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Puneeth's 'Power' First Look
Puneeth's 'Power' First Look
"Power" was initially named as "Ashwathama" and was later changed as the team thought that the title did not match the superstar image of Puneeth. "Power" is the remake of Telugu action comedy film "Dookudu" starring Mahesh Babu and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. The film was released in 2011 and was declared a super hit with a collection of ₹101 crores. The film also won innumerable awards which include seven Nandi Awards, six Filmfare Awards and eight South Indian International Film Awards. Keeping the popularity of the film in mind, "Dookudu" was dubbed as "Athiradi Vettai" in Tamil, "Choodan" in Malayalam and "The Real Tiger" in Hindi.   In "Dookudu," Mahesh Babu plays the character of Ajay Kumar, a daring cop in Mumbai whose father was killed in an accident when he was small. Prakash Raj plays as Mahesh Babu's father Shankara Narayana, a well respected politician in the city. He is given a mission to track down the underworld don Nayak who is the ultimate name for Illegal drug trade, extortion and arms trafficking. During his mission, Ajay Kumar finds truth behind his father's death. The film also had Kota Srinivas Rao, Bhahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, Sonu Sood, Ajaz Khan, Rajiv Kanakala and Sayaji Shinde in the lead roles.   The music of "Power" is composed by S Thaman, who has also done the music for the Telugu version. The music launch of the film is expected to take place in Bellary on 28 June as a big event.   "Power" will see Tamil – Telugu actress Trisha Krishnan making her debut in Kannada. The film also has Prabhu Ganeshan, Kelly Dorji, Rangayana Raghu, Sadhu Kokila, Sarath Lohitashva, Chitra, Doddanna, Adhi Lokesh and Dharma in the lead roles. The film which was shot in the beautiful locations of Spain, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Sandur and Bangalore is expected to hit theatres soon. The film is produced by Ram Achantha, Gopi Chand Achantha and Anil Sunkara.
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YASH’S GAJAKESARI KANNADA FILM
YASH’S GAJAKESARI KANNADA FILM
Yash’ who is basking in the success of Drama, Googly and Raja Huli appearing in dual role in  new Kannada Film ‘Gajakesari’ is all set to give another Blockbuster for 2014.   The film is produced by Jayanna and Bhogendra under Jayanna combines, Director of the film is ace cinematographer Krishna who is making his maiden directorial debut. The film has featuring Amoolya, Sadhu Kokila, Shabaz Khan, Hyderabad Prabhakar, and Chennai Johnny Vijay.   ‘Gajakesari’ is a periodic comic thriller with Yash playing dual roles. An elephant to play important role in the movie. Elephant named Arjuna from Kerala forest is taking part in the movie, it was reported that search for an elephant started since last one year. Initially producer had found one and had booked it in the Thailand forest, but plan was failed and the crew decided to find a domestic elephant in India   In Kannada for the very first time hair weaving technology introduced in this film. This technology was introduced in India by Shahrukh Khan sporting long hairs for ‘Don 2′ and Allu Arjun in Telugu film ‘Badarinath’ Alex, who had designed Allu Arjun’s hair style in Badarinath,was invited to design Yash’s hair style for the film. It takes nearly 20 hours to do the hair weaving and one has to be really patient all these time. Producer has spent more than 8 lakhs for the hair design.   Movie has some scenes which need to be shot underwater. Hence actors Yash and Amulya have been receiving underwater training for the same. Actor Yash has also been learning Sword fighting, as the movie requires it. Sword fighting scene will be the highlight of the movie and Yash will be seen in a never seen before style.
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Sudeep's Maanikya To Clash With Ulidavaru Kandanthe, Ragini IPS!
Sudeep's Maanikya To Clash With Ulidavaru Kandanthe, Ragini IPS!
