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Reaching for the skies

Reaching for the skies

Oct 21,2017 , 02:56 AM IST | Cinema
As an actor and an accomplished performer, Aamir Khan has always stood head and shoulders above his fellow ‘Khan’danis.  
Good comeback for Ravi Teja

Good comeback for Ravi Teja

Oct 19,2017 , 01:40 AM IST | Cinema
Director Anil Ravipudi and his hero Ravi Teja both must have high stakes in the outcome of the film ‘Raja The Great’. Coming on the back of his 2016 release  ‘Supreme’ which became Sai Dharam Tej’s biggest hit of his career, the director would  surely want the victory march to continue.
Of Shankar Singh Hyderabadi and Ramaiya Vastavaiya….

Of Shankar Singh Hyderabadi and Ramaiya Vastavaiya….

Oct 15,2017 , 02:19 AM IST | Sunday Hans
For 22 years, this music director duo occupied the apex slot in the Hindi film industry, breezing through the golden era of the ‘50s and ‘60s with an enviable collection of evergreen hits. Beginning in 1949, Shankar Singh and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, popularly known as Shankar-Jaikishan and also SJ were a terrific combo.
Politics and Stars

Politics and Stars

Oct 15,2017 , 12:58 AM IST | Sunday Hans
If it has not already spread a sense of déjà vu, it will, in due course of time, as India approaches the next elections of 2019. Exactly 18 months before they are due, the political environment of southern India has many stars flexing their muscles and testing their political fortunes.
‘Two’ much of a good thing for music lovers  in City of Nawabs

‘Two’ much of a good thing for music lovers in City of Nawabs

Oct 10,2017 , 04:24 AM IST | Tollywood
If one terms this development as too much of a good thing to happen to Hyderabad next month, then one is surely not wide off the mark. On November 5 and three weeks later on November 26, the citizens are going to be treated to two music programmes by two celebrities, who are nothing but  living legends for the millions of their fans all across the world.
An obsessive romantic drama

An obsessive romantic drama

Sep 29,2017 , 11:25 PM IST | Cinema
Heroes with negative shades are accepted for their mean streak and machismo in Indian cinema. Over the years, if leading men are shown with some affliction or the other, even then the audiences have been welcoming if the ending is a happy one.
Spy thriller belies expectations

Spy thriller belies expectations

Sep 27,2017 , 11:50 PM IST | Cinema
The combination of A R Murugadoss and Mahesh Babu had raised a lot of expectations as soon as this mega project was announced.  After a few release glitches, the long-awaited Spyder, the Rs 150-crore magnum opus of the duo has made it during the long Dasara weekend.
When the villain turns out to be the real hero

When the villain turns out to be the real hero

Sep 21,2017 , 10:42 PM IST | Cinema
Close to 16 years after he made his acting debut on September 27, 2001 and more than 25-odd films, NTR Jr. comes up with a mega venture- Jai Lava Kusa- a home production which has him essaying three roles for the first time.
Music maestros promise exciting times ahead

Music maestros promise exciting times ahead

Sep 17,2017 , 10:06 PM IST | Cinema
They may not have been regular fixtures in Telugu cinema, wielding the baton for the local fans of theirs. In fact, the combined output of theirs, over two decades, would barely touch twenty films in Tollywood.
A singer who impressed Dey and night…

A singer who impressed Dey and night…

Sep 17,2017 , 02:10 AM IST | Sunday Hans
Prabodh Chandra Dey aka Manna Dey (1919-2013), Asit Sen (1922-2001)… these are the two names about whom this week’s column will speak about. Among these two, Asit Sen’s contribution to the industry had been dealt elaborately in an earlier column, coinciding with his death, which was in the month of August. Both these Bengali gentlemen are remembered for the strong cultural roots they possessed oth
Kajol plays a raging angel

Kajol plays a raging angel

Aug 29,2017 , 01:02 AM IST | Cinema
After a not-so-supportive response among the film critics in Tamil Nadu, the Dhanush-starrer ‘VIP 2’ got released last Friday, hoping to capitalise on the festive mood.
 Non-stop action thriller

Non-stop action thriller

Aug 25,2017 , 12:01 AM IST | Cinema
‘AK 25’ reads one of the opening cards as the title scenes roll out on the screen. What follows is explosive stuff, literally – an AK-47 kind of a film- which is what leading star Ajit Kumar showcases in his silver jubilee year of acting career.
Jeevan Se Bhari Teri Aankhen...

