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Vadivelu-starrer historic comedy drama 'Imsai Arasan 24am Pulikesi', to be directed by Chimbu Devan, started its rolling from Wednesday. The film is a sequel to the highly successful 'Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi', released over a decade ago. After playing comic roles for a while, Vadivelu will return in the title role of this film.

On the occasion, the film's first look motion poster was also unveiled. To be made on a large scale and budget, 'Imsai Arasan 24am Pulikesi' is being jointly bankrolled by filmmaker Shankar and Lyca Productions. Parvathy Omanakuttan is paired with Vadivelu in the film, which will have music by Ghibran.
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Actress Priyamani, who appeared in many Telugu and Tamil films, got married to her friend businessman Mustafa Raj at a registrar office in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Priyamani and Mustafa Raj will hold a grand reception for industry friends at a private hotel in Bengaluru on August 24th, 2017. Priyamani and Mustafa got engaged in May last year in a traditional manner and had said that they would get married in 2017. Priyamani had also said that she will not quit her profession post marriage and will continue to with acting.

Mustafa Raj is a popular industrialist and hails from Mumbai. He is also a very popular personality in South Indian film circles since he was the one who has been organizing the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). Besides CCL, Mustafa also owns multiple businesses across India.
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Rumours and debates over who should be the next 007 have been nonstop for years, as has Craig's frequent hints about calling it quits. After much rumors and speculation, Daniel Craig has made it official - He’ll be returning for another movie as James Bond. Craig confirmed the news that had been widely expected during his appearance on Tuesday’s edition of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

It'll be the British actor’s 5th Bond film, after 'Casino Royale', 'Quantum of Solace', 'Skyfall', and 'Spectre'. The next installment will be the 25th in the franchise and is due to be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019. Asked if it would be his last run as the celebrated spy, Craig said, “I think this is it, I just want to go out on a high note, and I can’t wait.”

In 2015, he famously said he would rather "slash my wrists" than make another Bond movie, a comment he later explained as a kind of joke from the fatigue of just completing one. Craig took over from Pierce Brosnan starting with 2006’s 'Casino Royale', then returned for 'Quantum of Solace' in 2008. The last Bond film, 'Spectre,' grossed $880 million worldwide in 2015, while 'Skyfall' brought in a hefty $1.1 billion in 2012.

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Prabhas's next flick 'Saaho' has become the hottest topic of the town since its inception. With 'Baahubali' franchise, Prabhas has become a household name and now he is a global icon. All eyes are on his next project and with whom he is going to share screen space and how would be the film etc. Lately, they are speculations about leading lady. Earlier, there were reports that Anushka was supposed to share screen space with Prabhas.

Finally, after several speculations, the makers of 'Saaho' have put all the rumours to rest by officially announcing the leading lady of their film and it's none other than the Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor. Shraddha Kapoor who rose to fame with 'Aashiqui 2' and gained an immense fan following with every movie she was a part of thereafter. The 30-year-old actress fits the role perfectly, the producer of the movie told in a recent press meet. “Shraddha is the perfect choice for the role. We are excited to have her on board with us. Saaho is Prabhas’s first film in Hindi and so it is very special for all of us. It is an ambitious project and will have some really high-octane action scenes.” said the producer.
'Saaho' will mark the Hindi debut of Prabhas. The film will be predominantly shot outside India, especially in places such as Abu Dhabi and some key locations across Europe. Prabhas will start shooting for the film during mid-August. The film has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and cinematography by Madhie, whose work in 'Ghazi' was widely spoken about. Tamil actor Arun Vijay is said to be playing a pivotal role while Neil Nitin Mukesh plays the villain in 'Saaho'.
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Movie: Fidaa
Cast: Varun Tej, Sai Pallavi, Sai Chand, Raja, Satyam Rajesh, Sharanya Pradeep and others
Music: Shakthikanth Karthick
Cinematography: Vijay C Kumar
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Producers: Raju, Sirish
Writer and Director: Sekhar Kammula
Banner: Sri Venkateshwara Creations
Release Date: 21 July 2017

Known for his sensitive film making techniques with strong emotional brilliance, Sekhar Kammula, the director of classic hits such as "Anand" and "Happy Days" has, in fact, lost his touch for a while. After delivering two flops with 'Life is Beautiful' and 'Anaamika', Sekhar Kammula has returned to the genre of love stories after a long gap. Let us see, how far this film will bring Sekhar’s Midas touch back on screen.

