. He pointed out that television channels every day show six-seven South Indian movies dubbed in Hindi but not every dubbed version is liked by people.

“Today, I can find 100 movies on different online platforms in no time. With the increase in the number of platforms, the awareness about movies increased,” he said.

The audience wants greater enjoyment in a small time and with less expenditure. This is why even 10-30 second videos have become immensely popular.

Laxman, who is engaged with dubbing of several films, pointed out that unlike in the past when dubbing had several challenges like lip synchronisation, the digital technology has helped overcome them.

Another filmmaker DR B K Kiran Kumar is of the view that audiences don’t want to watch family dramas in theatres as they can watch any number of ‘saas bahu’ stories on multiple television channels.

“Family drama films can’t run in theatres also because of increasing ticket prices. Who will spend Rs.500 to Rs.1000 for the first day show to watch family dramas. The audience wants to watch movies with great visuals and sound effects,” he said.

He pointed out that ‘Baahubali’ is just a folktale but it was made as a visual wonder with several scenes like Hollywood movies. Similarly ‘RRR’ is a normal subject but Rajamouli made it a fiction and visual wonder made with Independence and British backdrop. ‘KGF’ is an action oriented movie with special effects. However, he believes these movies are much more than mere visual wonders

According to Kiran Kumar, who is a faculty professor at a leading filmmaking institute in Hyderabad, the first preference in storytelling is emotion and that’s where all these movies clicked.

‘Baahubali’ is all about emotions between two brothers and between ‘saas’ and ‘bahu’ inspired by Ramayana and Mahabharata stories. ‘Pushpa’ is also about emotions. In ‘KGF’ you find emotions of a mother while ‘RRR’ is based on patriotic emotions

“In these movies, everything is connected to Indian culture and Indian emotions. Everything is India be it dance, songs and costumes,” he said

Though multi-lingual ‘Saaho’ and ‘Radhe Shyam’ starring ‘Baahubali’ fame Prabhas were big-budget movies, they did not meet with much success. When emotions don’t connect, people won’t accept movies irrespective of the language, explained Kiran Kumar.

Tollywood has contributed three out of five pan-India blockbusters. Tollywood observers say it is the second largest film industry in the country after Hindi.

The Telugu film industry makes 250-275 movies every year. About 175 films are made in Telugu while about 100 films are dubbed from other languages. The budget varies from Rs 1-2 crore to Rs 200 crore.

Every year 25-30 Hindi movies are made with a Rs 100 crore budget while the number of Tollywood movies in this bracket will be around 12. Tamil industry ranks third in this category with 3-4 films.

The changes in direction are also attributed to technological development. “Previously with negatives and reels, filmmaking was very costly and with limited budget, filmmakers had to do the tight rope walking. With everything digitised today, we can take hundreds of retakes and all these will be stored in chips or memory cards,” said Kiran Kumar

“With OTT, world cinema is in our hands. People are watching quality cinema and quality stories. They watch the movies in the languages they are made in but with subtitles they understand the soul of the story,” he said

Kiran considers this as a good beginning which will continue. He, however, believes that in the next 3-5 years there will be no-pan India movies, there will only be Indian movies. Any language film can beat all if it has good content and story. “You will have a movie where the main character can be from Tamil and Telugu, the villain could be somebody from Bollywood and there can be other characters from other regional movies,” said the director.

He also believes that since single-screen theatres have disappeared and there are all multiplexes with 3-4 screens, a situation may come where films in different languages will be screened simultaneously.

He pointed out that there are three aspects in filmmaking – art, creativity and business. Producers see it from the business aspect, filmmakers see creativity while common people see the art aspect.

On the flip side, he believes, pan-India movies can limit the opportunities for local talent. Filmmakers will hire the best talent from around the world. “A cinematographer can come from China, a fight master from the US, another technician from London or Japan. The opportunities for Indian technicians especially in regional cinema will come down. The local talent will be only for junior artists and small work,” he said.

Kiran also faulted the trend of filmmakers boasting their movie budgets to create a hype. “These days, no producer or director is saying that we will come out with a good story. They are announcing we will make Rs.300 crore, Rs.500 crore or Rs.700 crore budget movies with x, y, z actors,” he said and cautioned that a big budget with some big star can’t guarantee success without a strong story.

He said people were laughing at those making movies with a budget of Rs 1 or Rs 2 crore. “People talk about super hit movies like Baahubali, KGF, RRR made with big budgets but what about hundreds of movies made in between,” he asked.