Jeevan Se Bhari Teri Aankhen...

Aug 20,2017 , 02:56 AM IST | Hans
Harnam Singh Rawail, known more as HS Rawail (1921-2004), born on August 21, was one of the few film directors of the Hindi film industry blessed with a long life, stretching from a good two decades prior to Independence to a few years into the new millennium.
Mere Desh Ki Dharti...

Mere Desh Ki Dharti...

Aug 13,2017 , 02:13 AM IST | Hans
This week we take into account the life and times of a film writer, one of whose works is in sync with the patriotic mood already in motion in the country as of present, with the Independence Day celebrations a few days away. As songs extolling the country’s greatness is a de rigueur during the official events organised on this occasion, in a coincidental sense of timing, this lyricist – Gulshan K
A patchy effort

A patchy effort

Aug 12,2017 , 03:17 AM IST | Cinema
The title- Nene Raju Nene Mantri- itself is a clear giveaway about what is on offer. Director Teja making a comeback after a hiatus does not deviate from the theme which he sets out to present – a violent political love story.
Controversial Tamil actress Oviya in Tollywood town

Controversial Tamil actress Oviya in Tollywood town

Aug 11,2017 , 12:36 AM IST | Cinema
One more sensational star from the coconut land- Oviya, aka Helen Nelson- has landed in T town with her upcoming film ‘Idhi Naa Love Story’ opposite young actor Tarun which is set to be released soon. Meanwhile, she has become the talk-of-the-town in Chennai after quitting the Big BossTamil show.
Of Bhagwan Dada and Kishore Da...

Of Bhagwan Dada and Kishore Da...

Aug 06,2017 , 03:18 AM IST | Hans
This month, we have the birthday of a very well-known star of his time, Bhagwan Abhaji Palav (1913-2002), popularly known as BhagwanDada, who made his debut during the days of silent cinema.  Old timers remember his ‘Albela’, which was a major hit in 1951 with its hit number ‘Shola Jo Bhadke’, an evergreen hit. 
Nakshatram: A poorly-made cop story

Nakshatram: A poorly-made cop story

Aug 05,2017 , 02:11 AM IST | Cinema
Being on the right side of the law and order enforcers is more of a compulsion for Telugu cinema personalities these days, as the drug drama concerning its stars has sent shivers down the industry.
When Parveen Babi entered Hindi cinema…

When Parveen Babi entered Hindi cinema…

Jul 30,2017 , 02:30 AM IST | Hans
Many would not know if the name of Roshan Lal Sharma is counted among known directors who had a noticeable body of work for nearly three decades, with its highs and lows. Call him by his nom de plume BR Ishara(1934-2012)and many middle-aged men would remember his path-breaking indie film ‘Chetna’, a film talking about rehabilitation of prostitutes. In a media interaction, the film’s hero, Anil Dha
Gautam Nanda: A lacklustre fare

Gautam Nanda: A lacklustre fare

Jul 29,2017 , 04:35 AM IST | Cinema
The more things change, the more they stay the same… goes the famous adage. Commercial Telugu filmdom has mastered this approach for sure. Such is the undying love for formulistic way of film making among the directors, be they leading ones, or those who have been trying to make waves of their own in the industry recently. 
Fidaa: Sai Pallavi all the way

Fidaa: Sai Pallavi all the way

Jul 22,2017 , 02:51 AM IST | Cinema
After having seen heroines reduced to mere appendages in many a Telugu film of late, Fidaa offers a huge relief. Director Shekhar Kammula’s latest offering is strongly female-centric with sufficient screen space and characterisation provided to Sai Pallavi, the homely sensation of Malayalam movie ‘Premam’. 
Did Khushboo target Shruti Haasan?