STORY:
NRI Varun(Varun Tej) comes down to a rural village in Telangana to attend the wedding ceremony of his brother (Raja) and meets Bhanumathi (Sai Pallavi), the bride's sister. They get attracted to each other and start finding out about themselves. As time passes by, love blossoms between the couple but they both do not disclose their love for each other. After going back to the US, Varun finally comes forward and proposes to Bhanu who in turn reject’s Varun’s proposal.

Why did Bhanu reject Varun’s proposal? What is the family drama behind this? and how does the pair end up marrying each other? That forms the rest of the story.

The first half of the film is so good that one is bound to expect the fun and romance to continue which sadly does not. Even though there is good drama, the pace of the film goes down a bit. The climax looks a bit hurried up as Varun’s change of mind could have been showcased in a more effective manner. The entire story is quite predictable so do not expect major twists and turns.

ARTISTES PERFORMANCE:
Varun Tej looks super dashing in the film. Even though his role will look as if the heroine dominates him but Varun’s calmness and the ease with his emotions make the film quite heart warming. This is the kind of film that an actor of his age should be doing and Varun is bang on this time.

Though it is a love story, as expected, it is the heroine who gets complete dominance. The story is more about Bhanumathi, played by Sai Pallavi, than Varun. And in the role of Bhanumathi, debutante Sai Pallavi (who played the role of a lecturer in Malayalam's Premam) steals the show. It is her show from the start to finish. Right from the first frame, she mesmerizes you completely. Be it her screen presence, Telangana accent and the way she carries the emotional scenes, she is a show stealer. She is not what can term a conventional beauty (she has pimples on her face), but the girl-next-door looks and performance win over. Post-Fidaa, Sai Pallavi will be an even bigger rage all over.

Veteran actor Sai Chand as heroine’s father is quite memorable and gives an honest performance. Satyam Rajesh evokes good laughs. Sharanya Pradeep as Sai Pallavi's sister and Raja has done a decent job as well. All the supporting cast do well in their respective roles.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS:
Director Shekhar Kammula, he makes a comeback with a bang. The way he sets a simple story and narrates it with some good entertainment will be loved by the family audience big time. Shekar is at peaks when it comes to romance and his stamp is all over Sai Pallavi’s character as she is shown in a super strong manner who cares for her family and ambitions. Direction wise, Sekhar adopted a commercial touch to the second half though movie turns a bit slower in both the halves.

Music by Shaktikanth is a major asset for the film. All the songs are set perfectly into the narration. Vijay C Kumar’s camera work captured Telangana natural beauty and USA locations so beautifully. Marthand K Venkatesh’s editing is also rational portraying the emotion poignantly. Shakthi Kanth’s re-recording is pleasant enhancing the depth in the narrative. Production standards from Dil Raju are just satisfactory.

VERDICT:
On the whole, 'Fidaa' is one of the best love stories made in the recent times. The film will be loved by the audience who seek realistic love stories and can bear slow pace. This is not for all. At the box-office, the film is bound to do well in the overseas and A-centers.
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From the past two days, there have been reports that Jr NTR will be doing the remake of Kannada hit 'Raajakumara'. Several news agencies also carried this news saying that Jr NTR will do this film as he has a close association with Puneet Raj Kumar. But Junior NTR’s close sources have denied this news and said that these reports are completely untrue. 'Raajakumara' was a huge hit in Kannada and Puneet Raj Kumar was showcased in a superb manner which pleased his fans big time.

Junior NTR is currently busy shooting for his new film 'Jai Lava Kusa' and the TV show Big Boss.