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Nagarjuna announces his next with director Solomon

TollywoodSolomon was the script writer for 'Oopiri', one of Nagarjuna's biggest hits in his career.Digital NativeHere’s the news that all Nagarjuna fans have been waiting for! The actor’s last film release Manmadhudu 2 failed at the box office following which the star took his time on finalising his next. While fans have been waiting patiently for an announcement about hit next, we hear that writer Solomon will be directing the star. It may be noted here that Solomon had written the screenplay for Oopiri, which was one of the biggest hits Nag’s career. Reports about the role that the star will be playing in the film is even more interesting as we hear that he will be seen as a cop. The groundwork for this project is on and the shooting will begin early next month. Nagarjuna’s next Hindi film in the pipeline
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Title of Mahesh Babu’s 26th film announced

TollywoodThe film will be produced jointly by Mahesh himself, along with Dil Raju and Anil Sunkara. Digital NativeDigital NativeBasking in the success of his 25th film Maharishi, the title of Mahesh Babu's next with director Anil Ravipudi has been announced to coincide with his father Superstar Krishna’s 75th birthday. The film has been tilted Sarileru Neekevvaru, and the muhurat happened in a grand style on Saturday at Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad. Darsakendrudu K Raghavendra Rao gave the first clap while Mega Maker Shyamprasad Reddy, switched on the camera. The film will be produced jointly by Mahesh himself, along with Dil Raju and Anil Sunkara. Plans are on to release the film for Sankranthi next year. After 1 Nenokkadine in 2014, this will be one more Sankranthi release for Mahesh. According to sources, it is a revenge drama in which Mahesh Babu plays a cop. This is not the first time Mahesh
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Mahesh Babu celebrates ‘Maharshi' success with team in Hyderabad

TolllywoodMahesh Babu's wife Namrata Shirodkar took to Instagram and shared a couple of photos from the party with the caption, "Celebrating #maharshi.”Digital NativeDigital NativeMahesh Babu's 25th film ‘Maharshi’ has got the biggest opening in his career. Directed by Vamsi Paidapally, best known for directing films like Oopiri and Yevadu, the film has shattered every possible record at the box office and has turned out to be the biggest opener of this year. The film talks about the struggles faced by farmers and it follows the same trajectory as Mahesh Babu's previous films Srimathudu and Bharat Ane Nenu. Mahesh Babu celebrated the success with the entire team at his house in Hyderabad. Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna also joined the celebration. Mahesh Babu's wife Namrata Shirodkar took to Instagram and shared a couple of photos from the party with the caption, "Celebrating #maharshi.” View this post on Instagram Celebrating
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Star value vs content: Why Tollywood multi-starrers become box-office hits

TollywoodSome film experts observe that a multi-starrer, irrespective of the content, will get decent traction till Sunday, thus recovering a majority of the amount spent making it. Priyanka RichiMulti-starrer movies have always been a rage in Tollywood. Unlike other industries where multi-starrers have an unpredictable run at the box-office, in Tollywood, from the Ntr-anr combo in the 70s to Rajamouli’s Baahubali, the presence of multiple heroes (and only heroes) have pulled huge crowds to theatres. The satellite rights of yet to release Rrr, which has both Ram Charan and Jr Ntr playing pivotal roles, have been sold for a whopping Rs 132 crore, even surpassing the figures of Rajinikanth’s 2.0. Barring a few exceptions, star value has always assured Tollywood movies of a decent box-office collection. So, what propels such fandom for multiple heroes on the silver-screen? What makes Tollywood different from other industries in ensuring success to multi-starrers? Is
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Watch: Mahesh Babu’s ‘Maharishi’ teaser out, he plays a dashing college student

TollywoodAccording to the teaser, the film will release on April 5 next year.Tnm StaffOn the occasion of actor Mahesh Babu’s birthday, the superstar’s upcoming film's teaser—Maharshi--was released on Thursday. The teaser, which introduces Mahesh’s character as Rishi, has clocked over 2 lakh views within a couple of hours of its release. Unlike, his recent films in which the actor has been maintaining a clean shaven look, in Maharshi the actor is seen sporting a beard. Going by the teaser, Mahesh Babu is playing a college student yet again. Previously, he played the college student role in Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane Nenu. The first look of the film was released on Wednesday, and was well received by the audience. Maharshi is the 25th film of the actor, and is being directed by Vamshi Paidipally of Oopiri fame. The actor’s previous release was the blockbuster Bharat Ane Nenu.
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Karthi's 'Chinna Babu' gets a slow start in Telugu states

TollywoodThe collections on the first day are average but is expected to pick up over the weekend.Digital NativeKarthi starrer Kadai Kutty Singam released to good reviews but its Telugu version Chinna Babu seems to be not picking well in the Telugu states. The film’s dubbed version in Telugu was released along with Kadai Kutty Singam considering the huge fan following its lead star Karthi has in Andhra and Telangana states. However, reports from the trade circles are that the film has had a slow start due to insufficient promos. The collections on the first day are average but it is expected to pick up over the weekend. The film has collected around Rs 1 crore share in both the Telugu speaking states – Andhra and Telangana. A comedy drama, the film has been directed by the award winning director Pandiraj and bankrolled by Karthi’s brother and actor Suriya under his banner 2D Entertainments. Karthi plays the titular role in Chinna Babu with Sayyesha as his love interest. The star cast also includes Sathyaraj, Sayyeshaa, Arthana Binu, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Soori, Bhanupriya, Viji Chandrasekhar, Saroja, Saravanan and Ilavarasu. D Imman had composed music for this venture with Velraj wielding the camera and Ruben editing it. Though a few of Karthi’s films have been dubbed in Telugu earlier, he made his debut in Tollywood with Oopiri in 2016 which went on to become a huge hit. Directed by Vamsi Paidapally, the film was based on Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano's French comedy-drama The Intouchables. Karthi shared the screen space with Nagarjuna in it which was a bilingual which released in Tamil as well. The film was produced by Prasad V Potluri under his banner Pvp Cinemas. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Shooting for Mahesh Babu-Vamsi Paidipally film starts in Dehradun

