Friday, 4 September 2009

'Sradhdhanjali Geetham' For Late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy

Entire Andhra Pradesh is struck in big grief followed by the death of Shri YS Rajasekhara Reddy in helicopter crash. In commemoration of that great leader, SiraSri has penned a tribute-song that was composed by Flute Nagaraju and sung by Mani Nagaraju. May the soul of YSR rest in peace.

Click here to listen

Andhra Pradesh plunges into gloom

Andhra Pradesh plunged into gloom Thursday as it became known that Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy had died in a helicopter crash in the dense Nallamalla forests.

People cried inconsolably in the state secretariat, the chief minister's camp office and Gandhi Bhavan, the headquarters of the ruling Congress party.

"He is my God. I can't believe he is no more," wailed a Congress party worker.

"He gave life to several people through Rajiv Arogyasri (health insurance scheme for poor). Nobody had imagined he will lose his life this way," said another Congress worker.

After frantic search for the missing helicopter for 24 hours, the Indian Air Force (IAF) traced the wreckage on top of a hill in the forests in Kurnool district.

The chopper was found in a mangled state with the bodies of the chief minister, his special secretary P Subrahmanyam, chief security officer ASC Wesley, Group Captain SK Bhatia and Captain MS Reddy.

Heavy Rush For YSR On Youtube

With the internet technology becoming an integral part of everyone’s lives, the one place which many like to frequent is the youtube site. Be it anything related to films, politics, sensational happenings related to Andhra Pradesh, the first place is youtube.

Usually, it is the Telugus who are based abroad that get into this. Now, there is news that a heavy traffic is being observed on the site and this has been for all links related to YSR, his story, his life and also his death. The site is said to be receiving enormous traffic.

On the other hand, it is also being said that the servers were said to be facing a hiccup due to the huge traffic. For now, the most sought after link in youtube has been YSR and some feel that this frenzy will be there for the next 48 hours or so.

Black Flags- Motor Cycles- Nonstop Horns

Yesterday was the darkest day in the history of Andhra Pradesh and true to its impact, the effect was seen all over. The most common sight that was seen across all places was the rally of two wheelers with black flags and nonstop horns.

Many had taken out mourning rallies in the memory of Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and even when his body was being brought from the Begumpet airport to the Chief Minister’s camp office, it was having the escort of many loyal and ardent followers in bikes.

The scene was same across the state and many supporters of YSR were chanting slogans and were expressing anguish over losing their most admirable leader. The final rites for YS would be happening today and a similar scene is expected again.

Huge Sympathy Wave Surrounded Jagan

The untimely death of chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy has come as an earth shattering blow to many Telugus in the state and across the world, and the one man to take the maximum burden is none other than Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, YSR’s son.

With the news spreading like wildfire, many were seen mobbing the chief minister’s camp office to express their condolences. Amidst all this, a huge wave of sympathy has surrounded Jagan and many emotions were seen when Jagan was standing next to his father who was lying in peace.

Many appreciated the humility of Jagan for having decided to come out and thank the thousands who came to pay homage to his father. The sympathy wave has been coming not just from the people but also from many members of the Congress party as well.

PM, Sonia pay homage to YSR

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and a host of party leaders on Friday paid homage to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S R Reddy, who died in a chopper crash.

The Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Defence Minister A K Antony and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit placed wreaths on Reddy's body at the Chief Minister's Camp office in Begumpet area in Hyderabad.

The leaders also wrote condolence messages at the camp office.

The leaders arrived here early Friday morning by a special flight.

Home Minister P Chidambaram and other Union Ministers including Sushil Kumar Shinde, Salman Khurshid and Andhra Pradesh Governor N D Tiwari were among others who offered their tributes and placed wreaths on Reddy's body.

The leaders consoled the family members including the late Chief Minister's son Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Andhra Pradesh CM dead in chopper crash

NEW DELHI: Prime Ministers Office declared on Thursday that Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy died in an air crash.

The helicopter carrying YSR Reddy, two of his staff and two pilots went missing in pouring rain Wednesday morning over the Naxal and tiger-infested Nalamalla forests.