He said even if a movie is made with a small budget but has a good story, it is getting recognition. He cited the example of Marathi movie ‘Sairat’ which was made with Rs 50 lakh but became the highest-grossing Marathi film of all time.

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South Indian stars on the ascendant as Bollywood’s are on the wane

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For the first time ever, an array of stars who are neither Khans, Kapoors, Kumars or a Devgn for that matter, are headlining several Bollywood blockbusters. For a change, a veritable army of south Indian silver screen demigods is setting the Hindi box office on fire.

The stream of pan-India movies starring male actors from South Indian states throws the spotlight on a breed of new gen stars like Dhanush, Dulqer Salman, Ram Charan, NTR, Yash, Sudeep, Prabhas, Rana, Vijay Devarakonda, and Allu Arjun.

First it was Telugu stars Prabhas and Rana that captured the imagination of an entire nation when ace director SS Rajamouli’s epic ‘Bahubali’ unleashed its magic in two instalments. A mythological thriller was something that Hindi mainstream cinema has never explored seriously. The portrayal of characters of epic proportions was eagerly lapped up by Hindi audiences.

Even before Hindi audiences could get over the ‘Bahubali’ experience, came the smashing success of ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ starring Allu Arjun. The raw emotions portrayed by the Telugu star held audiences across the country in thrall.

Just when everyone felt that things couldn’t get better, came along SS Rajamouli with ‘RRR’ starring scions of the NTR and Chiranjeevi clans – Jr NTR and Ram Charan. The hype surrounding the movie didn’t disappoint and the movie went on to create magic at the Hindi box office. Surprisingly, despite a distinctively Telugu background and setting, the movie managed to bring in audiences across the country.

By now, it was amply clear that Hindi audiences just can’t have enough of south Indian cinema. And the South didn’t disappoint either. But for a change, instead of yet another Telugu movie, it was Sandalwood’s turn to entice Hindi audiences. ‘KGF – Chapter 2’ starring Kannada star Yash has been on a record-breaking spree ever since it released in April.

More pan-India releases are on the anvil, including ‘Vikram Rona’ starring Sandalwood star Kiccha Sudeep, and ‘Liger’ starring Vijay Devarakonda.

In Hyderabad, noted film critic and industry expert Prabhu points out that the success and acceptance that ‘Bahubali’ enjoyed with audiences across India, especially the Hindi heartland, turned out to be the trigger for south Indian film makers to think big. “It was only after Bahubali, that producers here realised the true potential of the market and started working on it with aggressive branding and promotional activities,” he explains.

Secondly, the proliferation of satellite movie channels, OTT platforms and other media have literally broken traditional barriers to acceptance that factors such as language and culture. “For many years now, stars like Allu Arjun, or NTR or Ram Charan have been familiar faces due to their successful dubbed versions. So, a direct Hindi theatrical release is an extension of their presence in that market. They are already known and loved faces,” Prabhu elaborates.

More importantly, the current breed of south Indian stars venturing onto the pan-Indian stage, confidently wear their cultural roots on their sleeves. They are not trying to look nor ape conventional Bollywood stars in the looks department. Instead the strategy is to leverage on their unique looks and acting talent.

The results are there on screen. Dhanush made his Bollywood debut with ‘Ranjhanaa’ and went on to pit himself against Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Shamitaabh’ before making his third foray into Bollywood with ‘Atrangi Re’.

Interestingly, a majority of the stars hail from established film dynasties in the south. Dulqer Salman is Malayalam cinema superstar Mammootty’s son, while Dhanush is from a leading Tamil film family and has recently separated from his wife who happens to be superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter.

Elsewhere in the south, it’s very much a similar story. From Allu Arjun, the son of noted producer Allu Arjun, Ram Charan who is Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son, Jr NTR who happens to be Telugu acting legend NTR’s grandson, and Prabhas who is actor Krishnam Raju’s nephew, to Rana who hails from the D Rama Naidu film family, most of the stars happen to be people who can afford to think big and take calculated risks.

“Having a support system helps these stars withstand temporary setbacks. Moreover, all these stars have a good 10-15 years of grounding in their respective industries which gives them an advantage when it comes to sensing the opportunities and setbacks,” Prabhu states.

Observers point out that it was, in fact, Rana’s connections that helped ‘Bahubali’ gain traction with Bollywood bigwigs like Karan Johar. And the rest, as they say, is history.

