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Would like to dedicate 'Rough' to Srihari: Aadi
Would like to dedicate 'Rough' to Srihari: Aadi Aadi Pudipeddi, who plays the lead in forthcoming Telugu actioner "Rough", which releases in cinemas Friday after much delay, says the film would be a fitting tribute to the late actor Srihari, who has played an important role in it. "It's very unfortunate that we've lost Srihari, who ha

Telugu stars to come under one roof for fundraiser
Telugu stars to come under one roof for fundraiser Telugu film stars like Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu and Pawan Kalyan will come under one roof here Sunday for Memu Saitham, an entertainment initiative by the filmdom to raise funds for victims of the Hudhud cyclone. While several stars have already lent financial support

Bollywood mourns 'Kathak goddess' Sitara Devi's death
Bollywood mourns 'Kathak goddess' Sitara Devi's death Star choreographer Saroj Khan saw Sitara Devi dance like an 18-year-old when she was actually 70. Such was the magic of the danseuse, whom Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar will remember for her vibrancy and talent. Sitara Devi died here Tuesday. She was 94.

Post illness rumours, Dilip Kumar bounces back on Twitter
Post illness rumours, Dilip Kumar bounces back on Twitter After a string of online rumours of his ill-health, thespian Dilip Kumar Tuesday emerged out of his hibernation from Twitter to ensure his fans know that he's well. He has thanked everyone for their concern. "Phone calls from all over the world. All night. Your love and prayers and Allah

Court defers judgment in 'Lingaa' case
Court defers judgment in 'Lingaa' case The Madras High Court bench here Monday deferred its verdict on a writ petition filed by aspiring filmmaker K.R. Ravi Rathinam who has accused the team of superstar Rajinikanth's "Lingaa" of having stolen his script. In his petition, Rathinam alleged that the story of "Lingaa" is same as

Rahman's music has vital role in 'Kaaviya...': Director
Rahman's music has vital role in 'Kaaviya...': Director Director Vasanthabalan says double-Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman's music in forthcoming Tamil period drama "Kaaviya Thalaivan" plays a pivotal role in the film. He says the project was a challenge for the Mozart of Madras as well. "Kaaviya Thalaivan", which releases in cinemas Frida

'Lingaa' cleared with 'U' certificate
'Lingaa' cleared with 'U' certificate Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Tamil actioner "Lingaa" has been passed with a 'U' certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), making it suitable to watch for all age groups. The film will release in cinemas Dec 12 in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. "'Lingaa' will release on Ra

Big B shares 'Shamitabh' sketch online
Big B shares 'Shamitabh' sketch online Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is active on many different social networking platforms, shared a sketch of R. Balakrishnan's ambitious project "Shamitabh" on his official blog. The director, fondly called Balki, is helming "Shamitabh", which also features Dhanush and marks the

Malupu inspired by true incident: Sathya Prabhas
Malupu inspired by true incident: Sathya Prabhas Upcoming Telugu thriller "Malupu", which features Aadhi Pinisetty in the lead, is inspired by a real incident that happened over a decade ago, says its director Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty. "It's about an incident that happened to my friends, and it changed their perspective about life comp

John Abraham signs Harshvardhan for two more films
John Abraham signs Harshvardhan for two more films Telugu actor Harshvardhan Rane, who is making his Bollywood debut in John Abraham's home production "Satra Ko Shaadi Ho", has been signed on for two more yet-untitled projects by the banner. "I signed all the three films long back. I didn't want to jinx it by announcing (it earlier). It

Mannara has lived up to her role in 'Zid': Priyanka
Mannara has lived up to her role in 'Zid': Priyanka Actress Priyanka Chopra is all praise for her cousin Mannara's debut Bollywood performance in "Zid" and says she has perfectly lived up to the "challenging" role. "She (Mannara) is extremely free. She is not conscious of herself. For the first time, I have seen her act and I can say it i

Anil Kapoor, John to attend 11th Dubai film fest
Anil Kapoor, John to attend 11th Dubai film fest Hindi film celebrities Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal will attend the 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) along with international stars like Emily Blunt, Kelsey Grammer, Eva Longoria and Olga Kurylenko. The festival, which runs Dec 10-1

Virat-Anushka not in YRF's next film
Virat-Anushka not in YRF's next film Fans of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli are in for a disappointment as he won't be making his film debut opposite his rumoured girlfriend and actress Anushka Sharma, according to Yash Raj Films. It was earlier reported that Virat has replaced superstar Shah Rukh Khan in a romantic film, bei