TollywoodDubbed as ‘Mahesh 25’, the film marks the first time collaboration between the actor and the director.Digital NativeDigital NativeFollowing the phenomenal success of Bharat Ane Nenu, in which he played a Chief Minister, superstar Mahesh Babu joined the sets of his next film which is directed by Vamsi Paidipally. Dubbed as Mahesh 25, the film marks the first time collaboration between the actor and the director. On Monday, the yet-untitled film went on the floors in Dehradun where the shooting will take place for the next two weeks. Mahesh sports a new look for the film. Earlier this month, his pictures sporting a stubble and moustache went viral on social media. It’s worth mentioning that Mahesh was seen with a fake moustache for a few seconds in a song in Bharat Ane Nenu. After shooting briefly in India, the Mahesh 25 team will leave for the Us, where a predominant portion of the film will be shot. While the rest of the cast and crew are yet to be finalised, Pooja Hegde has already been signed as the leading lady. The film marks the foray of well-known lensman Ku Mohanan, known for his work in Bollywood films such as Don and Raees, into the Telugu film industry. Recently, rumours emerged that Mahesh 25 was based on some international series. When a fan pointed this out and asked Vamsi Paidipally to clarify, the latter wrote on Twitter that the news was baseless as his film was not based on any series. To be jointly bankrolled by Dil Raju and Aswini Dutt, Vamsi Paidipally said in an earlier interaction that the project will be a big film in both their careers. Having won over audiences and critics alike with his last film, the comedy-drama Oopiri, which explores the bond between a quadriplegic millionaire and his convict-turned-caretaker, film buffs are eager to know what the director has to offer with Mahesh Babu. Also read: Vijay Deverakonda announces donation of debut Filmfare award to city, wins hearts (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Dr Rajasekhar’s daughter Shivani to debut with Telugu remake of ‘2 States’

TollywoodShivani is an accomplished Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, and is well-versed in keyboard, veena and guitar.Digital NativeDigital NativeBollywood movie 2 States was one of the biggest hits of 2014. This film is all set to be remade in Telugu and will have Adivi Sesh stepping into the shoes of Arjun Kapoor in the male lead role. Shivani has been signed on to essay Alia Bhatt’s role in the remake. To be directed by Venkat Reddy, who will be making his debut, and produced by Mlv Satyanarayana under the Lakshya Productions banner, the film will go on the floors in March. Incidentally, the director is an erstwhile associate of ace director Vv Vinayak and has worked with him on several blockbusters. It may be mentioned here that Naga Chaitanya and Samantha were initially in talks to play the lead pair in the remake, but the talks were not fruitful, and Adivi Sesh and Shivani have now bagged the roles. Shivani, daughter of star couple Dr Rajasekhar and Jeevitha, will be making her debut in Tollywood with this flick. The debutant is an accomplished dancer proficient in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi and is well-versed in keyboard, veena and guitar, say sources. Earlier, speculations were rife that she was the frontrunner to play the female lead in director Prabhu Solomon’s Kumki 2. The Bollywood movie 2 States, which was directed by Abhishek Varman, was based on a novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagat. The romantic drama released to positive reviews in 2014 and made good collections at the box office. Sources say that the lead stars have signed on the dotted line and the filmmakers are in the process of roping in the supporting cast and the rest of the crew. Adivi Sesh, a noted director and actor, made his debut in 2010 with Karma: Do You Believe? and has films like Baahubali: The Beginning, Dongaata, Kshanam, Oopiri / Thozha to his credit till date. Content provided by Digital Native.
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It brought me inner happiness: Director Vamsi on 'Oopiri' and Filmfare award

Director Vamsi Paidipally made his debut in Tollywood in the year 2007 with Munna, which turned out to be a box office dud.

However, the director shot to limelight with his next film Brindavanam in 2010 which was a hit, topping it with the smash hit Yevadu in 2014.

The director’s first ever bilingual, Oopiri in Telugu and Thozha in Tamil fetched him a lot of awards including his maiden Filmfare, which had him elated.
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Karan Johar buys the remake rights of Nagarjunas Oopiri

Karan Johar buys the remake rights of Nagarjunas Oopiri
Even as the latest Telugu blockbuster Oopiri with Nagarjuna in the lead creates waves across Andhra Pradesh and beyond, news comes that Bollywood's biggest producer-acquisitioner Karan Johar has purchased the rights for the Hindi remake. Interestingly, Oopiri is a remake of the French film The Intouchables about the warm camaraderie that develops between a wheelchair bound billionaire and his male caretaker. Speaking exclusively, two days after the film's release, Nagarujna says, "I am so glad that Oopiri and its Tamil version Thozha have been so warmly accepted .We wanted the film to be seen as a celebration of life. We wanted the audience to appreciate the gift of life and to understand how valuable every moment is. This, we've achieved. I couldn't ask for more." It was Nag's lovely wife Amala who had seen The Intouchables first, and recommended it to her husband. "Like all good things in my life,
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