It is a common belief among many movie makers in India to release their films on the day of festivals, for a simple reason that they could attract large number of crowd. After seeing the Pongal battle in Tamil and Telugu film industry between Veeram, Jilla and Yevadu, 1 Nenokkadine respectively in early January, now audience are all set to witness Ugadi Battle in Kannada film industry. Yes, this year 2014 Ugadi festival will be very special for the Kannada audience as the makers of three much anticipated Kannada movies have queued up their film to release for the festival.    As it was earlier confirmed by Sandalwood Superstar Abhinaya Chakravarthy Kiccha Sudeep Maanikya will be releasing for Ugadi festival across the state. Beside Maanikya, actor Rakshith Shetty's directorial debut Ulidavaru Kandanthe and Sexy lass Ragini Dwivedi starrer Ragini IPS have been slated to release on March 28, which is considered to be a biggest clash at Karnataka Box Office after many years.    Ragini Dwivedi starrer Ragini IPS, which had wrapped up its shooting in last November had delayed its release date due to the unknown reasons and now joined Ugadi battle along with Kiccha's Maanikya and Rakshith's Ulidavaru Kandanthe.  
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Bahaddur Going Strong At Box Office
Bahaddur Going Strong At Box Office
Bahaddur, starring Action Prince Dhruva Sarja and Radhika Pandit seems to be making its way into the super hit movie list this year.  The movie, released on October 3rd, is still going very strong in the box office.    The movie grossed 9 crores within 10 days of its release. The movie is poised to cross 10 crore collection by Friday. The interesting thing to note is that the movie is getting the majority of its collection from multiplexes.    Kannada movies mainly depend on the collection made on the single screen unlike the Bollywood movies. The movie has connected well with the youths and therefore the multiplexes are pulling big crowd. Off-beat Kannada movies such as Lucia and Ulidavaru Kandanthe have always fared better in Multiplexes, but Bahaddur being a mass entertainer has managed to pull the multiplex audience. The combination of Dhruva Sarja and Radhika Pandit has worked wonders again after the success of Addhuri. With no major release for two weeks, Bahaddur has managed to make the most of the opportunity it got. With many big movies delayed due to technical reasons, Bahaddur has been having a field day at the box office. Bahaddur is the third super hit in Kannada film industry this year with an original story after Ugramm and Gajakesari.  
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"Kasturi Nivasa" makes a colourful comeback
"Kasturi Nivasa" makes a colourful comeback
Kasturi Nivasa is the memorable movie by Superstar Dr Rajkumar. The movie was released way back in 1971. Originally, the movie was released in Black and White. The producer of the movie KCN Gowda yearned to release it in colour. His son KCN Chandru has fulfilled his dream by converting it into colour. “My father dreamt of turning this film into colour after the success of Satya Harishchandra. We are just realising his dream,” said distributor K.C.N. Mohan disclosing that the colour version cost Rs. 2 crore. For the first time in the country, digital enhancement technique has been used to embellish the colour quality. Over 60 experts worked for 20 months to colourise over 2.15 lakh frames of the movie. " Mohan said. There were 2,15,000 frames in the movie. "It is a tedious task to colour each frame. We had to take into consideration the costumes of the 1970s. We used a software which gave us the nearest matching colour 'he added'. "I plan to bring out the colour versions of Veera Kesari (1963) and Babru Vahana (1977) in 3-D format,'“This is our humble tribute to Kannada icon Dr. Rajkumar,” said Mr. Mohan.  The restored and colourised film hits over 100 screens across the State today.
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Puneeth Rajkumar turned singer again
Puneeth Rajkumar turned singer again
Puneeth Rajkumar is definitely one of the multi-tasking superstar in Sandalwood. After singing for 'Aryan and 'Savaari 2' in the recent months, the actor turned singer has sung a song in Sumanth Shailendra's new film 'Tirupathi Express'. On Thursday morning Puneeth sung a song written by Dr V Nagendra Prasad. The song which starts as 'Nanu Righta Nanu Wronga' has been composed by music director Arjun Janya. 'Tirupathi Express' is being directed by Pon Kumaran and produced by Shailendra Babu under Sumenth Productions banner. 'Tirupathi Express' stars Sumanth Shailendra, Kriti Kharabanda, Sadhu Kokila, Bullet Praskash, Chikkanna, Sharath Lohitashwa and others in prominent roles.