Did Khushboo target Shruti Haasan?

Jul 20,2017 , 01:17 AM IST | Cinema
Tempers are flaring up in Chennai where Khushboo, one-time diva of southern cinema and wife of director-actor Sundar C lambasted Shruti Haasan for dropping out of the colossal Tamil-Telugu production ‘Sanghamitra’, proposed to be directed by her husband.
Age no bar for gorgeous actresses

Age no bar for gorgeous actresses

Jul 17,2017 , 03:19 AM IST | Cinema
Glam diva Anushka Shetty may be hassled that she is being asked when she is about to ‘settle down’. Her counterparts, Trisha and Kajal Agarwal, may similarly be under pressure to move away from the arc lights, yet find themselves being considered for plum assignments.
When Bachchan pipped Dev for the Zanjeer role...

When Bachchan pipped Dev for the Zanjeer role...

Jul 16,2017 , 01:59 AM IST | Cinema
Presumably, the fountain of inspiration for the lyricists of the era gone by never seemed to run dry. Or else, how does one explain the famed lyricist Asad Bhopali (1921-1990) who started in 1949 as a wordsmith and went to write till the 1989 hit ‘Maine PyarKiya’, whose songs are still heard a good three decades later. 
Vintage crime thriller

Vintage crime thriller

Jul 15,2017 , 02:41 AM IST | Cinema
Youth power is clearly visible in the recent releases, week after week in Telugu film world.  On the one hand, star children may be getting launched regularly, but on the other, the industry seems to have space for those with or without filmi connections too.
Slumlord’s daughter seeks clarification from director Pa Ranjith

Slumlord’s daughter seeks clarification from director Pa Ranjith

Jul 12,2017 , 01:46 AM IST | Cinema
At first it was the family of don Haji Mastan who claimed the story of superstar Rajinikanth’s 2018 flick  ‘Kaala Karikalan’ was based on his life. Once that was denied, then there were sundry claims made by others which had to be referred to the  Chennai-based trade bodies for arbitration. 
The matinee week

The matinee week

Jul 09,2017 , 12:58 AM IST | Hans
Data mining the lives and times of cine celebrities can result in popping up of very interesting statistics. Especially when columnists of Indian cinema over the years have only remembered and written about the births and deaths of the very top names, quite often ignoring others who also have left their footprints on the sands of time. 
Of romance and relationships

Of romance and relationships

Jul 08,2017 , 02:24 AM IST | Cinema
Seemingly, Telugu cinema seems to be revisiting its time-tested, family and romance oriented themes once again. There was  ‘Kadhali’ released a few weeks ago which dealt with the love affair of a woman and two men out to woo her.  
Well-defined female leads need of the hour

Well-defined female leads need of the hour

Jul 03,2017 , 03:58 AM IST | Cinema
That Telugu film heroines are predominantly eye candies in the films they are featured is a fact as old as the hills. Poorly-written and hastily sketched roles are the only kinds that are reserved for them, another continuing tradition of the local cinema banners for decades now. Here and there, there are exceptions which slip through the cracks of commercial movie making.
Duvvada Jagannadham: A tale of Brahmin boy who loves to kill

Duvvada Jagannadham: A tale of Brahmin boy who loves to kill

Jun 24,2017 , 01:20 AM IST | Cinema
He is the Brahmin boy who loves to kill. When in a lenient mood, he smashes up the bad guys and leaves them begging for mercy. Given the mismatch with the background of the hero ( introduced as a Brahmin cook) and the mission he seeks to accomplish, director Harish Shankar seems to have taken a tiny knot out of the ‘90s blockbuster ‘Gentleman’ and reworking it to suit his hero Allu Arjun’s image.

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