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Tight schedules for Sankranthi 2023 Releases

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Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya, Balakrishna’s Veerasimha Reddy and Vijay’s Varisu are hitting the screens during the Sankranthi 2023 holiday season. The makers of these projects announced that they will release during the holiday season but the exact dates are not announced. Though the shoots of these projects commenced long ago, they are yet to be wrapped up. The last schedule of Vijay and Vamshi Paidipally’s Varisu starts today and a fight, action episode will be shot. The patchwork of the film is planned in December and the team is working round the clock to wrap up the post-production work of Varisu.

Waltair Veerayya and Veerasimha Reddy too are in the last leg of shoot. The team of Waltair Veerayya is working without breaks to complete the shooting portions. Gopichand Malineni is focused on the post-production work off Veerasimha Reddy and he will film two songs on Balakrishna and Shruti Haasan in December. The promotional activities of these films will kick-start in December. All the three films are in a heavy rush as the shoots are yet to be wrapped up. All the teams have to work without breaks and run off to meet the deadline and have a comfortable release for their films.

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Tough battle for theatres during Sankranthi 2023

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A couple of years ago, there were debates on about allocating theatres for a dubbed film during the Sankranthi season. Now the same situation is getting repeated for Sankranthi 2023. Dil Raju who is the producer of Vijay’s Varisu blocked several good screens in Nizam and Vizag regions for the film. Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya and Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy are the films hitting the screens during the season. There are talks that Varisu will comparatively get more number of screens for Waltair Veerayya and Veera Simha Reddy. This is because of the hold of Dil Raju in the distribution system across the Telugu states.

Tollywood exhibitors will prefer to screen Waltair Veerayya and Veera Simha Reddy as they are straight Telugu films and have veteran actors playing the lead roles. But the agreements are done for Varisu. Mythri Movie Makers is producing Waltair Veerayya and Veera Simha Reddy and they are releasing both these films on their own. There would be a tough battle in the allocation of the screens during the season. Ajith’s Thunivu too is releasing during the season and Dil Raju will distribute the film. For Sankranthi 2023, there would be two straight Telugu films and two dubbed films.

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Varisu / Vaarasudu Overseas Rights goes for a record price

Varisu / Varasudu Overseas Rights have been sold for an All-Time Record price for a Kollywood film. The film has been sold for 38 cr (4.6 Million USD) in the Overseas region which is the highest ever beating Darbar (35 Cr). It needs to collect at least 10 Million gross in the Overseas markets to achieve breakeven for the buyer. Films like 2.0, and PS-1 are own release by the producers.

Tamil market Overseas is not just limited to US/AUS/UK/Gulf like Telugu films as they have a wider population in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, France/Europe, etc.

Vijay’s previous films like Mersal, and Bigil have collected more than 10 Million gross in the Overseas markets. So the recovery isn’t difficult with positive word of mouth for the film.

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Tollywood producers burning pockets for Tamil Actors

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

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

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Exclusive: Vijay in talks for his second Telugu film

Tamil actor Vijay who is a Superstar in Tamil is enjoying enough craze across the Telugu states. The actor is in plans to sign straight Telugu films to cement his position in Telugu which is a vast market. Vijay is almost done with his first straight Telugu film Vaarasudu directed by Vamshi Paidipally. The film is announced for Sankranthi 2023 release in Telugu and Tamil languages. Top production house Mythri Movie Makers paid an advance for Vijay long ago and the project is happening soon. The production house recently arranged a meeting between Vijay and Atlee.

Atlee also received huge advance for the film and he will work on the script after he completes his work for Jawan. Atlee will work on the script and he will narrate it to Vijay at the earliest. The project is expected to start rolling at the end of 2023. An official announcement about the film will be made soon. Vijay will soon commence the shoot of Lokesh Kanagaraj. The film will have its release next year.

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Record deals for Vijay’s Vaarasudu

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Tamil actor Vijay is shooting for a bilingual which is titled Vaarasudu and it is directed by Vamshi Paidipally. The makers of the film announced that the film will have a Sankranthi 2023 release. The shoot of the film was uninterrupted because of the recent Tollywood Producers’ strike. The makers now closed the entire non-theatrical deals and they fetched Rs 120 crores. The satellite rights of Vaarasudu are bought by Sun Network for a whopping Rs 50 crores.

Amazon Prime acquired the digital rights of all the languages for Rs 60 crores and T Series bagged the audio rights for Rs 10 crores. This is a record among Vijay’s films. Vaarasudu is being made on a budget close to Rs 160 crores and the Tamil theatrical rights would be sold for record prices. Dil Raju is the producer and Thaman scores the music and background score. Rashmika is the leading lady and Vaarasudu is an action-packed mass entertainer.