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Kasturi Nivasa in colour
Kasturi Nivasa in colour
Kasturi Nivasa is counted as a classic in Sandalwood. The black-and-white film was supposed to be shot in colour when it was made in 1971. But since a significant portion of the shoot had already been completed, Rajkumar, who played the lead in the film, insisted that money should not be wasted. Forty-three years later, producer KCN Gowda's dream is finally getting materialised. Gowda died last year, leaving the colour change work half-done. His sons took over and the film is expected to release in colour later this month. The film cost Rs 3.75 lakh in 1971 and now the colour conversion has cost them Rs 2 crore. SK Bhagavan, of the director and producer duo Dorai-Bhagwan, said, "The film was produced under our Anupam Movies banner, but it was KCN Gowda who was funding it. A day after shooting commenced, he asked us to stop shooting. He wanted to make the film in colour. We argued that much money has been spent on it.The black-and-white set was built at a cost of Rs1.25 lakh.But he was adamant. Finally, it was left to Rajkumar to convince Gowda that the film be made in black and white itself. Gowda consulted me a couple of years ago, mooting the idea again. His dream is being fulfilled now but the tragedy is that he is no more. The entire budget of the film, including the Rs 39,000 we paid for the story, was Rs 3.75 lakh." Gowda's son, KCN Mohan, said, "The first copy of the colour version will be ready by April 10. If things go according to the plan, we are hoping to release the film on Rajkumar's birthday (April 24). Our father made the black-and-white Satya Harischandra in colour a few years ago. Within this period, technology has improved considerably. Kasturi Nivasa in colour will be much better, technically. It was my father's dream project. About 70 per cent of the work had been completed by him. We have only finished it. Around Rs 2 crore has already been spent on this work."
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Dookudu’s Kannada remake to now be called Power
Dookudu’s Kannada remake to now be called Power
A lot of speculation has surrounded the name of Puneeth Rajkumar's upcoming film, which is the remake of the Telugu hit Dookudu. It was last reported that the movie will be named Power, owing to the fact that Puneeth is popularly referred to as the Power Star of Sandalwood. Now it looks like the makers are going all-out to bank on this, as the latest from Gandhinagar is that the film has now been named Power Star — which will be written as Power *.   According to sources, the filmmakers have submitted the title Power Star to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, but it was found that the film was already registered. So the makers have now renamed it to Power *.   There have been several reports on the name change of the film. The movie, which had Mahesh Babu in the original, was first named Rajkumara. This name wasn't unavailable, so it was changed to Adipathi. Then it was announced that the film will be titled Ashwathama, but the team reportedly decided to rename it Power as it suited the film better. Now, one wonders if the name Power * is here to stay or if the makers will change it yet again.  
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'Gajakesari' Audio in Market
'Gajakesari' Audio in Market
Without much fan fare, glossy sets and dance numbers on the stage the audio CD of 'Gajakesari' Kannada cinema by Jayanna Combines - Jayanna and Bhogendra is out in the market. V Harikrishna sitting pretty with many hits to his credit has scored the music and also released the CD in his audio house D Beats. Hero in the front runner position Yash and highly talented Amoolya play lead roles in this 'Gajakesari'. Producer Jayanna knows the knack of gaining publicity from his well subjected films and star cast in it. For his 'Googly' Kannada cinema he conducted an audio release event at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall that was attended by Dr Ambarish. For this 'Gajakesari' even such event was also missing. Apparently the stock of the film is what Jayanna is very confident. This 'Gajakesari' with five songs is the debut direction of state award winning cameraman S Krishna of 'Mungaru Male'. S Krishna has not done cinematography for this film but another richly talented Sathya Hegde of Dhuniya fame stood behind camera rises high hopes for the film. The audio CD of 'Gajakesari' has songs such as Maneli Appa, School Alli Meshtru....sung by Baba Saigal, Sooai Tapak.... Sung by Krishna Iyer and Sowmnya Rao, Ishtu Divasa....sung by Tippu, Kannada Siri....by Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya Goshal, Aakashavella...sung by Santosh Venki. The first song of 'Gajakesari' Maneli Appa...School Alli Meshtru... aakade Anna yee kade Amma...Bar alli friendu...road alli Hudgi....Ugithaare...is a jointly penned by Yogaraj Bhat and AP Arjun.  K Kalyan has penned three songs and another one by Pawan Wadeyar.