While it’s certainly a good time for south Indian film stars to try their luck in Bollywood, they also need to see the writing on the wall. After his dream pan-India debut in ‘Bahubali’ Prabhas went on to sign a couple of big ticket projects, all of which failed to register box office success. It only goes to underline the fact that script, screenplay and production values are more important than star value. Something which mainstream Bollywood had apparently lost track of in between.

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Post-summer in Tollywood is packed

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Summer 2022 is expected to be the biggest for Tollywood. Several biggies like RRR, Acharya, Sarkaru Vaari Paata, KGF: Chapter 2 and others are testing their luck. With summer jam-packed with a heap of releases, several films featuring young actors are now getting announced for June and July releases. A bunch of announcements are made in recent week. The release chart for the post-summer months is filling on a faster note. Some of the films are even gearing up for August and September release. Here is the updated release chart for June, July and August for Telugu films:

June:

3rd: Kamal Haasan’s Vikram
10th: Nani’s Ante Sundaraniki
17th: Ravi Teja’s Ramarao On Duty

July:

1st: Gopichand’s Pakka Commercial
1st: Vaisshnav Tej’s Rangaranga Vaibhavamga
8th: Nithiin’s Macherla Niyojakavargam
14th: Ram’s The Warrior
22nd: Naga Chaitanya’s Thank You

August:

12th: Akhil Akkineni’s Agent
25th: Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger

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Analysis: Post Covid, Tollywood desperately Busy

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The coronavirus pandemic brought a long pause for films and the actors, technicians had to sit idle at homes away from work. After a long break, the actors rushed and signed more projects. Most of the actors are working without breaks and have signed back to back projects. Megastar Chirajeevi is shooting for three projects and he is juggling between the sets. NTR and Ram Charan decided to shoot for two projects simultaneously which never happened in the past. Actors like Sharwanand who delivered half a dozen flops lined many new projects and he even hiked his fee.

Ravi Teja is shooting for Ramarao On Duty, Dhamaka and Ravanasura. Prabhas has his dairy full till 2025. Most of the actors also hiked their fees and are taking hefty advances. Even actresses like Samantha, Pooja Hegde, Rashmika are busy like never before. Post pandemic, there were predictions that the film industry would be left in stress and crisis but things are extremely different. The star actors, actresses and directors are in huge demand. The filmmakers too are desperate of signing projects which kept Tollywood in a mad rush.

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Excessive ticket pricing in Telangana killing footfalls

The government of Telangana allowed flexible ticket pricing along with screening five shows in the state. The ticket price can be capped between Rs 150 and Rs 350 for multiplexes and for single screens it can be fixed to Rs 200. The distributors have hiked the ticket prices for the recent releases and this turned out to be a barrier for the recent releases. In Hyderabad multiplexes, the normal tickets are priced at Rs 295 and the recliner ticket is costing Rs 350. This is quite high for the middle-class audience and family crowds.

There are several debates going on about the high ticket prices in the state. A top producer and distributor said that it would be good if the ticket prices are hiked over the weekend and the prices should come down over the weekdays for big films. The big-budget films can be sold for high prices and the medium, small-budget films should be an exception from high ticket prices. There is a huge impact of OTT platforms on theatre footfalls as a section of audience are waiting to watch films on digital platforms. The high ticket pricing will create a huge damage if the producers and distributors rethink about the issue.

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Tollywood waiting for Ticket Pricing GO

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The AP government is yet to revise the ticket pricing GO that has been causing a huge dent for the revenues in theatres. The entire Tollywood has been eagerly waiting for the revised GO to be out. The top film fraternity expected that it would be issued after the release of Bheemla Nayak but it has been 10 days since the release and there is no announcement from the government of AP. There are a lot of speculations about the GO but Tollywood is not aware of when it would be out.

There are strong talks that the revised GO will be implemented from the release of Radhe Shyam which happens to be next Friday. There are a series of biggies lined up for release in summer and every Tollywood actor, director and filmmaker is just waiting for the update from the AP government. We have to wait to see if the government issues the revised GO or if they will be strict on their stand.

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Tollywood delighted with Bheemla Nayak Success

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After the coronavirus pandemic in various phases, Tollywood is recovering well and on a faster note. Bheemla Nayak is the first biggie after the third wave of the pandemic and the film reported packed houses all over. The film is the biggest ever Indian grosser on day one in 2022. Bollywood film Gangubhai Kathiawadi grossed close to Rs 8.5 crores while Bheemla Nayak grossed more than Rs 40 crores on day one. Tollywood is now completely relieved as the audience are ready to watch films in theatres.