Five bodies were been found at the site where Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Reddy chopper’s wreckage has been traced.

The government on Thursday confirmed that Nearly 24 hours after YSR's chopper went missing, it was located atop Serai Salem hill, at a distance 40 nautical miles (70 kms) east of Kurnool.

The CM left Hyderabad on a six-seater Bell chopper at 8.35am for Chittoor accompanied by his secretary and chief security officer. After 9.27am, radio contact was lost with the helicopter.

Soon after the chopper lost contact, multiple agencies of the state launched a massive hunt for possible wreckage in the desolate terrain. By evening, it expanded into the country's biggest-ever search operation with satellites in the sky joining remote sensing aircraft, fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles, troops on the ground and even barefoot deer-hunting tribals with bows and arrows.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

'Village lo Vinayakudu' – an insight

The film ‘Village lo Vinayakudu’ is currently in the making. The story revolves around a fat man in a family and this is set on the backdrop of a village by the banks of the river Godavari. Krishnudu is playing the lead role and he is pairing up with debutante Saranya Mohan while Rao Ramesh, Yendamuri Veerendranath and others form the support cast. The film is directed by Saikiran Adavi and they are looking at the audio release in September 1st while the main movie release in October. Banner – Moonwater Pictures pvt ltd, story – Mahi, dialogues, screenplay – Ramana Salwa, Saikiran Adivi, music – Manikanth Kadri, Lyrics – Vanamali, Editor- Marthand K Venkatesh, Producers - G Vimal Kumar, Ramana Salwa.

Whatever happened to the rule of people only over 18 allowed to drink? City pubs have been seen opening doors to young boys and girls and serving them

Whatever happened to the rule of people only over 18 allowed to drink? City pubs have been seen opening doors to young boys and girls and serving them smilingly with alcoholic beverages. Well, its not about the over-18 crowd or the older pub patrons feeling much older with these school kids floating around, but the fact that no rule seems to be followed in pubs anymore. The smoking ban went up in smoke long back and now the entry rules too have been relaxed considerably. Possibly in recessionary time, any customer is precious for pub owners.

Real Estate: Time Has Started

It has been quite a while since the word recession and market down have been heard from many corners of the market. This was especially in the case of the real estate market. But now, it looks like the good days have begun.

There is a buzz among the real estate folks that the time has come to invest and so they have begun to target the Middle class sector for a change. Each day, many from this sector have been receiving number of sms in mobile. They are ads and offers on plots, houses etc.

As sms says, “Own plot @ rs 200 per sq yard” and only a phone number is given without the mention of area. Another sms reads, “Own a flat @ rs 1300 per sft”. Same is the case again. Phone number is given without mention of area. These lines with those numbers are attracting middle class and freshly retired government salaried employees those carry some big lump sum to home.

While it is not sure how much of them are really feasible deals the trend has started to pick up and it is said that this has already begun to show some results. Even the customer segment is said to be willing to come forward and invest which is a really good sign.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Allari Naresh Receives First Filmfare

He is known as the bankable star of the Telugu circuit and has given a good rate of hits. Known for his good talent in acting, his skills have now been recognized. He is none other than Allari Naresh and he has now received his first ever Filmfare award.

Naresh got the award for the best supporting actor and this was for the film ‘Gamyam’. Sharing his thoughts, Naresh revealed that this was the first in their family and added that not even his father had got it. He was thankful to all those who helped him attain this success.

Special thanks also went to the talented Krish who directed the film and Naresh was said to be overwhelmed on this achievement. Soon, he will be seen in the new movie ‘Bendu Apparao RMP’ and this is being produced by the movie moghul D Ramanaidu.

Manjula To produce Naga Chaitanya's next film

Naga Chaintanya is going to act in the direction of Gowtham Menon, the film that is going to be produced by Manjula, the sister of Mahesh Babu.

The movie is going to be launched in last week of August and well start its shooting subsequently. Nagachaitanya’s first film ‘Josh’ is set for release. Expectations are good on the project and tentatively the movie releases on 29th of August, the birthday of Nagarjuna.