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'Ragini IPS' starring actress Ragini gets a start
'Ragini IPS' starring actress Ragini gets a start
Very early in the career the tall, talented and beautiful Ragini is playing the role of a cop in a film titled as 'Ragini IPS' by producer K Manju under the direction of action and art film director Anand P Raju. On the birthday of actress Ragini at Kanteerava studios on Thursday her senior colleague Malashri was present to sound the clap board. Malashri like Vijayashanthi in Telugu set a trend for women cop roles in Kannada cinema. Ragini is following her colleague in 'Ragini IPS'. I was against to giving the divine names of Kali, Durga etc for this IPS role I am playing. I wanted everything look natural from the title. No one can be a God says Ragini in Khaki uniform. Interesting is that on Friday her film 'Villain' is releasing and her counterpart in the film Adhitya's 'Khaki' is launching at Menaka theatre for the same producer and director of 'Villain'. 'Ragini IPS' starring actress Ragini gets a start Actress Ragini is playing the role of a cop in a film titled as 'Ragini IPS' under the direction of Anand P Raju.   Ragini cutting the cake, attending the muhurut shot came back to speak to the media persons with producer K Manju, director Anand P Raju, music director Emil and cameraman Nandakumar. I am qualified in Taekwondo so learning film stunts is easy. In the last one month I have learnt the tricks of film fights with Mass Madha. I am taking part in five action scenes. It will be natural ones. I am doing what a human being can do. Running faster than car and super human activities will not be there says Ragini who appeared to be very circumspect in her maiden cop role. Director Anand P Raju is in his 21st direction. He has set the Hubli background for this film based on the real life incident for the story. I don't want to reveal it because of the danger of someone copying it says Anand P Raju. He is shooting 45 days for this film and wants to see the light of the film in 90 days time. Producer K Manju is very confident that actress Ragini would scale new heights after this film. I urge before Ragini that she should not hike the remuneration in excess. The remuneration of artists today is the major chunk of investment rather than putting on the making of the film says K Manju.
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Right ingredients with perfect garnishing!
Right ingredients with perfect garnishing!
The second release of the festival-weekend, 'Bahaddur', is sure to mint money at box office! Reason: Right ingredients with perfect garnishing! The Addhuri pair is sure to recreate the magic with Bahaddur. A simple love story, narrated in a straightforward style, with classic dialogues makes the movie worth watching. The movie is about a happy-go-lucky rich boy Ashok Bahaddur (Dhruva Sarja), who is carefree and has no responsibilities. He has mammoth wealth to spend hence enjoys every moment of his life. One fine day, he accidentally meets Anjali (Radhika Pandit), a college girl, and immediately falls in love with her. The multi-talented Anjali, who is very good at studies, promises her father that she would not fall in love with any one and marry the guy of his choice. However after meeting Ashok, Anjali can’t just stop herself from falling in love with him. She forgets the promise and accepts his love. After knowing about their love story, Anjali’s father not only objects it, but also restrains her from meeting Arjun. Arjun, with all his intelligence, is now on a mission to woo his future father-in-law and performs various tricks to impress him. Will Anjali’s father be impressed by Ashok? Will Anjali marry Ashok or ends up marrying her Dad’s choice? Or is there a better twist in tale? Well, you can get watch this on big screen. Dhruva Sarja, who took two years to come back with second movie, will not disappoint the audience. Be it action or sentiment scene, he steals the show with his mannerisms. His dialogue delivery is also one of the highlights of the film. Radhika Pandit perfectly fits into the shoes of a college-going girl. The cute chemistry between Dhruva and Radhika keeps the audiences glued to their seats. Be it romancing or cat-fight or emotional scenes, the duos rock the screen with their chemistry. Acting of Ravi Shankar, Achyut Kumar and Srinivas Murthy needs a mention here, as they helm important roles in the flick. Though the movie is an age-old love story, fast phased narration, Chetan’s direction, excellent dialogue delivery, keeps the audience on the edge of the seat. Chetan’s effort definitely deserves applause and appreciation. Sreesha Kuduvalli's cinematography does require a special mentioning, as the scenes are well captured and compliments the storyline aptly. V Harikrishna’s music is already a huge hit and the songs are widely liked by majority of audiences. Sizzling chemistry of Addhuri pair, fast-phased dialogue delivery and excellent music makes the movie worth watching.
