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Mansi Bagla donning the Director's hat and collaborating with G. Ashok to remake 3 South Indian superhits

Posted on 31 Aug 2020 05:30:02 GMT - regional-movies

Producer Mansi Bagla and filmmaker G. Ashok have come together under the banner Mini Films to remake 3 super hit South Indian films in Hindi. What’s more is Mansi becoming a director for the first time, remaking Ninnu Kori, a Telugu superhit, in Marathi. Wishing her on her birthday today, Mid-day had an exclusive chat to know how the year went for her, how she conquers hindrances, and what’s cooking at the work.

Tell us about your journey into filmmaking.
It’s been enlightening! - I got to learn from many brilliant directors and writers. G. Ashok Sir has been a tremendous strength and his precious guidance has proven to be extremely fruitful for me, allowing me to take up challenges. Besides our recent collab, I and Ashok Sir are also working together on developing a horror-comedy with Raaj Shaandilyaa.

How has your experience been with the film industry?
I am not backed by any insider or outsider; I have reached this level on my own with my hard work, dedication, and perseverance. I want to be known for my skills and I am ready to work 24*7 with good collaborations. I have done my homework and I’m prepared. I’m not here to make B/C grade films just to have my name in credits - I could’ve done that any time; I want to produce and work on quality cinema. I want to put this out there that I’m taking this business seriously and it's not easy. Fortunately, I'm popular amongst all the good directors. They understand my vision and I'm of course in awe of their work. I need consistency and not one or two films, for which I'm planning every day. If it's meant to happen it will. I'm healthy, young, and alive, and if I’m loved by genuine ones, that's enough!

Mansi Bangla

I had hired top consultants who used my homework, skills, and money but gave zero outcomes. Ultimately one has to trust their own gut, and for the past few months, I did just that. Ergo, I got results! I have spent huge money on signing non-serious people and often come across people who always tell me to drop the idea – I dropped those people instead. My beacon, my friend Palak is the reason why I dared to enter this industry. She’s always looked out for me and advised me tactically.

Mansi Bangla

How do you define success?
I think success can't be measured. You don't have to be a public figure to be successful in life. There are people who look up to me in my family and friend circle, they value my decisions – I feel very successful then! I also believe that giving generously takes you towards success. I shower love and wisdom onto the people I love and I don’t expect anything in return; it makes me feel good within.

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Sudheer Babu shares morning routine since 'lockdown happened'

Posted on 30 Aug 2020 07:43:00 GMT - regional-movies

Southern star Sudheer Babu has shared details about his morning rituals since the "lockdown happened".

Sudheer took to his Instagram Stories, where he posted a picture of the sky from his room.

 
 
 
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Be ready ... Be prepared #VTheMovie ✌ï¸Â

A post shared by Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) onAug 29, 2020 at 11:35pm PDT

On the image, he wrote: "Coffee in hand, a beautiful view from my room and #VTheMovie shooting days in my mind. This has been my morning routine since lockdown happened."

Sudheer currently awaits the release of his upcoming film "V", an action thriller directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti. The film also features Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead roles.

"V" was scheduled to be released in March, but was pushed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is now slated to release on September 5 on Amazon Prime.

Sudheer made his acting debut with the film "Ye Maaya Chesave" in 2010 and was later seen in movies like "Shiva Manasulo Shruti", "Mosagaallaku Mosagaadu" and "Nannu Dochukunduvate" among many others.

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Taapsee Pannu teams up with Vijay Sethupathi for a Tamil film

Posted on 30 Aug 2020 07:40:00 GMT - regional-movies

Taapsee Pannu is teaming up with Vijay Sethupathi for a Tamil film, which will be directed by debutant Deepak Sundarajan,son of veteran director-actor Sundarajan. The comedy rolls in Jaipur in mid-September. Pannu began her acting career in South films.

The actress has been a part of the Indian film industry for a decade. She began her career in Bollywood in 2013 but fame and success happened in 2015 with Neeraj Pandey's Baby. There was no looking back for the actress then. She went on to do films like Soorma, Manmarziyaan, Mulk, Mission Mangal, Badla, Game Over, Saand Ki Aankh.

And she now has multiple films lined-up like Rashmi Rocket, Loop Lapeta, the Mithali Raj biopic, and Haseen Dillruba. In an interview recently, the actress also talked about Nepotism and how it's never going to go away. She said, "If star kids milk their advantage, I don't understand why don't we outsiders rely on our strength and use it to our advantage as well? We have the largest relatability factor with the audience, we have their support constantly because they feel we are one of them."