Veena Malik 'shocked' at conviction for blasphemy
Veena Malik 'shocked' at conviction for blasphemy Pakistani actress Veena Malik has expressed "shock" at a Pakistan court sentencing her and her husband, among others, to 26 years in jail on blasphemy charges. However, she says her faith in the country's judicial system is intact and she plans to take the fight for justice forward. A

New DDJL trailer celebrates 1,000 weeks of film
New DDJL trailer celebrates 1,000 weeks of film Romantic drama “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (DDLJ), a film that redefined romance in Indian cinema, is completing 1,000 weeks Dec 12. A slew of activities is being planned for the day, but for now a special trailer has been launched. Shah Rukh Khan, who played Raj Malhotra in the fi

Never refused to work with Sunny Leone: Emraan Hashmi
Never refused to work with Sunny Leone: Emraan Hashmi Emraan Hashmi denies that he refused to work with adult film star Sunny Leone for a special song in "Ungli". In fact, he says he'd like to work with her if given a chance. Past reports had suggested that Emraan had turned down an offer to share screen space with Sunny, but he has rubbish

Still need mom's advice on scripts: Thulasi Nair
Still need mom's advice on scripts: Thulasi Nair Thulasi Nair, daughter of yesteryear southern actress Radha, says she still takes her mother's advice when it comes to choosing scripts as she feels she's not yet ready to take such big decisions herself. The 17-year-old, who made her cinematic debut with Mani Ratnam's Tamil romantic-dra

Kamal Haasan now has a YouTube channel
Kamal Haasan now has a YouTube channel Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan now has an official YouTube channel titled Ulaganayagan Tube. It was recently launched and has over 2,000 subscribers and over 50,000 views. The channel, which is managed by K Vaai Mozhi team, already features two Q and A sessions with Kamal Haasan, writer-di

Mohan Babu dedicates 40 years in filmdom to fans, friends
Mohan Babu dedicates 40 years in filmdom to fans, friends Actor-producer Manchu Mohan Babu, who has completed four decades in Telugu filmdom, has dedicated the proud moment and his success to fans and friends who have stood by him in this journey. "I must thank all those people who were around me and supported me during these 40 years. But in t

Director Hari heads to Switzerland for script work
Director Hari heads to Switzerland for script work Director Hari Gopalakrishnan of "Singam" fame, who is all set to team up with actor Suriya for the fifth time in his yet-untitled next film, has left for Switzerland with his assistants to finish the script. "Hari and his assistants left for Switzerland yesterday (Friday) for script work

Astounded by Telugu filmdom's professionalism: Raajpal Yadav
Astounded by Telugu filmdom's professionalism: Raajpal Yadav Actor Raajpal Yadav is currently shooting for Telugu comedy "Kick 2" with Ravi Teja. He says he's "astounded" by the professionalism with which the industry functions. "As I foray into Telugu movie industry with 'Kick 2', I am really astounded how professionally they function! Time is pr

Period films are heroic: Rana Daggubati
Period films are heroic: Rana Daggubati Actor Rana Daggubati says he didn't mind working in two back-to-back Telugu period films "Baahubali" and "Rudhramadevi" because he finds them "heroic" and "powerful". "I didn't mind doing two back-to-back period films because they may be offbeat, yet it's so heroic and powerful," Rana to

Rudhramadevi' left Aditi Chengappa awestruck
Rudhramadevi' left Aditi Chengappa awestruck Southern actress Aditi Chengappa, who plays an important role in upcoming Telugu period-drama "Rudhramadevi", says the experience of working in the film left her completely awestruck. "I was mostly awestruck during the course of the shoot. Everywhere you look on the sets, there's so much

Vikram brought out the best in me: Abhimanyu Singh
Vikram brought out the best in me: Abhimanyu Singh Tamil actor Vikram has brought out the best in him in the upcoming Tamil road thriller "10 Enradhukulla", says Bollywood star Abhimanyu Singh, who shares screen space with him in the film. "When you work with Vikram, you give your best. It brought out the best in me," Abhimanyu said in a

Tamil filmmaker Rudhraiya passes away
Tamil filmmaker Rudhraiya passes away Tamil filmmaker C. Rudhraiya, who was popular for his critically acclaimed film "Aval Appadithan", passed away here late Tuesday night. He was 67. According to a family source, Rudhraiya breathed his last in a private hospital. "He was suffering from health-related issues. After being

