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Way2movies takes a look at some of his under-rated performances:

* “Mana Voori Pandavulu”: Veteran filmmaker Bapu-directed 1978 Telugu drama “Mana Voori Pandavulu” happens to be Chiranjeevi’s second film. Playing one of the five leads alongside renowned stars such as Krishnam Raju and Murali Mohan, Chiranjeevi excelled in a very raw portrayal of a young man in a story inspired by "Mahabharata". Despite its revolutionary theme, the film was made in such a way that it didn’t echo its leftist intentions.

* “47 Rojulu”: Based on a novel by celebrated writer Shivashankari, this K. Balachander’s 1981 Telugu drama marked the Tamil debut of Chiranjeevi as the film was simultaneously shot in the language as “47 Natkal”. While the film may not have set the ticket-counter trilling, it was lauded for its auteur’s courage to explore a sensitive topic such as bigamy in mainstream cinema and Chiranjeevi’s fitting portrayal of the torture-inducing, conniving husband.

* “Subhaleka”: This 1982 Telugu family drama marked Chiranjeevi’s first time collaboration with veteran filmmaker K. Viswanath. Inspired by playwright Gurazada Apparao’s Kanyasulkam, “Subhaleka” was a brave take on the social malady of the dowry system. Chiranjeevi’s sincere portrayal of a waiter with tongue-in-cheek humor earned him his first Filmfare award for best actor.

* “Swayamkrushi”: In his second collaboration with K. Viswanath in 1987 Telugu drama “Swayamkrushi”, Chiranjeevi, in his Nandi Award-winning performance, played a cobbler and his inspiring rags-to-riches tale shined the spotlight on dignity of labour and child abuse. It was the first film in the language to be screened at Moscow International Film Festival.

* “Rudraveena”: A story about a young man who strives for a better society and in the process locks horns with his father over contrast ideologies. This three National Award-winning 1988 film by K. Balachander also touched upon caste divide while focussing on the responsibility every individual has towards the society. It was lauded as an important film on national integration and was later remade in Tamil as “Unnal Mudiyum Thambi” with Kamal Haasan.

* “Apadbandhavudu”: The film marked Chiranjeevi’s third collaboration with K. Viswanath. His role as a cowherd in this 1992 Telugu drama earned him his second Filmfare award. Exploring the communal division of caste and economic class, the film explored the relationship between a master and his servant. The film also marked writer and director Jandhyala’s only screen appearance.

<![CDATA[Here's why 'Baahubali' is India's biggest blockbuster]]> 2015-07-18 09:02:24 aditya It took S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus "Baahubali - The Beginning" just five days to enter the Rs.200 crore club worldwide, making it the fastest Indian film to achieve the rare feat. It has set several new records, has proved that a film need not always require a superstar to become a blockbuster and has successfully blurred the line between southern cinema and Bollywood.

One of the biggest achievements of the Rs.250 crore film is that it's being celebrated unanimously across the country. No other south Indian film before has received the kind of reception "Baahubali" has been getting.

"Nobody is asked whether they watched the Tamil, Telugu or Hindi version of the film. Irrespective of the language, 'Baahubali' is being watched and that in itself is an accomplishment for the makers," Karthik Kumar, a Bangalore-based techie, told.

"I've already watched the film in Tamil and Telugu. I'm planning to watch it in Hindi as well. It didn't feel like it's a dubbed film, thanks to the effort the team has put into to make it look authentic," Karthik said.

"Baahubali", about two brothers at war for an ancient kingdom, and which stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannah Bhatia in the lead roles, is one of those highly successful rare dubbed films. It came out on July 10 in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi parallelly.

The Hindi dubbed version of the film has netted a whopping Rs.46.77 crore, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Friday.

"It's not just the Hindi version. The film has done extremely well in Tamil as well as Malayalam too. In Tamil Nadu, where the film has released in Tamil and Telugu, it netted nearly Rs.15 crore from first five days, while in Kerala, it has netted over Rs.3 crore," said trade analyst Trinath.

According to Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure, different versions of the film have done well in different locations.

