Namrata is my strength and life: Mahesh Babu

Q  Now that Maharshi is ready for release, what are your thoughts on it?

I’m very excited. We have all worked extremely hard into putting the film together. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t put work into my previous films (laughs). However, this time, I feel a rare kind of satisfaction which I cannot explain in words. I’m truly hoping for Maharshi to mark a milestone in my acting career.

 

Q  Why was the trailer released just a week before the film? Isn’t that very unusual?

As per the norm, a film’s theatrical trailer is usually released at its pre-release event. After wrapping up the film’s shoot, I was away with my family on a much-needed break. So when I returned, I rushed for the event, and the trailer was released as planned. We had released another trailer earlier. No controversies here. (chuckles)

Q  Speaking of controversies, you did not mention Puri Jagannath or Sukumar among the directors whom you’ve worked with while talking about it with at an event. That seems to have upset them.

Really? No! You are making that up. (laughs) All I can say is that it was an honest slip-up. Both Puri Jagannath and Sukumar have played a special role in shaping my career. I don’t prepare my speeches beforehand. I’d rather be spontaneous than perfect in the presence of my well-wishers. However, now that you’ve brought it up, Puri sir allowed me the opportunity to star in Pokiri which, as everybody is aware, was a turning point in my career. I will forever be grateful to him for that!

Q  And Sukumar?

Sukumar put his faith in me for Nenokkadine, which received a fair amount of critical acclaim even though it didn’t do very well at the box office. In my opinion, in fact, Nenokkadine was truly way ahead of its time. What makes the film even more special for me was the fact it features my son Gautam, who played the younger version of my character in the film.

Q  So he’s already a star?

Not particularly. Both my children are free to choose what they want to do with their lives. It isn’t necessary for them to become actors just because their parents are.

Q  You seem to be growing younger. What’s your secret?

First of all, thank you.  I just like being fit. Also, I’m very conscious about what I eat. I have no cheat days or vices (other than obsessing over my own films). Above all, I think that it’s very important to be at ease within. I derive my happiness from my family. They keep me grounded.

Q  What’s your next film going to be?

I’ve signed a film with director Anil Ravipudi. It’s a great script and one that I have embraced without a second thought. It should go on the floors in July.

Q  How much of your success do you attribute to your wife Namrata?

Namrata is my strength, backbone, my life. My success, my sanity, my joy — none of it would not have been possible if it weren’t for her and for my kids. Namrata has made me who I am today.

Q  Which recent Bollywood film has impressed you the most?

Uri. I loved it. I’d love to do a war film. In fact, I’m producing a war-based film with Adivi Shesh. And before you ask, I have no plans to sign a Hindi film.

Telangana government plans land titling for less disputes

The Telangana state government is working towards removing the kinks in the land titling system after observing the difficulties that Maharashtra and Rajasthan have faced in attempting to introduce the system.

The demand is for a workable, inclusive and evolving system of land titling and land records which will allow land markets to function effectively, reduce judicial burden and improve the targeting of welfare schemes.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had outlined the conclusive land titling system he wanted to introduce and explained its advantages.

According to the CM, the main advantage of the system is that it guarantees title to the owner. Civil disputes in courts are likely to reduce drastically and ownership of various properties will be guaranteed. The officers of record keeping offices will issue online certificates of property title that will certify the ownership rights to the extent of share percentage.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao explained that after issuing the conclusive title if any dispute arises and the title proves to be wrong, then the state government will compensate the concerned title owner.

During the UPA II regime, the Centre had drafted the Model Land Titling Bill, 2011, but it did not become law and the then Union minister for rural development in discussions on the Bill had said that “the process will be painful and there are vested interests preventing this”.

The attempts of the Rajasthan government to introduce the Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Bill, 2016, have not been successful because the Bill is riddled with inadequacies and falls short of requirements to address the real issues.

Though Maharashtra has done better in addressing the problem of conclusive titling by bringing an amendment to the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966, in 2015, it also has not materialised so far.

The attempt of the administration of Chandigarh Union Territory in the year 2016 also is still on the cards.

Given this backdrop, legal experts say that the state government has to be very cautious in bringing in conclusive land titling as it requires initial surveying of the entire lands in the state, identifying the owners, and making entries in the revenue records of land parcels.

Former special government pleader N. Sridhar Reddy, who dealt with revenue matters in the High Court, says: “If the government introduces a foolproof system after completing the required initial exercise, it will certainly reduce litigation and lessen the burden on the judiciary and also will be helpful in reaching welfare benefits to the people.”

