After the stupendous success of Chandramukhi and critical acclaim for her performance in the film, Jyothika was flooded with offers. She had also agreed to do two female leads in Nagarjuna’s Sri Ramadasu and Venkatesh’s Laxmi.
But suddenly Surya and Jyothika have decided to turn their 3-year romance into marriage. So she is said to have called up the producers in Telugu and told them her unavailability.
Tamil comedian Vivek
spilled the beans about their marriage on Filmfare awards stage but
backed off again. Like all heroines Jyothika has been declining her
affair with Surya publicly and to the media. Simran had denied the same
but ended up marrying her boyfriend Deepak. Same was the case with
Namrata Shirodkar (who finally tied the knots with Mahesh Babu).
Sada with Siddartha.
After Aparichitudu Sada is getting lot of offers in Telugu. Recently she signed a film with Balakrishna for Ambica arts. Now She is doing a film with Siddartha, current pin-up hero in K.S.Rama Rao's film, directed by Sivakumar a disciple of Maniratnam. The film also has Akkineni who is doing a film after a gap. Waheeda Rehman is pairing opposite Akkineni for the first time. She earlier did two films with Akkineni, infact her debut film Rojulu Maarayi is Akkineni's starrer.
Sada also signed another film with Madhavan as their pair proved lucky in Tamil. Their recent film Priyasakhi proved success at BO. This gives rumors a stop about Sada doing a film with Venkatesh, as she does not have immediate dates.
Mahesh Babu had chitchat with press on 29th June evening at the venue of audio release of Athadu. Here are the excerpts. Also checkout for Trisha's chitchat at the bottom.
did Athadu happen?
I heard the story of this film 3 years back. I was really excited by the way Trivikram narrated the script. But I already committed Nani and Arjun on my home banners. Trivikram and producers waited for me to complete these two films. Shooting of this film was started a month after I completed the work of Arjun. We made no compromise while working for this film. I am very much excited about the outcome of this film.
is known as class director? And he is known for his panache
in comedy-oriented dialogues. How do you feel about it?
Dialogues of Trivikram are very different from the dialogues of other writers. I used to modify the dialogues in my earlier films to suit my style. But with Trivikram at the helm, I had no choice but utter the way he has written them. It took me around 10 days to get adjusted to this style.
is known for comedy punches? What kind of dialogues can we
expect from Trivikram?
You will have lot many 'mass punches' in his dialogues of Athadu.
of Athadu film is delayed a lot. What is the reason for the
When we make action film, it takes time as we did not want to compromise. There are 4-5 complicated action sequences that took enormous time. The climax of this film was shot indoor. Shooting indoor takes lots of time and efforts. We could not do more than 10 shots a day. Hence the delay!
heard that 160 cameras were imported from London to shoot
time-freeze effect shots in action sequence of this film?
Let me clarify about that media hype about this incident. Those 160 cameras we hired from London were not motion cameras, but still cameras that are used to shoot time-freeze effect shots. I would not like to give any unwanted importance to it.
are the highlights of Athadu?
The love and action is rightly mixed in this film's script. We have not seen films in recent times where love and action have equivalent importance. Another highlight of the film is the characterization of hero character.
worked for soft films so far. What prompted you to work for
a mass film in his direction?
I was really shocked at the way he narrated the script. He has got terrific visualization. After Athadu film, he would join the list of my favorite directors.
seem to be repeating Mani Sharma for most of your films. What
is the reason?
Why should not I offer Mani Sharma the job of music direction? Give me one reason? He is the best in business and gives terrific music to all my films!
did you like in Trivikram's working style?
Trivikram talks less and delivers more.
is your experience of working with Jayabheri banner?
Jayabheri banner is the one of the best banners I have ever worked with. I am really happy with the producers.
is your experience of working with Trisha?
Trisha is the best among the heroines I worked with so far. She is very spontaneous and does not take more than 2-3 takes for any scenes. It suits me as I do not take 2-3 takes for any shot.
you do any risky shots in this film?
If jumping from 12th floor is considered as a risky shot, I have done quite a few risky scenes in this film. However, I made sure that proper precautions are taken.
do you compare this film with Okkadu?
It has become a ritual for media to compare all my latest films with Okkadu. Okkadu is over and let's forget about it. Each film is different in it's own way. Let us not compare. But I am sure that Athadu would also be a landmark film in my career like Okkadu.
the tunes in Athadu are melodies? You did not want any mass
songs in a mass film?
I do not classify songs as melodies or fast beat songs. I classify music as good music and bad music. Athadu has good music. Sometimes, it is good not to follow the formula and add noise pollution to the songs.
would be the fans take on Athadu film?
Athadu film would excite all my fans right from the day one from the morning show. They would feel very happy after watching Athadu.
When is Athadu releasing?
29th July 2005
would the shooting of your film with Puri Jagan starts?
From August 2005 onwards.
Chitchat with Trisha
us about your experience in working with Mahesh Babu?