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Rajkumar-starrer to make a colourful comeback
Rajkumar-starrer to make a colourful comeback
BENGALURU: Come Friday, fans of Rajkumar can see the thespian's 1971 blockbuster Kasturi Nivasa in a brighter, Eastman colour avatar across the state. Aadisi Nodu Beelisi Nodu Urulihogadu (shake it or push it, it won't tumble).... is one of the film's evergreen numbers, featuring a doll. Starring Jayanthi, Arathi and KS Ashwath, the movie is considered a high point of Rajkumar's career. Directed by the Dorai-Bhagavan duo, it hit the screens at a time when the actor's annual releases touched 10-16 movies. KCN Mohan, son of late producer-distributor KCN Gowda, said, "The movie's powerful storyline, great cast and extraordinary music have an all-time appeal. We decided to release its colour print for the present generation." Colouring it was no mean feat. "We started work a year ago, involving nearly 60 artistes. Getting a print was a major problem. We collected the positives, negatives and other material from the archives," Mohan said. There were 2,15,000 frames in the movie. "It is a tedious task to colour each frame. We had to take into consideration the costumes of the 1970s. We used a software which gave us the nearest-matching colour," he added. According to Mohan, the movie has a sartorial topicality. The costumes Rajkumar wore are in vogue today. "He is clad in a suit most of the time. Other artistes are seen in skinny trousers that many youngsters wear now," Mohan pointed out. The project cost Rs 2 crore. "I plan to bring out the colour versions of Veera Kesari (1963) and Babru Vahana (1977) in 3-D format,'' Mohan said. Few would know that Rajkumar was initially reluctant to act in the film. "The original story by G Balasubramaniam was in Tamil. Sivaji Ganesan rejected it as it had a tragic end. With the help of Varadaraj, Rajkumar's brother, I got the actor to listen to the script. But Rajkumar was hesitant. He said when Ganesan had himself rejected the script, how could he accept it? Somehow, Varadaraj convinced him to act," SK Bhagavan told TOI. Once Rajkumar agreed, things began to move at a frenetic pace. Made with a budget of Rs 3.75 lakh, Kasturi Nivasa was filmed in 19 days in Mysuru and Kanteerava Studios, Bengaluru. The production unit had a problem acquiring a dove for the movie. "With great difficulty, we procured a dove from outside the state for Rs 500, a hefty sum in those days," recalled Bhagavan. Rajkumar was paid Rs 15,000. The movie was a huge hit; it ran for 100 days in 16 theatres across the state. The transformation The black-and-white film was first saved in a digital format. Scratches, dots and rainy lines were removed to give it a brand new look. Then we selected colours based on the grey scales that showed 95% of the original colour. We got to know whether it was blue, red, green or yellow. We then coloured the movie frame by frame. In one second, we get 24 frames. We used a customized software for the purpose.  