He added that “we cannot rule out possibilities of litigation arising at every stage, right from the survey to making entries into records to introduce the land titling system. If the government is not cautious at every stage, it will give scope for the land mafia”.

He said without making foolproof arrangements for the introduction of the system, it would only be a burden on the state exchequer.

Ms B. Rachna Reddy, a High Court lawyer. felt that the conclusive titling system would create a parallel revenue system.

She pointed out that as of now, the civil court is the competent authority to declare the actual title owner of the land parcel which is in subject and revenue authorities are to assist the court whenever a dispute arises by providing the relevant documents of both parties which are disputing the piece of land.

According to her, what is needed is streamlining of the existing revenue system instead of doing away with it. Introducing other agencies into land matters would lead to further litigation, she held.

BJP will get full majority, Modi will become PM again: Rajnath after voting

As polling began for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in 51 constituencies spread across seven states, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and BSP chief Mayawati were among those who turned up early to cast their votes.

Lucknow BJP candidate Rajnath Singh expressed confidence about BJP getting a full majority and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a second term. Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh also cast his votes at a polling booth in Lucknow.

“I leave it to voters. The right to write the character role of a candidate lies with voters of the constituency. I am assured that BJP will get a full majority and Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister again,” said Rajnath Singh.

BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati also turned up early to exercise her franchise at a Lucknow polling booth.

“The value of the vote of everyone is the same either poor or rich. I request all to come out and exercise their right to vote. I request all voters to go to their respective polling booths and use their vote for the country and public welfare. Youth, elder and women all should come in large number for the vote,” said Mayawati.

Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha cast his vote at Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. His son Union Minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress’ Gopal Sahu and CPI’s Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency.

“In 2014 I decided on my own that I will not contest because you are seeing what happened with others. Now my son is in the fray,” said Yashwant Sinha.
Yashwant Sinha and his wife Nilima Sinha arrived together and stood in line to cast their votes.

Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and his wife Gayatri Rathore cast their votes in Jaipur.

Sanjay Seth the BJP candidate from Ranchi after voting who cast his vote said: “Before coming here to cast my vote, I went to the temple of Goddess Kali, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shani Maharaj. I pray to God and asked for more strength to serve the people,” said Sanjay Seth.

Polling for the fifth phase began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, amid elaborate security arrangements.

Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, tweleve in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand are undergoing polling in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

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PM Modi praises CM Patnaik post Cyclone Fani, conducts aerial survey in Odisha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey to assess the loss and destruction caused by Cyclone Fani in Odisha. Modi was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

PM Modi, who has three rallies scheduled later in the day in West Bengal and Jharkhand, immediately proceeded towards his chopper to carry out the survey of the worst-hit Puri district and other affected areas.

PM Modi praised CM Patnaik saying that he has done a good job in preparedness for the cyclone and with the govt by his side, things can take a turn for the better. “Naveen babu ne bohot acha plan kiya, Bharat sarkar usmei unke saath reh karke sari cheezon ko aage badha payegi”

At least 34 people were killed during Cyclone ‘Fani’, which barrelled through coastal Odisha on Friday last, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cut.

The Prime Minister had on Sunday tweeted, “Will be in Odisha tomorrow morning, where I will review the situation due to Cyclone Fani and hold meetings with top officials. The Centre is committed to provide all possible assistance in relief and rehabilitation measures underway.”

The PM also spoke to the Chief Minister on Saturday and discussed the situation in the aftermath of Fani, assuring continuous support from the Centre.

According to an official, Modi is scheduled to review the relief and restoration work in the state on his return from the aerial survey.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, had on Sunday reviewed relief measures in affected areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

He also wanted to do the same for West Bengal and the Govt of India had written to the State about a review meeting of PM with state government officials.

However, the state government has replied saying that the govt officials are busy with election duty and hence the review meeting should not be held.

Cyclone Fani on Friday lashed Odisha, triggering heavy rainfall accompanied by wind touching the speed of 200 kmph, and left three persons dead besides over 160 injured, a trail of destruction that included damaged houses, uprooted trees and electricity poles.

The cyclone, the worst April storm in 43 years, caused “huge damage” in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri and Khordha districts in the state, according to the Odisha government.

PM Modi had announced that the Centre has released Rs 1,000 crore to Odisha and other states to deal with the devastation caused by Fani.

 

‘Was forced to vote for Cong,’ says woman in Amethi, Smriti tweets video

Union minister and the BJP’s Amethi candidate Smriti Irani on Monday alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was “ensuring booth capturing” in the constituency.

Irani and Gandhi are contesting against each other in the seat.

“Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing,” Irani said on Twitter.

She also tagged a video in which an elderly women is seen alleging that her hand was forcibly put on ‘panja’ (hand) election symbol of the Congress though she wanted to vote for the ‘kamal’ (lotus), the BJP’s symbol.

There is no written complaint on the matter. Amethi is one of the 51 constituencies in seven states that is voting in the fifth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections.

 

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Eros International to release Nikhil’s ‘Arjun Suravaram’

Bollywood’s leading production and distribution house, Eros International is said to bought theatrical rights of young hero Nikhil’s upcoming movie ‘Arjun Suravaram.’

The deals is recently closed and so Eros will be releasing the movie worldwide later this month. The makers will take a call on the release date soon and announce it officially.

Arjun Suravaram is an action thriller being written and directed by TN Santosh. The film is also inspired by true events.

For the first time, Nikhil is essaying the role of a journalist and Lavanya Tripathi is pairing with him.

Tagore Madhu has produced the movie.

Charmee Wants to Marry Trisha

In a rather bold manner, Charmee wished Trisha on her birthday. Trisha has turned 36 today (May 4).

Trisha and Charmee not only shared screen space together in films like “Pournami”, they are also good friends.

While wishing Trisha, Charmee said let us get married. Since it (same-sex marriage) is legal now, there is no harm in proposing, Charmee implied.

Recently Supreme court gave judgment in favour of LGTB community and allowed same-sex relationships.

She was jokingly put this tweet to show how much she adores her but Charmee’s bold tweet went viral.

Will attend Jagan’s swearing-in as AP CM: KCR

TRS chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao continues to lay focus on AP politics though it’s more than three weeks since the polling for AP Assembly polls has ended.

KCR is making it a point to discuss on AP politics and poll outcome every day with senior leaders of TRS at Pragathi Bhavan.

During an informal meeting held today with in Hyderabad few ministers, party’s Rajya Sabha members and TRS MLAs, KCR reportedly said that he is keen to attend YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s swearing in ceremony as AP Chief Minister after May 23 results.

KCR’s comments proves that he is cent per cent confident of YSRCP winning AP Assembly polls and Jagan becoming next CM of AP.

KCR is also learnt to have told party leaders that, “By attending Jagan’s swearing-in, my return gift to Chandrababu Naidu will be 100 per cent complete. The return gift to Naidu is now in the process of delivering to him and it will be delivered by me to Naidu in the form of attending Jagan’s swearing-in.”

When party leaders asked him how can he be so confident of Jagan’s win, KCR reportedly said, “I have my own survey reports. I have my own intelligence reports. My survey reports never went wrong. All my survey reports point to Jagan’s victory. After taking all these factors into consideration, I have made up my mind to attend Jagan’s swearing-in ceremony as CM.”

KCR said his Federal Front at national politics will get a boost with Jagan’s victory and Naidu’s defeat.

KCR said once out of power, Naidu will automatically lose his clout in national politics and leaders of regional parties will look up to him to form the Federal Front.

KCR also told party leaders that he wants KTR and Kavitha to also attend Jagan’s swearing-in ceremony along with him.

Last Week Before Maharshi Takes Over

Avengers: Endgame has been on a roll in Telugu states like it has been across India and across the globe. It has set new records for a Hollywood film in Indian markets.

The Hollywood superhero film has surely dented the business of local films right from its day 1.

Jersey and Kanchana 3 withstood the Avengers storm and have held their ground in the second week. Both the films have been doing steady business in their respective strong circuits.

Jersey continued to do better in A centers while Kanchana 3 held well in B and C centers. Both the films are commercial hits in terms of box office returns.

There are no notable releases in this weekend as Mahesh’s big ticket film Maharshi is lined up for next weekend.

It is the last week for Jersey, Kanchana and Avengers to cash in on before Maharshi takes over the summer box office.

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Ashwini Dutt Gets Money from Maharshi

Dil Raju and PVP, the other two partners in “Maharshi”, will share profits after the movie’s release based on its performance at the box-office.

Ashwini Dutt will not have any stake in the film henceforth. Dil Raju has agreed in principle to pay him Rs 7 Cr as part of his share from the film.

Ashwini Dutt has been demanding Rs 10 Cr from this project but Dil Raju refused to part anything as the film’s budget has gone beyond its pre-release business.

To avoid last minute head-ache, Mahesh Babu reportedly intervened and settled the issue.

Ashwini Dutt may not get any dates in future from Mahesh Babu as he reportedly got miffed with the senior producer in this entire issue.