"In the whole of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bangalore for example, the Telugu version has witnessed tremendous footfalls, whereas in Chennai, the Tamil version is doing extremely well. The Hindi version is attracting huge audience in other parts of the country," Tandon told.

In INOX properties, "Baahubali" is one of the highest grossing non-Hindi language films, according to Tandon.

It is every essential for any big film to sustain the first Monday after release and continue its strong run during the weekdays. "Baahubali" passed that test with flying colours.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who distributed the Hindi version of the film, posted on his Twitter page on July 13: "When the Monday exceeds the Friday you know the film has won the hearts of all!!!!! #BaahubaliA(sic)."

Monday numbers are very crucial for any big film's success, said Trinath, and added: "When the Monday numbers didn't even show slight dip, 'Baahubali' was on its way to become a blockbuster."

In Bangalore, Urvashi Cinemas, one of the biggest theatres in the city, has decided to continue playing "Baahubali", snubbing superstar Salman Khan's "Bajrangi Bhaijaan".

"Even on weekdays, we're witnessing occupancy of nearly 90 percent. We're playing the Telugu version, and the response has been exceptional. We've decided to continue playing 'Baahubali' for this week instead of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'," a theatre representative told.

"Baahubali" has also turned out to be one of the biggest grossing non-Hindi films overseas, especially in US, a market that belonged to the stars.

As on Wednesday, the Telugu version of the film minted over Rs.30 crore from US market.

The film registered the highest opening and opening weekend for an Indian film at the US box office, with a per screen average collections of $17,000, second only to "Minions" with $27,000 over the weekend.

The film has achieved appreciation from all quarters. From industrialist Anand Mahindra to Indian cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran, everybody has heaped praise on the movie.

Andhra chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wrote: "I congratulate @ssrajamouli & team for creating a masterpiece like #Baahubali. He has showcased might & pride of Telugu Cinema to the world (sic)"

As the title goes, this is just 'The Beginning' for "Baahubali".

<![CDATA[Content ruled over star power in Tollywood-2015 first half ]]> 2015-06-30 14:42:06 content The first six months of 2015 saw approximately 280 releases in the southern film industry, but performance-wise, it was a mixed first half. The success of films such as "Kanchana 2", "Pataas" and "Kaaka Muttai" came as a surprise, but the failure of some highly-anticipated, big-budgeted and superstar-driven films was worrisome.

In the Telugu filmdom, the first six months have not been favourable.

Om Deepak of a popular box office portal, said: "As usual, commercial entertainers have dominated and raked in decent box office numbers. But when compared to the first half of 2014, there's a dip in overall collections by minimum 20 percent due to a fewer big releases."

The delay of big-budget movies such as "Baahubali", "Kick 2", "Rudhramadevi" and "Srimanthudu", which were originally slated for summer release, has also impacted the numbers.

"Generally, summer will witness release of at least three big films. This year, the only notable big release was Allu Arjun's 'S/O Satyamurthy'. As a result, the box office occupancy has been lowest this summer in this decade," Deepak said.

Kalyan Ram's "Pataas", with a worldwide gross of Rs.29 crore, is the most profitable film and a blockbuster in every sense. Junior NTR's "Temper" (Rs.74 crore) and Sundeep Kishan-starrer "Beeruva" (Rs.10 crore) were hits with minor profits.

Amongst high grossing films which suffered minor losses, "S/O Satyamurthy" leads with Rs.90 crore , followed by "Gopala Gopala" (Rs. 66 crore) and "Pandaga Chesko" (Rs.29 crore).

Telugu filmdom also saw a bevy of Tamil dubbed releases. Out of them, the only profitable venture was "Ganga" (Rs.31 crore). Though the Telugu version of Shankar's "I" grossed Rs. 44 crore, the film was a disaster.

"It was a poor first half for Telugu industry, which had approximately 54 releases. Expectations are sky-high on 'Baahubali' and 'Srimanthudu', and the success of these films is very essential for the industry, especially after the bad start," trade analyst Trinath said.

