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Breaking : Vertical split in Tollywood over news channels ban

After the casting couch issue sparked off a controversy, the personal abuse on Pawan Kalyan has shook the entire film industry. The constant airing of such objectionable content in top news channels of Telugu media has invited huge criticism from general public and industry bigwigs.

In what can be said as a crucial development for this issue, top names from Telugu film fraternity led by Megastar Chiranjeevi reportedly met a while back in Annapurna Studios to discuss about the recent happenings in industry. It is learnt that top stars like Nagarjuna, Ram Charan, NTR, Nani have attended the meeting. Several top producers were also present to discuss about the issue.

Reports suggest that after thoroughly having discussed about the recent issues, producer Allu Aravind pushed for a blanket ban of all movie related content to the three news channels which are facing the ire for targeting film industry. They have also discussed to give content only for 30 minutes entertainment programs.

However, not everyone present at the meet were on the same page with Allu Aravind’s proposal to ban giving content and ads to the three media channels. Many have opposed his decision and opined that it is better to ban all channels rather than only those three channels.

Producers like Aswini Dutt and representatives for star actor Nagarjuna were dead against Allu Aravind’s idea and opposed it. Sources that Allu Aravind is firm about his decision and decided to rely on social media promotions rather than TV media promotions from now onwards.

Also, it is exclusively learnt that Balakrishna is also dead against ban on TV9, ABN and TV5. Producer and prominent member of MAA, Gemini Kiran went to meet Balakrishna to discuss this issue with him. But, Balakrishna is highly reluctant and told in very strong terms that he doesn’t want a ban.

So, it looks like there is a stark split in opinions among Tollywood bigwigs over the media channels issue.

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Is MAA & TS Minister Srinivas Yadav Meeting a mere “eye-wash”?

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The meeting between Movie Artists Association (MAA) and Minister for Cinematography (Telangana Government), Srinivas Yadav has been concluded. The TS Government has taken the initiative to resolve the various problems faced by the movie artists in the Telugu Film Industry. Big Wigs from Tollywood and other senior government officials took part in the meeting with Srinivas Yadav.

Key decisions have been announced. Talking to the press after the meeting, Srinivas Yadav said, ‘from here on, the artists will be issued special identity cards through MAA.

Distinguished personalities from the film fraternity promised that the no coordinator-culture in the industry will be abolished. At the same time, necessary steps will be taken to deposit the remuneration amount to the artists via their managers directly into their bank accounts.

I request both the film industry and the media to stop end this row here. If the artists and women are facing any problems, I am requesting them to approach the police directly’.

Many see this meeting as a mere eyewash, without any possible conclusion. Future developments in the coming two days will stand as a litmus test to Minister Srinivas Yadav’s comments.

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Tollywood biggies meet CM and extend support on SCS

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Tollywood bigwigs met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu today and conveyed their full support CM and his fight for Special category status.

Director K. Raghavendra Rao, Ashwinidutt, KL Narayana, KS Rama Rao and Gemini Kiran were among those who met AP CM Chandra Babu Naidu. They expressed the solidarity of film industry to CM and conveyed they will wear black badges till April 6th to express their displeasure over Center for not granting Special category status to AP and not even fulflling the assurances made to AP during bifurcation. They also assured CM that they will also be part of the fight for Special category status for AP.

But it is to be noted, they met CM personally but not as a body of film industry – like Movie artist association or Film Chamber or producers council or director’s association or even as one unit like Telugu Film industry. Some people in film industry (like Posani, Tammareddy etc) earlier spoke against supporting Chandra Babu and his fight on SCS. We have to wait and see if other film personalities support the cause of SCS at least, if not TDP government, in future or not!!

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Casting couch: Top Telugu director caught in sting operation?

Casting couch allegations are not a new thing in Film industries – be it Tollywood or Bollywood or Hollywood. However, in Telugu industry there has been increasing discussions on this in recent times. Some heroines opined there is no such thing in TFI but some other small time artists have been voicing on this. However, now the latest in this is, a sting operation is carried out by MAHAA TV on this casting couch and they found some startling revelations.

This Channel reported they found very strong evidence on 3 people involving in this casting couch – one top Telugu director, one person belonging to family of big production house in Telugu and another a coordinator who organizes events in Dubai. Though the channel did not name the remaining two except the coordinator who is based on Mumbai, it gave enough hints on who this top director is. Channels told they are not revealing the names as requested by the woman who helped them in this operation.

