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Tollywood Updated Release Chart 2021

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The Dasara releases Maha Samudram, Most Eligible Bachelor and Pelli SandaD released all over and Most Eligible Bachelor is doing decent business across the Telugu states. There is a shuffle in the release dates of several films in the upcoming months in Telugu cinema. Here is the updated release chart of films that will release soon across the Telugu states:

October 22nd: Naatyam, Madhura Wines
October 29th: Varudu Kaavalenu
November 4th: Annaatthe, Manchi Rojulochaie
November 12th: Lakshya
November 19th: Rowdy Boys
December 3rd: Akhanda, Ghani
December 10th: Thank You
December 17th: Pushpa / Shyam Singha Roy
January 7th: RRR
January 26th: Bheemla Nayak
February 4th: Acharya

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Tollywood stars continue to announce new Films

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The coronavirus pandemic shattered the film industry but Tollywood recovered well and the audience are rushing to theatres to watch good films. Tollywood stars are in demand like never before and every actor signed 3-4 new films in recent months. Most of the stars are also taking hefty advances from filmmakers. Considering their demand, the producers too are paying advances and locking stars. Films without stars have not fared well in recent months.

Ram Charan signed two new films and he is now occupied till the end of 2023. Samantha announced two new films on Dasara’s eve and several other actors are busy signing projects. Nani has two projects and he announced Dasara. All the young and top actors are occupied for the next two years and they are keen to work without any breaks to wrap up their commitments. Star directors too are in demand and they are penning scripts and locking new films.

The Indian market is yet to reopen completely but Tollywood has a new trend now. No Tollywood actor slashed down his remuneration after the pandemic arrived. Some of them even hiked their fee which indicates their demand. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Tollywood stars are in their best phase currently.

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MAA Elections: Tollywood helpless

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The MAA Elections are scheduled to take place on October 10th and the fight would be between the panels of Prakash Raj and Manchu Vishnu. Tollywood bigwigs like Chiranjeevi and others intervened in the issue and wanted the elections to happen on a peaceful note. Situations were under control till the nominations were filed. A series of press meets heated up the discussions and both the panels started exchanging words against each other. Things reached new heights over the past couple of days. The postal ballot issue created a sensation and the entire film fraternity was left in shock. Prakash Raj turned emotional while Manchu Vishnu lost his cool before the media.

The ongoing fight between Prakash Raj and Manchu Vishnu reached bigwigs like Chiranjeevi, Murali Mohan, Krishnam Raju and others but they decided to stay tightlipped instead of responding. As enough damage has been done from all the corners, they decided not to make any statements about the same. Like never before, MAA Elections is in news because of the controversies. Prakash Raj was called a non-local while Manchu Vishnu was targeted for the first day collections of his numbers. Hope the elections happen on a peaceful note and the capable person gets to take the charge.

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Tollywood producers’ crucial meeting with Pawan Kalyan

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There are heated discussions going on between Pawan Kalyan and the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh. The exchange of verbal abuse reached new heights. Some of the prominent producers have met AP Minister Perni Nani which turned out to be the topic of discussion. Top producer Dil Raju was cornered badly for the past two days. All the producers who met Perni Nani in Machilipatnam a couple of days ago met Pawan Kalyan today in his Hyderabad residence.

Dil Raju, DVV Danayya, Mythri Naveen, UV Vamshi, Bunny Vasu and Sunil Narang met Pawan Kalyan. Dil Raju along with the producers informed Pawan Kalyan about their plans and about the happening discussions. They also explaiend him about the major developments regarding the ticket pricing in Andhra Pradesh. Pawan Kalyan was quite convinced with them and he asked them to go ahead with their plans.

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Tollywood junior artiste commits suicide

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A Tollywood junior artiste committed suicide in Hyderabad after a man with whom she was living allegedly cheated her.

K. Anuradha (22) was found hanging from ceiling fan at her rented residence in Giani Zail Singh Nagar in the Film Nagar area.

Her death came to light after police broke open her house door after inmates on the first floor of the building complained about foul smell emanating from the upper floor.

Police shifted the body for autopsy and case was registered at Banjara Hills police station.

Anuradha is suspected to have ended the life three days ago. She was said to be living with man named Kiran.