I am feeling really happy to work with Mahesh Babu. In fact Mahesh Babu is the most professional hero I have ever worked with. He is so passionate about films that he would come and sit in the sets even when his scenes are not being shot. He involves himself in every aspect of filmmaking.
different is your character in this film from the ones
you played in the past?
This character would have more comedy tinge to it. There is lots of entertainment in it.
the films you have done in Telugu so far had very good
and defined characters for you. Since this film is an
action film and you are acting with such a big star
like Mahesh Babu, is your role in this become limited?
I never wanted to do female oriented films. At the same time, I don't want to act in 3 scenes and 5 songs kind of film. Since it is an action film, I have a limited part play. But I am happy and satisfied with the way it shaped up.
Cast: Aryan Rajesh, Sridevi, Rajesh, Naga Babu, Jyothi, Chandramohan, Surya, Ali, Dharmavarapu, and others
Art: B Venkateshwara Rao
Editor: K V Krishna Reddy
Produced by: D Ramanaidu
Story, screenplay, dialogues and Directed by: N Seetharam
Release Date: July 01, 2005
Here comes another amateurish and silly product from veteran producer D Ramanaidu’s Sri Suresh Productions. Tepid narration, no coherence in the scene format makes the audiences look for immediate exit doors. Except for good songs (by Srilekha) and excellent cinematography by Sarath, there is nothing much to write about the film.
Anu (Sridevi), a rich businessman’s (Naga Babu) daughter, is highly sensitive. In a practical joke, a jealous classmate of hers Monika sends wrong message to her father that she is about to elope with a boyfriend. Her father takes it seriously and locks her in a remote farmhouse situated amidst a forest. Meanwhile, Ravindra (Aryan Rajesh), a good for nothing guy, lands in that farmhouse to escape from police. After a futile kidnap drama and silly moral classes taken by Anu, our hero becomes good man and unites the daughter and father in the end.
In every scene you get a feeling of déjà vu. Uninspiring screenplay laced with a joke-scene-song-sentiment format, Neerikshana looks a forced love story. Actually Aryan Rajesh’ character is very villainous till the end of the climax and there is no love between the lead characters but it has been treated as a love story. Out of the blue dream songs appear, for every 5 minutes a vulgar joke sequence goes on.
Aryan Rajesh is okay but he looks out of sync with the film. Sridevi looks cute but her character is half-baked one. Ali, Daramavarapu, Jyothi and all other seem okay.
Srilekha, the master of lifting songs, delivers lilting music, carefully lifting hit tunes from Tamil films. Sarath’s cinematography, particularly picturisation of songs, is fantastic.
On the whole, avoidable film.
Oka Oorilo Movie Review
|'Saakshi' Rangarao (Photo Courtesy: Eenadu)|
Renowned actor 'saakshi' (Rangavajhula) Rangarao passed away yesterday (June 27) at 5:55 p.m. in Chennai. He was aged 63 years and survived by two sons and a daughter. He had been ill since May 05, and had been admitted in hospital since then. Kidney failure due to diabetes ultimately led to death, doctors said.
Ranghavajhula Rangarao is the
son of Sree Lakshminarayana and Smt. Ranganayakamma of Kondiparru
village near Gudivada. Starting from petty jobs, he became an actor
with Bapu-Ramana's 'saakshi' (1967), and thus became 'saakshi'
Rangarao. (Incidentally, his last son, who's an actor too, is known as
'saakshi' Shiva.) He acted in about 800 movies since then, and was
casted in almost all movies of K. Viswanath and Bapu.
He excelled as a character artiste, comedian, and even as a villain in some movies such as Bapu's 'bangaaru picchuka'. His roles in K.Viswanath's SankaraabharaNam, saagara sangamam, and Srutilayalu are quite memorable. His limited appearance in movies such as Bapu's peLLi pustakam, tyaagayya and Chantabbai is cherished. He also acted in K. Viswanath's recent project swaraabhishEkam.
'Anand' fame Raja is booked by another banner for the film 'Vennela'. He is already working for the film 'Mogudu Pellam Oka Dongodu' beside Shriya and also portrayed a special role in the film 'Oka Oorilo' starring Tarun and Saloni.
Keeping pace with the hi-voltage Trisha can leave you a bit breathless. She talks nineteen to the dozen - that too with the velocity of a quizmaster in a rapid-fire round. The city is asleep at 11.30 p.m., but the model-turned-actress is all smiles. And not without reason. For life has finally come up orchids for her. With a diary that's crammed with call sheets, Trisha is straddling two cities - Chennai and Hyderabad, devouring every minute under the flashbulb.
Trisha Interview: 'I get what I deserve'
Normally, an actress whose debut film releases after much delay and
ends up being a damp squib at the box office would be branded unlucky.
Trisha should have been a classic example of this unfortunate
phenomenon after her debut films in both Tamil and Telugu ended up
being not much to write home about. But today, she's the uncrowned
numero uno of Tollywood. With hits like Varsham, Nuvvastanante
Nenodantana and Yuva, she has established herself as a creditable