On the other hand Manjula has also tightened belts to produce a movie with Mahesh Babu while Nagachaitanya’s flick goes in parallel. Gowtham Menon will direct even that film

Why Did Sada Cry Like That?

The slender and hot seductress Sada who has been a famous face in the southern circuit has been off the Telugu screens for quite a while. But now, she is said to be back with the new movie ‘A Aa E Ee’. However, one video of hers is currently making rounds in youtube which got many thinking.

Apparently, Sada was seen shooting for a song in the movie and after few seconds she suddenly woke up and was crying bitterly. While some said that it was due to some hot object which touched her others said that she was not comfortable with the idea of so many hands working on the fruits and touching her.

All this apart, there is also another version that Sada was said to be lying like that for a long time and this was testing her patience. All in all, it was surprising and shocking for many to see Sada crying so badly. Well, the real reason for that is still a mystery though.

Watch that video here:

Friday, 31 July 2009

'Magadheera' Review: It’s Not A Movie-But Historical Wonder!!

Film: Magadheera
Rating: 4/5
Banner: Geetha Arts
Cast: Ram Charan, Kajal, Dev Gil, Srihari, Surya, Sarath Babu, Sunil, Brahmananadam, Hema, Chiranjeevi, Kim Sharma, Mumaith Khan, Subbaraya Sharma, Rao Ramesh etc
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music: Keeravani
Cinematography: Senthil Kumar
Fights: Ram Laxman and Peter Heins
Lyrics: Chandrabose, Keeravani and Bhuvanachandra
Story: V Vijayendra Prasad
Dialogues: M Rathnam
Producer: Allu Aravind
Director: SS Rajamouli
Released On: 31st July 2009

The much awaited ‘Magadheera’ has arrived. It has created huge expectations by the virtue of its posters, trailers and above all the music. Finally let us see if it has reached those expectations.

Harsha (Ram Charan) is a young man who earns money on bike races and bets. He loves such adventures on two wheelers. He happens to touch the hand of a young girl Indu (Kajal) accidentally and that ‘soul touch’ connects his present to the past.

What’s the past?
That’s 1609 AD when Kalabhaiarava (Ram Charan) was the warrior in Udaigarh who trains the soldiers. The Senadhipathi Randheer (Dev Gil) lusts on Yuvarani Mitravinda (Kajal) but the latter loves Kalabhirava. That results in a huge battle between Randheer and Kalabhairava which puts end for their lives. Sher Khan (Sri Hari), the Muslim invader witnesses the valor and love of Kalabhairava and salutes to him.

They take rebirth as Harsha and Indu. And many characters from the past also come to present with the soul connectivity. But where? What happens to them? How the past life matters for them in present life?

That has to be watched on big screen to experience the marvelous treat along with unleashing those queries.

Ram Charan:
He stood as an icon of macho look. He portrayed the 1609 AD role, Kalabhaiarava, with right bearing and voice modulation. Chiranjeevi’s yester year’s voice echoed in the ears of audiences with that modulation of Ram Charan for that character. His dances are spellbinding, especially in ‘Bangaru Kodi petta..’.

She is the right choice and perfect blend. Her elegance is amazing in queen’s role.

Sri Hari:
His portrayal as Muslim warrior Sher Khan is quite wonderful. He added value to the movie on a whole.

Dev Gill:
This Bollywood villain has shared screen in the main antagonist role. He proved perfect particularly in ‘past birth role’.

Sarath Babu is ok in the role of old king, the father of Yuva Rani Mitravinda.

Rao Ramesh perfectly grooved in the role of Aghora Sadhu with apt gait and voice modulation

Brahmanandam and Hema got wasted

Sunil’s comedy is ok to large extent

Technical departments:
The movie deserves right mention for music, sound effects, graphics, 3D effects, Cinematography and Choreography. What not! Every technical faculty has rightly worked on this film. Director Rajamouli should be appreciated for his guts to bring such a massive film on Telugu screen.

Allu Aravind should be esteemed for his wonderful production values.

Music And Lyrics:
Keeravani and Chandrabose have created wonder with music and lyrics. Every word has aptly grooved into the situation in finest musical form.