<![CDATA[Foreign actresses making a splash in southern cinema]]> 2015-04-13 16:13:16 content Born and raised in places outside India, actresses such as Amy Jackson, Nora Fatehi and Scarlett Wilson have crossed over continents to entertain audiences in southern filmdom where they've made a big splash and have won over fans.

British model and actress Amy Jackson made her acting debut in 2010 Tamil drama "Madrasapattinam".

Two years later, she made her Hindi debut in Gautham Vasudev Menon-directed "Ek Deewana Tha", and subsequently worked in Tamil and Telugu films such as "Thaandavam" and "Yevadua, respectively.

In the last 12 months, since the release of Vikram-starrer "I", Amy has signed two new Tamil projects and is expected to soon sign a Telugu project as well.

Filmmaker Shankar's magnum opus "I" was the game changer for Amy.

"I had cast Amy because she was perfect for the role of an international super model," Shankar had told of the actress, who also has Akshay Kumar's "Singh Is Bling" in her kitty.

Morocco-based actress Norah Fatehi made her acting debut in 2013 Hindi film "Roar".

Earlier this year, she grooved to an item number in Junior NTR-starrer Telugu actioner "Temper"; and in the last few weeks, Nora has been signed on for two Telugu biggies "Baahubali" and "Kick 2".

"Impressed with her work in 'Temper', Rajamouli had roped her in for a seductive special number in 'Baahubali'," a source from the film's unit had told.

In the song, Nora shared the screen space with another foreign actress Scarlett Wilson.

Scarlett, a British model, was introduced to Telugu filmdom by filmmaker Puri Jagannadh in his film "Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu". She did a cameo in the movie.

Since then, she has mostly featured in special appearances and item numbers in southern projects such as "Prem Adda", "Samar", "Chandee", "Yevadu" and "Jilla".

Australian beauty Amanda is ready to make her Tamil debut with upcoming film "Saahasam", starring actor Prashanth.

"She has already shot for 40 days for the film. We've kept her identity a secret all these days as we wanted to reveal it at the right time, which is now. We didn't just import a foreign actress. We chose Amanda because her looks suit the character," the film's producer Thiagarajan told .

Amanda was born in London to an English father and Indian mother.

In upcoming Tamil film "Aagam", French actress Aliona Munteanu has been roped in for a crucial role.

"The film's story is about corporate scams. Aliona will be playing a corporate agent from abroad. She will join the sets on April 17," the film's director Vijay Anand told.

<![CDATA[Female-centric films to take center stage in 2015]]> 2015-04-06 12:29:20 content Tollywood is acquiring a little make over by offering a small attribute to its established heroines, who are entertaining us from decades.

Our heroes have created a set of records being cash cows for the producers and now it is time to prove the women-power in Telugu film industry. Battling in this hero-dominant industry, heroines are gaming for a change.

Stars like Anushka, Nayantara, Charmi and Anjali have already proved their stamina with female oriented movies. Lets have a look on upcoming heroines and their women-centric films...

Arundhati actress Anushka Shetty is ready with her next lady oriented movie Rudhramadevi, directed and produced by Gunasekhar with Allu Arjun and Rana Daggubati in key roles.

Nayanatara is the other heroine, who proved her mettle with Sekhar Kammula directed Anamika and will be seen in a titular role in a horror thriller Mayuri, soon.

Post her superhit Geethanjali, actress Anjali is coming up with yet another woman-centric flick titled Chitrangada.

Glamdolls Trisha, Swathi Reddy also joining the bandwagon. Swathi will be playing the lead in Geethanjali sequel titled Tripura with Naveen Chandra, Dhanraj and Sapatagiri in important roles. While Trisha has signed her first female-centric film Bhogi as Memu in Telugu under Pandyan direction. Poonam Bajwa and Oviya plays her side kicks in the movie.

Charming actress Charmi Kaur, who gave a splash with films like Mantra, Mangala, Pratighatana is currently shooting for her next heroine-centric movie titled Jyothi Lakshmi. Charmi herself presents Jyoti Lakshmi being directed by Puri Jagannadh.

