Producer Natti Kumar who nowadays is hitting news head lines for some reason the other has once again comes to media with sensational news. Speaking to media at Visakhapatnam, he said that soon he is going to build a film studio between Vizag-Bheemili beach road in a vast peace of 10 acres land. The studio will be completed with in two years of period and will be operational before 15th of August in year 2013. He declared the studio name would be NK.Studios. He hopes that, it will boost the film production activities in Visakhapatnam
2010/12/18 0:47:01 Telugu Film Industry which was shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad some two decades ago seems packing up for another migration, this time to Visakhapatnam, because of the threat from pro Telangana people, especially TRS party leaders. Noted producer D.Rama Naidu who was invited as the Chief Guest for the launching of International Film Festival conducted by Visakha Film Society at Vizag on Friday, speaking on the occasion has said that, he already built a cinema studio at Visakhapatnam and foresees Vizag is the next best destination for Tollywood to move in.
“From now onwards, I will come to Vizag every month and stay here 15days to develop the specific area in Bhemili as a film industry hub. I am sure that, Vizag is a very ideal place for Tollywood to move in. I already built my Rama Naidu studio at Vizag. I think many more people may follow me in the coming days,” said D.Rama Naidu. Later, the members of the film society felicitated him on the occasion.
If, this is going to happen soon, then pro Telangana people like KCR and others may fume against Tollywood for his proposed plans and even may intensify their attacks to drive the industry out of Hyderabad at the earliest. If, TRS and pro Telangana people react positively, then they may be able to retain the film industry to Hyderabad or else they are going to loose it to Vizag.
2011/10/4 1:50:55 According to information, Jr.NTR is said to be planning for constructing a modern film studio in 25 acres of land near Hi-Tech city in Hyderabad very soon. This prime land is said to be gifted to him by his father-in-law Narne Srinivasa Rao, when Jr. married his daughter Lakshmi Pranathi.
The studio will be named after late NTR (NTR Studio), which will enable Jr.NTR to shoot his films and in future he can produce his own films on this banner. It is learnt that his wife Lakshmi Pranathi has encouraged for this idea and her father may come forward to build the studio.
2011/9/18 10:31:48 Ram Charan Tej's arrival to T.Subbirami Reddy's birthday celebrations held at Port Kalavani Stadium, Vizag was remained a big suspense until the last minute. People who attend this function, when decided that he won't come, then he surprised them by appearing on the stage in the nick of the moment. Although, there were eminent people like veteran singer P.Suseela, S.Janaki, D.Ramanaidu, T.Subbirami Reddy and many others, when Ram Charan comes on to dais he become center of attraction. People start chanting his name and demanded to talk to them first.
Then, Subbirami Reddy addressing the huge gathering has said, although he knows about Ram Charan Tej's arrival he kept it secret to give a pleasant surprise to his fans. Then Ram Charan spoke to them.
"When, Subbi Rami Reddy garu has invited me to this function, I thought that I got a chance to visit Vizag and immediately agreed to come. In fact, my ambition is to construct a house in this and settle here. My father also is very much keen to shift here. He even talked to district collector in this regard. If, we get a piece of land certainly we will come down to Vizag. Our Ram Naidu garu has already constructed a Cinema Studio here. I believe soon all the others following his foot steps will come down to Vizag and ultimately the Telugu film industry will shift here," said Ram Charan Tej while his fans cheering with whistles and claps.
"All of you know that my father Chiranjeevi has made several films here and all of they were big hits. Especially the song in 'Gharana Mogudu' becomes a big hit. Hence, our family had a sentimental attachment with this Vizag city. I also tried to shoot the remake song at Vizag, but it didn't take shape since we didn't get permissions from the port authorities. So, I will ask my present film 'Rachcha' producer to shoot some scenes here at Vizag."
Later, Ram Charan left in the middle of the function to catch his return flight to Hyderabad. But, after boarding the flight it has developed some technical slag and has been cancelled. Therefore, Ram Charan Tej has to stay at Vizag in a hotel overnight. He returned home on Sunday morning.
GV films, a leading media company, on Thursday said it would build 'studio cities' in 23 tier-two cities in south India in the next three years.