She added, "But it will be wrong to say that one is not aware of it beforehand. And once you are aware of the challenges, you will be facing, you make sure you develop the strength to deal with it. No matter how many countless discussions or debates we are going have on it, it's never going to go away, so it's better we learn our ways and means to deal with it and our audience and media becomes smart, unbiased enough to give us an equal opportunity, and a chance to get their love and attention."

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Is Samantha Akkineni pregnant? Here's what the actress has to say

Posted on 30 Aug 2020 02:20:00 GMT - regional-movies

South star Samantha Akkineni has dismissed pregnancy rumours with a joke, saying she has been pregnant since 2017. On Saturday, the actress treated her fans to an "Ask Me Anything" session on Instagram, where she spoke about the forthcoming web series, The Family Man 2, and also addressed pregnancy rumours.

When a fan wrote, "You are pregnant", she replied: "I'm pregnant since 2017 I think, this baby really doesn't want to come out I think."

Talking about her digital debut series "The Family Man 2", the actress said: "This is the most excitement you will see on my face. I completed dubbing of the series. Oh my god! It is so kicka**!"

Samantha also shared the "special" thing she shares with her husband, actor Naga Chaitanya. She told fans: "My tattoo means – create your own reality. Chay and I got this together. It is really special for both of us."

The actress is known for her performances in films such as Ye Maaya Chesave, Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Eega, Mersal and Rangasthalam. She impressed all with her role in Super Deluxe last year.

She will next be seen in Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal, starring Vijay Sethupathi. The film also stars Nayanthara. It is directed by Vignesh Shivan.

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Roshan Mathew on CU Soon: It was a different experience; there were no co-actors to spar with

Posted on 29 Aug 2020 12:21:20 GMT - regional-movies

Amazon Prime Video's upcoming film 'CU Soon' has been making heads turn ever since the trailer of the film was released. The film stars Roshan Mathew and Fahadh Faasil in the lead. In a recent interview with a leading daily, Roshan spoke about the film which was shot in lockdown and the experience of shooting while social distancing.

Roshan shared, "We were all staying in different flats in the same apartment complex. It was a different experience. There were no co-actors to spar with and the lines were taken as if we were making a self-tape for an audition, such a painful thing to do."

CU Soon is directed and edited by Mahesh Narayanan, featuring cinematography by Sabin Uralikandi. The film is known to be Fahadh's second collaboration with Mahesh which the audience is looking forward to!

CU Soon is a gripping drama about a software engineer from Kerala who has been assigned by his family to help his Dubai-based cousin find his missing fiancee, after she leaves behind a video-based suicide note. This feature film is unique for being shot with a phone.

The one of its kind edge of the seat thriller was shot entirely during the lockdown and will premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video on the 1st of September 2020.

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Vasthunna Vachestunna: Nani and Sudheer Babu-starrer V's soul-stirring song released; check it out now

Posted on 28 Aug 2020 13:52:28 GMT - regional-movies

Giving us a glimpse into the love life of Sudheer Babu and Nivetha Thomas's characters from the highly-anticipated Telugu film V, Amazon Prime Video today unveiled a soothing melody from the film. The song, titled Vasthunna Vachestunna, features the velvet-like voice of Shreya Ghoshal and the talented Amit Trivedi who has composed the song as well.

The endearing song penned down by the exceptional Sirivennela Seetharamasastri, brings to life the romance between the two lovebirds, will tug at your heartstrings and will surely make you miss the warm and fuzzy feeling of being in love.

V delves into the life of a cop who falls in love with a crime writer. When everything is going great, his life turns upside down when a killer puts across a challenge to him with a puzzle to solve.

Check out the song here:

Directed and written by Mohana Krishna Indraganti, the film stars 'Natural Star' Nani and Sudheer Babu in the lead, along with Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao Hydari essaying pivotal roles. The much-awaited Telugu action thriller marks Superstar Nani's 25th film in the industry as well as his first as a villain. Prime members in India and in 200 countries and territories can stream the first star-studded Telugu film V on the streaming service starting September 5, 2020.

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Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj seek blessings after grand wedding

Posted on 28 Aug 2020 05:50:00 GMT - regional-movies

Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj, who tied the knot earlier this month, could not invite several industry folk due to the current scenario.

Now, the family is sending mementos along with a note seeking blessings for the couple. The letter signed by the actor's father Suresh Babu personally addresses the celebrities.

Rana Daggubati tied the knot with Miheeka Bajaj at the family-owned Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad. Miheeka looked gorgeous in an Anamika Khanna lehenga, which was done in handmade zardozi and chikankari teamed with gold metal work.

