Wednesday, 1 December, 2010
As if making a full-length feature film was not tough enough, Tollywood filmmakers seem to love courting controversy over the titles of their films. A while back director Gunasekhar had complained to the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce that his title Katthi was used for Kalyan Ram’s just released film, Kalyanram Katthi.
He had registered the title in the name of producer Danayya with the Film Chamber of Commerce and had initially refused to give up the title when some producers had requested for the same, contending that the title was best suited for a script that he had prepared.
When the Chamber of Commerce permitted Kalyan Ram to use the title, the director dropped the issue as he didn’t want to make a big deal of it. It may be noted that Mahesh Babu’s Khaleja was also caught in a controversy when some producers had gone to court claiming that they had registered the title first.
The latest film in trouble is Nithyapelli Koduku, with the tag line “Care of Jagadamba Centre.” The film’s director, Alahari, has alleged that the Film Chamber of Commerce disrupted its release by not giving a publicity clearance for the film. “When I first registered the film title, they had approved it. A week later, they sent me a notice that some people from Vizag were opposing the title,’’ the director said. Apparently, the film’s title indirectly refers to the owner of Jagadamba Theatre in Vizag who has reportedly married several women. According to Alahari, though the Chamber of Commerce sent him a letter approving the title months later, it didn’t give the publicity clearance at the last minute. “We wanted to release the film on December 3. Now I can’t go to the censor board without the clearance certificate,” he complained.
However, when contacted, Film Chamber of Commerce secretary K.C. Sekhar Babu said otherwise “We told them that the Jagadamba theatre owners had requested that the title be changed, but we didn’t refuse to give the publicity clearance certificate. If he wanted to release the film earlier, he should have gone to the censor board. The censor board does not insist on a clearance certificate first,” Sekhar Babu observed, adding, “However, while obtaining the censor certificate, they must produce the publicity certificate,’’ he maintained. Asked whether the chamber would give the certificate, he maintained that the executive committee was the decision making body and it would take a decision. However, it is rumoured that the director is unnecessarily creating controversy to gain publicity.
Meanwhile, Alahari has vowed to stage a protest if the film was not given the publicity clearance within a week.
Thursday, 18 November, 2010
The biggest challenge for the Telugu cine circuit today is the piracy. Some of the noted movies end up on the roads within 24 hours of their release and are sold at dirt cheap price. Anyways, there are many heroes who keep ranting about piracy and how the wrongdoers must be punished. But now, a question has been posed to two stars in this aspect.
They are Mahesh Babu and Nandamuri Kalyanram. Well, the point is, whether they are eligible to speak about piracy. The reason for this topic is their recent stint wherein they have literally snatched the titles of their films from deserving and rightful individuals (Khaleja and Kaththi).
The fact that the films have become flops is secondary but the cine folks say that these two stars are unfit to talk about piracy since what they have done is nothing less than that. Perhaps it is time for all to realize that ‘what goes around comes around’ and this karmic law works strongly in the cine industry.
It is likely that Mahesh Babu will romance Anushka once again, even though the combination was proved a big dud with Khaleja. Turns out that Anushka has agreed to play opposite Mahesh Babu in his forthcoming project Veta, which is to be directed by Linguswamy. Madhavan is also playing a key role in the movie while Sameera Reddy will play the other female lead.The film will be made simultaneously made in Tamil and Telugu, and Arya is replacing Mahesh Babu in the Tamil version. However, the film may not start rolling immediately, as Mahesh Babu has a busy busy schedule. Right now he is working on Dookudu, which is being directed by Sreenu Vaitla with Samantha as female. After Dookudu, Mahesh Babu has to resume shooting for 3 Rascals, which is being directed by Shankar.
Prince Mahesh Babu is reportedly not happy with master film maker Shankar's choice of actors for the Telugu remake of 3 Idiots!
According to sources, instead of Telugu actors in the Telugu version, the director has decided to cast almost all actors of the Tamil remake in Telugu version too. Shankar has also chosen Tamil actors Jiiva and Arya for the other two idiots alongside Mahesh Babu in the Telugu version.
Rumour has it that except a few comedians, most of the Tamil cast would be repeated in Telugu version. This irked Mahesh Babu as he feels that Telugu audience might feel watching a Tamil dubbed film featuring him in the lead role. Mahesh Babu is reasonable, isn't it?
Meanwhile, the makers are planning to commence shooting the remakes from December 5 in Delhi. However, the exact location of the shooting is kept under wraps. Vijay and Mahesh Babu will play Aamir's role in the Tamil and Telugu versions respectively. Ileana will enact Kareena�s role in both versions.
Mahesh Babu and Anushka Shetty are pairing again for director Lingusamy's next film. The movie has been titled Veta and it will hit the floors in 2011.
The movie is simultaneously being made in Tamil and Telugu. Actor Aarya of Varudu fame, will play the lead in Tamil version Veta also features R Madhavan and Sameera Reddy and they will portray the same roles in both the versions, says report. Mahesh and Anushka were recently seen in the film Khaleja. Though the movie got mixed reviews, the chemistry between the actors received good responses from the audience. The movie is produced by Dhayanidhi Azhagiri’s on the banner of Cloud Nine Movies. Nirav Shah has been signed up to handle the camera and Yuvan Shankar Raja will score the music. Other details about the film are still under wraps.
If the rumors are to be believed, Mahesh Babu is not pleased with Shankar’s choice of actors for Telugu remake of 3 Idiots. It is believed that most of the actors in Tamil remake of 3 Idiots will do the same roles in Telugu version too. Shankar has reportedly zeroed on Tamil actors Jeeva and Srikanth for the other two Idiots roles while Mahesh and Vijay are doing the lead role in Telugu and Tamil respectively. Ileana will be playing the heroine in both the versions.
Rumor has it that except for few comedians most of the Tamil version’s star cast would be repeated in Telugu version. This is irking Mahesh as he feels that Telugu audience might feel watching a Tamil dubbed film with him in the lead role.
Hope Shankar reconsiders his idea of casting mostly Tamil actors and gives a better slice to Telugu actors too.