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1 year of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo : Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde reunites with his film’s team

1 year of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo : Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde reunites with his film’s team
Stylish Star Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde starrer Trivikram’s “Ala Vaikunthapurramloo” clocked one year Today since its release in 2020.

Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is a 2020 Indian Telugu-language action-family-drama film directed by Trivikram Srinivas and co-produced by Allu Aravind and S. Radha Krishna under their banners Geetha Arts and Haarika & Hassine Creations.

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The film stars Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde, while Tabu, Jayaram, Sushanth, Navdeep, Nivetha Pethuraj, Samuthirakani, Murali Sharma, Rajendra Prasad, Sunil, Sachin Khedekar, and Harsha Vardhan play pivotal roles. The film features soundtrack composed by S. Thaman, while cinematography and editing were handled by P. S. Vinod and Naveen Nooli, respectively.

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The plot follows Bantu (Allu Arjun) who is hated and neglected by his father Valmiki (Sharma). Bantu later learns that his biological father is
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Here are the 30 best performances from south cinema in 2020

Here are the 30 best performances from south cinema in 2020
CinemaA look at performances from Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema that left us impressed. Sowmya Rajendran2020 was a dismal year for film industries as theatres remained closed for months. Consequently, many films released directly on Over-the-Top platforms. Actors, directors and producers also capitalised on the audience opening up to the relatively new medium and made content exclusively for the Ott market. Even though many of the big south Indian releases scheduled for this year were postponed, there were several notable films which were released. Perhaps these wouldn't have received the same attention if they'd gone to theatres first, considering the competition. In all the films which came out this year — in theatres and Ott — several actors made their mark. Here's a look at such performances from Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema that left us impressed, irrespective of whether the films worked overall or not. The list is in the order of the release.
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‘Ala Vaikuntapurramulo’ review: Allu Arjun is smashingly good in Trivikram’s family drama

ReviewThe typical Trivikram movie is largely clean and highly entertaining in the second half, well-shot by Ps Vinod.Krishna SripadaOf all the directors in the Telugu film industry, Trivikram’s words carry the most weight, literally and double figuratively. He is a man of literature and philosophy. That’s why his slightest shenanigans break your heart, because educated, thinking writers cannot be sexist or racist. But we forgive him too, because he dishes out gems in his movies, lines that cinema audiences otherwise would never encounter, because who reads these days anyway? Ala Vaikuntapurramulo – what a wonderful sounding title – is a typical Trivikram movie. This one too tries to tell you a nice story in a nice way, weighed down by the expectations of fans – you can almost hear Telugu fans crying ‘where is the comedy’, ‘where are the fights’, ‘why is the movie slow’, etc. Bantu (Allu Arjun) is the son of a secretary,
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'Thippara Meesam' review: Where's the story in this jungle of cliches?

ReviewThere's no story, just a random screenplay where scenes appear to have been added because well, the audience has two and a half hours to kill. Krishna SripadaIt is probably true that no one sets out to make a bad movie. There is money involved. There are actors like Sri Vishnu involved, displaying all the honesty and sincerity that an aspiring star has before he loses it all after making it big. And then, there is the need to squeeze the resources to the best use they can be put to. All of that reflects in Krishna Vijay's Thippara Meesam, the effort that a bunch of not so well-known members of the film fraternity have put in their cinema. But, what's missing is the soul. You can jump up a hundred times to reach a fruit hanging high from a tree, but if you don't have the necessary skills or tools,
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Netflix Orders Ramayana-Inspired Animated Action Drama Series ‘Heaven’s Forest’ From ‘Castlevania’ Team

Exclusive: Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Heaven’s Forest, a Ramayana-inspired epic animated action drama series from Castlevania creator Warren Ellis, executive producers Adi Shankar and Kevin Kolde, and Powerhouse Animation.

Written by Ellis, Heaven’s Forest is set in an Indo-futuristic world, with storyline and characters inspired by the Indian mythology of the Ramayana.

Ellis executive produces with Shankar and Kolde. Powerhouse Animation will produce as the animation studio.

“I am delighted to be partnering again with Netflix, my Castlevania comrades, and the Indian creative community, to create this surreal, mythic narrative filled with life and heart,” said Ellis.

