Category: Andhra Pradesh

Sidharth is fun to work with: Rakul Preet Singh

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Actress Rakul Preet Singh, who will share screen space with actor Sidharth Malhotra once again, says it’s fun to work him.

The two will feature in the upcoming film “Marjaavaan”. They had earlier worked together in the 2018 action-thriller film “Aiyaary”.

“It is fun to work with someone you know you get along well with. Sidharth and I hit it off well during ‘Aiyaary’ because he is from Delhi and so am I. He is a very grounded, nice boy and fun to work with. I think that equation definitely shows on screen,” Rakul told IANS.

Directed by Milap Zaveri, “Marjaavaan” is an action-thriller. It also stars Riteish Deshmukh in a pivotal role.

Rakul describes her role as “very different”.

“Milap loves giving ‘bhaari bharkam’ (hard-hitting) dialogues and when I signed this film, he said my heroes have always had big dialogues. This is the first time my heroine also has,” she said.

The 28-year-old actress also has Luv Ranjan’s upcoming movie “De De Pyaar De”, starring Ajay Devgn and Tabu.

“People in the same year will see me in two absolutely contrasting roles in Hindi which I am really looking forward to,” she added.

Samantha is very possessive: Naga Chaitanya

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Hero Akkineni Naga Chaitanya said Samantha is very possessive and also shared how married life is.

Post their wedding for the first time, they are pairing for the film ‘Majili’ and with the release nearing, they are promoting the film. In one of the interviews, both opened up how things have changed after the wedding.

“Well, the excitement is all there for the first year and after that it’s just routine,” said Chay on a lighter note and then he added he keeps a track of her timings, when she is in and out of the home.

When Chay said Samantha is possessive, the Akkineni Kodalu did not agree with her husband’s words.

Then it was the turn of Samantha who said she married a boring and stuck-up mind individual. All the comments both by Chay and Sam show they have good rapport and immensely love each other.

Coming to ‘Majili’ this is an emotional romantic entertainer and Chay and Sam will be seen as husband and wife.

A Shiva Nirvana directorial, the film is releasing on April 5th.

No Tensions For Chitralahari

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Mega Hero Sai Dharam Tej’s ‘Chitralahari’ is scheduled to hit the screens on April 12th, 2019.

The first look teaser of the film was out last week and it received unanimous positive feedback from all the quarters.

Thanks to this good teaser, makers of Chitralahari were able to close the business of the film, 3 weeks before the release.

According to trade reports, Andhra, Nizam & Ceded theatrical rights were sold for 10 crores.

Karnataka, Rest of India, Overseas & Audio rights fetched 3.7 cr approximately and the satellite (Hindi + Telugu) & digital rights are sold for 12 cr.

Chitralahari team is sounding very confident, especially after the teaser response, and Devi Sri Prasad’s music numbers will be out in this week.

Was JD’s entry into JSP a strategic move?

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The entry of retired IPS officer and former joint director of Central Bureau of Investigation V V Lakshminarayana into Jana Sena Party headed by actor Pawan Kalyan on Sunday, at a time when there was a talk that he would actually join the Telugu Desam Party, came as a surprise to many.

The general impression one would get from the development is that Lakshminarayana had to join the Jana Sena Party after he did not get any assurance for the party ticket from TDP president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

There were reports that Naidu is likely to field Lakshminarayana from Bhimili assembly constituency and shift his son Nara Lokesh to Visakhapatnam (north). Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who is representing Bhimili at present, will be fielded from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency.

But after Naidu announced the candidates’ list, Lakshminarayana has apparently realized that he is not going to get the TDP ticket. Since he is very serious about contesting the elections, he had no other choice but to join the Jana Sena in the presence of Pawan Kalyan.

However, there is a talk in the political circles that JD’s entry into the Jana Sena Party is just a strategic move. Apparently, Naidu realized that there would be more damage than benefit to the TDP if Lakshminaryana joins the party and contests elections.

The YSR Congress party already started negative propaganda that Lakshminarayana had already been in nexus with Naidu in foisting cases against YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in 2012 and sending him to jail.

The recent letter released by Naidu, purported to have been written by former Enforcement Director Karnal Singh to former CBI director Alok Varma in May 2017 exposing a quid pro quo deal involving Jagan was also attributed to Naidu-JD nexus.

In a bid to avoid this controversy, Naidu did not give him the party ticket. However, he reportedly showed an alternative route to JD for his political entry – that is Jana Sena Party.