While many are still dreaming about it, actresses like Lakshmi Manchu and debutante Neha Hinge are taking a par with heroes in their films.

Also produced by Manchu Lakshmi, Dongaata deals with her being kidnapped and the diva claims, where an actress get to dance with ten heroes at a time. And Neha is happy to do plenty of action sequences in Vijayendra Prasad's sci-fi film, which she had always dreamt of doing.

All these movies are gearing up to hit the screens this Summer. Lets hope these female oriented flicks create good mark on the silver screen. 2015 seems to be a big year for heroines too and get ready for grand summer, as many of the above mentioned films are gearing up for release soon...

<![CDATA[It's cameo season in southern cinema]]> 2015-03-23 11:12:11 content Call it a promotional stunt or a friendly gesture to cash in on an actor's popularity. Southern stars like Suriya, Allu Arjun, Dhanush, Ravi Teja and Vishal Krishna Reddy, despite their busy schedules, have taken out time to play cameos in a range of upcoming films.

Telugu actor Allu Arjun, who enjoys a large fan base, is making his Hindi debut in upcoming dance film "ABCD 2".

"Arjun will be playing Aryan Chauhan. It's a guest role where he'll showcase his dance moves. It was at the behest of choreographer-director Prabhudeva that he agreed to be part of the film. He has already shot his portion," a source close to the actor told.

In upcoming Kannada film "Vajrakaya", popular southern stars such as Ravi Teja, Sivakarthikeyan, Ravichandran and Dileep matched steps with superstar Shivarajkumar for a special song.

Director Harsha says the song will be one of the major highlights of the film.

"Audiences expect something different from each film. We came up with this idea to surprise the fans of all the stars. It also shows the bond between the actors, irrespective of the language barrier. I'm certain audiences are going to love this track," Harsha told.

Harsha has also managed to rope in Dhanush to croon a song in his film.

"He's such a talented singer as well. It didn't take him much time to get the Kannada lines right," Harsha said.

Suriya, who is busy wrapping up Tamil horror-comedy "Masss", is playing a cameo in his home production "Haiku", a children's film, along with popular actress Amala Paul.

Director Pandiraj said Suriya jumped at the opportunity to work with children.

"I casually asked Suriya sir whether he'd like to be part of the project. I had written a small role and he was excited to be part of the film, more so because it's a children's film. We've already started shooting it," Pandiraj told.

Actor Dhanush has played a brief role in his wife Aishwarya R. Dhanush's upcoming Tamil directorial "Vai Raja Vai".

According to insiders, Dhanush has reprised his role of Kokki Kumar from 2006 Tamil gangster drama "Pudhupettai" in the movie.

Actor Vishal has played a cameo role in upcoming Tamil comedy "Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga". It is for the sake of friendship, Vishal took up the role in the film, which features his best friend Arya in the lead.

Arya, on the other hand, has featured in a cameo in his best friend Vishnu Vishal's upcoming Tamil release "Indru Netru Naalai".

A leading producer avers that star cameos can draw audiences in large number to cinemas.

"It's a simple tactic to bring audiences to the cinemas. If their favourite star is playing a five-minute cameo, fans usually tend to go crazy. It's slowly becoming a trend. Popular stars are willing to chip in with brief performances even for free for some of their friends," the producer told.

Veteran actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, who bid adieu to acting a while ago, has played an important role in his son Shanmuga Pandian's debut film "Sagaptham".

Another popular Tamil star Silambarasan aka Simbu was roped in to croon a song in "Sagaptham", which is slated for release on April 2.

So, get set to see the stars in cameos!

<![CDATA[2014 Telugu Hits n Flops]]> 2014-12-31 10:41:53 aditya Way2movies brings you the list of Telugu hits and flops for the year 2014. One more year has passed and Tollywood has seen many small Telugu films passing with flying colours. Interestingly, half a dozen remake ventures made a superhit mark at the box office this year, besides a couple of noted flops.