The Ramayana, one of the largest ancient epics in world literature, follows Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. It is traditionally attributed to the authorship
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Varun Tej’s ‘Valmiki’ title changed to ‘Gaddhalakonda Ganesh’ after protests in AP

TollywoodThe title was changed just one day before the film’s release.Tnm Staff After a relentless campaign by the Boya community, who objected to the title of Varun Tej’s Valmiki, the film’s title has been changed to Gaddhalakonda Ganesh, just a day before the film’s release. The title was changed on Thursday night after some groups from the Boya community threatened to protest in Anantapur and Kurnool districts, following which the district collectors had sought the filmmakers to resolve the issue. The Boya community, who claim to be the descendants of the sage Valmiki, who wrote the mythological book Ramayana, took offence to the film’s title claiming that their sentiments were hurt. The community, categorised as Scheduled Tribes in the state, worship Valmiki as a deity. When film’s title was announced, the Boya community began objecting to the film’s release and demanded that the title be changed.
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Need more realistic depictions of heroes in Telugu: Varun Tej on ‘Jigarthanda’ remake

Interview The actor, whose ‘Valmiki’ is releasing this Friday, talked to Tnm about reprising Bobby Simha’s role, breaking stereotypes, his love for sports dramas and more.Priyanka Richi It’s been a season of remakes for Telugu cinema. From Allu Sirish’s Abcd, a remake of the Malayalam movie by the same title, to the roaring success of Samantha’s Oh! Baby (remake of a Korean movie), actors and directors seem to be on a spree of adapting successful movies from industries around the world. Joining the bandwagon is actor Varun Tej and director Harish Shankar whose Valmiki, a remake of the critically acclaimed Tamil movie Jigarthanda, will be hitting the screens on September 20. Varun Tej is excited to be reprising Bobby Simha’s role in the movie, the latter even winning a National Film Award for his portrayal of local goon ‘Assault Sethu’. Though Varun Tej bears no
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Watch: Trailer of Varun Tej’s ‘Valmiki’ shows actor in new avatar

Tollywood The film is a remake of the Tamil movie ‘Jigarthanda’ which starred Siddharth and Bobby Simha. Tnm StaffYoutube/Screenshot The trailer for Tollywood star Varun Tej’s next film Valmiki was released on Monday and it shows the actor in an all new avatar. “Meet Gaddhala Konda Ganesh and gang,” tweeted the actor along with the link to the trailer of the film. With glimpses of Varun Tej as the ruthless rowdy ‘Gaddalakonda Ganesh’ interspersed with punch dialogues and action sequences, the film promises to be a full-fledged entertainer. The film, which is a remake of the 2014 Tamil film Jigarthanda, has Varun Tej playing Bobby Simha’s role from the original, and Atharvaa Murali reprising Siddharth’s character. Pooja Hegde appears to be playing the lead opposite Varun and actor Mirnalini Ravi plays the leading lady opposite Atharvaa. Varun was last seen in F2-Fun and Frustration alongside Venkatesh Daggubati,
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Shooting of Varun Tej's 'Valmiki' wrapped up

TollywoodThe movie is the Telugu remake of hit Tamil movie 'Jigarthanda'.Digital NativeThe director of the upcoming film Valmiki, Harish Shankar, has confirmed that the shooting is completed and the film will go into the post production mode soon. Sharing some pictures from the last day of the shoot, he wrote, “ఎంత మందికో ఈ అదృష్టం........Indebted to Cinema.......... Last day shoot of #Valmiki with full of surprises!!!!!!” While this pic has the director sharing a meal with Brahmanandam, the other pic has director Sukumar, which he has captioned, “A Small surprise from @aryasukku in #Valmiki.... thank you so much darling Sukku..for your sweet gesture!!!!! #ValmikiOnSep20th!!!!” Reportedly, the director is playing a cameo in the film but there is no official confirmation about it. So we need to wait for Valmiki’s release on September 20 to know more. The film has Varun Tej
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Pooja Hegde roped in for Akhil Akkineni’s next

TollywoodTouted to be a rom-com, the film’s star cast and crew are expected to be revealed officially in a couple of weeks.Digital NativeAkhil Akkineni’s film with Bommarilu Bhaskar was announced some months ago but the team was unable to find a suitable heroine. Several names including Rashmika Mandanna and Sai Pallavi were in the fray to pair up with Akhil but news has now emerged that Pooja Hegde has been signed up. Reports are that it will be a strong character and with the director known to carve out female-centric roles for his heroines right from his debut movie, expectations are high on this flick. This untitled film is produced by Bunny Vas. Touted to be a rom-com, the film’s star cast and crew are expected to be revealed officially in a couple of weeks. On the genre of this film, we hear that it will be an emotional family drama.
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‘Gang Leader’ vs ‘Valmiki’ box-office clash averted