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'Tirupathi Express': It's a comedy express
'Tirupathi Express': It's a comedy express
After the success of Dilwala, a lot was ‘riding’ on Tirupathi Express for Sumanth Shailendra, who makes a comeback in his father’s home production, which turns out to be an entertaining journey for the audience. A remake of 2013 Telugu hit Venkatadri Express, the director P. Kumar has done a clean job of imitating the original while retaining the humour at its best. However, the fag end of the movie could have been trimmed a bit for ‘that’ perfect happy journey tag.   Minus few ‘stops,’ this Tirupathi Express has a lot for the audience to laugh to their heart's content when they hop on to it for about 125 minutes of journey. Apart from the humour, Kriti Kharbanda who has struck hat-trick opportunities after her Googly success, makes another ‘beautiful’ comeback while filling the much needed glamour quotient.   The story is about a family, headed by a strict retired school headmaster portrayed by veteran actor Ashok, who has his own rules framed for his family members for a disciplined life. But the rule comes with a condition that anyone in the family who breaks them for 100 times are thrown out of the house.   Needless to say that the younger son, Sumanth faces wrath with 99 mistakes already against his account! This is when the family takes on a train journey to Tirupati for the wedding of Sumanth’s elder brother but the journey cuts short for the protagonist, as he is secretly sent by his mother to bring back the mangala sutra which she had forgotten to pack and the real fun starts. Chikkanna and Kuri Prathap are the humour tit bits throughout the journey.   Amidst the escapades, Sumanth encounters Kriti and few other characters laced completely with humour. Will, he get back on time before its too late or does he strike the 100th mistake? Well, hop on to this comedy express
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Rajkumar’s ‘Kasturi Nivasa’ Now in Colour
Rajkumar’s ‘Kasturi Nivasa’ Now in Colour
It was a super hit when it released in its black and white avatar in 1971. Now the film Kasturi Nivas that starred Rajkumar is hoping to have the same impact when it will be screened in colour.     A still from Kasturi Nivas, now in colour. Distributor KCN Mohan, who has turned producer for the new version, says, “Kasturi Nivasa is one of Rajkumar’s successful films and so we thought that today’s generation should get to watch it. With the story itself being so colourful, our attempt is at enhancing the experience by converting it into a colour film. The entire process has been done in Bangalore - it is a tedious job as you have to work frame-by-frame. We hope to release the film on Rajkumar’s birthday, April 24.”   Meanwhile, the producers are are also planning to come out with a different version of Rajkumar’s Babruvahana. “We are thinking of converting into a 3D film. This will happen only after Kasturi Nivas releases,” said Mohan.   Rajkumar’s Satya Harishchandra was the first of his films to be converted to colour. 
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Power Kannada 8th Day Box Office Collection | 2nd Friday BO Business
Power Kannada 8th Day Box Office Collection | 2nd Friday BO Business
The film is releasing on about 900 screens Worldwide. This is the most awaited film for Puneet Rajkumar’s fans. Power Film budget is expected to be Rs. 18 Crores (approx.) Although, Power 2nd Friday Box Office Occupancy is assumed to be 40-50% on screens. As, movie has received much positive reviews and response from critics as well as from audience. As, movie has also received quite good rating as about 4 stars out of 5. Also, Power Kannada film has broke down all previous Kannada Box Office records. Moreover, still movie is doing quite good.
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Amoolya to get a makeover in Gajakessari
Amoolya to get a makeover in Gajakessari
After wrapping up with her last film, Shravani Subramanya opposite Ganesh, Amoolya is now starting work on her next film,  Gajakessari. Cinematographer S Krishna has chosen her as the main lead for his debut direction. Casted opposite Yash, Krishna says about his choice of Amoolya, “I  was particular about casting a Kannada girl. Yash has acted  with Radhika Pandit and Ramya, earlier. I wanted to pick up somebody who is tailor-made for the role or somebody who is a contrast to what has been done before. Till date, Amoolya has portrayed school girl characters and I think, with this movie, there will be a makeover.” Krishna has roped in a couple of fashion designers to design costumes for Amoolya. “The makeover will be with her hair style,  costume and her makeup. We will rework on her look before we proceed further,” he said.Amoolya says that she was offered a couple of films with Yash in the lead, which she could not  take up because of her studies and other commitments. “I didn’t want to reject this movie after knowing that Yash was the hero. This  being a fantasy film, runs with a hero, a heroine and an elephant. I am also doing a research on birds. It has a different shade than my previous roles,” she said. The actress has just completed writing her exams for second year B’Com and is very particular about her studies. “If I have ever bunked classes, it was only for shooting purpose, otherwise I am regular at the college. My teachers are happy about my sincerity towards completing my graduation. They don’t mind me taking off from college for film shoots. This time around, I will be shooting for Gajakessari from June” she said.