The producers of Radhe Shyam, RRR, Acharya and other summer biggies are quite happy with the way Bheemla Nayak opened in all the territories. The film is expected to end up as one of the biggest hits of Telugu cinema going with the performance and word of mouth of the film. RRR, Radhe Shyam and other films will head for a record release in March and April. The promotional activities of these biggies will start next week. Tollywood is heading for a big bet in summer very soon.

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Sensational: Tollywood well aware of Bheemla Nayak’s AP Troubles

Powerstar Pawan Kalyan and Natural Star Nani are the only actors who could raise their voices against the government of AP after the ticket pricing GO was introduced. Pawan took a dig at YS Jagan for the move and the actor turned politician is also active in AP through Janasena. This is the reason why Vakeel Saab was troubled. Nani’s Shyam Singha Roy too was targeted at the time of its release. The entire film industry urged the AP government to revise the ticket pricing GO and they are super confident that it would be revised and announced soon. The top film fraternity was well aware that the GO would be out only after the release of Bheemla Nayak. An inside source from the government revealed that Bheemla Nayak would be troubled during the film’s release.

A series of meetings were held to discuss about convincing the team of Bheemla Nayak to release their film soon. So, some of the top celebrities mounted pressure on the team of Bheemla Nayak to release their film at any cost on February 25th reminding about the rush of films in summer. The release of Bheemla Nayak cleared paths for several biggies and the revised ticket pricing GO will be out very soon. Everyone is bothered about their film and they are not much interested about how Bheemla Nayak would suffer.

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Tollywood’s Updated Release Chart is Here

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With a decline in the new cases of coronavirus, there are several films lined up for release in the upcoming weeks. Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak is locked for February 25th release and the dates of several other films are changed. Tollywood is packed with a heap of releases from March to May. Several delayed and completed films will now test their luck during the summer season. Here is the updated release chart of films in Telugu in the next three months:

Son of India: February 18th
Ajith’s Valimai: February 24th
Bheemla Nayak: February 25th
Gangubhai Kathiawadi: February 25th
Ghani: March 4th (Not Confirmed)
Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam: March 4th
Radhe Shyam: March 11th
RRR: March 25th
Aadavallu Meeku Joharlu: April 8th
KGF: Chapter 2: April 14th
Ramarao On Duty: April 15th
Acharya: April 29th
Ante Sundaraniki: May 6th
Sarkaru Vaari Paata: May 12th
Pakka Commercial: May 20th
F3: May 27th
Major: May 27th

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Tollywood waiting for AP Govt’s Announcement

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The Andhra Pradesh government announced night curfews in the state till February 14th in the state. The theatres are asked to operate with 50 percent occupancy after considering the third wave of the pandemic. With the decline in the cases of coronavirus, several states lifted the restrictions in their states. Telangana government gave the state a free hand and imposed no restrictions. Tollywood is now eagerly waiting for the AP government to lift the restrictions and the announcement is due.

The night curfews are imposed till February 14th and the AP government will take a decision and announce it today. If the night curfews and 50 percent occupancy restrictions are lifted, Bheemla Nayak will hit the screens on February 25th all over. Else, movies like Ghani and Aadavallu Meeku Joharlu will release on 25th. After the top celebrities of Tollywood met AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Tollywood is confident that the ticket pricing GO would be revised. The announcement too is expected to be made today.

March, April and May are packed with a heap of biggies and this would be the biggest ever season for Tollywood after the pandemic started. Tollywood will be back on track if the issues in AP are resolved soon.

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Tollywood awaits new govt order in Andhra Pradesh on ticket prices

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In the wake of rumours that the government of Andhra Pradesh is considering allowing flexible cinema ticket pricing, many Telugu biggies are preparing for release.

Also, Chiranjeevi and his delegation’s attempt to fix the pertaining issues is expected to be fruitful, as the government has responded positively to ticket pricing in AP.

So, the whole industry is looking forward to the new Government Order on movie ticket prices, so as to announce the release dates of most of the movies. As the ticket pricing issues had made the movie business go haywire, the new order is expected to resolve the problems to some extent.

Big-ticket movies like ‘RRR’, ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ and ‘Radhe Shyam’ have their release dates fixed, while the makers of the respective movies are hopeful about a positive footstep by the Jagan government, for them to withstand the ongoing crisis in the movie industry.

On the other hand, the makers of some biggies have announced dual dates for the release of their movies, in a hope that they could fix any of the two given dates after the new ticket prices come into existence in Andhra Pradesh.