A resident of Gajularamaram on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Anuradha came into contact with Kiran six years ago. They were living together for last few months.

Her family members complained to police that Kiran had promised to marry her but later backed off. He had reportedly met another woman and was planning to marry her.

Depressed over this, Anuradha ended her life. On a complaint by her family members, police registered a case and took up investigation. A police officer said they were on the lookout for Kiran, who was believed to have left the house three days ago.

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Tollywood bigwigs’ crucial meeting with Perni Nani

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There are heated discussions going on about the new ticket pricing GO that was issued by the government of Andhra Pradesh. The issue took several turns after Pawan Kalyan’s recent speech. Vulgar words are exchanged and Posani Krishna Murali joined the game. Top producers Dil Raju, DVV Danayya, UV Vamshi, Sunil Narang and Naveen Yerneni flew to Andhra Pradesh to meet Perni Nani, the cinematography minister of the state. The meeting was planned to discuss about the hike in the ticket prices and 100 percent occupancy for the theatres in Andhra Pradesh. More updates about the meeting awaited.

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Breaking: One more jolt from YS Jagan to Tollywood

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The government of Andhra Pradesh is yet to revise the ticket pricing GO and the entire Tollywood is waiting for the meeting with AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The meeting was scheduled to take place today but it was canceled in the last minute without any information. Megastar Chiranjeevi along with several celebrities had plans to meet YS Jagan and discuss the challenges that the exhibition industry is facing due to the new GO issued. The celebrities are now left in shock after the meeting was called off again.

The AP Film Development Corporation will meet the selected distributors and exhibitors of AP today in Amaravati and the meeting is scheduled at 11 AM. It is heard that YS Jagan is not in a mood to meet Tollywood celebrities before the government gets clarity on the ticket portal for films in the state. Today, the AP FDC will strictly discuss about the steps to be followed for the ticket pricing portal. The AP government is keen to implement this at the earliest and take a stronghold on controlling the prices of tickets. For now, the upcoming films will have to struggle and release their films in AP for the slashed prices.

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No major breakthrough in ED Investigation against Tollywood

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The names of several Tollywood celebrities got surfaced in the drugs case in the year 2017. The Telangana government formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and investigated the issue for months. The samples of blood, hair and nails are collected from all the celebrities who are investigated. Soon, the SIT announced that there is no evidence found in this case. After four years, the Enforcement Directorate served notices for 12 Tollywood celebrities and the investigation is on. The ED officials kept track of the transactions of these celebrities and they are asked to submit their detailed bank statements.

As per the update, the ED officials could not find any strong evidences and they could not trace any transactions of the celebrities with the drug dealer Calvin. Though he alleged that he supplied drugs for these Tollywood stars, there are no transactions reported. The ED officials are investigating in the angle of how the transactions are done if drugs are purchased. Till date, Puri Jagannadh, Ravi Teja, Rana Daggubati, Charmee, Rakul Preet Singh and Navdeep are investigated. We have to wait to see if the investigation takes a new turn soon. For now, there are no major developments in the case.

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Is YS Jagan ready to meet Tollywood Celebrities?

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The low ticket pricing GO in Andhra Pradesh turned out to be the biggest problem for Tollywood. The coronavirus pandemic is no more a barrier and the entire Tollywood is now waiting for the AP Government to revise the GO. Megastar Chiranjeevi met several celebrities and planned a meeting with YS Jagan. The meeting was scheduled to take place on September 4th but it was called off at the last minute and the real reasons were never disclosed. AP Government soon issued a GO of launching a movie ticket portal to take hold and control the prices of movie tickets in Andhra Pradesh.

The entire film industry is tight-lipped about this. There are speculations that a bunch of Tollywood celebrities will meet YS Jagan in his Tapepalli residence on September 20th. Chiranjeevi has been in touch with AP Minister Perni Nani for some time and Nani is discussing the same with YS Jagan through Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy. Chiranjeevi recently called the top Tollywood actors like Prabhas, Mahesh Babu, NTR, Allu Arjun and others. All the actors responded on a positive note and they promised to attend the meeting with YS Jagan if needed.

There are strong talks that the meeting will take place on September 20th. Tollywood celebrities are eagerly waiting for the meet to discuss about various issues with YS Jagan. More details awaited.