TollywoodWhile Nani’s ‘Gang Leader’ will release on September 13, Varun Tej starrer ‘Valmiki’ has been postponed to September 20.Digital NativeDigital NativeA major clash at the Tollywood box-office has been averted with the postponement of the release of the Varun Tej starrer Valmiki to September 20. Earlier, reports emerged that Nani’s Gang Leader and Valmiki were gearing up for release on September 13. Finally, the issue has been resolved with Valmiki opting out of the race and postponing its release by a week. Gang Leader is produced by Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravishankar and Mohan under the banner Mythri Movie Makers with Vikram K Kumar wielding the megaphone. Anirudh is the music director for this flick. Valmiki is the remake of the hit Tamil movie Jigarthanda, which was written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The film has Varun Tej reprising the role done by Bobby Simha in Tamil. Atharvaa Murali will be seen
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Pooja Hegde's fleeting tryst with a Hollywood icon

Actress Pooja Hegde says getting shot by Academy Award wining cinematographer Robert Richardson was an iconic moment in her life.

Richardson took charge of the camera for some shots of her South Indian project "Valmiki" when he visited the sets during his trip to India a while back.

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"I've absolutely loved his work and I'm a very big fan. After watching 'Hugo', I thought, 'wow what amazing cinematography'. I feel privileged because this is the man who has shot with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, and he was on our set rolling a shot for us. It's such a privilege," Pooja said.

"I think he's a really fun person. He's so vocal about his opinions and is really funny. His sense of humour is really great. He is the man who has shot with
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Police complaint filed against makers of Varun Tej's upcoming film 'Valmiki'

TollywoodThe complaint has been filed by the Valmiki community for allegedly tarnishing the image of the great sage Valmiki by making a film.Digital NativeThe Telugu film Valmiki is the remake of the hit Tamil movie Jigarthanda that was written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The film has Varun Tej reprising the role of Bobby Simha in Tamil. Atharvaa Murali has been roped in to do the role done by Siddharth in the original. Harish Shankar is wielding the megaphone for this remake. Valmiki is bankrolled by Ram Achanta and Gopi Achanta under their banner. On the technical front, Mickey J Meyer has been roped in to compose music for this flick with Ayanaka Bose handling the camera. Chota K Prasad will edit the film. While the shooting of this film has been progressing well, the stumbling block came in the form of a police complaint filed by the representatives
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Pre-teaser to Varun Tej's 'Valmiki' unveiled

TollywoodThe movie is the Telugu remake of hit Tamil movie 'Jigarthanda'.Digital NativeThe pre-teaser of the upcoming film Valmiki has been unveiled and is getting the attention of the film buffs. The teaser featured the lead stars Varun Tej, Pooja Hegde and Atharvaa. Interestingly, Tamil hero, Atharvaa is making his debut in Tollywood with this flick. On the teaser launch, Varun Tej wrote on his social media page, “Me in #Valmiki like you’ve never seen before! Hope you guys like it..Here is the link to #ValmikiPreTeaser. @harish2you @DoP_Bose @Atharvaamurali @hegdepooja.” Me in #Valmiki like you’ve never seen before! Hope you guys like it.. Here is the link to #ValmikiPreTeaserhttps://t.co/xL5gqUSmAt@harish2you @DoP_Bose @Atharvaamurali @hegdepooja — Varun Tej Konidela (@IAmVarunTej) June 24, 2019 From the teaser that has no dialogues, we can see that Varun Tej will be sporting a new look in the film.
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Shooting of Varun Tej's 'Valmiki' progresses

TollywoodThe movie is the Telugu remake of hit Tamil movie 'Jigarthanda'.Digital NativeThe makers of the Telugu movie Valmiki have announced that the shooting of the film has begun. The production house posted on its Twitter handle: “#Valmiki shoot begins!! @IAmVarunTej @harish2you.” Varun Tej, on his first day of shoot wrote, “Day 1 of shoot for #Valmiki. Super kicked about this one!” Valmiki is the remake of the hit Tamil movie Jigarthanda that was written and directed by Karthik Subburaj. The film has Varun Tej reprising the role done by Bobby Simha in Tamil. We also hear that Atharvaa Murali will be foraying into the Telugu film industry with this remake and he will be seen in the role done by Siddharth in the original. Harish Shankar will be wielding the megaphone for this remake and Devi Sri Prasad has been roped in to compose the tunes. Valmiki
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Actor Atharvaa to make Tollywood debut in 'Valmiki'