It has been a bad year for Telugu movies with almost all the biggies biting dust starting with Mahesh Babu's 1: Nenokkadine. However, the streak is retrieved with in next two days with Ram Charan-Allu Arjun's Yevadu. At the same time 2014 is not a disaster, as films like Nayantara's Shekar Kammula directed Anamika and Aaha Kalyanam has a good share at the box-office due to bi-lingual release in Telugu and Tamil languages.

Top 10 2014 Blockbuster Hits:




BO Collection share

Race Gurram Allu Arjun, Shruti Haasan Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions 59 Cr
Yevadu Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Kajal Agarwal, Shruti Haasan Sri Venkateswara creations 47 Cr
Govindudu Andarivadele Ram Charan, Kajal Agarwal Parameshwara Art Productions 41 Cr
Legend Balakrishna, Radhika Apte, Jagapathi Babu 14 Reels Entertainment, Vaarahi Chalana Chitram 40 Cr
Manam ANR, Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya, Shriya, Samantha Annapurna Studios 36.5 Cr
Power Ravi Teja, hansika, Ragina Cassandra Rockline Entertainments

23 Cr
Loukyam Gopichand, Rakul Preet Singh Bhavya Creations 21.55 Cr
Drushyam Venkatesh, Meena, Nadhiya, Naresh, Kalabhavan Shajon Suresh Productions,Rajkumar Theaters Pvt Ltd., Wide Angle Creations 20 Cr
Run Raja Run Sharwanand, Seerat Kappor, Adivi Sesh UV Creations 20 Cr
Karthikeya Nikhil Siddharth, Swathi Reddy Magnus Cine Prime Banner 20 Cr

Small Movies made big : Upcoming stars like Nikhil, Sharwanand, Rahul Ravindran, Nandu and debutante Naga Shaurya has been profitable assets for producers in 2014 with sleeper hits.




Production house

Oohalu Gusa Gusalade Naga Shaurya, Raashi Khanna Srinivas Avasarala Vaarahi Chalana Chitram
Run Raja Run Sharwanand, Seerat kapoor, Adivi Sesh Sujeeth UV Creations
Karthikeya Nikhil Siddharth, Swathi Reddy Chandoo Mondeti Magnus Cine Prime Banner
Brother of Bommali Allari Naresh, Monal Gaajjar, Karthika Nair B Chinni Krishna Siri Cinema
Ala Ela Rahul Ravindran, Bhanu Sri Mehra, Vennela Kishore, Shaani Salman, Khushi, Heebah Patel Aneesh Krishna Ashoka Creations
The End Yuva Chandraa, Sudhir Reddy, Gazal Somaiah, Pavani Reddy Rahul Sankrityan Friday Films

Telugu Remake films of the Year: Comaparatively, Tollywood has very few remake ventures this year and notable films like Sripriya directed Drushyam with the comeback combo of Venkatesh and Meena, debutante director Raj Kiran's Geethanjali have turned out to be superhits among others that remained entertainers.



Original Film


Nee Jathaga Nenundali

Sachiin J Joshi, Nazia Hussain, Rao Ramesh

Ashiqui 2



Venkatesh, Meena, Nadhiya, Naresh, Kalabhavan Shajon

Drishyam [Malayalam]



Anjali, Srinivas Reddy, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh

Geethanjali [Malayalam]


Ra Ra Krishnayya

Sundeep Kishan, Regina Casandra

Tere naal Love Ho Gaya


Aaha kalyanam [Telugu - Tamil]

Nani, Vani Kapoor

Band Baaja Baaraat


Current Theega

Manchu Manoj, Rakul Preet Singh, Jagapathi Babu

Varathapadutha Valibar Sangam


Erra Bus [dasari's 150th film]

Dasari Narayana Rao, Vishnu Manchu, Catherine Tresa



2014 Disappointments: The Telugu industry suffered huge losses due to big films such as 'Govindudu Andarivadele', 'Heart Attack', 'Rabhasa', 'Power' and 'Aagadu', which opened to big numbers, yet failed to turn profitable.