Popular actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who is Rana's sister-in-law, shared a family photograph from the couple's nuptials. Sharing the photo she wrote, "The most adorable Miheeka... Welcome to the family."

 
 
 
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❤️ #ranawedsmiheeka ... the most adorable @miheeka 🤗 Welcome to the family ❤️... 📷 @reelsandframes

A post shared by Samantha Akkineni (@samantharuthprabhuoffl) onAug 8, 2020 at 12:39pm PDT

Rana-Miheeka's wedding was quite a grand affair, despite it being low-key and intimate. The couple took into consideration the COVID-19 situation in the country and exchanged vows surrounded only by their closest relatives. 

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Ravi Kishan: CBI inquiry in SSR death case will expose drug cartels

Posted on 28 Aug 2020 02:46:02 GMT - regional-movies

Bhojpuri actor and BJP MP Ravi Kishan on Sunday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case will expose drug cartels and several names would be revealed. "It was initially quite shocking for me but I knew such things happen quite frequently in the industry. The drug network is worth several hundred crores. These drugs, which have a lot of different names, like LSD, cocaine, MD, and are available at rave parties, are not within the reach of common people. Many big names will be exposed by the investigation," Kishan told ANI.

"I used to think that people in the film industry were conscious about their health and would not indulge in these things but I soon learnt that several people were involved. Narcotics Control Bureau should also look into this as soon as possible. They should track where the drugs came from and how they are moved around the country," he added.

He said the drug cartel will be exposed soon. "These drugs ruin the lives of the younger generation and destroy the lives of talented Bollywood actors," he told ANI.

The Gorakhpur MP said that he is confident that the probe agencies will go to the bottom of the issue and find the truth.

"I believe that the investigation is headed in the right direction. The death of the actor will be properly investigated," he said.

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See Photos: Thalapathy Vijay's niece Sneha Britto and Atharvaa Murali's brother Akash get married

Posted on 27 Aug 2020 08:08:09 GMT - regional-movies

There have been quite a few weddings that have happened during this lockdown in the last five months. The first wedding that comes to mind is that of Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj that happened this month only. And now, another couple has tied the knot. The couple in question is Thalapathy Vijay's niece Sneha Britto and Atharvaa Murali's brother Akash.

A fan club of Atharvaa Murali shared a lot of posts and pictures on its Instagram account and they don't look anything less than dreamy. In the first post shared by the account, the couple could be seen at a gathering with family and were all smiles for the special occasion. Have a look right here:

 
 
 
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Happy married life❤ @akashmurali11 @snehabritto

A post shared by atharvaa starboy⭐ (@atharvaastarboy) onAug 25, 2020 at 8:43am PDT

In the second post that the account shared, the bride and the groom struck a lovely pose for the paparazzi, the groom was smiling and the bride could be seen shying. It was indeed a lovely moment. Have a look:

 
 
 
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Happy married life @akashmurali11 ❤ @snehabritto

A post shared by atharvaa starboy⭐ (@atharvaastarboy) onAug 26, 2020 at 9:36am PDT

And it was time for a family picture in the last post, here it is:

 
 
 
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Family 😍 @atharvaamurali @shobhamurali @akashmurali11 @snehabritto @drkavya @mitchellbritto21

A post shared by atharvaa starboy⭐ (@atharvaastarboy) onAug 26, 2020 at 9:38am PDT

Coming to Vijay, he's one of the biggest Superstars of the South Indian film industry with one massive blockbuster after another to his credit. He made his debut in 1992 and went on to become a huge star with his massive hits. His next release as an actor is Master.

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Prithviraj Sukumaran resumes work with public awareness film shoot

Posted on 26 Aug 2020 10:01:30 GMT - regional-movies

Malayalam star Prithviraj Sukumaran has resumed work. He is currently shooting for a public awareness film.

Prithviraj posted a mirror selfie on Instagram that shows him sporting an olive green shirt paired with khaki pants.

"#ShootDay Public awareness film. #CovidBrigade Join the fight. #BreakTheChain," he wrote as caption. Prithviraj did not share details about the shoot. Have a look right here:

 
 
 
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#ShootDay Public awareness film. #CovidBrigade Join the fight. #BreakTheChain

A post shared by Prithviraj Sukumaran (@therealprithvi) onAug 25, 2020 at 11:15pm PDT

Earlier this year, Prithiviraj starred in the blockbuster "Ayyappanum Koshiyum" directed by Sachy. The film, also starring Biju Menon, became a big hit upon release in February. A Hindi remake of the film is in the works. Bollywood star John Abraham will be bankrolling the project.

