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Saaho Heroine Turns down Rajamouli’s Offer

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Shraddha Kapoor who is making debut in Tollywood opposite Prabhas in “Saaho” is in much demand.

Though she is good friends with Prabhas, Shraddha reportedly turned down an offer from Prabhas’s guru S S Rajamouli.

According to Bollywood media, Rajamouli offered a role to Shraddha Kapoor for his upcoming film “RRR” to star opposite NTR Jr.

Since Alia Bhatt has been cast opposite Ram Charan in the film and the foreign actress Daisy walked out of the movie for family reasons, Rajamouli reportedly changed his decision not to cast another foreign actress and approached Shraddha Kapoor.

As per Bollywood media, she has turned down the mega project as she is tired of being part of big films that take many months’ time to get finished.

She has been shooting for “Saaho” for the past two years and doesn’t want to do a similar big-budgeted movie like “RRR” that is being mounted on large scale with estimated budget of Rs 350 Cr.

“RRR” has NTR, Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn as the principal cast. DVV Danayya is producing this movie.

Sye Raa Team Wants a Bollywood Heroine

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Megastar Chiranjeevi’s epic period drama “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” is currently filming some action episodes.

Director Surender Reddy is planning to wrap up the shoot involving Chiranjeevi and other actors by next month.

But not many know that the film’s shoot will not be completed until they shoot a lengthy portion with a top actress.

“Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” features Chiranjeevi, Nayanathara, Tamannaha, Amitabh Bachchan, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Niharika Konidela and Charan Deep in main roles. All these actors are going to complete their portions by May end.

The film requires a top female actress for the narrator’s role. The story of “Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy”, on whose life this film is based will be unravelled with this narrator.

The makers have approached Anushka Shetty to do the character but she is not showing much interest.

Ram Charan is now talking to couple of leading Bollywood actresses to essay this all important role.

If he convinces a top actress, Surender Reddy will have to shoot portions with her. Then only the director will break the pumpkin marking the end of the movie’s shoot.

Jersey Crosses $1 Million Mark

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Nani starrer sports drama “Jersey” has crossed coveted one-million dollars mark at the US box-office.

The movie that collected $911k gross in its opening weekend has added another 43k dollars on Monday.

At the latest count, the film grossed more than than $50k on Tuesday taking its total gross to $1 million.

The emotional drama has crossed one- million dollars mark in just five days. It is sixth $1 million movie for Nani after “Eega”, “Bhale Bhale Magadivoy”, “MCA”, “Ninnu Kori” and “Nenu Local”.

“Bhale Bhale Magadivoy” that collected $1.43 million in its lifetime run is Nani’s career best blockbuster and it is expected that “Jersey” would cross this figure since it will have another two-weeks smooth run with no major competition.

Nani won rave reviews for his performance in this sports drama. Several celebrities too had showered praise on Nani.

Samantha Posts New Pics From Aashritha’s Wedding

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu just gave “full” wedding “feels” on Instagram as she shared an album of photos from what appears to be last month’s wedding festivities of superstar Venkatesh Daggubati’s daughter Aashritha.

In one of the photos, Samantha poses with the South superstar’s family – daughters Hayavahini, Bhavana and Aashritha and wife Neeraja.

In another, Samantha and her husband Naga Chaitanya can be seen sharing a light moment.

The photos appear to be from Aashritha’s wedding as the credit assigned in the photos go to Raj RJ, who was the official wedding photographer for Aashritha and also because of the decorative settings.

The family photo appears to be from a pre-wedding function, in which Samantha was stunning in a white gharara from the collections of Sukriti and Aakriti. In the photo, the bride stands out in red as she poses with dad Venkatesh.

Vijay Deverakonda is a social media star

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Among the contemporaries, hero Vijay Deverakonda has unmatched following in the social media and he has proved it once again. His Instagram has over three million followers and Vijay now achieved a rare feat.

One of his pictures got a million LIKES. This is a special photo too as it was clicked by none other than Rashmika Mandanna.

For ‘Dear Comrade’ shoot, the team was in Kerala last week and Vijay greeting the Mallu people, posted a picture. This has got one million LIKES and this also for the first time, a south Indian star hero picture receiving a million likes on Instagram.