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Real Reasons: Why are Kollywood actors focused on Telugu Cinema?

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Several Tollywood actors tried to succeed in Tamil cinema and tested their luck. But most of them ended up unsuccessful. But Tamil actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Suriya, Vikram, Ajith, Karthi, Vishal, Vijay, Dhanush and others made up decent market and headed for simultaneous release in Telugu along with Tamil. Most of them lost their market because of the poor show of their films. The latest trend is that actors like Vijay, Dhanush and Suriya are signing straight Telugu films. Dhanush has signed four Telugu projects in a row. All these four films will be directed by Telugu directors.

Vijay will work with Vamshi Paidipally soon and Suriya will work with Boyapati Srinu next year. The film fraternity and the audience are left in shock with the sudden move. Going deep into the issue, after the arrival of the pandemic, most of the active producers of Tamil turned inactive. There are hardly 4-5 production houses that are keen to produce films with stars. Also, the Tamil market is badly hit in all the available ways because of the pandemic. The non-theatrical rights too are not fetching huge prices like in the past and the actors are asked to slash down their remuneration.

But things are different in Tollywood. The asking prices for the non-theatrical prices are increased and the entire nation is focused on Telugu films. The Telugu producers are also welcoming neighboring stars and are paying huge remunerations. This would be a golden opportunity for Vijay, Dhanush as they can expand their market in Telugu states and cement their position in Tollywood. They are even drawing a huge remuneration which is higher than the pay they are getting in Tamil. Hence, the Tamil stars are now focused on Tollywood and are keen to work with Telugu directors and producers.

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Danger bells for Tollywood Exhibition Sector

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Telugu audience are the best when it comes to watching movies. No film industry got reopened completely after the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. A bunch of Telugu movies released and raked massive revenues even during the pandemic season. With the second wave of cases calming down, the audience have been watching films in theatres. The ticket pricing GO in Andhra Pradesh and the 50 percent occupancy rule turned out to be the major barrier for the film industry.

Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy is yet to revise the GO and he never offered an appointment for the Tollywood bigwigs who are waiting to meet the Chief Minister. In a shocking move, the AP Government issued a new GO of movie ticket portal that hints at controlling the ticket prices in the state. This move makes sure that the government of AP is all set to take a stronghold on the exhibition industry in Andhra Pradesh. The exhibitors and distributors are criticizing the government against the decision.

They are warning that several single screens will head for a closure if the situations continue to be the same in Andhra Pradesh if they screen films with 50 percent occupancy and low ticket pricing. The Tollywood bigwigs are tight-lipped and are waiting to meet YS Jagan at the earliest. On the other side, the distributors of AP are in plans to conduct a meeting and head for a legal battle against the government of Andhra Pradesh if the bigwigs of Telugu cinema fail to resolve the issue at the earliest.

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Tollywood drugs case: ED questions actor Nandu, Mascarenhas

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Tollywood actor Nandu, key accused Calvin Mascarenhas, and two others in connection with a money laundering probe linked to four-year-old drug case.

Nandu, who arrived at the ED office in the morning, was quizzed for more than eight hours. He was reportedly asked about his financial transactions and bank details.

The actor was summoned by the ED for questioning on September 20. It was not clear if the ED officials summoned him early at his request or wanted to question him before grilling others.

He is the fourth Tollywood personality questioned by the ED. Director Puri Jagannadh and actors Charmee Kaur and Rakul Preet Singh were questioned since August 31.

The ED had last month issued notices to 10 persons connected to Tollywood and two others including a private club manager as part of a money laundering probe linked to the drugs racket.

Actors Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Mumaith Khan, Tanish and Ravi Teja’s driver Srinivas have also been summoned in connection the drugs racket which was busted with the arrest of drug peddlers in 2017.

The drugs racket was busted on July 2, 2017 when customs officials arrested Mascarenhas, a musician, and two others and seized drugs worth Rs 30 lakh from their possession.

They had reportedly told the investigators that they are supplying drugs to film celebrities, software engineers, and even students of some corporate schools. Mobile numbers of some Tollywood celebrities were allegedly found in their contact lists.

The Excise Department had constituted SIT for a comprehensive probe. A total of 12 cases were registered, 30 people were arrested while 62 individuals including 11 people connected with Tollywood were examined by the SIT under Section 67 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Section 161 of Criminal Procedure Code.

