Who wants cinema theatres to open in a hurry?

If you thought Telugu filmmakers would rush to the floors to resume shooting, you are mistaken. There is apprehension and visible lack of excitement because no one wants to take any chances. ``It is also not viable to shoot with just 50-60 people when the scene may require the presence of 200 people. What do … Continue reading Who wants cinema theatres to open in a hurry?

`The way we make and consume movies will change for ever’

``This is going to be a one and a half year long sabbatical,'' was how D Suresh Babu began the conversation over phone. Suresh Babu owns Suresh Productions, one of the biggest movie banners in India, with its celluloid footprint in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi and is mulling the impact of Covid19 on the world … Continue reading `The way we make and consume movies will change for ever’

Venkatesh as Naarappa has nailed the Asuran look 

Venkatesh has put doubts to rest. Many were not sure if the Telugu superstar would be able to reprise the tough role that Dhanush played in `Asuran' with its shade of caste politics. The first look posters featuring Venkatesh who plays the lead in the Telugu remake `Naarappa' were put out by nephew Rana Daggubati and … Continue reading Venkatesh as Naarappa has nailed the Asuran look 

Rana Daggubati formally announces `Venky Mama’ release date

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Z4cr51uG4 For long, the release date of Venky Mama has been a subject of speculation in the Telugu film industry and among Venkatesh fans. Even though producer Suresh Babu had told Filter Kaapi last month (see interview above) that the consensus is around 13 December since it happened to be Venkatesh's birthday and the production … Continue reading Rana Daggubati formally announces `Venky Mama’ release date

Exclusive : Director for Asuran’s Telugu remake finalised

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE-Kst7QLi0&t=3s Suresh Productions that has bagged the rights to remake Dhanush's `Asuran' in Telugu. Playing the lead role will be Venkatesh. But though Venkatesh over the years has been more well-known for his family dramas with a comic touch, his brother and senior producer Suresh Babu does not feel he will be a misfit in … Continue reading Exclusive : Director for Asuran’s Telugu remake finalised

With single digit footfalls, Telugu cinema theatres are dying a slow death

Before we started recording the interview for Filter Kaapi, senior film producer Suresh Babu took out his phone and showed me the message he had received about collections at his cinema theatres. And the figures were dismal.  The previous day had seen occupancy of 8.32 per cent, the day before that 7 per cent. Another … Continue reading With single digit footfalls, Telugu cinema theatres are dying a slow death

`Venky Mama’ will be super tight for a Dussehra release

``If Venky Mama was earlier seen by the production team as tight for a Dussehra release, now it has become super tight,'' says D Suresh Babu of Suresh Productions that is producing Venky Mama.  This is because actor Venkatesh who along with nephew Naga Chaitanya are playing reel-life uncle-nephew combination in this comedy movie, injured … Continue reading `Venky Mama’ will be super tight for a Dussehra release

Exclusive : Two targets for Vijay Sethupathi in the Muralitharan biopic

Vijay Sethupathi has two targets to achieve. The first is to reduce to 75 kg by January 2020 when he will need to slip into the role of Muttiah Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan cricketing legend. The film being produced by Rana Daggubati of Suresh Productions and Dar Media, will shoot in several locations in Sri … Continue reading Exclusive : Two targets for Vijay Sethupathi in the Muralitharan biopic