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Telugu superstar Nani: V is special since it is my 25th film

Posted on 26 Aug 2020 08:56:25 GMT - regional-movies

Telugu superstar Nani says his upcoming film, V, is special because this will be his 25th release.

"For any artist, it is an out-of-the-world feeling to see fans shower you with love and appreciation. The movie is special to me -- since it marks my 25th film. To have found such an interesting way to honour all my fans through this unique reveal has been truly exciting," Nani said.

The trailer of the film was launched on Wednesday. The film delves into the life of a police officer who falls in love with a crime writer. His life takes a turn when a killer puts across a challenge to him with a puzzle to solve. It then leads to a good-versus-evil showdown.

"The trailer is a sneak peek into the action-packed, edge-of-the-seat thrill that the movie promises," said Nani.

Written and directed by Mohana Krishna Indraganti, the film also stars Sudheer Babu, Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao Hydari.

For the trailer launch, Amazon Prime Video created a specially-dedicated website, which featured a photo mosaic movie poster that included the pictures of 6,45,543 fans across the globe arranged to create the ‘V' symbol.

Actor Sudheer Babu feels "fans enjoy the atmosphere of a big release", and that's why they "didn't want to take that fun away from them this time".

"I'm happy to see the fans participating in the trailer launch. They have always been my strength. ‘V' is an action drama which is worth their wait. Our collective efforts will be appreciated, I'm sure about it. The humongous response for the trailer is an indication of that," he added.

Nivetha added: "I express my sincere gratitude to all the fans around the world for their constant support and love! They made the trailer launch of our film ‘V' very special. We're nearing release and I cannot wait for the audience to watch the film and share their views."

The film will stream on OTT September 5 onwards.

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Action thriller 'V', starring Nani and Sudheer Babu gets an exciting trailer launch

Posted on 26 Aug 2020 07:00:58 GMT - regional-movies

The streaming platform raised the excitement quotient of its much-awaited Telugu action-packed thriller, V, with an extraordinary trailer launch! With fans eagerly awaiting the film's release with bated breath, the streaming platform created a specially-dedicated website for the trailer launch that featured a stunning photo mosaic movie poster that included the pictures of 650,386 fans across the globe making the 'V' symbol!

 
 
 
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You have done it and as promised here is #VTrailerOnPrime. #VOnPrime, Sept 5! @nameisnani @isudheerbabu @i_nivethathomas @aditiraohydari @mohanakrishnaindraganti @srivenkateswaracreations #DilRaju #Shirish #HarshithReddy @itsamittrivedi @musicthaman #PGVinda #MarthandKVenkatesh

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The riveting trailer delves into the life of a cop who falls in love with a crime writer. With his life being filled with happiness, things take a turn for the worst when a killer puts across a challenge to him with a puzzle to solve. The showdown between good versus bad leads to the duo facing consequences that are laced with a whole lot of heavy-duty action, playful romance and humour.

Directed and written by Mohana Krishna Indraganti, the film stars 'Natural Star' Nani and Sudheer Babu in the lead roles, along with Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao Hydari essaying pivotal roles. Prime members in India and in 200 countries and territories can stream the first star-studded Telugu film V on Amazon Prime Video starting September 5, 2020.

Speaking about the highly-anticipated trailer launch, 'Natural' star Nani said, "For any artist, it is an out-of-the-world feeling to see fans shower you with love and appreciation! The movie is special to me – since it marks my 25th film. To have found such an interesting way to honor all my fans through this unique reveal has been truly exciting. The trailer is a sneak peek into the action-packed, edge-of-the-seat thrill that the movie promises! This is also my 3rd film with Sri Venkateswara Creations and the director Mohana Krishna which makes it all the more special. It is always a pleasure working with them."

Commenting about the trailer that scores high on fan engagement, actor Sudheer Babu revealed, "Fans enjoy the atmosphere of a big release. We didn't want to take that fun away from them this time. I'm happy to see the fans participating in the trailer launch. They have always been my strength. V is an action drama which is worth their wait. Our collective efforts will be appreciated, I'm sure about it. The humongous response for the trailer is an indication of that"

Actor Nivetha Thomas, too, is grateful for the plaudits that the trailer has garnered. The actor said, "I express my sincere gratitude to all the fans around the world for their constant support and love! They made the trailer launch of our film V very special. We're nearing release and I cannot wait for the audience to watch the film and share their views."

Sharing her thoughts on the trailer, Actor Aditi Rao Hydari, said, "Always grateful for the unconditional love that our fans have showered on us throughout. It is their love and support that keeps us going and inspires us to work harder each time. I think V is a wonderful tribute to Nani as this is his 25th film."

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