‘Chaari 111’ movie review: Vennela Kishore and Satya ensure some fun moments but the film falters

Vennela Kishore and Samyuktha Viswanathan in ‘Chaari 111’ | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement ‘The country needs me,’ says Agent Chaari or Chaari 111 (an effortlessly hilarious Vennela Kishore) in all earnestness. Only, those listening to it react with frustrated disbelief or laughter. The one in disbelief at his confidence is his boss, Prasad Rao (Murali … Read more

Jiiva on playing Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Telugu biopic ‘Yatra 2’ and his new venture, Deaf Frogs

Actor Jiiva as Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in director Mahi V Raghav’s Telugu film, ‘Yatra 2’ | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Jiiva has portrayed a range of characters in his two-decade acting career, from a man next door to a superhero in Tamil films. He was also cast as former … Read more

‘Ambajipeta Marriage Band’ movie review: Dushyanth Katikaneni makes an assured directorial debut with an absorbing drama, anchored by Suhas and Sharanya Pradeep’s terrific performances

Suhas (centre) in Dushyanth Katikaneni’s Telugu film ‘Ambajipeta Marriage Band’ | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement First-time director Dushyanth Katikaneni’s Telugu film Ambajipeta Marriage Band is not an easy watch. The emotional rollercoaster drama can leave its viewers with a lingering sense of dread, in a state of turmoil, thinking about the characters and their plight … Read more

Director Sailesh Kolanu on ‘Saindhav’: I wanted Venky sir to emote through his eyes rather than rely on physical histrionics

Jisshu Sengupta, director Sailesh Kolanu and Venkatesh Daggubati on the sets of ‘Saindhav’ | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement “I feel as though I have submitted my papers and am awaiting the results,” says director Sailesh Kolanu, settling down for this interview soon after doing a final check of his Telugu film Saindhav, releasing in theatres … Read more

‘Mangalavaaram’ movie review: Ajay Bhupathi’s period thriller starring Payal Rajput engages with a few twists and turns, but doesn’t become an absorbing emotional drama

Payal Rajput in director Ajay Bhupathi’s Telugu movie ‘Mangalavaaram’ Director Ajay Bhupathi’s Telugu period thriller Mangalavaaram (Tuesday) had the potential to be a riveting mystery that discusses faith, relationships and morality. The writing had the scope to build complex, morally ambiguous characters in whose journeys we stay invested. The film, which has also been dubbed … Read more

Popular actor Chandramohan no more

Popular Telugu actor Chandramohan passed away on Saturday morning. File | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat Popular Telugu actor Chandramohan passed away in a private hospital here on Saturday morning. The 82-year-old actor had been ailing for some time with multiple ailment. On Saturday morning his wife Jalandhar and other family members rushed him to Apollo … Read more

K Viswanath Memorial Short Film Contest: Indica Pictures to announce the winners in Hyderabad

File photo of director K Viswanath Indica Pictures, a seven-year-old organisation founded by Hari Vadlamani, is organising a short film contest in memory of legendary director K Viswanath and will be announcing the winners on November 8 at Prasad Labs Preview Theatre, Hyderabad.  In April 2023, entries were invited from aspiring filmmakers and film students. … Read more

‘Keedaa Cola’: Chaitanya Rao Madadi, Rag Mayur, Vishnu Oi, Jeevan Kumar and Ravindra Vijay hold forth on director Tharun Bhascker’s Telugu comic caper

A bunch of oddball characters caught in unlikely situations and a promise of rollercoaster ride. The promos of Keedaa Cola, the Telugu caper comedy directed by Tharun Bhascker, which releases on November 3, have raised anticipation for a laugh riot. The film has an ensemble cast — Brahmanandam as thatha (grandfather), Tharun as local don, … Read more

Raghu Ram on ‘Keedaa Cola’: Tharun Bhascker is nuts, has an unpredictable sense of humour

Working in director Tharun Bhascker’s Telugu crime comedy Keedaa Cola, which releases on November 3, has been a homecoming for Raghu Ram. The Mumbai-based television producer and actor popularly known for MTV Roadies recalls getting a call, ‘There is a Telugu fi….’. Even before the sentence was completed, Raghu had said yes. Not many are … Read more

‘Tiger Nageswara Rao’ movie review: Director Vamsee’s biopic-style film starring Ravi Teja begins with promise and withers into an overdrawn, generic tale

Ravi Teja in ‘Tiger Nageswara Rao’, directed by Vamsee | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement When director Vamsee’s ambitiously mounted Telugu film Tiger Nageswara Rao (TNR) begins with a note ‘inspired from true rumours’ and a voiceover informs us that it is a tale of blood and tears, it indicates the tone of the film. Ravi … Read more