The Inside Story of Jagan government’s spat with Ramesh Kumar

Just what went wrong between Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and former State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar? Filter Kaapi tells you the inside story of the fallout that has now become a constitutional stand-off, with the Andhra Pradesh High court revoking the government's order appointing a new SEC, replacing Ramesh Kumar. When … Continue reading The Inside Story of Jagan government’s spat with Ramesh Kumar

Another legal snub for Jagan regime in Andhra Pradesh

If the three legal blows the Andhra Pradesh High court inflicted on the state government were not bad enough, today's verdict overturning the ordinance that removed State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar is a personal embarrassment for Jaganmohan Reddy. The chief minister had personally taken on Ramesh Kumar, accusing him of caste bias and being … Continue reading Another legal snub for Jagan regime in Andhra Pradesh

At the heart of the Chiranjeevi vs Balakrishna clash – Ego and Politics

The shootings are suspended, the cinema theatres are shut but trust the big names of Tollywood to ensure non-stop entertainment. A multi-starrer tussle is shaping up with two biggies hogging the headlines.  The first to sign on the dotted line was Chiranjeevi who has reinvented himself this lockdown in his 3.0 avatar as a social … Continue reading At the heart of the Chiranjeevi vs Balakrishna clash – Ego and Politics

RGV’s film shot during lockdown does not surprise Mani Ratnam

``Ram Gopal Varma is capable of doing this. I am not surprised that he has done this.'' That was ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam's reaction with a smile when asked about RGV's movie `Corona Virus' that was shot entirely during the lockdown period. The trailer of the movie is out on YouTube now.  Ratnam was the … Continue reading RGV’s film shot during lockdown does not surprise Mani Ratnam

Ahead of annual TDP Mahanadu, defections could jolt Chandrababu Naidu

The return to Andhra Pradesh after being forced to stay in Hyderabad for more than two months because of the lockdown, is not proving to be good news for Chandrababu Naidu. News of at least two Telugu Desam MLAs preparing to jump ship ahead of the party's annual Mahanadu is doing the rounds. Already three … Continue reading Ahead of annual TDP Mahanadu, defections could jolt Chandrababu Naidu

Dr Sudhakar case leaves Andhra Pradesh police red-faced. The story so far

On Thursday evening, there was a sense of unease within the top echelons of the Andhra Pradesh establishment. The reason was that the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High court had taken up the case of Dr Sudhakar suo moto and his decision was due on Friday. Dr Sudhakar, an anaesthetist who worked at … Continue reading Dr Sudhakar case leaves Andhra Pradesh police red-faced. The story so far

Baahubali maker’s another first. Rajamouli to do one-day `RRR’ trial shoot

As indicated by Telangana Cinematography minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav in an interview to Filter Kaapi Live last week, post-production work on Telugu films is set to begin this weekend or early next week. Close to a dozen films were stuck at the post-production stage when lockdown was imposed in March and this is seen as … Continue reading Baahubali maker’s another first. Rajamouli to do one-day `RRR’ trial shoot

Mohanlal gives a birthday treat – Drishyam 2 is coming up next

Mohanlal turned 60 today. Even as birthday wishes poured in for this milestone, the Complete Actor as Lalettan is called, decided to give a return gift. A sequel to one of his biggest hits in recent years, Drishyam (which means Visual). Drishyam 2, to be directed by Jeethu Joseph will once again have Mohanlal in … Continue reading Mohanlal gives a birthday treat – Drishyam 2 is coming up next

Flights to resume from 25 May. What will Karnataka do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Idb7bY2VEk&t=4s In Lockdown 4.0, Karnataka decided to do something it had not done in the first three lockdowns. It banned the entry of people from three states - Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat till 31 May, till when Lockdown 4.0 is in force. Two of these three states share their borders with Karnataka.  This was … Continue reading Flights to resume from 25 May. What will Karnataka do?

Centre vs Telangana over low testing, financial package & Shramik Specials

What is with the sharpening of K Chandrasekhar Rao's position vis-a-vis the Centre? On Monday, the Telangana chief minister tore into the Centre's Rs 20 lakh crore financial package, dismissing it as ``bogus'' and accused New Delhi of treating the states as minions. Coming as it did close on the heels of the Centre's annoyance over … Continue reading Centre vs Telangana over low testing, financial package & Shramik Specials

Is it a financial package? It is bogus, fires KCR

K Chandrasekhar Rao and Edappadi Palaniswami are two chief ministers who have been extremely supportive of the Centre's decisions on the lockdown. If that was seen by New Delhi as the right response to a national crisis, their scathing criticism of aspects of the financial package ought to be respected as well. Accusing the Centre … Continue reading Is it a financial package? It is bogus, fires KCR

Exclusive : Tirumala temple to ensure darshan post-lockdown with social distancing

The temple at Tirumala like all places of worship in India, has been shut for darshan for close to two months now. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is now gearing up to modify the darshan arrangements in sync with measures like social distancing and wearing of masks.  T S Sudhir of Filter Kaapi Live spoke … Continue reading Exclusive : Tirumala temple to ensure darshan post-lockdown with social distancing

Karnataka to announce Class X State Board exam time table on 18 May

Karnataka will announce the dates for Class X State Board Exams on 18 May. This was decided after Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education minister S Suresh Kumar held a series of meetings with all stakeholders. A committee has also been formed to go into what kind of changes the academic year 2020-21 will need to incorporate … Continue reading Karnataka to announce Class X State Board exam time table on 18 May

Pataal Lok – The story of Hathi, Dog and an India in flux

A piece of advice for lockdown-weary citizens. `Paatal Lok' is grim, gritty and can leave a depressed mind feeling exhausted, even negative. The extremely violent scenes especially those involving the murders executed by Hathoda Tyagi, can make a weak system rush to the washroom to throw up.  But does that mean you should avoid this … Continue reading Pataal Lok – The story of Hathi, Dog and an India in flux