The SIT had collected blood, hair, nail and other samples from some of those who appeared before it for question and sent them for analysis.

It had filed a charge sheet in eight out of 12 cases. It, however, gave clean chit to the film personalities who were questioned as part of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the ED also questioned Mascarenhas and two other accused Abdul Wahed and Abdul Quddus who were caught with the drugs, grilling them about their suspected financial transactions with some Tollywood personalities.

In another development, Central Crime Station (CCS) police on Tuesday filed a charge sheet in a drug case booked against Mascarenhas in 2016. A city court accepted the charge sheet and ordered him to appear on October 11.

Mascarenhas was arrested with LSD in August 2016 by Task Force police and a case was registered at Boenpalli police station in the city. The case was later transferred to the narcotics wing of CCS. The accused was later released on bail.

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Zee Studios has new plans in Tollywood

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Zee Studios is one of the top production houses in the country and the top firm has its hands on distribution and exhibition. They have their own tv channels and floated their digital streaming platform Zee5. Zee Studios acquired the entire rights of Sai Tej’s Solo Brathuke So Better and they made decent profits through the film. The film released in theatres and headed for pay-per-view release soon on Zee Plex. Zee Studios acquired the entire rights of Sai Tej’s upcoming film Republic. The film is announced for October 1st release.

Zee Studios is joining hands with several Tollywood production houses as co-producers and they would hold the entire rights of the projects. Nagarjuna’s Bangarraju is the first project of such kind. The production house is also finalizing scripts to produce small-budget films with newcomers and young filmmakers. Apart from this, Zee is also in plans to float distribution houses across the Telugu states and release their films through their own distributors. Zee Studios has big plans in Telugu cinema in the coming years.

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Megastar reuniting Tollywood for YS Jagan’s meet

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A crucial meeting of Tollywood celebrities with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is planned to discuss about the ticket prices GO and it is scheduled to take place in the first week of September. A series of meetings took place in the residence of Chiranjeevi to discuss the issues to be placed before YS Jagan. Chiranjeevi called up most of the Tollywood actors and wanted them to be present for the crucial meeting. Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu, Ram Charan, Nani, Naga Chaitanya Rana Daggubati and others are expected to fly to Amaravati to meet YS Jagan.

Suresh Babu, Allu Aravind, Gemini Kiran, Koratala Siva, Meher Ramesh and others will too be present for the meeting. A new GO with the revised ticket prices is expected to be out before the Vinayaka Chavithi weekend. If things go as per the plan, there would be a bunch of releases in September and October.

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A major shuffle in September Releases

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The fever about the third wave of coronavirus is back and is gripping the nation. The government of Andhra Pradesh is expected to issue a new revised GO about the ticket pricing after the Tollywood celebrities meet YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The meeting is postponed to the first week of September as YS Jagan left for a holiday. Gopichand’s Seetimaarr was announced for September 3rd but the film’s release is now pushed to a later date. The makers informed the distributors about the same last night.

The film may hit the screens on September 10th if the GO gets issued. Naga Chaitanya’s Love Story which was planned for September 10th will now release on September 24th. The release of some other films are planned and the release dates will be announced after the first week of September. On the other side, September will have the direct digital release of Nani’s Tuck Jagadish and Nithiin’s Maestro.

Dasara is packed with releases and several announcements are made. Balakrishna’s Akhanda, Maha Samudram, Most Eligible Bachelor, Konda Polam and Rowdy Boys will release during the Dasara holiday season.

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Megastar chairs a Crucial Tollywood Meeting

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Megastar Chiranjeevi is all set to meet Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy during the last week of August to discuss the GO of ticket prices in Andhra Pradesh. Before this, he planned a couple of meetings with the industry’s big wigs. A crucial meeting happened in the residence of Chiranjeevi this morning and several top celebrities of Telugu cinema attended the meeting.

Allu Aravind, Suresh Babu, Nagarjuna, Narayandas Narang, Sunil Narang, Dil Raju, Sravanthi Ravikishore, VV Vinayak, UV Vamshi, Koratala Siva, KS Rama Rao, Supriya, Bapineedu, Gemini Kiran, R Narayana Murthy, KL Damodar Prasad, NV Prasad, C Kalyan, Meher Ramesh and others were present for the meeting. The celebrities discussed about the issues to be taken to the notice of YS Jagan. They also discussed about how the ticket pricing GO can be revised to save the exhibition industry. A team of Tollywood celebrities headed by Chiranjeevi will meet YS Jagan soon.