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Tollywood producers furious on Dil Raju

Top producer Dil Raju took the initiative and suggested a strike for other producers to get things to control. He is the face of the Active Producers Guild of Tollywood and a series of meetings are planned this week to discuss about the hurdles the producers are facing. Leaving everyone in shock and surprise, the shoot of Dil Raju’s Vaarasudu featuring Vijay happened in Vizag as per the plan. Dil Raju came up with a silly explanation that Vaarasudu is a Tamil film and it is not a Telugu film.

Tollywood top producers are now furious on Dil Raju about his acts, statements and the work he has been doing. Dil Raju delivered fake promises recently. He said that he did not hike the ticket prices for Naga Chaitanya’s Thank You but the tickets were sold for high prices. Dil Raju is trolled on social media and the Tollywood media houses attacked him for his acts. Another active member of the Guild, S Naga Vamsi continued the shoot of Dhanush’s Sir and the shoot is happening in Ramoji Film City. Though the producers are tight-lipped, everyone is furious on Dil Raju and Naga Vamsi.

As discussed earlier, the Tollywood producers have to stand united to cross all the barriers and resolve all the issues. Else, the issues will never get resolved.

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Dil Raju takes a Wise Decision

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Top producer Dil Raju happens to be one of the most successful producers of Telugu cinema. He emerged as the leading distributor for Nizam and Vizag regions. Asian Films of Nizam are not aggressive in distribution and they are focused on producing films. This turned out to be an advantage for Dil Raju in Nizam region and he is aggressively distributing films. He even made more profits through distribution in the recent years than in film production. With stars quoting huge remunerations and film budgets not in the control of the producers, Dil Raju is not much interested to bet big by producing big budget films in the future.

He recently met a couple of star actors and was shocked by their quoted remunerations. Dil Raju instead is producing small-budget films and web series for now. Ram Charan and Shankar film, Vijay and Vamshi Paidipally film are the only biggies that he has currently. Dil Raju decided to focus more and distribute films for Nizam instead of taking a risk by paying hefty paycheques for stars. Naga Chaitanya’s Thank You produced by Dil Raju is struggling for buzz. The film will release on July 22nd.

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Vijay and Vamshi Paidipally film Updates

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The first schedule of Vijay’s new film in the direction of Vamshi Paidipally is completed in Chennai. The new schedule of the film kick-started today in Hyderabad and it would continue for a week. Rashmika Mandanna will join the sets of this untitled film in this new schedule. Vijay reached Hyderabad last evening and he started the new schedule today. Thaman is the music director and Dil Raju is the producer of this big-budget family entertainer.

The film is expected to hit the screens during Sankranthi 2023 and the shooting formalities will be completed by October this year. Vijay allocated 75 days for the shoot of the film. Vijay faced a setback with Beast which is the first flop for the actor in the recent times. Vijay is expected to team up again with Lokesh Kanagaraj once again after the super success of Master.

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Sankranthi 2023: Three Biggies lined up

Tollywood is adopting the style of Bollywood and the filmmakers are finalizing the release dates well in advance. 2022 is packed with releases and the makers of big-budget films are now finalizing the release dates of their upcoming movies. Ram Charan and Shankar’s film was planned for Sankranthi 2023 release but it is pushed to summer. Megastar Chiranjeevi’s film directed by Bobby will head for Sankranthi 2023 release and the makers will make an official announcement very soon.

Superstar Mahesh Babu will kick-start the shoot of Trivikram’s film in June and the shoot is planned to be completed by October this year. Trivikram is keen to release the film for Sankranthi 2023. Apart from these two big-budget films, Vijay’s upcoming movie directed by Vamshi Paidipally is planned for release during Sankranthi 2023. With Ram Charan’s film out of the Sankranthi race, Dil Raju is keen to release Vijay’s film during the Sankranthi holiday season. Sankranthi 2023 will have a huge clash as three biggies are gearing up for release.

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Beast Review : Senseless Hostage Drama !

Beast Movie Review

Beast Movie Review

Telugu360 Rating 2/5

Story

ISI terrorists take hostage of 150 people in East Coast Mall, Chennai. The terrorists demand release of their leader Umar Farooq who is in Indian prison. Ex-RAW Agent Veera Raghavan is one of the hostages who swings into rescue operation. Rest of the film is how the rescue operation goes on.