Mahesh Babu, Kriti Sanon Sukumar 14 Reels Entertainment

Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda

Mohan Babu, Manchu Vishnu, Manchu Manoj, Raveena Tandon,Hansika Motwani, Pranitha Subhash Sriwass Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures


Nani, Catherine Tresa, Siddhika Sharma, Charanraj, Bharath Reddy, Tabar Krishna Vamsi Yellow Flowers


Mohan Babu, Vishnu Manchu, Jayasudha, Shanvi Ram Gopal Varma 24 Frames, AV pictures

Kotha Janta

Allu Sirish, Regina Cassandra, Posani Krishna Murali, Rao Ramesh Maruthi Geetha Arts

Autonagar Surya

Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Saikumar, Rakul Preet Singh Deva Katta Sri Venkateswara Creations

Alludu Seenu

Bellamkonda Srinivas, Samantha, Prakash Raj, Tamannaah, Brahmanandam VV Vinayak Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions


Aadi, Erica Fernandes, Kristina Akheeva Naveen Gandhi Sampath Nandi Team Works


NTR, Samantha, Pranitha Subhash Santosh Srinivas Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions


Mahesh Babu, Tamannaah, Rajendra Prasad, Sonu Sood, Brahmanandam Srinu Vaitla 14 Reels Entertainment

Among others, noted films namely, Oka Laila Kosam, Anukshanam, Dikkulu Choodaku Ramayya, Heart Attack, Rowdy Fellow, Prathinidhi, Rough, Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham, Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki and others did a descent business at the box office with average to above average reviews.

Unlike the regular love or revenge stories, directors in film nagar have made a mark with different genres in 2014. Chandamama Kathalu [Krishnudu, Lakshmi Manchu, Chaitanya, Saikumar, Naresh] Nara Rohith's Prathinidhi, Kotha Janta[Allu Sirish, Regina Cassandra], Prakashraj-Sneha starred Ulavacharu Biriyani and Paathshala [Nandu, Anu, Priya, Sirisha, Sai Kiran, Shiva, Sashaank] are few Telugu entertainers that falls under this category.

Ending the year 2014 with Christmas releases: Mega Prince Varun Tej's debut Mukunda and Nithin's Chinnadana Neekosam. Both garnered positive reviews with more than 1 Cr collections in the first week. Stay tuned to way2movies to know if they turned out to be blockbusters in long run.

<![CDATA[Small films made it big down South]]> 2014-12-23 10:14:44 content Small was big down south. Low budget films, which were high on creative content, emerged as the real winners in 2014. Offerings like "Yaamirukka Bayamey" and "Karthikeya" not only set the cash registers ringing but also spelt profit for the investors in the southern filmdom, which otherwise registered a mere five percent hits out of about 500 releases.

Biggies like "Lingaa", "Kaththi", "Veeram" and "Aagadu" managed to strike gold at the box-office, but they couldn't qualify as successful ventures.

"A successful film is one which benefits every investor - from a producer to distributor to theatre owner. All these stars' films are sold at exorbitant prices, hence it becomes extremely difficult for distributors and other investors to make profits," trade analyst Trinath told.

A.R. Murugadoss-directed Tamil actioner "Kaththi" raked in over Rs.100 crore ($16 million) on an investment of about Rs.70 crore. Likewise, Rajinikanth's "Lingaa", said to be a Rs.80 crore movie, collected about Rs.100 crore in its opening weekend worldwide.

The most profitable Tamil films of the year were "Vella Illa Pattathari", "Aranmanai", "Yaamirukka Bayamey", "Thegidi", "Goli Soda", and "Maan Karate".

"Except 'Aranmanai', all other films were made under the budget of Rs.10 crore, but they managed to collect nearly double the amount invested in them at the box-office. These films have benefited all the investors because they didn't have to spend too much on acquiring their rights," Trinath said.

Horror-comedy "Aranmanai", said to be a Rs.12 crore movie, earned Rs.22 crore.

Other notable Tamil hits included "Manjapai", "Sathuranga Vettai", "Kathai Thiraikkathai Vasanam Iyakkam", "Mundasupatti" and "Naaigal Jaakirathai".