The director who is in top league and famous for delivering message oriented films on concepts like “developing villages” and “developing country” seems to have chatted with the victim on Whatsapp and the channel has complete information of those chat messages.

We will have to wait and see how this turns in future.

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Tollywood’s top producer booked for GST evasion

Top Tollywood producer who scored back to back hits in the recent times has been under scanner for evading Rs 7 crores GST. The top producer is said to have collected the taxes from his clients on time. Hyderabad GST Commissionerate of Central Tax investigated the top producer after which he admitted the mistake. Sources revealed that he paid Rs 2 crores on spot and urged 10 days time to pay the balance amount.

Right after he admitted about the evasion, a statement has been recorded and he was summoned. The top producer is said to have produced three back to back blockbusters in the recent times. A top official from the Hyderabad GST Commissionerate revealed that this producer has not been paying GST from the past seven months despite of collecting them from his clients. Their investigation revealed that the producer spent over Rs 60 crores in these months on film production. Stringent action will be taken on those who collect GST from their clients and ignore paying it back to the government revealed an official.

A non-bailable warrant along the five years of imprisonment can be imposed in such cases. Though it has been widely speculated to be Dil Raju, his team denied the allegations saying that Raju has been clean and clear in paying the taxes.

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Legacy of Horror in Tollywood

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Horror is one of the most interesting genres of Cinema which one can come across because it focuses on the tantalizing emotion- that is fear. A horror film is known to offer thrill and a suspense element cannot be taken for granted either. Telugu Cinema has had its equal share of horror genre right from Black and White era which had a unique set of audiences. However, the trademark Indian notion of a ghost clad in white saree, latern and scary sound effects ruled the roost for many decades. This doesn’t mean there were experimental films in the middle. Movies like Krishna starrer Ave Kallu is a wonderful horror flick which had a good dose of entertainment and songs mingled in between.

Telugu Cinema loved the aspect of infusing sentiment with ghosts as well- in which every ghost has a sad back story and a reason for why it has become an evil spirit. Being natural lovers of sentimental and family oriented films, this new formula worked quite well in Tollywood. Ram Gopal Varma brought a new era of horror films in Telugu with realistic taking, scary camera angles and stylish interpretation. However, horror films took a backlash during 90s and early 2000s until Rajnikanth’s Chandramukhi became a massive hit. The concept of psychological disorder, classical dance fused with horror was like a magic potion for a new age horror films in India!

Maruthi’s Prema Katha Chitram opened new gates for horror films which blended with the most contrasting genre to it- that is comedy! Saptagiri’s reactions to the ghost in the second half became a trendsetter for many such low budget horror comedy films later. Omkar’s Raju Gaari Gadhi , Geethanjali, and even the recent hit flick Anando Brahma fall in the same category. These films are aimed at audience to provide nonstop entertainment with a horror backdrop and the ghosts are meant to look comical instead of scaring the audience away.

It is interesting to see new wave of filmmakers trying innovative genres such as intelligent thriller to a horror film where the existence of ghosts. Anushka’s latest offering Bhaagamathie paved a new wave of horror genre which was never seen in Telugu Films. Looks like Telugu Film Industry is getting into a novel style of making and looking for impressive blends of horror genre!

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What is the main issue plaguing Tollywood: Piracy or Run of the mill stories?

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Piracy has been impacting Tollywood for last several years. Until early 2000s, film’s success was measured by the number of centers in which the movie was run for 50 days and 100 days. But it was because of this piracy, Tollywood also has changed the course and started releasing the movie in so many centers and theaters so that win less than a week, movie will break even and in 10 days, maximum potential of the movie will be recovered. However, still the Tollywood complains that piracy is impacting the industry. Recently writer turned director BVS Ravi also made scathing comments on piracy and those encouraging piracy.

However it seems Tollywood’s success ratio is very less not because of piracy, but because of run of mill stories churned out by TFI. For example, this movies released for this Pongal season failed at box office not because of piracy but because of the lazy writing and mediocre scripts. While the movies released during last Pongal like – Khaidi 150, Gautamiputra Satakarni and Sathamanam Bhavati are all hits – mainly because of the novelty they offered. But Agnyaathavaasi and Jai Simha failed to engage audience because of cliche story and screenplay. Last year all films together collected around 200 crores gross during Pongal festive season while this year, it is around 30 to 40% of what was collected last year.