Jorse Jorse is like a sheer poetry drawn on a canvass

Naakosom Juttu Peekkunte (written by Keeravani) is hilarious and entertaining

Panchadaara Bomma will be one of lifetime melody hits in Ram Charan’s filmography

Bangaru Kodi petta (penned by Bhuvanachandra) surpassed the older one in choreography

Dheera Dheera is the song that was ever pictured on Indian screen so far

Magadheera…(rolling title song) is innovative and interesting with the dances of Allu Aravind, Keeravani, Rajamouli, Rama Rajamouli, Ali, Sunil, Brahmanandam, Kajal, Kim Sharma, Mumaith Khan, Saloni, BA Raju and every technician worked in the movie

Above all the background music stood as backbone for the movie


Marvelous art work carried to portray Udaigadh city of 1609AD
Battle between Kalabhairava and 100 soldiers of Sher Khan
Wonderful picturization of Dheera Dheera song
Lord Shiva’s statue that brings hysterical feeling
Helicopter and bike stunts of Ram Charan

Brahmanandam-Hema comedy
Chiranjeevi’s episode
Dialogues in first 44 minutes
“This is our movie-our Telugu movie. This is our pride. This is the creation happened with the cognizance of our Telugu director”…would be the feel of every Telugu film lover while watching this film.

Words wouldn’t suffice to explain the experience of technical extravaganza depicted in this film. It’s just spellbinding. The range of Telugu film has gone to a higher plane with this film. The maker Rajamouli and producer Aravind should be appreciated unconditionally. And kudos would go to the technical team that has kept its brilliance to make this movie a wonder.

Keeping the first 44 minutes away the rest of the movie arrests the audiences completely. The first 44 minutes would literally keep the pulse of audiences down and confused. Pale dialogues, insipid scenes between Brahmanandam and Hema, weak portrayal of Chiranjeevi in a senseless scene would let down the audiences.

The real tempo starts as soon as the completion of the song ‘Naakosam nuvvu juttu peekkunte baagundi..’ The momentum develops with the first horse riding scene of Ram Charan chasing a bus. The interval scene hooks the audiences with lot of enthusiasm for sure. And the audiences can never turn their head and blink eye lid from then till climax.

And the audiences come out from theatre with the experience of a rollercoaster ride, with the sound reverberating in hearts, with a heavy hangover of watching a new facet of Telugu cinema.

The film proves to a historical one with respect to patronage of audiences of all classes.

Rating Judgment: The movie scores 4/5 by the virtue of technical values and adventurous attempt. It would have scored bigger if the first 44 minutes were also dealt well with sensible comedy and treatment.

Verdict: It’s good to watch the film as soon as possible.

Vijayashanti makes quick moves

Medak MP and Telangana Rashtra Samithi secretary general Vijayashanti has stepped up her activity to take a plunge into the Congress.

Though TRS leader T Harish Rao sounded optimistic that she would not quit the TRS, Vijayashanti had a luncheon meeting with her old friend A Narendra and Sangareddy MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy on Friday and discussed further moves. She was wondering whether she should straightaway quit the TRS or embarrass KCR by writing letters and addressing press conferences.

She is even contemplating quitting her Medak parliamentary seat to prove that she is ready to face the challenge of the TRS leaders. And if she wins again on the Congress ticket, it will be a psychological advantage over KCR!

PRP in crisis, two ex-MLAs quit

Praja Rajyam Party is plunging into deep crisis faster than one could expect. Even as PRP president Chiranjeevi was enjoying the compliments being received for his son Ramcharan Teja’s film Magadheera on Friday, his party leaders started quitting the party one by one.

Within a few hours of former union minister U V Krishnam Raju quitting the PRP, two other former MLAs V V S Chowdary and Goli Rama Rao announced that they were also resigning from the party and joining the Congress. They said they could not adjust themselves in the PRP, which had failed to sustain despite having ideals.

Meanwhile, stage is set for the defection of senior leader T Devender Goud and E Peddi Reddy, along with thousands of PRP workers into the TDP. It might happen on Sunday, party sources said.