According to an unwritten agreement, JD will contest on JSP ticket in the LS polls and the TDP will support him indirectly.

If JD wins, he can come back into the TDP fold later. So, it is a strategic move.

If Lakshminarayana is very sincere about his politics, he has to go hammer and tongs at Naidu and TDP during the elections. If he doesn’t make any criticism of Naidu, it clearly establishes that JD and Naidu are hand in glove!

Pawan Contest From?

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Suspense continues over the assembly constituency from which Jana Sena Party president and power star Pawan Kalyan would contest in the April 11 assembly elections.

Pawan has so far released two lists of contestants for assembly elections, comprising 32 candidates each.

The second list was released after midnight on Sunday. His name has not figured in any of the two lists.

Besides these 64 seats, Pawan has allotted 21 assembly seats for Bahujan Samaj Party and seven seats each for CPI and CPI (M).

On Monday morning, he announced the name of another candidate for Penamaluru assembly seat.

With this, Pawan has announced the contestants for 100 seats. He is still left with 75 seats, for which he is looking for suitable candidates.

May be, he is looking for defections of seniors from other parties, who cannot get the party tickets in their respective parties.

Yet, there is no clarity on the constituency from where Pawan would enter the fray. Normally, presidents of various parties firm up their constituencies well in advance and their names figure in the first list itself.

But it appears so far, Pawan has not made up his mind from where he is going to contest. This has given rise to suspicion as to whether he will contest the elections at all.

May be he is apprehensive that his image will go to the rock-bottom and his party will collapse, if he cannot win his own seat. That is why he may be hesitant to announce his candidature.

Viveka murder becomes a big election issue!

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The sensational murder of former Kadapa MP Y S Vivekananda Reddy, brother of former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, has become a big political issue in the ongoing elections in Andhra Pradesh.

Being an aggrieved party, it is nothing but natural for YSR Congress party led by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to blame it on the ruling Telugu Desam Party for its failure to protect the law and order.

It is also natural that in the wake of past experiences wherein the state police had failed to crack several cases, Jagan has demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder of his uncle.

Since the TDP is in power, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has entrusted the investigation to a special investigation team of the state police.

He is also entitled to defend the police and refuse to hand over the probe to the CBI, since it would demoralise the state police.

But, instead of allowing the law to take its own course and leaving the matter at that, Naidu has been making every attempt to exploit the Viveka murder case to gain political mileage in the elections.

For the last two days, Naidu has been dedicating at least 10 minutes at his public meetings to explain the murder case to the people, as if he himself is investigating the case.

Obviously, Naidu is seeking to highlight the Rayalaseema murder politics and project Jagan in a bad light.

Even at the morning teleconferences with party leaders, he has been brainwashing them on the case and telling them to highlight Jagan’s alleged faction politics.

On Monday, Naidu went a step further and sought to create an impression that the murder of Viveka was due to family problems.

He reminded that Jagan himself had serious differences with his uncle.

“There were reports that Jagan had threatened Viveka, when the latter refused to resign from the MP seat. Only after Sonia Gandhi warned YSR, Jagan had to go silent,” he said.

He even pointed out Jagan had manhandled Viveka twice in the past for his political gains.

“Obviously, the relations between Viveka and Jagan were not good,” he said, indicating that the TDP would create a suspicion in the minds of the people that Jagan has a criminal brain and is trying to throw blame on the TDP.

Jagan demands CBI probe into uncle’s murder

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YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the “murder” of party leader and his uncle Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy.

The leader of opposition blamed ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for the killing of Vivekananda, brother of his late father and former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Vivekananda, a former state minister and a former MP, was found dead under suspicious circumstances at his residence in Pulivendula town in Kadapa district Friday morning. After preliminary investigations, police said the YSRCP leader was murdered.

Jagan said that TDP leadership was in power or the leadership was aware of the conspiracy whenever a death occurred in his family.

“When my grandfather Y.S. Raja Reddy was murdered, TDP was in power, when there was an attempt on my life at Vizag airport, TDP was in power and when this murder happened, TDP was again in power,” he told reporters after paying tributes to Vivekananada Reddy.

“Two days before the helicopter crash in which my father Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy died, Chandrababu Naidu told the assembly that you (YSR) will not return and his remarks were boldly published in his favored media,” Jagan said.

Jagan said only probe by an independent agency could bring out the facts. He alleged that the police were trying to divert the attention with wrong leads and fabricated evidence. “They have brought out a letter purported to be written by my uncle before dying which defies all logic,” he said.