Shiva, Bobby Simhaa collaborate for 'Masala Padam'
Shiva, Bobby Simhaa collaborate for 'Masala Padam' Actors "Mirchi" Shiva and Bobby Simhaa, who are popular for their comical screen presence, have joined hands for upcoming Tamil commercial entertainer "Masala Padam". "Shiva and Simhaa play the lead heroes in the film. Their combo is sure to attract lot of attention. It's a commercial fi

Nagarjuna's new film launched
Nagarjuna's new film launched Akkineni Nagarjuna's next Telugu film tentatively titled "Soggade Chinni Nayana" was launched here Wednesday. The film features the actor in a dual role as grandfather and grandson. "The film was officially launched in Annapurna Studios with a puja. Regular shooting will start shortly in

Public helped us release 'Naa Bangaaru Talli': Director
Public helped us release 'Naa Bangaaru Talli': Director Filmmaker Rajesh Touchriver says it was the public's contribution that facilitated the release of the three National Awards winning Telugu-Malayalam bilingual "Naa Bangaaru Taali", which deals with human trafficking, in cinemas Friday. Malayalam version of the film titled "Ente" released

Wedding celebrations of Salman's sister begin at Falaknuma
Wedding celebrations of Salman's sister begin at Falaknuma The wedding celebrations of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan with businessman Aayush Sharma began at the Taj Falaknuma hotel here Tuesday evening. The celebrations kicked off with the 'baraat' at 4.30 p.m. in the heritage hotel located in the old city area. The 'ba

I'm waiting to work with my friends: Ashok Selvan
I'm waiting to work with my friends: Ashok Selvan Actor Ashok Selvan, who worked in a few short films with friends before making his feature film debut with "Soodhu Kavvum", says he's keen to collaborate with them again. He says some of his friends are waiting with scripts to work with him. "I'm waiting to work with my friends. If I can

Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold
Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold Kiccha Sudeep-starrer "Maanikya", the Kannada remake of recent Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", has minted Rs.14 crore on its opening weekend. The movie released May 1 in the state. It is expected to register the highest first week opening in the language in recent times, predicts a trade an

Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content
Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content Filmmaker Pawan Kumar, who rose to prominence with his Kannada independent film "Lucia", is testing the waters with an alternative distribution system where the audience will pay for a film only if they like the content. "How do we know if what we are paying for is worth the money? As an

Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry
Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry Under the tutelage of leading actors such as Shivrajkumar and Kiccha Sudeep and activist Vatal Nagaraj, the Kannada film industry staged a rally here against the release of dubbed films in the state. "By releasing other language films and serials dubbed in Kannada, we are sidelining the

Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot
Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot Kannada actor-producer Raghavendra Rajkumar is recuperating in a private hospital here after emergent surgery conducted to remove a blood clot in his brain, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. "The actor is responding to treatment and feeling better than yesterday (Wednesday - when the

Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie
Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie Kannada actor-director Ramesh Aravind, who is directing "Uthama Villain", says that Kamal Haasan is not only playing the lead, but also writing the script of his movie. The film will go on floors in November. "The current working title is 'Uthama Villain', we are working on the scri

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi'
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has been roped in to pair with superstar Kiccha Sudeep in the untitled Kannada remake of Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", which went on floors recently. "We have roped in Varalaxmi to play one of the heroines in the film. We are on the lookout for the res

Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha
Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha Ramya, who was Saturday elected to Lok Sabha from Mandya constituency in Karnataka, is the first female actor from the state to enter parliament. Fielded by the ruling Congress, she defeated C.S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular in the bypoll held Aug 21. Mandya is about 80 kms from Bang

Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll
Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll Popular Kannada film actor Ramya Saturday filed nomination papers as the Congress candidate for the Aug 21 bypoll to Mandya Lok Sabha seat from Karnataka. She is pitted against former legislator C. S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), who filed his papers Friday. Mandya is about 8

Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise
Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise His unforgettable role as police officer Agni in Kannada action-drama "Police Story" catapulted him to star status, and now southern actor Sai Kumar Pudipeddi, is keen to begin work on the third part in the series. "I've been thinking of starting work on 'Police Story 3', but nothing has

Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead
Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead Kannada actor Hemanth, seen in his debut film "Nenapinangala", died of a heart attack at a private hospital here Wednesday, a family friend said. He was 27. "He complained of chest pain last evening when he was working out in a gym. He was rushed to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital where he underw

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