Author : K Naresh Kumar


Tamil film directors have mixed luck in Tollywood

Tamil film directors have mixed luck in Tollywood

May 23,2017 , 12:56 AM IST | Cinema
The summer has, both figuratively and otherwise, set a scorching pace to the box-office race in Telugu film industry. The final BO figures for the magnum opus 'Baahubali-2', already crossing Rs 1,500 crore is still being computed, more than three weeks after it released.  
Palace politics

Palace politics

May 21,2017 , 01:08 AM IST | Hans
Mythology is bursting out of media platforms all over. There cannot be a bigger example than ‘Baahubali 2’ on the motion picture front dealing with this theme, which has captured audience attention globally in the past three weeks.  
Keshava: A cat-and-mouse game

Keshava: A cat-and-mouse game

May 20,2017 , 04:59 AM IST | Cinema
Nikhil, the hero of the film has his heart on the right side, a condition, which is medically known as Dextrocardia. Writer- director Sudheer Varma bases the initial part of his film on this health problem to justify his violent action thriller ‘Keshava’.
Breezy entertainer

Breezy entertainer

May 13,2017 , 03:10 AM IST | Cinema
In an industry where super heroism is the order of the day and bodies and vehicles fly in all directions simultaneously during stunt sequences, showing a hero who does not raise his hand, even once, to bash up the baddies deserves kudos for sure.
Focusing on an endangered world

Focusing on an endangered world

May 07,2017 , 01:40 AM IST | Hans
A book which has a relatively less-reported issue like Andaman and Nicobar Islands focusing on its environmental condition and the endangered status of one of its original people, the Jarawas, may or may not have rung a bell for a large section of non-fiction readers. 
Dangerous liaisons

Dangerous liaisons

May 06,2017 , 01:32 AM IST | Cinema
An adult comedy is by and large, a litmus test for the hypocrisy levels of film watchers in India. Essentially, borderline cases between soft porn and sexual humour, such films, despite an excuse of a storyline manage to score at the ticket-window for their curiosity-inducing content.
The southern connection

The southern connection

Apr 30,2017 , 01:58 AM IST | Hans
Jumping Jack’ Jeetendra, known more for his Telugu remakes of the ‘80s for the modern Indian film viewer is credited with a quotable quote which is still recollected with relish by film watchers. 
Tedious and testing

Tedious and testing

Apr 15,2017 , 12:43 AM IST | Cinema
As far as matters of the heart go, it is said that it is better to be loved than to love. This is the core funda behind the making of the Srinu Vaitla- directed movie ‘Mister’ starring Varun Tej who has Heebah Patel and Lavanya Tripathi wanting him to be their lover.
Malayalam cinema impacts Tollywood big time

Malayalam cinema impacts Tollywood big time

Apr 10,2017 , 01:22 AM IST | Cinema
Malayalam film industry has had a tectonic shift in the manner its heroes and heroines have been received and accepted in the neighbouring film industries.
Of flights and fights

Of flights and fights

Apr 07,2017 , 11:58 PM IST | Cinema
Producer- director- writer Mani Rathnam features a new pair Karthi- Aditi Rao Hydari in  his latest offering ‘Cheliya’, a much-in-the-news bilingual venture.
The star as politician

The star as politician

Apr 01,2017 , 11:59 PM IST | Hans
Silver screen superstars are facing a testing time currently in the Deccan region of India.  So much so, it has raised a huge question mark on their ability to remain politically correct or boldly take a stand if they decide to strike out on an independent path of their own. It is a clear indication of the changing times that we live in, a contrast from the time when hugely popular actors and actr
Absorbing whodunit

Absorbing whodunit

Mar 13,2017 , 03:11 AM IST | Cinema
Suspense films have an inherent problem. Unlike normal genres, this is the one stand-out method of filmmaking which does not afford a repeat viewing and it needs to be engaging for the viewers to take a real liking to it, the first and last time it is seen.
A beast on an overdrive...

A beast on an overdrive...

Feb 10,2017 , 01:41 AM IST | Cinema
Director Hari has over the years earned a reputation for being a safe bet for his producers. Riding confidently on a combo of recycled storylines and racy sequencing of his storytelling, this craftsman has remained successful both in Tamil and Telugu film industries.
It’s Nani all the way…

It’s Nani all the way…

Feb 04,2017 , 04:19 AM IST | Cinema
Coming up with a paisa-vasool kind of film is the dream of every commercial film director, who has a lot to prove in the industry always. Of course, a lot needs to be done for this wish to turn into a reality by everyone concerned, from the lead pair to the artistes who play minor roles on-screen.
The man with the golden heart

The man with the golden heart

Jan 26,2017 , 01:12 AM IST | Cinema
After Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar reliving yesteryear don roles like Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim on-screen, King Khan too steps in to recreate the image of a seamy  bootlegger, Abdul Latif of Gujarat (officially denied by the producers) and his powerful aura with his long-awaited ‘Raees’.
To Sir with love!