Vijay Deverakonda maintains a different swag in the social media and that is what led to get millions of followers first and now LIKES.

On the work front, he is busy with ‘Dear Comrade’ shoot which is being directed by Bharat Kamma.

Who Spent Maximum In Andhra Elections?

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Senior Telugu Desam Party leader and Lok Sabha member from Anantapur J C Diwakar Reddy, who calls spade a spade on any issue, might have admitted that he had spent Rs 50 crore for the victory of his son J C Pawan in the recent Lok Sabha elections in his constituency.

He put the average expenditure in each parliamentary constituency, irrespective of the political parties, at Rs 25 crore.

But not many candidates have the guts to disclose the money they have spent in the recent elections in Andhra Pradesh, which are considered to be the costliest elections ever held.

According to sources, the highest amount spent by any candidate in the recent assembly elections was that of Gottipati Ravi Kumar, TDP candidate from Addanki constituency in Prakasam district.

He is learnt to have spent nearly Rs 70 crore just in the MLA elections, while JC said he had spent Rs 50 crore in the entire Anantapur parliamentary constituency.

Though Nara Lokesh, TDP general secretary and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidus’ son, also reportedly spent huge amounts in his Mangalagiri constituency, it is no match to the poll expenditure in Addanki.

Lokesh is understood to have spent money not in the form of cash distribution, but in kind – gift hampers, vehicles and other material to the voters.

Even TDP candidate Ganta Srinivasa Rao also reportedly spent not less than Rs 60 crore on Visakhapatnam (north) constituency but he, too, spent most of the money in the form of kind, rather than cash distribution.

Interestingly, as J C Diwakar Reddy said, the voters had openly demanded money from candidates to cast their vote. Even the party workers demanded money from their party bosses, since they were aware it was a do-or-die battle for both the TDP and YSRC.

“Some party workers, who were given money, food and liquor for two consecutive weeks by one party, shifted to the rival party immediately, when the first party could not yield to their demands in the third week. Political has become a virtual business,” an analyst commented.

Maharshi Still Struggling to Gain Hype

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Promotions of Mahesh Babu’s “Maharshi” have already begun. Every day, the makers are either releasing a song or a still or a juicy update about the film to generate hype around it.

Somehow, the film is not getting required hype as none of these promotional material is exciting enough.

The film’s budget has gone up Rs 110 Cr and its business has been closed around Rs 130 Cr (inclusive of theatrical, digital, satellite, Hindi dubbing rights). It is one of the expensive movies but there isn’t strong hype in corresponding way.

The team may have to come up with new ideas to generate excitement around it. The pre-release event should be planned in never before manner.

Due to this low hype, “Maharshi” overseas rights were sold for low prices.

Varun Tej’s Menacing Look in Valmiki

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Varun Tej has transformed into complete new look for “Valmiki” that is directed by ‘Gabbar Singh’ Harish Shankar.

On Thursday, Varun Tej joined the movie sets and he shared a photo of his look for the movie which is based on Tamil hit “Jigarthanda”.

He is sporting thick beard, curled hair and an earring. This is quite departure from his suave image.

Varun Tej is playing a role that was originally played by Bobby Simha in the original Tamil movie. This role has negative shades. Varun is experimenting in this film.

Chitralahari – Nani’s Loss Or Gain?

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Director Kishore Tirumala wrote Chitralahari keeping Nani in mind. Mythri Movie Makers was in search of a script for a film with Nani and Nenu Sailaja director came up with Chitralahari script.

Nani asked for some changes in the script and later rejected the script as it didn’t turn out as expected.

Then Kishore Tirumala met Sai Dharam Tej and got his approval in no time. Chitralahari that was released on last Friday has been performing decently at the box office.

The film was deliberately sold for less prices given Tej’s recent track record. Thanks to the low prices, Chitralahari is all set to become a safe venture for its investors.

Did Nani miss out on a hit film? Nani’s current market is above Rs. 30 crore mark, which would have been a difficult target for a mediocre script like Chitralahari.

Making it on a limited budget and selling it for low rates turned out to be a boon for its makers. So this is not Nani’s loss but Sai Tej’s gain!

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