Upendra to be paired with Bhavana

Upendra has just finished the post production work of Super and is ready to start his next.

This film which was signed much before Upendra finished shooting Super will have the Malayalam director Aneesh Varma. The untitled film will have multilingual actor Bhavana playing the lead with Upendra.

The actress is busy with Dwarakish’s untitled which has Sudeep in the lead. Two schedules of the shooting are now complete. The movie also has Priyamani and Sonu Sood doing important roles. Upendra has already listened to the script from Aneesh Verma.

Jessie Gift is the music director of this film. Madhi is the cinematographer.

Priya Hassan picks 3 films

Showing her mettle right from the first film ‘Jambada Hudugi’ taking the onus of direction in the middle when director Seetharam Karanth backed out the actress cum director Priya Hassan with a unique subject of womb transplantation in that film strike the attention but missed awards.

In her second film ‘Bindhaas Hudugi’ she played a cop that has completed 50 days. On the happy occasion of ‘Bindhaas Hudugi’ completing 50 days Priya Hassan announced three films in which two films are for outside banners.

She will be in ‘Rebel’ for producer Ganesh. JD Chakravarthy the Telugu action hero who does the villain roles too is acting with Priya Hassan. For the ‘Rebel’ announced by Priya Hassan the popular action director Thriller Manju is heading the megaphone. Rajalakshmi of Chamundeswari studios is the producer for another untitled film of Priya Hassan.

She will be launching ‘Gandu Beeri’ after two commitments for outside banners. Releasing the film Bindhaas Hudugi during Deepavali festival the only support she got is from media. The support of Basha financier and exhibitor was only support from film industry.

Meanwhile the news is ‘Rebel’ is registered by Aditya as title. I have safeguarded the title for a long time told Aditya recently at ‘Kote’ audio release.

‘Gun’ Loaded

The Kannada film ‘Gun’ is fully loaded. It is ready to fire in the last week of January says actor cum director Harish Raj who is joint producer of the film with K Murali of Nishanth Constructions.

In 40 days we have shot talkie for 26 days and the budget for songs is more. Kiran Rathod and Rachana Mourya appears in one song each stated Harish Raj. Mallika Kapoor and Nikitha are the counterparts to Harish Raj in the lead role. Actress Nikitha is a college going heroine while Mallika Kapoor is a TV6 anchor.

For producer K Murali investing Rs.1.80 crore is not a big amount for the first time. Investing in the area of choreography, action, lyrics needs good money he says. Lyricist K Kalyan, the birthday boy cut a cake after the audio release and in his poetic style stated ‘Manassu Thannage agbekandre Hrudaya Bisi Agbeku’. Another top lyricist on the way to get married Kaviraj explained some professional secrets of throwing good lines later on when the director come asking for lyrics.

The audio of the film was released by two lyricists Kalyan and Kaviraj with other team members. Ronnie Raphel music director of the film did not turn up for his audio release function.

Jogaiah audio release on March 6th

Shivarajkumar’s 100th film Jogaiah will have a grand audio release function on March 6th at Bangalore. Efforts are now being made to release the album on February 19th throughout the state as the day coincides with the completion of 25 years of Shivarajkumar in the Kannada film industry.

Director Prem wants to release more than one lakh CDs on February 19th so as to accelerate the big craze for the film and build more excitement at the time of the formal audio release function on March 6th.

Jogaiah is scheduled to release on April 24th, 2011

Sathya is ‘Kiruba’

A distinction performer on stage Sathya is in the title role of ‘Kiruba’. ‘Kiruba’ in the jungles is similar to tiger. The protagonist ‘Kiruba’ also lives in the jungles, uneducated, rugged in his approach. He is a hard nut to crack. He is loyal to the core.  In this forest backdrop story for Sathya there is love and enough of action.

Arpana Prabhu is the heroine. There is another heroine. Ninasam Ashwath is the villain.

Dayakar is making debut as director. He has worked under a few directors. Purusottam is the producer of this film. Peter M Joseph scores the music and Lakshmikanth is the cameraman.

Actor Sathya after marriage has become silent. He was in Aa Dinagalu, Slum Bala, yet to release Rajadhani and Gundrogovi got rave reviews for him but it did not click.

Ragada release date confirmed

Due to the strike in Tollywood, Nagarjuna’s much-awaited Ragada suffered its post-production work.

So producer D Shiva Prasad Reddy is releasing the movie on December 24th, instead of December 23 as announced earlier.

“We worked day and night to stick to the release date and finally we are able to make it but a day late. Ragada is sure to entertain the audiences this Christmas and New Year,” Shiva Prasad Reddy said. The film has been censored.

Nagarjuna says the dialogues written by director Veeru Potla will be talked about for a long time after the release. “I loved his dialogues when he narrated the story for the first time. And when I saw it on screen, they are even more effective,” Nagarjuna said.

Mammootty turns film maker

Mammootty’s first venture as a producer will be a follow-up to the award-winning Mathilukal.

Speaking to a leading daily during his last schedule of his debut Kannada film Shikari, Mammootty revealed his interests to produce a film.

“Kannada isn’t very different from Malayalam and if you listen carefully, you can easily understand it,” says Mammootty. But more than the language, it is the songs that excite Mammootty about his stint in Sandalwood. “I’ve realized that Kannada films have beautiful songs. Like Malayalam, Kannada songs are heavily influenced by Carnatic music. That’s what makes them special,” he says.

Now that Shikari shooting is over and it is going into post production, Mammootty is ready to move back into home territory. His Best Actor is already a big hit with a great opening. His August 15th is scheduled for a January release.

The next couple of months are going to be action packed for the megastar. Apart from films, he is also set to be part of a reality show and is planning his first home production. “Since we launched the production house, we were concentrating on distributing other films. But now the time is right to launch our own production, Mathilukalkapuram,” says the mega star.

Is it a sequel to the 1989 film by Adoor Gopalakrishnan directed Mathilukal, which won Mammootty a National Award for Best Actor? “It is an extension to Mathilukal. It takes off where Mathilukal ends,” says Mammootty. Currently, the search is on for the heroine

Mammootty stunt in Bengaluru for Shikari

Megastar Mammootty was in Bengaluru on Friday and Saturday, shooting a stunt scene for his first Kannada-Malayalam bilingual Shikari. He had a very jovial and pleasure-filled afternoon at the Sapota Garden in Bangalore Palace with the Kannada film media, who were thrilled at his simplicity. Mammootty’s actions surprised all. Why? They resembled those of Dr. Vishnuvardhan, who used to be similar in his attitude with media persons. Dr. Vishnuvardhan always came close to media after his formal address and interacted with them in a friendly manner; so did Mammootty.

Mammootty was very keen in explaining his intense role in the film. He plays a software techie who gets deeply involved in a novel he reads and later becomes one of the characters in the same novel.

Director Abhay Simha, who is directing Shikari, said that history has the answers for present problems. The award winning director of Gubbachchigalu also spared a few moments for the media. Abhay Simha has already shot Shikari for 47 days, in which the major schedule was at Thirthahalli in Shimoga running for 27 days. The action director of Singam and Naan Mahan Alla was capturing the stunt scenes in Bengaluru.

Producer K. Manju was extremely happy with the way Mammootty handled the film and said Mammootty is a perfectionist. The climax sequence will be shot on December 10th. The film is scheduled for March 2011 release.