Each costing Rs 20 to 40 crore, it would have five screens, shopping malls and food courts, S Venkataramani, Vice President, G V Films, told a press conference.
The first one, which is completed, would be opened soon at Thanjavur, he said.
Total cost of the project would be around Rs 700 crore and funding would be done through internal generation, he said.
The company had won the prestigious Seoul Drama award, considered to be the Oscar for television serial, for its three dimension television soap 'Mayavi', the first to be won by an Indian company, he said.
2007/1/30 11:22:29 Ajantha Studio is the first cinic studio in Hyderabad city built in 1964. Films like Sati Arundati, Nijam Chebuthe Nammaru, Tatamma Kala, Melukolupu etc. were shot here. Seetarami Rami Reddy, founder of this studio wanted his grave to be in the studio. So, now no studio but the grave of the founder is found.
Bhagyanagar studio was founded in 1977 by well known industrialist Badam Ramaswamy.
Nandi Awards started in 1964 and the first film to get Nandi Award is Dr.Chakravarthi (ANR)
2011/10/8 2:51:59 Music director Satyam has launched his 'Satyam recording studio' built at Hyderabad on October 6th on the eve of Vijayadashami. Producer Dil Raju has formally launched the studio. Later, Dil Raju, K.Vijaya Bhaskar and Raj have launched the private album 'Bhajana Cheyave Manasa' written by lyricist Ananta Sriram.
Movie Moghul Dr D Ramanaidu participated in a 'Meet the Press' programme arranged by Film Critics Association on November 13. Speaking on the occasion, he says, 'Mine is not a delicate mind to feel bad when I failed or to elate when there was a success. I faced several ebbs and tides during my long career. While the success of 'Ramudu Bheemudu' is the seed, it was the success of 'Premnagar' which could termed a plant.
Our banner grew step by step. After the success of 'Premnagar' in Telugu, we remade the film as 'Vasantha Maligai' in Tamil. Likewise, the Hindi version of 'Premnagar' was also a hit. It is like a tree for our banner. In fact, what all that I earned through films was invested again in the film industry. My banner has the credit of introducing 23 directors, four music directors, various cinematographers and technicians besides artistes. A total of 46 heroes, 126 heroines made their debut into the films through our banner.
Not only in film industry, I also entered into politics and was elected as MP from Bapatla constituency. However, I am keeping myself off from politics now. I had an ambition to produce films in all the Indian languages and I was able to realize it and only three languages like Guarati, Bhojpuri and Punjabi languages remained balance. After this, I had another wish to wield the megaphone. I am planning to take up direction by next year.
' Speaking about his children, Ramanaidu says, 'I came to the film industry with a wish to become a hero, but turned a producer. My son Sureshbabu is continuing my legacy as producer, while Venkatesh had fulfilled my wish to become a hero. It was also quite accidental. When we planned 'Kaliyuga Pandavulu', we could not obtain the dates of Krishna and Venkatesh made his debut in 1986 under the direction of Raghavendra Rao.
Now my grandson Rana Daggubati is also coming up as hero in film which would be launched in April. I am also planning to produce a film with all new faces by January next year. We are constructing a studio in Vizag with all the facilities. We are spending all the profits earned from our recent hit 'Tulasi' on our Vizag studio.
Those who enter the studio with a script, could return with the first copy in that studio and there is no need to look for another side for any facility.' On the occasion, Dr Ramanaidu announced a donation of Rs 5 lakh to the Film Critics Association. Later, the association office bearers felicitated Dr Ramanaidu and presented him a shawl and a memento.
2011/2/14 10:05:15 During his recent visit to Visakhapatnam Chiranjeevi has expressed his interest to settle down at Visakhapatnam. But, why? Why all of a sudden he developed interest to shift to Visakhapatnam? What makes him state like that?
Perhaps, is it because he got a tip off from the party high command that, sooner or later if the state is divided, he will be made Chief Minister of Andhra Region? That’s why he is planning to shift his base from present Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam, so as he can develop his base there?
However, he told some silly reasons for his interest. He said that, he has visited Vizag city many times and had many of his films shot at beautiful city of vizag and many of them were super hits. He said people of the city are very friendlier and has encouraged him through out his film carrier. All those films shot at vizag brought him name and fame. So, seeing this beautiful city Vizag, he developed interest to settle down there. Moreover, he had a strong fan base at Vizag, any they are insisting him to settle down there!