Tollywood'Valmiki' is the remake of Karthik Subburaj's Tamil film 'Jigarthanada'.Digital NativeThe critically acclaimed Tamil film Jigarthanda is being remade in Telugu under the title Valmiki. The film has Varun Tej reprising the role done by Bobby Simha in Tamil. If sources are anything to go by, Atharvaa Murali will be foraying into the Telugu film industry with this remake and he will be seen in the role done by Siddharth in the original. Harish Shankar will be wielding the megaphone for this remake and Devi Sri Prasad has been roped in to compose the tunes. Valmiki will be bankrolled by Ram Achanta and Gopi Achanta under their banner. The prep work for this film has begun and the shooting is expected to commence in April this year. It may be noted here that the original version in Tamil was written and directed by Karthik Subburaj and had Siddharth,
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Suniel Shetty to debut in Tollywood with Varun Tej’s sports drama

TollywoodThe actor is currently busy shooting for 'Pailwan' in Kannada and 'Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham' in Malayalam.Digital NativeBollywood actor Suniel Shetty is currently busy with his Kannada film Pailwan in which he shares the screen space with Kichcha Sudeep and the Malayalam magnum opus Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, which has Mohanlal in the titular role. With the actor busy in regional language films, he is now set for a big debut in Tollywood. Suniel Shetty has been approached by the makers of Varun Tej’s upcoming film for a pivotal role. Touted to be a sports drama, this film has a meaty role for Suniel and impressed with it he has agreed to hop on board, say sources. The project will be helmed by Kiran Korrapati, an erstwhile associate of Srinu Vaitla. Suniel Shetty is also a part of Malayalam superstar Mohanlal's Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham upcoming big budget venture inspired by
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Pooja Hegde to play female lead in 'Valmiki'?

Tollywood'Valmiki' is the Telugu remake of the Karthik Subbaraj movie 'Jigarthanda'.Digital NativeReports are that Pooja Hegde is in talks to play the female lead in the upcoming Telugu film Valmiki. Starring Varun Tej in the lead, the film will be directed by Harish Shankar. It may be noted here that Pooja Hegde is well acquainted with both Varun Tej and Harish Shankar as she had worked with the former in Mukunda and the latter in Duvvada Jagannadham. However, she has not given her go ahead for Valmiki yet as her role in it requires much lesser screen time. Pooja is weighing the consequences of starring in such a film and is yet to take a call on it, say sources. Interestingly, Valmiki will be the remake of the hit Tamil movie Jigarthanda. Reports are that Harish Shankar is not planning it as an exact remake but will
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Harish Shankar and Varun Tej’s film titled 'Valmiki'

Tollywood'Valmiki' will be the remake of the hit Tamil movie 'Jigarthanda'.Digital NativeDirector Harish Shankar’s next film having Varun Tej in the lead has been titled Valmiki. Varun Tej would be playing the role of a gangster in it. The film has been launched recently amidst a lot of fanfare with the poster featuring gun and film roll. It will be bankrolled by Ram Achanta and Gopi Achanta under their banner. Interestingly, Valmiki will be the remake of the hit Tamil movie Jigarthanda. Reports are that Harish Shankar is not planning it as an exact remake but will be making some changes to the script to suit the Telugu audiences. Devi Sri Prasad has been roped in to compose the tunes for this flick. The original version in Tamil was written and directed by Karthik Subburaj and had Siddharth, Bobby Simha and Lakshmi Menon in the lead roles with Nassar,
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Director Prakash Jha brilliance as an actor shines in the short film Justaju – The longing!

Prakash Jha who has given us magnificent movies to keep in our memory has now taken up acting as a new feather to his hat. The director who was seen acing the cop role in Jai Gangaajal has taken over the screen as a protagonist for a short film.

The short film titled, Justaju – The longing handles urban loneliness with a story that demonstrates skill and cleverness. The duo of Prakash Jha and Sarika star as the leads in this short film which is written and directed by Mudassir Mashalkar.

Talking about the short film, Prakash Jha shares, “I was quiet surprised when Mudassir approached me with this script, as I’m nothing like the character Valmiki. I was very intrigued by the character and was drawn into it. I wanted to go deeper into the psyche of this lonely man. Mudasar was very clear with the story the way
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