The invasion of dubbed films from Tamil Nadu, Hollywood and China is an age old
story in Andhra Pradesh. The market size for such films has grown by heaps and pounds in the last few years. Hemanth Kumar traces the history behind this exponential rise of dubbed films in the state.
Over the last decade, 1100 theatres have shut down in Tamil Nadu. In Andhra Pradesh, close to 639 theatres were shut down in the last two years alone. Single screen theatres are slowly but surely giving way to shopping malls and function halls. Hemanth Kumar goes trend spotting.
She’s beautiful and she’s a natural before the camera. Even after being clearly recognised as an actor of substance in Malayalam cinema, Padmapriya hasn’t found her place in the top league. Kavita Shanmugham attempts to find out why.
He sings like a pro, dances like a dream, fights like his life depends on it and performs like he’s born for it. His fans live to see him on screen and die of ecstasy when they meet him in person. How does one begin to describe the one and the only actor of Kannada cinema who is being hailed as a god’s special gift by his legendary father’s legion of fans? Aravind G Shivkamal gropes for words as he attempts to sum up the inimitable, impeccable and invincible Puneet Rajkumar.
Five years after the smash hit Athadu, the Trivikram-Mahesh Babu combination returns with Khaaleja that promises to turn blockbuster too! Vanaja Banagiri meets Mahesh Babu on the sets and realises that the iconic actor quotes Thoreau with as much panache and conviction as he shatters box office records.
“The legend came as a Shepherd, The legend came as a Merchant and then the legend came as a Lawyer. Now, the legend comes as a Police Officer.” The first teaser of Pawan Kalyan’s Komaram Puli couldn’t have been more exciting. On July 11, hundreds of fans who had gathered to catch a glimpse of Pawan Kalyan and A R Rahman during the audio launch were in for a big surprise. Pawan Kalyan’s dashing avatar as a Police Officer sparked fan frenzy. A thundering applause followed his powerful dialogue - ‘Karthavyame Masjid. Karthavyame Church. Karthavyame Gudi.
Every cab in Tamil Nadu these days plays his hit numbers. FM stations and music channels are flooded with requests for his songs and movie theatres go wild when the an opening sequences composed by him begins. Filmmakers want him, singers and songsters make a beeline outside his studio, commoners like us sing, listen and dance to his music.