To Sir with love!

Jan 21,2017 , 01:18 AM IST | Cinema
Among the new names to dot the landscape of Hindi cinema, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has earned a unique slot within a very short period.
A milestone made more memorable

A milestone made more memorable

Jan 13,2017 , 01:20 AM IST | Cinema
Telugu cinema has always been welcoming of historicals, from time to time, over the past four decades in particular.
Good old Chiru is back

Good old Chiru is back

Jan 12,2017 , 01:16 AM IST | Cinema
Kajal Aggarwal, other than creating a record of having paired with both the son and the father on-screen, does not jell all that well, with the chemistry not too visible anywhere in the film.
Gripping tale of one-upmanship

Gripping tale of one-upmanship

Dec 10,2016 , 01:39 AM IST | Cinema
Associating intelligence with Telugu commercial cinema can be dicey. Masala movie specialists have been content in dishing out tailor-made, formula films for decades now, and they have been lapped up too by and large, mostly for want of choice.
Story of a man possessed

Story of a man possessed

Dec 02,2016 , 01:38 AM IST | Cinema
Tamil actor Vijay Antony has enjoyed a freak success with his dubbed versions in Tollywood of late. The magnificent success of his last film ‘Bichagadu’ is the kind of a dream run any hero would like to have in a new territory. 
When cupid turns cross-dressed!

When cupid turns cross-dressed!

Nov 26,2016 , 01:34 AM IST | Cinema
One of the enduring kinds of cinema in India is the one in which the hero dresses like a woman.
Too Samarth for her time!

Too Samarth for her time!

Nov 16,2016 , 11:33 PM IST | Cinema
In today’s world, when it is common place for heroes and heroines to launch their offsprings in cinema, this silver screen icon was a trendsetter who produced the debut ventures of both her two talented daughters- Nutan (‘Hamari Beti’, 1950) and Tanuja (‘Chhabili’, 1960).  
Political One Manship: Dharmayogi Full Movie Review

Political One Manship: Dharmayogi Full Movie Review

Nov 01,2016 , 02:38 AM IST | Tollywood
Dhanush is a pure delight for his fans and the heroines too do a good job. In all, a watchable fare
Shankara Full Movie Review: By God’s grace!

Shankara Full Movie Review: By God’s grace!

Oct 23,2016 , 09:59 AM IST | Cinema
It is a kind of a film which does not surprise you with its zippy twists but does not leave you feeling wretched either. 
Organic food goes hot at alumni meet 

Organic food goes hot at alumni meet 

Oct 19,2016 , 02:20 AM IST | Food
Nostalgic meetings with old school mates are not occasions where green causes are expected to be espoused. But this is what happened in a recent alumni meet in southern Tamil Nadu.
Raising a voice for the needy

Raising a voice for the needy

Oct 18,2016 , 02:09 AM IST | National
It is no wonder then he is a sought after personality by the police in not only his hometown but also all over the southern districts of Tamil Nadu.
Premam, Tollywood style!

Premam, Tollywood style!

Oct 08,2016 , 03:26 AM IST | Cinema
Reprising an original hit film, which not only did well in its native state but also across the neighbouring states, breaking all-time records in the process is a humongous responsibility. Chandoo Mondeti, the director of ‘Premam,’ the Dasara release of Naga Chaitanya, attempts just that.
High speed debut

High speed debut

Oct 07,2016 , 12:36 AM IST | Cinema
There has not been such a carefully mapped out launch for a cine hero in recent times. Nikhil Kumar, scion of a powerful political family in Karnataka (whose grandfather, Deve Gowda was the PM and father, HD Kumaraswamy the CM of the state) thus makes a rock solid start to his film career.
Suicides a social crisis: Experts

Suicides a social crisis: Experts

Oct 06,2016 , 03:45 AM IST | Telangana
She was delivering the keynote address during the two-day national seminar on ‘Suicides in India: Tendencies, Prevention and Mitigation of the Social Crisis’  which got underway at the Nizam College on Wednesday.
Nizam College to take up suicide issue as a social crisis

Nizam College to take up suicide issue as a social crisis

Oct 04,2016 , 05:57 AM IST | Telangana
In the first quarter of the current year, one of the oldest educational institutions of the city and entire south India - Nizam College - was racked by a series of suicides. Four students, pursuing both UG and PG courses ended their lives owing to multiple reasons – love failure being at one end and feeling unsure and helpless in achieving career goals at the other.