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Too Many Mid Range Films On Aug 27 – One May Shift

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Tollywood is back to multiple releases a week after a long Corona induced break. The success of SR Kalyana Mandapam and buzz around Paagal has given confidence to medium budget makers to go for a theatrical release before things turn to worse once again.

3 medium budget films, Sri Devi Soda Center, Ichata Vahanamulu Niluparaadu and 101 Jillala Andagadu announced their release date as August 27th. Bigwigs of the industry are of the opinion that each film will eat in to the revenue of each other and is going to be of no help to any of them if all release on the same day.

One of these films is likely to be shifted to the next week and the decision will be taken in a day or two.

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Exclusive: AP Government on new Ticket Pricing GO

The revised ticket pricing GO issued by the government of Andhra Pradesh created a ruckus all over. The exhibitors of both the Telugu states are suffering as there are no big releases because of the minimal ticket prices in AP. It would be a huge risk for medium and big-budget films if screened in theatres with those prices. Several bigwigs of Telugu cinema are trying hard to meet Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to request him about reconsidering the ticket prices.

Though the appointment was not given, some of the ministers of his cabinet met YS Jagan and discussed about the same with the Chief Minister. Advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy played a key role in the discussion. YS Jagan is not favorable completely but he asked to revise the ticket prices for B and C centres. The new GO is expected to be out next week. If things are favorable, there would be notable releases in the month of September. Else, small films will continue to test their luck at the Tollywood box-office.

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Hyd police file case on Dasari’s sons!

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The Jubilee Hills police in Hyderabad filed a case against the sons of late Tollywood director, producer Dasari Narayan Rao.

A film financier Somashekhar has filed a complaint with the police stating that Dasari’s sons were threatening him when he asked them to clear loans taken by their father.

Somashekar complained that Dasari took loan of Rs 2.10 crore from him in 2012.

But Dasari died in 2017 without clearing his loan.

Later, when he approached Dasari’s sons Arun Kumar and Prabhu they agreed to clear the loan.

They too failed to clear the loan and with the involvement of few film personalities, the issue was settled for Rs 1.15 crore.

Somashekar said as part of settlement, Dasari’s sons agreed to clear Rs 1.15 crore loan out of Rs 2.10 crore loan taken by Dasari.

Somashekar stated that though he suffered Rs 1 crore loss in the settlement, he agreed to this on humanitarian grounds as Dasari died and his sons are not in a position to clear complete loan.

He complained that Dasari’s sons failed to clear even Rs 1.15 crore loan.

When he approached Dasari’s sons to clear loan recently, they threatened him with dire consequences and warned him to forget the loan.

Somashekar filed a case in Jubille Hills police station against Dasari’s sons for threatening him. The police lodged the case and started an investigation into the issue.

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Three Time machine films coming in Tollywood

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Aditya 369 happens to be one of the best films in Indian cinema made on the concept of the time machine. After years, there are three films that will be made with a similar theme. The sequel for Aditya 369 has been in discussion for the past few years. Balakrishna himself revealed that the work for the film is on and it is speculated to be titled Aditya 999. Balakrishna himself penned the script of Aditya 999 and Nandamuri Mokshagna will make his debut as an actor with this sequel. The film is expected to start rolling in 2023. Prabhas signed a film in the direction of Nag Ashwin and the shoot of the film commenced recently.

The film is titled Project K and it is rumored to be a science fiction along with a socio fantasy. There are speculations that the film is based on the concept of the time machine and Aditya 369 director Singeetham Srinivas Rao helped Nag Ashwin with the script of the film. Nag Ashwin takes the audience to the future through time machine told several speculations.

Sharwanand recently gave his nod for an interesting film recently and the film is based on the concept of time machine. A debutant will direct the project and the film takes to 1990s to remind about the beautiful memories of the lead actor during his childhood. The details about this project will be announced very soon. Tollywood audience will have a chance to witness three films on the concept of time machine soon.

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