Pawan Kalyan and Rana’s ‘Bheemla Nayak’ will be released on either February 25 or April 1, while Ravi Teja’s ‘Ramarao On Duty’ is slated for its release on March 25 or April 15. Varun Tej’s ‘Ghani’ also has two probable release dates February 25 or March 4.

Now, that the AP government is to come up with a positive amendment, it is expected that most of the movies will be released in the summer, which will have a huge impact on the industry’s revenue as a whole.

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Bollywood looking for Tollywood directors

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Bollywood audience have been eagerly waiting for mass Telugu films and the collections of Pushpa: The Rise explains it. There are not many mass helmers in Hindi cinema except Rohit Shetty and couple of other directors. Bollywood filmmakers like Karan Johar are now keen to work with mass directors of Telugu cinema. After Liger, Karan Johar is keen to come on board for the next combo of Puri and Vijay Deverakonda. If things go as per the plan, our Telugu directors will soon direct the top stars of Hindi cinema. Harish Shankar is already ready with DJ remake and Siddharth Malhotra will play the lead role.

Actors like Varun Dhawan are ready to sign mass films as the taste of the Hindi audience is changing. Tollywood filmmakers like Allu Aravind and Dil Raju are now keen to produce more films in Hindi as they have a huge hold here. They are in plans to sign projects with Tollywood directors and Bollywood actors. For this, they will need Bollywood filmmakers on board. Instead of waiting for Tollywood stars, our directors too are keen to sign Bollywood films. We can expect some unusual combinations in the coming days.

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Exclusive: My Home Group to invest big in Tollywood

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My Home Group, one of the leading construction firms of Telangana holds a major share of 51 percent in the Telugu digital platform Aha. My Home Group has now decided to invest big in Tollywood in the coming years. They are financing several big-budget films and they will soon make their debut in film production. A lavish film studio that is spread across 50 acres is built by My Home Group in the outskirts of Hyderabad. The studio will be equipped with top-class features and the latest facilities for filmmaking. This studio is expected to be ready by the end of this year.

My Home Group is also holding talks with top stars of Telugu cinema for collaborations. Some big announcements are expected in the coming days from the top firm. They are currently lending finance for Mahesh Babu and Trivikram’s project. They are in plans to produce big-budget films in the coming years along with content-driven films. Ram Jupally will overlook these collaborations and business deals. More details awaited.

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Megastar’s meeting with Jagan: When will the GO get Revised?

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Megastar Chiranjeevi will fly down to Vijayawada tomorrow to meet AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 3 PM and some of the stars would be present for the meeting. Couple of producers and directors may be present for the meeting and YS Jagan will discuss about the revised GO for the ticket pricing. There are talks that the final price of the tickets would be in the range of Rs 125-150. The GO will be announced on February 15th.

The night curfews in AP too will end by 14th night and the AP government will lift the night curfews and will issue the new GO on February 15th. If things go as per the plan, Bheemla Nayak will be the first biggie to release in theatres after the revised GO gets issued. Tollywood is delighted and is waiting for the revised GO. The distributors and exhibitors are waiting for the announcement. Summer 2022 is expected to be huge and massive for Telugu cinema as some of the biggest films are gearing up for release.

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Tollywood Producers cautious about the Hindi Deals

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After the release of Baahubali, the entire country is looking towards Telugu cinema. Rajamouli broke the barrier of language and there are a lot of Tollywood actors who are testing their luck in neighboring languages with their pan-Indian attempts. All the top Bollywood filmmakers are keen to acquire the remake rights of several interesting projects that are gearing up for release. Allu Arjun’s recent film Pushpa: The Rise collected close to Rs 100 crores which is huge in these adverse situations. The makers of Pushpa could not taste big profits as they sold off the Hindi dubbing, satellite and theatrical rights in advance.

The Hindi dubbing rights of Ram’s upcoming movie The Warrior are sold for Rs 16 crores. The market for the Hindi dubbing and satellite rights has seen a huge rise in the recent years. The Hindi rights of the films of Allu Arjun, Ravi Teja, Ram, Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Gopichand are fetching huge prices irrespective of their success track. Actors like Ram Charan and NTR are keen to make an impact in Hindi with RRR. The producers of several upcoming biggies are now extra cautious on the Hindi rights. Most of them are keen to close the deals before the release.

The way of dealing with the Hindi rights is changing after the deals touched the skies. The makers of Pushpa: The Rule will not close the deals for now and are keen to sell off the rights before the release. They will also hold a major share in the Hindi theatrical release.

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