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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.
Revellers in hyped-up status made to smart

Revellers in hyped-up status made to smart

Jun 17,2017 , 05:27 AM IST | News Analysis
A dream come true, it certainly is for the indefatigable fans of Indian cricket with the title clash of the 2017 Champions Trophy set up against Pakistan, that too on a Sunday.
Kaadhali: Triangular love story goes awry

Kaadhali: Triangular love story goes awry

Jun 17,2017 , 04:47 AM IST | Cinema
With a title ‘Kadhali’ which means beloved in Tamil, producer director- writer Pattabhi R Chilukuri attempts to establish a multi-lingual tone to the film, in its initial phase.
Platinum Jubilee for the Maestro

Platinum Jubilee for the Maestro

Jun 04,2017 , 01:40 AM IST | Hans
Call it sheer coincidence or a logical culmination of the years of tireless work by a set of talented professionals, 2017 seems a year to watch out for southern cinema.  
Andhadagu: Blind man’s bluff

Andhadagu: Blind man’s bluff

Jun 03,2017 , 04:25 AM IST | Cinema
As much as Telugu cinema keeps overdoing its super heroism on the one hand, it also has scope for average lookers on the other who manage to woo the audiences despite their ordinariness.
Bollywood town directors donning greasepaint for south films

Bollywood town directors donning greasepaint for south films

May 29,2017 , 01:04 AM IST | Cinema
Directors, donning greasepaint is not an unusual trend. Quite a few in Telugu and Tamil film industries have had the acting bug biting them to make them simultaneously perform the roles of being before and behind the camera. Names like Dasari Narayana Rao, K Bhagyaraj and R Narayana Murthy readily pop up to name a few to justify this observation.
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.