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Ragini IPS Script Was Changed After Delhi Gang Rape: Ragini Dwivedi
Ragini IPS Script Was Changed After Delhi Gang Rape: Ragini Dwivedi
Bangalore lass Ragini Dwivedi starrer Ragini IPS is all set to hit the screen on March 28, which is considered to be the biggest feast for Ugadi festival. For the first time in her career, Ragini will be seen in the action avatar in the film, in which she plays the role of tough cop. Ragini IPS, directed by Anand P Raju is produced by Gandugali K Manju aka Kobri Manju. Talking about the movie, Ragini has said that the script was changed after the gruesome Delhi gang rape, which took place in 2012. She also says the movie will be giving the strong message for the society. "We wanted to add a message that women need to learn to take care of themselves when confronted with a problematic situation. The film looks at this from the point of view of a woman, without getting preachy. We have shown just how women have to take care of themselves. When you are in a potentially dangerous situation what matters is how you deal with it and come out of it. That is what Ragini IPS is about," says the Thuppa girl, who adds that it is a honour for her to have a film named after her.  
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Chethan Kumar has made a grand debut with Bahaddur
Chethan Kumar has made a grand debut with Bahaddur
A new director joins the new wave of filmmakers in Sandalwood. Chethan Kumar has made a grand debut with Bahaddur, which after films like Addhuri of Arjun and Googly of Pavan Wadyar gives a new template to romantic films in Kannada. These films, including Bahaddur takes the romantic story of boy-meets-girl to the level where the rest of the characters are down to a bare minimum. Since all three have hit the bulls eye at the box office, it is safe to conclude that a new sub-genre in romantic films has emerged. The premise of the film is not new. It is perhaps one of the most used themes in romantic films; arranged marriage vs love marriage. What Chethan has done is to cut down on the melodrama and the sense of tragedy and doom that cover such subjects. His focus remains firmly on entertaining the audience in every scene. The film's target audience is youngsters and it won't disappoint them. Without falling into the regular 'commercial element' trap, the director has no intention of beating around the bush. A typical filmi scene where it starts to rain and the 'heroine'jumps to the road to break into a dance is suddenly turned out into a comical introduction between the lead pair. Almost everyone in the audience had expected a song and dance routine. This scene early in the film, sets the tone for the rest of the narrative. Scenes begin in the normally expected form but are always given a different treatment. The first outing together of Dhruva in his debut Addhuri with Radhika Pandit was a big hit. Bahaddur has more finesse and the director shows good control over the proceedings. Chethan's first film turning out well is not a fluke. The chemis-try between the lead pair works great. Dhruva has the perfect package for a pure commercial film. He dances like a pro, fights like a stuntman and speaks like a teenager. Dhruva's rapid-fire dialogue delivery makes you wonder if he had a trip to 'Rangayana' after his first film Addhuri. Radhika's charming presence is the perfect foil to the bit extravaganza of action. Harikrishna has put in more than his usual effort in creating the music. So it does not look like the effortless creation of a master. But it is good enough for the film. Everything you look for in a colourful entertainer is present in this film in the right proportions. The second half of the film has an unwanted block whose sole intention is to promote Dhruva in north Karnataka. It extends the length of the film quite a bit, but the overall package is great and Dhruva is now officially a star in Sandalwood. Audience will band together to become a fan base for him, but for the industry, it is Chethan and the films of young directors like him that will be crucial.
