Jr.NTR, Puri Jagannadh come together after a decade

Updated - November 17, 2021 01:11 am IST

Published - August 01, 2014 11:44 pm IST - HYDERABAD

A still from Suriya - Samantha Starrer Sikindar Movie Logo and Stills.

A still from Suriya - Samantha Starrer Sikindar Movie Logo and Stills.

Maverick director Puri Jagannadh has teamed up with mass star Jr. NTR for his next project, which was launched on Friday. Working together after a decade post their last debacle, ‘Andhrawala’ in 2004, the duo are looking to score a hit after their respective last flicks disappointed at the box office.

The makers of this movie have reposed their faith on the tried and tested script which revolves around a powerful cop. It is learnt that efforts are on to glorify NTR as a super cop with some high octane action and drama scenes.

It is a known fact that in many of Puri’s past films, the protagonist or antagonist, was a cop which went on to appeal the audience in a big way. And all of these films were written by Puri himself. But what comes across as a surprise is that this time around, it is not Puri, but V. Vamshi who is the writer for the movie. Slated to release in January 2015, it has to be seen if this cop drama packs a punch at the box office.

Unique ways of movie-making

Breaking away from the conventional methodology surrounding movie-making and its distribution are a bunch of talented youngsters, who were currently in the limelight.

“Sainma”, a 21-minute short film was shot in the picturesque locales of Vikarabad in just five days with a budget of Rs.1.6 lakh.

Deciding not to compromise on the quality of the film, the crew even used “Black Magic” camera.

Unlike most other short films uploaded on Youtube for free viewing, the makers of this short film decided to charge about Rs.10 through an online platform.

For viewing, one has to send an SMS and the money will be deducted from the mobile connection.

Result: In less than a week about 10,000 viewers have paid and watched the movie. While the cast and crew are overjoyed with the success and the revenue, many are set to join the bandwagon aping similar business model.

Lucky for whom?

Time and again, actor Ram Charan Tej happened to mention the regard he has for his uncle Pawan Kalyan.

Call it a sheer-coincidence or something else, but both the actors’ movies currently in production have a connection with Lord Krishna.

While Pawan Kalyan’s movie with Venkatesh is titled “Gopala Gopala”, Ram Charan’s movie directed by Krishna Vamshi is titled “Govindudu Andari Vaade”. That’s not all, Pawan Kalyan’s last two blockbusters, “Gabbar Singh” and “Attarintiki Daredhi” were in Pollachi in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu).

Shooting in Pollachi is considered lucky by many South Indian film-makers.

Presently, Ram Charan is also shooting in Pollachi along with Kajal Aggarwal. Who will be blessed by Lord Krishna and for whom Pollachi proves lucky among the two will be known in a couple of months.

Suriya keen to do a Telugu film

Whenever big stars such as Suriya visit Hyderabad for a film function, the question which is often asked is when their fans would see a Telugu film instead of the dubbed version of a Tamil movie.

When this correspondent asked the humble actor the same one, his reply was, “Sure. Very soon, but don’t ask me the timeframe. Actually, I had agreed to do a straight Telugu film with a film-maker long time ago, but the problem was that both of us were unable to match our dates,” he said, with his trademark grin.

The latest visit of Suriya was in connection with the audio launch of the bilingual movie – ‘Sikandar’ in Telugu and ‘Anjaan’ in Tamil, also starring Samantha, who continues to ride the success wave in the Telugu film industry.

Talking about his first movie assignment with director Linguswamy, Suriya said the screenplay of this breezy entertainer was gripping enough to keep audiences of all ages, engaged.

“When the viewer is sure that a particular thing would happen in the story, Mr. Linguswamy had sprung up a surprise at them,” he said.

“While working with the ace-director is not easy, he also makes it enjoyable, tiring sometime, but satisfying,” is how the star summed up his work in ‘Sikandar’ which is slated to hit the screens on August 15.

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