With Sankranti just around the corner movie aficionados can look forward to some big releases

The first month of every year guarantees a bumper harvest for movie aficionados. This year the festive spirit takes off from January 10 onwards with the arrival of Mahesh Babu’s film 1 Nenokkadine. Eros had reportedly bought the film for 72 crore and it needs to be seen if Mahesh Babu’s experiment touted as psychological thriller will please the rural segment as well. Co-incidentally Seetamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Businessman also released during Sankranti, and the man who will be showing his prowess again is director Sukumar whose last two movies 100 per cent Love and Arya 2 were a hit at the BO. Though Ram Charan disappointed with Thoofan, his fans are confident that he will bounce back with Yevadu on the January 12. Yevadu will have Allu Arjun too and the combination is sure to draw crowds like Nayak did. The trailer has been impressive.

Director Chandra Siddarth has no ambiguity over his horse’s performance. Eamo Gurram Egaravocchu will be releasing on January 24. He adds, “It all depends on the availability of theatres. Seventy percent of the theatres will be occupied by 1 Nenokkadine, two days later…30 percent of theatres will move to Yevadu. The remaining 10 percent is currently occupied by films such as Uyyala Jampala and Venkatadri Express. After a week, the theatres will become empty irrespective of whether they are hits or flops. Chandra Siddarth’s movie has Sumanth and Pinky Savika playing husband and wife.

Nitin who is basking in the success of Ishq and Gundejari Gallanthayindi has Mumbai girl Adah Sharma as company. The promos of his film Heart Attack look slick and Nitin hopes to continue his success streak. The film releases on January 31 and will, in all probability, clash with Autonagar Surya (if there are no financial blocks) and Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda that has Manchu Brothers, Varun Sandesh and Tanish in the cast. Veerudokkade, a dubbed film starring Ajith could release towards the end of this month or maybe in the first week of February. Bheemavaram Bullodu starring Sunil will in all probability shift to February from the Pongal race as the producer might be keen to have his last release Uyyala Jamapala for a longer time in the theatres as it garnered a good report.

While we count our blessings, more movies will be fighting out for their place in the sun in February. Allari Naresh’s Yamudiki Mogudu may have disappointed but Laddu Babu directed by Ravi Babu has Naresh tread that extra mile to show his passion and versatility. It is apparently about an awfully obese person’s relationship with his grandfather and his bleak marriage prospects which is sure to captivate the young and the old. Basanti, also featuring an underdog will be an important film for both Gautam and director Chaitanya Dantuluri. Gautam is a natural actor but the past many years were not favourable to him. With a solid story and a simple narration, Basanti is likely to bring Gautam and also Chaitanya of Banam back in the limelight. Alisha Baig is the new face of the film.

Balakrishna and Boyapati Sreenu’s film Legend is nearing completion. Both of them worked for Simha which collected around Rs. 36 to 40 crore. Producers are going out of their way to see the film looks grand, and also Devisri Prasad for the first time is giving music to a Balakrishna’s movie. The film is slated for Maha Sivaratri (February 26) and since it is close to the elections, it will obviously have a hype surrounding it. More to come in February are Aha Kalyanam, Kottha Janta, Vishwaroopam, Anamika and Reyy. The Telugu film industry has produced around 175 films in 2013 in comparison to 171 in 2012 and 117 in 2010. One hopes that 2014 surpasses last year’s figure in terms of quality, content and number.