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Dr Rajkumar Memorial Inauguration: Rajini, Kamal, Amitabh and Other Stars Likely to be Invited
Dr Rajkumar Memorial Inauguration: Rajini, Kamal, Amitabh and Other Stars Likely to be Invited
The big stars of Indian film industry are expected to attend the inaugural ceremony of Kannada actor Dr Rajkumar's memorial in Bangalore on 29 November.   Rajinikanth Twitter/Rajinikanth Besides Kannada film stars, superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Amitabh Bachchan, Telugu actor Chiranjeevi, Mammootty and Mohanlal are likely to be invited for the opening ceremony of the memorial to be held at Kanteerava Studio. Actors Ambareesh and Saroja Devi will also be reportedly invited for the occasion.   Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah will personally send invites to these stars.    "Chief minister Siddaramaiah will be writing letters to these stars inviting them for the inauguration. Rajkumar personally knew all these actors, hence the government is inviting them besides actors from Kannada film industry," information minister R Roshan Baig was quoted as saying by The Times of India.   There are two phases of the Rajkumar memorial. The first phase of the memorial is set up in Kanteerava Studio and it has been developed at a cost of ₹7 crore on 2.5 acres of land. The work on the first phase of the memorial was monitored by Dr Rajkumar Pratisthana, a committee formed by members of the actor's family members, writers and bureaucrats. The group was formed eight years ago to overlook the development of the memorial.   The first phase of the memorial will have an open auditorium, mini water body, landscaping and bronze bust statue of Rajkumar. As many as 40 photographs of the actor's select movies will be on display.     Meanwhile, the work on the second phase of the memorial, which will have a multi-purpose auditorium and museum is expected to commence soon, reported The Hindu.   On the day of the inaugural ceremony, Karnataka CM will declare the memorial open, after which special entertainment programmes are likely to take place at Bangalore Palace Grounds in the evening.   Dr Rajkumar, who was born in 1929, has starred in over 200 films, including "Kasthuri Nivaasa," "Bangaradha Manushya," "Bhagyavantharu" and "Shabdavedi" among others. The legendary actor was kidnapped in 2000 by Sandalwood smuggler and forest brigand Veerappan and was later freed after spending weeks in a forest. There were reports claiming that a huge sum was paid as ransom to Veerappan for Rajkumar's release, though the actor had denied it.   In 2006, the actor passed away at his home after a heart attack. The actor's mortal remains have been buried at Kanteerava Studio in Bangalore.
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Tirupathi Express
Tirupathi Express
Tirupati Express is one of those rare 'road films' that hits the right track throughout. Many films in this genre in recent years have wandered into wilderness with the lead pair always finding themselves in a forest. This film is remarkably different.    Though the genre is 'road film' most of its journey is in a train and what a fun ride it turns out to be. The comedy film hits the right notes throughout and makes for an entertaining watch. This remake of Venkatadri Express (Telugu) remains faithful to the original story, barring a few tweaks. A retired headmaster with a house that matches a retired techie's has tough rules for his family members. If anyone makes more than 100 mistakes (anything the patriarch does not like), s/heis kicked out of the house forever. Our hero is on his 99th mistake. The family travels to Tirupati by train for the marriage of the elder son and everything appears normal. But it turns out that the night journey was more than just eventful. Our hero has been through more trouble and adventure than any of his family members could have imagined. This unlikely but enjoyable adventure he shares with the leading lady makes for a racy film that keeps you engaged throughout.    Among the actors, it is Chikkanna and Kuri Prataph who steal the show. Their comic antics are a treat. Sumanth has improved by leaps and bounds and the only jarring issue is his accent/dubbing. With only one song (out of the two) to showcase her glamour, Kriti does her best. She also displays her acting talent but it is hard to take away attention from the charm she oozes. After the unsuccessful outings with Aata and Dilwala, Sumanth has a potential hit on his hands. It is the stress on the story and characterisation and not necessarily on the actors who are playing them that makes the film worthwhile. If you want two hours of pure fun , take this train.
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