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NTR Junior makes a grand comeback
By B. Anuradha,
Hyderabad, Jan 25 The success of his recently
released "Rakhi" has brought Telugu star NTR Junior back into
It took the contemporary theme of atrocities against women to
turn the tide in his favour. "Rakhi" was also a comeback film
for director Krishna Vamsi.
"Probably both of us worked with some vengeance," NTR Junior
Detractors had written off the grandson of the legendary NTR
when all his action films, including "Ashok", bombed at the box
"I heard the word "congratulations" after nearly three years! 'Rakhi'
has brought me accolades as an actor. My mother praised Vamsi
for making a 'great movie' and girls have really responded
overwhelmingly," he added.
The actor is now looking forward to his much-awaited next film "Yamadonga"
with director Rajamouli.
Excerpts from a chat:
Q: How does it feel to make a big comeback?
A: I heard the word congratulations after nearly three years! "Rakhi"
has brought me accolades as an actor. "Aadi" and "Simhadri"
belonged to the star-centric genre but "Rakhi" showcased both
the star and the actor in me.
My mother praised Krishna Vamsi for making a "great movie" and
girls have really responded overwhelmingly.
Q: Did you have any inhibitions while accepting this storyline?
A: I heard this story from Vamsi and writer Radhakrishna seven
years ago, but we could finally do it now. Vamsi approached me
for "Sri Anjaneyam" but it didn't materialise. However, once we
decided to work together again, we opted for this theme, which
looked very contemporary.
Vamsi's confidence in the subject also rubbed off on me. We
incorporated realistic incidents in it and the audience lapped
it up. I would love to work with him again.
Q: Can you elaborate on your next film "Yamadonga"?
A: I am doing this film purely for director Rajamouli who gave
me hits like "Student No.1" and "Simhadri". I am looking forward
to working with senior actor Mohan Babu. I intend to absorb
acting nuances from him.
Q: How did you cope with your extended lean patch?
A: In south India, viewers tend to equate stars with demi-gods
but they should understand that their favourite stars are just
human beings who can make mistakes. These mistakes happened
while trying to reach the ever growing expectations of the fan
I have no regrets. On the contrary, I think I was fortunate to
get this setback early in my career, enabling me to plan it much
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Gogula music rules the Telugu charts
By B. Anuradha,
Hyderabad, Jan 25 Composer Ramana Gogula's "Yogi" is
the first among the Telugu albums of the fortnight. The top five
1."Yogi" - The standout numbers in this fast-paced album are "Orori
orori yogi" and "Gilli gichi".
2."Desamuduru" - The hit combination of composer Chakri and
director Jagannath Puri has worked yet again as the audio is
selling like hot cakes. "Ninne ninne" and "Gola" are
3."Annavaram" - Gogula has composed music as well as lent his
voice to his favourite actor Pavan. He scores another hit with
the album. "Mehboobaba" is a catchy song.
4."Rakhi" - Devisri Prasad comes up with a racy album to keep up
the film's pace. "Rakhi rakhi" and "Neenu chuse" are topping the
5."Anumanaspadam" - Legendary composer Ilayaraja teams up with
director Vamsi to try and recreate the magic of "April okati
viduthala" and "Sitara".
Pavan's comeback film tops Telugu list
By B. Anuradha,
Hyderabad, Jan 25 Actor Pavan Kalyan's comeback film
"Annavaram" makes it to the number one spot in Telugu top five
list this time:
1."Annavaram" - Pavan Kalyan bounces back with a vengeance with
his latest action movie "Annavaram". The film is about
brother-sister sentiment and is doing wonders at the box office.
2."Rakhi" - Aggressive promotion by NTR Junior, who toured the
state, has helped the film sustain its good collections.
Director Krishna Vamsi's concept of a vigilante killing those
who ill-treat women has re-launched the careers of both the
actor and the director.
3."Desamuduru" - Allu Arjun's antics and dances have been
received well, but the film's contrived second half has scuttled
its chances of becoming a blockbuster.
4."Yogi" - Prabhas uses his physique to perfection as he
decimates villains to become a messiah. The mother's sentiment
in the film reminds you of "Chatrapathi", but director Vinayak
manages to succeed despite taking up an oft-repeated plot.
5."Bhagyalaxmi Bumper Draw" - Rajendraprasad and a band of
comedians provide another hit for director Nidhi Prasad. The
remake of Hindi hit "Malamaal Weekly" has been received well.