"Audiences are backing creative content. A case in point is the success of low-budget films such as 'Sathuranga Vettai'. Who would've expected a film like 'Naaigal Jaakirathai' featuring a dog in lead role to do exceptionally well," distributor Arvind Nambiar questioned.

According to Nambiar, the biggest Tamil hit in terms of return on investment is Dhanush's "Vella Illa Pattathari". Made on a budget of Rs.8 crore, including promotional costs, the film collected a whopping Rs.53 crore.

It has been a bad year for Telugu movies. With almost all the biggies biting the dust, it was sleeper hits like "Karthikeya", "Oohalu Gusagusalade" and "Run Raja Run" that maintained the footfalls.

The biggest Telugu hit was "Karthikeya" by debutant director Chandoo Mondeti.

The Akkineni family's Telugu family drama "Manam" was a successful venture because of the low cost involved.

"Since the film featured actors from three generations of the Akkineni family, it didn't cost them much. It collected about Rs.40 crore worldwide and celebrated a 50-day run at the box-office. Moreover, the makers solely enjoyed the success because they had released the film on their own," a leading producer said.

"The Telugu industry suffered huge losses due to big films such as 'Govindudu Andarivadele', 'Heart Attack', 'Rabhasa', 'Power' and 'Aagadu'. These films may have opened to big numbers, but they failed to turn profitable," he added.

Malayalam cinema has pushed the envelope content-wise. At the box-office, the films did fairly well compared to Telugu and Tamil industries.

The biggest Malayalam hit of the year was Anjali Menon-directed "Bangalore Days".

"Most Malayalam films are produced under the budget of Rs.10 crore. Rarely will you find a film made on a higher budget," Nambiar said.

"Bangalore Days", about three cousins from Kerala who move to Bengaluru, raked in nearly Rs.50 crore on an investment of Rs.9 crore.

"Not only was 'Bangalore Days' a profitable venture, it was also the most widely viewed Malayalam film in recent times. Since it released worldwide with English subtitles, it opened to overwhelming response. In Mumbai, the film ran for nearly five weeks," Nambiar said.

According to trade sources, "Bangalore Days" even beat Malayalam thriller "Drishyam" at the box-office.

The second biggest hit in the language was comedy "Vellimoonga".

"Even the trade experts didn't expect 'Vellimoonga' to do so well. It turned out to be a surprise hit. Made under Rs.5 crore, it went on to mint over Rs.20 crore at the box-office," Nambiar added.

Other Malayalam hits included "Ring Master", "How Old Are You" and "7th Day".

"Bangalore Days" and "How Old Are You" featured women in prominent roles. While the former was directed by Anjali, the latter was the comeback film of actress Manju Warrier, who played the lead.

In Kannada, star-studded films such as "Maanikya" and "Power" were money spinners. Both the films were remake of Telugu films "Mirchi" and "Dookudu", respectively.

"The Kannada industry plays safe by betting on successful remakes. Hence, the chances of box-office disasters are low. There are exceptions, but it's been an average year for the industry with not too many flops," distributor Sudharshan Hegde told IANS.

Both "Maanikya" and "Power", estimated to be made on Rs.15 crore and Rs. 30 crore, collected over Rs.50 crore at the ticket window.

Other Kannada hits included "Ugramm", "Chandralekha" and "Gajakesari".

In a nutshell, while small made it big, it was a disappointing year for southern biggies.

* Mere five percent hits of about 500 releases.

* Biggies like "Lingaa", "Kaththi", "Veeram" and "Aagadu" struck gold at the box-office, but couldn't qualify as successful ventures.

* The most profitable Tamil films of the year were "Vella Illa Pattathari", "Aranmanai", "Yaamirukka Bayamey", "Thegidi", "Goli Soda", and "Maan Karate".

* Except for 'Aranmanai', all other films were made for under Rs.10 crore, but managed to collect nearly double the amount invested in them.

* Biggest Tamil hit in terms of return on investment was Dhanush's "Vella Illa Pattathari". Made for Rs.8 crore it collected a whopping Rs.53 crore.