Analysis

In general, the hostage dramas don’t fit for a larger-than-life mass hero on Indian screen. Film industry and audience hoped Sun Pictures, Nelson and Vijay team might break the rules with an engaging plot. Trailer hinted at a subtle humor laced thriller on the cards, but it has ended up another way. Narrating this thin plot film with linear screenplay is a good decision. Hostage theme films require smart writing to help convincingly narrate the rescue operations which is something sorely lacking in the film Beast.

With such a serious main plot, inserting any comedy is a double-edged sword. Director Nelson’s strength to generate humor is serious situations didn’t work this time. It is indigestible to see the comedy scenes by the hostages as if they are at picnic table. Over the top sequences are designed for Veera Raghavan are merely aimed at fans and fail to appeal to the average audience. Initial portions of the first half are engaging with the terrorist operations, Arabic Kuthu song and up until the main hostage drama begins. The graph goes down as the film progress from here. The Home Minister character, in charge of the rescue operations, leader of the terrorists and pretty much every character is irritating. The terrorists are shown as very harmless people, they barely hurt the hostages, and Veera was never challenged. None of the hijackers have any characterization. Climax is unbelievably silly – Veera goes to Pakistan, nabs the terrorist chief, brings him to India through Pakistan Airspace and as a bonus he pilots Sukhoi fighter jets – facepalm moment.

Performances

Vijay as usual is very fine in the two dance numbers. He excels in style and mannerisms. Except for the two songs, Pooja Hegde has no role in the film, and she is paid just for sitting around.

Production values by Sun pictures are very good. Anirudh’s background score is excellent and so is Manoj Paramhamsa’s cinematography. Frames are vibrant and rich. Dance director Jaani master has done good work. Though the technical departments are good, the poor direction and script have damaged the film beyond hope.

Positives

  • Vijay’s styling
  • Anirudh’s Background Score
  • Arabic Kuthu Song

Negatives

  • A stupid plot and poor direction
  • Too many over the top scenes
  • Irritating comedy in hostage situation

Verdict

BEAST is a farcical and stupid film that occasionally plays to the peanut galleries. Fans of Vijay might find it passable, for others this hostage action-comedy film doesn’t make the cut. Best to avoid.

Telugu360 Rating 2/5

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Thalapathy 66 Pooja Ceremony

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Vijay and Vamshi film starts Rolling

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Maharshi fame Vamshi Paidipally took his time and impressed Tamil actor Vijay. The film’s pre-production work commenced this year and the regular shoot started today in Chennai. Rashmika is on board as the leading lady and the film is a family entertainer packed with all the mass elements. Thaman composes the music and Dil Raju’s Sri Venkateswara Creations are the producers. Most of the film’s shoot will take place in Chennai and Hyderabad.

The entire shoot is expected to be wrapped up this year and the makers will finalize the release date after the shoot concludes. This would be the first straight Telugu film for Vijay. The actor is done with the shoot of Beast and the film releases next week.

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Vijay’s Beast Trailer: Racy and Stylish

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Vijay’s Beast Movie Trailer

Ilayathalapathy Vijay is in a top-class form in his career and the actor’s next film is titled Beast. Nelson Dilipkumar directed this action-packed entertainer and the most awaited trailer is out now. The trailer looks racy, action-packed and is thoroughly impressive. Vijay nails it in his own style and the action episodes are the major highlights. Vijay essays the role of a spy who is on a mission to rescue the crowds that are stalled in a shopping mall in Chennai that is highjacked by a bunch of terrorists.

The trailer narrates about the plot and gives us a glimpse of the action episodes. The shots of songs are not shown in the trailer. Beast trailer is highly impressive and lives up to the expectations. The production values and the technical aspects are the other highlights of Beast. Sun Pictures produced Beast and Anirudh composed the music and background score. Beast is gearing up for a record release on April 13th.

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Vijay’s Beast to avert a clash with KGF: Chapter 2

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Tamil Superstar Vijay is all set to test his luck with Beast, a stylish mass entertainer. Nelson is the director and Pooja Hegde is the leading lady. The film is planned for April 14th release across the globe. Kannada sensational film KGF: Chapter 2 is heading for a record release across all the languages on the same day and the expectations on the film are humongous. Beast will dominate KGF: Chapter 2 in Tamil Nadu but the film will face the heat in all the other territories.

The makers are now considering April 13th release date for Beast after considering the mighty craze of KGF: Chapter 2. An official announcement about the same will be made soon. Beast is made on a massive budget and the film is produced by Sun Pictures. The Telugu theatrical rights of Beast are sold out recently. The film was extensively shot in Chennai and Georgia. The released songs are chartbusters and Anirudh composed the music and background score.