While piracy issue is really a serious issue, there are still many more people who prefer to watch the movies on big screen if the movie gets a decent talk. When Magadheera movie was released, Chiranjeevi told in an interview that piracy actually helped improved Magadheera collections as the people who watched on piracy understood that it is a movie to watch on big screen and the piracy print served like a trailer for this movie.

So Tollywood should come out of lazy writing and cliche stories and come up with novel stories that will help improve success rate of Telugu Film Industry.!!!

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2.0 Impact: Tollywood set for Stringent Action

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Tollywood Producers Council meeting on dubbing movies

Rajinikanth’s next upcoming movie 2.0 release has been pushed to summer next year which didn’t go well with many top filmmakers of Tollywood. The latest happenings in Film Chamber hint that Tollywood is all set to witness massive changes in the coming days. The Producers Council is all set to impose new rules against the theatres for dubbing movies during the holiday season as per the information from a reliable source.

A limit of 100-200 theatres will be allotted for dubbing movies in the coming days and Film Chamber is even in plans to increase the taxes for dubbing films. To increase the priority for Telugu films, the discussions have been on from the past couple of days informed the source. The decision of 2.0 gearing up for April 27th 2018 release shocked Tollywood as Mahesh’s Bharat ane Nenu and Allu Arjun’s Na Peru Surya have been announced already for release on the same day.

If Tollywood steps out with such strict rules, Tamil film industry too will get ready for stringent action against Tollywood for sure. This will sure spoil the healthy bond between Telugu and Tamil film industries. However makers racing for Tamil rights will sure think twice before bagging the theatrical rights of big dubbing movies if all these come into existence. We have to wait for an official announcement on all these.

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10 Films Releasing This Week Too

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Looks like November month this year is going to be remembered in the history books of Telugu film industry for the maximum number of movies released in a single month. In November first week three films released then in the second week it was four movies, later in third week 10 films and now this week again ten movies are going to hit silver screen for Telugu audiences.

Going into details, out of ten films releasing this week Nara Rohit Balakrishnudu and Sree Vishnu Mental Madhilo are coming with strong back up from the prime producers in the film industry. Then we have Napolean by Anand Ravi, Sai Pallavi’s Hey Pillagada, Devi Sri Prasad, Baby, Lacha, Jandhyala Rasina Prema Katha, June 143 and Ippatlo Ramudila Seethala Evaruntarandi Babu movies testing their luck at the box office. Movie buffs have many choices with a different genre of films this week, make wise decision folks.

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Nani’s earnings, on par with top stars

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Nani MCA remuneration

Nani’s career is at its peak now. Ha has been giving hits consistently in last 2 years. Since Bhale Bhale mogagivoy in 2015, he has not faced any major dud, thanks to his story selection.

Now, it seems Nani’s yearly earnings are on par with Tollywood top stars. He is making around 3 movies per year. This year also he already released 2 movies and gearing up to release his 3rd movie this year. Right now he is charging almost 5-6 crs per movie. So his combined yearly remuneration of 18-20 cr is on par with heroes like PK, Mahesh, Tarak etc who are actually making only one movie per year.

This is very Impressive for someone who came to industry without any family backing. So he is not anymore a ” Middle Class Abbayi ” (MCA), considering his earnings, and ironically, he is currently making a movie with the same title.

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SIT continues questioning Tollywood artists in drug case

Telangana’s Prohibition and Excise authorities on Tuesday continued questioning of Telugu film industry personalities in connection with the Hyderabad drug racket case.

On Tuesday, art director Dharma Rao appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the racket.

SIT officials began questioning him at around 10.30 a.m., at Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department.

Chinna is the sixth artist from Tollywood to be questioned in the case.

SIT officials on Monday grilled actor P. Navdeep for over 11 hours.

The investigating team has summoned 12 celebrities for questioning as their contact numbers were found in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas, the kingpin of the racket.

Actors Tarun and Subbaraju, director Puri Jagannadh and cinematographer Shyam K. Naidu were interrogated last week.

Actors Ravi Teja and Nandu, actresses Charmme Kaur and Mumaith Khan are among the other celebrities who will be questioned this week.

Charmme Kaur’s petition seeking direction to SIT not to compel her to give samples of body fluids, hair and nails is scheduled to come up for hearing in Hyderabad High Court later in the day.

Enforcement, Prohibition and Excise Director Akun Sabharwal on Monday clarified that the SIT is collecting the samples only with the written consent of the persons questioned.