Chiranjeevi said that, he actually wanted to settle down at Chennai, while his career was in peak. But, when the film industry has shifted to Hyderabad he also was obliged to shift Hyderabad.
The fresh schedule of 'Pellayindi Kaanee…' directed by EVV Satyanarayana and produced by Narasimha Rao on the banner of Raasi Movies with Naresh and Kamalini Mukherjee in the lead would begin in Vizag from August 4. Producer says, 'The talkie would be wrapped up with the shooting in Vizag and Araku by August 15.
The balance three songs would be choreographed from August 16 to the month-end either at Kashmir or in an abroad schedule. We are planning to launch the audio in the first week of September and the film would be released in the third week in the same month.
'Director EVV Satyanarayana says, 'We are confident the film would bring the woman audiences to the theatres, who were hitherto glued to their TVs for the past some time.'
Popular producer Ravikishore is producing a film on the banner of Sravanthi Movies, directed by Sreenu Vaitla with Ram of 'Devadas' fame and Genelia in the lead. The film launched its shooting recently at Sravanthi Movies' production office with puja activities.
Producer Ravikishore says, 'The regular shooting of the film would begin from November 2 at Vizag. Prem Rakshit, who had choreographed excellent dances in the recent blockbuster like 'Yamadonga', is going to direct the picturisation of a song as part of the launch of the regular shooting. After completing the Vizag schedule, the film unit would return to Hyderabad to continue its shooting.
'Aata' starring Siddhartha is fast nearing completion. Illeana plays the heroine opposite Siddhrtha. After the resounding success of 'Bommarillu' there are high expectations on Siddhartha. The film is being directed by VN Aditya and produced by MS Raju on the Sumanth Arts banner. Some pub scenes are currently being shot at Sanghi on Illeana and her friends.
The unit will soon leave for Vizag to shoot some more song sequences. A train episode is also being planned to be shot in Vizag. Devisri Prasad has given melodious tunes for the film.
Reliance Entertainment has picked up a 50% stake in ND Studios [Nitin Desai], which is located in Karjat, for about Rs. 150 crores. While Desai will continue to manage operations, Reliance will focus on scaling up the studio. The plan is to make it the biggest studio in the world, on the lines of leading studios of Hollywood.
For the time being, the studio will be called BIG ND Studio. Currently, it has two shooting floors and with Reliance coming in, the plan is add 12 more floors and town squares that resemble European locations, Mumbai and Singapore. Besides Bollywood, the focus is to attract Hollywood productions to shoot in the studio.
Singer Sonu Nigam has purchased himself a recording studio in Mumbai. Sonu says that music industry has become a big business today and therefore he wants to make the most out of it. He has his own team of musicians and technicians to engineer the work.
On asking whether he will rent his studio to other singers, Sonu replies that he would definitely allow other singers to record their albums there. The singer is currently recording his solo album in his newly acquired studio in the Lokhandwala complex.
2008/3/11 15:30:24 Film editor N.Gopalakrishnan passed away here on Sunday morning. He was 74. He was in hospital for the past many days.
He is survived by wife Seethalakshmi, son Anilkumar (Chitranajali Studio), Daughters Amritha, Bindu and Hema.
He has served as the editor for most of the films directed by Priyadarshan in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi. He was known as Ambi Annan in film circles.
He was the producer of the blockbuster Malayalam film Thenamaavin Kombathu. He also worked as the editor at Merryland studio and Chitranjali studio. Gopalakrishnan has worked with most of the prominent directors of Malayalam cinema. But he had a special relation with Priyadarsan for whom he had worked for nearly 50 films.
Gopalakrishnan was with Merryland till 1977. He then joined the KSFDC as the head of the Editing Department, and served the institution till 1993.