* Akkineni family's Telugu family drama "Manam" was a successful because of the low cost involved

<![CDATA[Tentative Telugu Films December Release Dates]]> 2014-11-22 12:09:24 content November has come to an end barring just a week. And a handful of notable Telugu movies are gearing up for release in December.

After completing a century with November 21st releases Rowdy Fellow, Ice Cream 2 and Naa Bangaaru Talli, Tollywood is looking forward to a set of nearly fifteen films in the coming weeks.

While Rough [Aadi, Rakul Preet Singh] and SV Krishna Reddy's Yamaleela 2 confirmed for next Friday release, on 28th of November. Jenda Pai Kapiraju [Nani, Amala Paul] is also expected to join the list.

Movies namely, Sundeep Kishan's Beeruva, Sumanth Ashwin's Chakkiligintha, Rajasekhar's Gaddam Gang and Naga Shaurya, Avika Gor starrer Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki are slated for December 5th release.

The much awaited Superstar Rajinikanth's Lingaa is slated for his Birthday release, on 12th December and it will be a solo release worldwide.

Nithin's Chinnadana Neekosam and Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's Pataas will hit screens on the following Friday that falls on 19th.

Finally on the last and four days Christmas weekend, theaters in Telugu states will screen Ravi Babu's horror thriller Avunu2, Allari Naresh's roller coaster Bandipotu along with two rom coms Sharwanand and Nithya Menon starring Malli Malli Idi Raani Roju and Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarni featuring Sudheer Babu and his Prema katha Chithram actress Nanditha.

Mega Prince Varun Tej's debut film Mukunda, Ram's Pandaga Chesko are also expected to join the December releases, provided they complete the post-production and censors on time.

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<![CDATA[Popular dialogues, songs inspire Telugu film titles]]> 2014-11-03 16:52:06 content A film's title is the first step in grabbing a viewer's attention much before it hits the screens. And more attention is guaranteed when a popular film dialogue or a line from a chartbuster song becomes the title of a movie. That's just what a slew of southern filmmakers are doing.

Over 10 upcoming Telugu films have titles that are associated with popular dialogues and hit songs from past movies.

Titles of films such as "Oka Laila Kosam", "Oohalu Gusagusaladea", "Ra Ra Krishnayya", "Nee Jathaga Nenundali", "Kiraak", "Govindudu Andarivadele", "Gallo Telinattunde" and "Dikkulu Chudaku Ramayya" were all based on chartbuster numbers.

Akkineni Naga Chaitanya-starrer "Oka Laila Kosam" was inspired from a hit song of the same name from his late grandfather Akkineni Nageswara Rao's film "Raamudu Kaadu Krishnudu". In fact, the song was also remixed for the film.

For Chaitanya, it was very "emotional" to use his grandfather's song.

"It was from my favourite film of my grandfather. The director suggested we remix it as it would be suitable for the situation. We convinced Anup Rubens (music composer) and he did it. Then the film was also named 'Oka Laila Kosam' as it was apt and blended well," Chaitanya had earlier told.

Following the same, Nagarjuna's upcoming film in debutante Kalyan Krishna direction is been titled as 'Soggade Chinni Nayana'.

'Soggade Chinni Nayana Oka Pittanina Kottaledu Soggade' was a superhit song from Late Akkineni Nageswara Rao's Aasthiparudu. The movie is jointly produced by Annapurna Studios and producer Ram Mohan P of Ashta Chamma and Uyyala Jampala fame.

The Telugu remake of "Aashiqui 2" was titled "Nee Jathaga Nenundali", which is based on the song from Ram Charan-starrer "Yevadu".

The title of recently released "Kiraak" and upcoming Telugu romantic-actioner "Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham" are based on hit tracks from Pawan Kalyan's films.

Upcoming romantic drama "Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju", which features Sharwanand and Nithya Menon in the lead, is based on the popular song from Chiranjeevi's film "Raakshasudu".

Actor Nithin Reddy used one of the hit songs from his own films "Ishq" as the title of his upcoming film "Chinnadana Nee Kosam".