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‘Jolly O Gymkhana’ from ‘Beast’ sets Internet on fire; hits 14 mn views in 24 hours!

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The lyrical video of ‘Jolly O Gymkhana’, the second single from director Nelson Dilipkumar’s ‘Beast’, featuring actors Vijay and Pooja Hegde in the lead, is shaking up the Internet.

The song, which has been sung by Vijay himself, has garnered a whopping over 14 million views within just 24 hours of being released on the Internet.

Music for the song has been composed by Anirudh, the lyrics of which have been penned by Ku Karthik.

The song, which was released a little after 6 pm on Saturday, garnered a whopping 37,000 likes on YouTube in a matter of just 10 minutes of being released.

By Sunday morning, the song had gone past the 10 million views mark. By 1 pm on Sunday, the song had registered over 12 million views, with over 1.5 million people giving the breezy song a thumbs up on YouTube.

It may be recalled that the first single from the film, ‘Arabic Kuthu’, too had shattered records on the Internet. The lyric video of the number had garnered a whopping 100 million views.

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Nelson Dilipkumar to direct superstar Rajinikanth’s next film

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Nelson Dilipkumar, whose ‘Doctor’ went on to emerge as a blockbuster and who is currently directing the Vijay-starrer ‘Beast’, will next direct superstar Rajinikanth’s 169th film.

Making an official announcement on Thursday, Sun Pictures, the firm producing the film, tweeted, “Presenting Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Thalaivar169’ directed by Nelson Dilpkumar and music by Anirudh.”

Nelson too tweeted about the project.

He said, “Feeling elated to announce my next film with the legendary Superstar Rajinikanth sir. Happy to have associated with Sun Pictures and my dearest friend Anirudh once again!”

Rumours doing the rounds in the industry suggest that Nelson was invited by Rajinikanth during the time the ‘Beast’ crew celebrated the 100th day.

During their discussions then, Nelson is believed to have narrated a funny one-liner to Rajini. The superstar, it is said, liked the one-liner and that is how the project seems to have fallen into place.

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Madras HC expunges adverse remarks against actor Vijay

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday expunged the adverse remarks made by a single bench of the court against actor Vijay in a case related to the import of a luxury car from the UK.

A division bench of Justices Pushpa Sathyanarayana and Mohammed Shaffiq said that the remarks made in certain paragraphs of the order of the single judge stand expunged.

Another division bench of Justices M. Duraiswamy and R. Hemalatha on July 26, 2021 stayed the order of the single bench of Justice S.M. Subramaniam on July 13, 2021.

The single judge bench had made adverse remarks against Vijay for seeking exemption of tax for his Rolls Royce Ghost imported from the UK and also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the actor.

Vijay had moved an appeal through senior advocate and former Tamil Nadu Advocate General Vijay Narayanan against the order of the single bench.

Counsel had argued that the adverse remarks made by the single bench of the Madras High court had hurt the actor and in several other cases, the court had rejected similar pleas of tax exemption but had not made such adverse remarks.

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Official: Vijay’s Next With Vamshi Paidipally

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It’s official now that, Tamil star hero Vijay’s next film will be with star director Vamshi Paidipally under Sri Venkateswara Creations. Dil Raju and Shrish will bankroll the project on grand scale.

The director gave full narration to the hero and completely convinced with the final draft he has given green signal to be part of the project. And it will be Vijay’s next after his ongoing film Beast with Nelson.

Vijay is excited to associate with the National Award-Winning combination of Vamshi Paidipally and Sri Venkateswara Creations. It is heard that, the director has prepared a novel script for Vijay.

The film being called as Thalapathy 66 will go on sets early, next year. The makers will announce heroine and other cast and crew details soon.

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Shocking: Actor Vijay files a civil suit against his parents

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Tamil Superstar Vijay filed a civil suit in a Chennai based court against 11 people including his parents to restrain from conducting meetings using his name. Vijay also sought an interim stay against the 11 people along with his parents. Some of the office-bearers of his fan club too are named in the list. The court is expected to hear this civil suit on September 27th. Vijay’s father SA Chandrasekhar floated a political party with the name ‘All India Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’.

Keeping an end to all the speculations, Vijay issued a statement last year that he has nothing much to do with the party and he is not joining politics. Vijay urged his fans not to join the political party as he is not directly or indirectly associated with the party. The top actor is busy with the shoot of Beast and the film releases next year. After completing the shoot of Beast, Vijay will work with Vamshi Paidipally for a family entertainer.

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