2006/10/10 12:15:38 The second schedule of the yet to be named film being produced by Raghunath Sogi and directed by Srirama on the banner of Sri Sadguru Cinema with Sairam Shankar (of 143, Danger-films fame and brother of Puri Jagannath) and Suhasi in the lead was wrapped up at Vizag recently. The first schedule of the film was done in Hyderabad and the second schedule was held between September 15 and October 1 in and around Vizag. Director Srirama says, 'It is a beautiful love story. In fact, it is a tailor-made story for Sairam Shankar and suited his body language well. We are making the film by keeping in view the tastes and thoughts of the present day youth. We have so far completed 40 per cent shooting including two songs. We are confident of giving a good film to the Telugu audiences.' Producer Raghunath Sogi says, 'The Vizag weather had cooperated with us very well. When we are about to shoot a rain song, there was a rain and we were able to complete the song in natural rain. We have got a very good team. We are planning to shoot the third schedule in Hyderabad during this month. Two more songs besides some talkie part would be canned abroad in November. RP Patnaik gave melodious tunes to all the songs.' Naresh, Chitram Sreenu, Hemalatha, Kota Shankara Rao, Annnapurna are in the cast.
2011/7/4 15:04:38 Starring Navdeep, Rahul, Avsarala Srinivas, Shradda Das, Sanjana and Sowmya in the lead roles film ‘Mugguru’ shooting is progressing with brisk pace at Vizag city. This film is produced by Dr.D.Ramanaidu under Suresh Productions banner. This film is directed by VN Aditya. Dr.Brahmanandam, Ali, Chalapathi Rao, Ahuti Prasad and some others have played important roles in this movie.
The current schedule at Vizag will concludes on July 12th, with which the film shooting will be nearly completed except some patch works. Earlier, the unit has canned the action part at Ramanaidu’s native village Karamchedu and some song sequences at Malaysia. Koti has scored music for this movie. This film will be ready by end of July and may be released during next month.
2007/1/22 13:02:06 Telugu Talkie era started with Bakta Prahalada (1931). Andhra was not yet been identified as a competent area for cinema shooting so.
The shooting was being done in the places like Kolhapur, Kolkata Studios. In 1936, a studio, by name Durga Cine Town was started in Rajahmundry. It was started by Nidamarti Soorayya whose father Jaladurga Prasad’s name was after it.
Today we find Andhra Bank office in the place once the studio existed. Chittajallu Pullaiah, the first generation director, had a close association with this studio. ‘Sampurna Ramayanam’ was the first cinema to be shot there. More than 20,000 ft. reel was shot here, as, sources say. ‘Satyanarayana Vratam’, ‘Kasula Peru’, ‘Bhaktamarkandeya’, ‘Chal Mohana Ranga’, Mohini Bhasmasura, were but from this very studio.
Durga Cine Town was winded up running short of technical advancement.
Everyone knows him as a first-rate model, an evolving actor and a youth icon. But there is more to John Abraham, who turned 35 Monday.
He is deeply involved in social work and wants more youngsters to join his Habitat for Humanity brigade.
"I keep a break between my films and during those breaks I work for social causes I address. I love animals and I work for PETA. I have my own brigade called John' brigade for Habitat For Humanity," John said.
"This year, we have built 5,000 houses in impoverished villages all over India. Next year, we plan to build 8,000 houses. Habitat for Humanity is a Jimmy Carter foundation project.
"Do people know that, no! But now I have to talk about my work because I need the youth to join me. I need youngsters to come there and actually build the houses. I build houses for the people. I go up on the roof and put in screws. The youth connect with me. They feel that if John can do it, so can we. If John can build houses, we can build houses too," he added.
Although critics have panned his latest two releases 'No Smoking' and 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal', John is unperturbed and looking out for more substantial roles.
"You have to take criticism positively. Criticism is where someone will tell you both bad and good points. I object to cynicism where people just tell you the bad things. So criticism is always welcome," he said.
"I make sure that I get the right role and the money is also important. But I'm not consciously trying to do non-commercial films. 'Zinda' was different but it worked.
2006/12/18 11:48:49 Canning of a song is in progress for 'Desamuduru' directed by Puri Jagannath and produced by Bhagawan and Danayya on the banner of Universal Media with Allu Arjun and Hansika Muthwal in the lead.
The song which had started its shooting on December 17 in Vizag would continue for about five days. Chakri gave music for this flick and the audio is planned for release on December 24. The film is slated for release on January 12 as Sankranthi gift. Rambha is playing an item number for this film.