The SIT has so far registered seven cases and arrested 19 accused. It has questioned a total of 28 people.

The case took a new turn on Monday when SIT arrested manager of leading actress Kajal Aggarwal.

Puttkar Ronson Joseph was arrested from his house in Manikonda here. Narcotic substances were recovered from his possession.

The department has so far recovered 3,000 units of LSD, 105 grams of MDMA, 45 grams of cocaine and other narcotic and psychotropic substance.

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Selfies with Calvin: Tollywood celebrities in Trouble

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Tollywood celebrities have been facing allegations over consumption of drugs which has been shaking the Telugu speaking states. Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been interrogating the celebrities who have been issued notices. It started with Puri Jagannadh and cinematographer Shyam K Naidu has been investigated yesterday. Today Subbaraju is facing the investigation and a leading news channel revealed that SIT collected all the information after a thorough investigation.

Drug leader Calvin’s mobile phone has been cracked and the SIT officials have been left in shock after Calvin had selfies with all the celebrities SIT officials issued notices. This will sure bring huge trouble for all those who will be facing the investigation. SIT is also busy tracking the call data of the celebrities as per Calvin’s mobile. SIT officials revealed that some more celebrities will be issued notices in the coming days.

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Ajith aims back Tollywood market

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Thala Ajith has unbeatable craze across Kollywood. Some of his films in the past have been highly successful in Telugu and he is sure a known face for Telugu audience right from the start of his career. For the first time again, Ajith is quite concentrated on Tollywood and his next film Vivegam is aiming a massive Telugu release. Shouryam Shiva is the director of this high voltage action entertainer which completed shoot recently.

The movie is said to be a spy thriller and it will have three major action sequences, which are said to be the film’s major highlights. The movie has been shot extensively in Bulgaria, Croatia, Siberia, Slovenia and Austria. Kajal Agarwal is the female lead and Vivegam will feature Ajith in different looks. The movie’s Telugu rights have been sold out for a massive price of Rs 4.5 crores and Vivegam is getting ready for a huge release in Telugu along with Tamil on August 10th. TG Thyagarajan bankrolled Vivegam on Sathya Jyothi Films banner.

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Akun Sabharwal postpones leave due to severity of drugs case

Excise Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal is hailed as the Baahubali for fighting against Gudumba. In his following stint to unearth the drug mafia in Telangana, Sabharwal now has become a household name. However, he informed the media yesterday that he was granted personal leave from 17July.

This raised eyebrow as he was going on vacation when the Tollywood individuals who received notices in the Drugs case will be probed by the Special Investigation team. Consequently, Sabharwal had to reschedule his leave to rubbish the allegations of being compelled. He said that in view of the seriousness of the case, he postponed his leave.

So far as many as 12 drug peddlers were arrested, after the drug racket was exposed. Based on their mobile phones records reveal as many as 16 individuals from Tollywood were summoned.

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Top producer trashes rumours on Drug Issue

With a drug racket busted two weeks back in Hyderabad, it revealed the association of Tollywood celebrities with drug mafia. Several Tollywood have been summoned and they have been asked to appear before CIT in this month. Though the cops showed no interest in revealing the names of the film celebrities involved, media has been speculating many names with subtle indications instead of revealing the names directly. Top producer Suresh Babu has been hit by the rumours.

He responded saying “Me and my family are not involved in any drug mafia and we did not receive any notices. We are not called by anyone as we have no connections. No one from my family is involved and keep us away from your speculations. As one needs to take an initiative, me and Allu Aravind stepped out to address the media and Tollywood”.

A section of media has been speculating that Rana Daggubati and his brother have been closely associated with drug mafia for which Suresh Babu responded. The Telangana excise department issued notices for all the celebrities involved and asked them to appear before them between July 19th and 27th.

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Scoop on Drug Addict Celebs in Tollywood

We have already reported that the Telangana Excise Department issued notices to 10 individuals from Tollywood who were found to be drug users. Irked by the continuous reports of the drug mafia being associated with the Telugu film industry, Movie Artists Association finally spoke out on Wednesday and gave a serious warning to the people involved with the drug mafia.

Among the 10 individuals, there is a Top director who is known for jet speed in making films, a young hero who has been scoring hit after hit by choosing different subjects (his last film was publicized to be based on the first-of-its-kind theme in Indian cinema), a hero who was part of an industry hit romantic entertainer in the early 2000s- he is gearing up to stage a comeback this year with the remake of a hit romantic drama, and another bearded-hero who made a promising debut five years ago and has been delivering only flops ever since.

Irony is that son of one of the Top Producers, who was in the press meet organized on Wednesday, is a huge drug addict. He has been caught earlier for taking drugs.

Movie Artists Association President Sivaji Raja, Producers Suresh Babu and Allu Aravind, actors Srikanth and Naresh, and Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao addressed the press meet on Wednesday and gave an ultimatum to those who have been taking the drugs, to either refrain from the addiction or get ready to go to jail.

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Tollywood shattered with Dasari’s Demise

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Legendary director, filmmaker and politician Dasari Narayana Rao passed away last evening in Hyderabad after he battled hard. He has been suffering with kidney related issues from the past few months. Dasari’s demise turned out to be a huge shock to Tollywood and celebrities rushed to his residence to pay the last tributes to the legendary filmmaker. Many of them took their official twitter handles to reveal about Dasari. He holds a record in Guinness Book of World Records for directing 151 films in his career. The legendary filmmaker will be remembered till cinema will be remembered. Here are some of the posts:

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Film director Dasari Narayana Rao dead

Well-known Telugu film director and former Union Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayana Rao died here on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 75.

Rao, who holds the Guinness Book of Records for directing 125 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, died at a private hospital due to health complications. The National Award-winning director had produced 50 other films.

He had been in and out of hospital for quite some time and had undergone surgery for infection in the lungs and kidneys earlier this year.

Rao, who was a Minister in the Council of Ministers headed by Manmohan Singh, was also chargesheeted in the coal scam.

Some of his famous films include “Premabhishekam”, “Megha Sandesham”, “Osey Ramulamma” and “Tata Manavadu”.

Rao had planned to make a biopic on late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

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Tollywood lauds Baahubali: The Conclusion

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The biggest motion picture of Indian cinema released all over today and the film has been screened specially last night across the Telugu speaking states. This SS Rajamouli’s directorial received thumping response from the audience all over. Tollywood celebrities have been left in wow with the film and stupendous work by SS Rajamouli. Young Tiger NTR watched Baahubali: The Conclusion in a special screening last night and he left the team in heaps of praises. Several celebrities took their official social networking pages to praise the film. Here are some among them:

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Exorbitant prices for Telugu cinemas’ overseas rights

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The market for Telugu cinema in Overseas has taken an upturn after the roaring success of SS Rajamouli‘s crowd pleasing epic Baahubali. The film notched up a gross of 7 Million dollars in its full run setting up a huge overseas record. Following suit, Prince Mahesh Babu’s recent outing Srimanthudu also raked in terrific numbers. It has notched up around 2.9 Million dollars. Recently released Nani’s ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoi’ also set the cash registers ringing with its superb collections in the first week.

One would feel that the appetite for Telugu films in Overseas has thoroughly increased and no wonder the producers of the many upcoming films are demanding unreasonable prices for the distribution rights. Take for example, the producer of Trivikram-Nithin project is claiming 4 Crores for the Overseas rights. So, has the market for Telugu cinema really increased ? Are the overseas distributors advisable to bag the Overseas rights for huge prices ? Let us find out.

For Bahubali, so many factors worked in its favor.It was directed by the most successful filmmaker and also has an ensemble cast. In fact, it is a magnum opus made out of an extravagant budget. Srimanthudu was able to notch up solid numbers as Mahesh Babu carries an enviable fan following in Overseas. Many of his previous movies collected terrific figures and so did Srimanthudu. Moreover, both Bahubali and Srimanthudu garnered positive response right from the first day and it has helped both films to register superb collections.

Nani’s ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoi’ is an exception as not all medium and low budget movies can repeat the magic as it did. We usually find very less number of movies like ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoi’ which can have such a tremendous run at the box office. Although it collected good numbers,due to high number of screens rented for this movie, the rentals will cut down the share and the distributors may end up with average profits. Reportedly this movie’s USA share would be less than 3 crores even though it has grossed 7 crores.

Prospective overseas buyers who are excited about back to back success of recent telugu movies,please be reminded of the fact that if any movie fails to reach the expectation of audience the distributors will suffer huge loss. In India ,even if a movie is a failure, it will recover 70% of the investment in many cases but in USA if a movie fails it is hard to recover even 10% of the investment

So, the overseas distributors must be extra cautious while buying the overseas rights of the upcoming films and it is advisable that they should not fall into the lure of the Telugu movie producers.

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