Rakul Preet Singh speaks about the NGO-Teach For Change

“Having a vision is one thing but to translate that into action and hold your ground for years is another”, says actor Rakul Preet Singh

Rakul Preet who has been an ex Femina Miss India contestant back in 2011 is all excited to walk down the ramp, this time with beau Jackky Bhagnani at Lakshmi Manchu’s Charity Fashion show for her NGO Teach for Change. Reportedly the actress will glide down the runway as the showstopper, dressed by the ace designer Varun Chakkilam.

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Rakul Preet and Jackky Bhagnani to Walk for Actor Lakshmi Manchu’s Teach for Change

Actor, producer & philanthropist Lakshmi Manchu, along with her NGO Teach for Change which has made great strides in the space of quality education for children from disadvantaged communities. Lakshmi has announced the 8th edition of the annual fundraiser fashion show to be held in Hyderabad on 19th February. With a special focus on education for the underprivileged children, funds raised from the show will be utilized for Teach for Change’s various campaigns throughout the year. Headlined by Rakul Preet Singh & Jackky Bhagnani, the edition has a robust line-up of South and BTown Actors, singers and sportsmen participating. Get ready to witness the star power sashay down the ramp in designer Varun Chakkilam’s outfits, a collection specially designed for the show. A number of responsible corporates have also joined the event to celebrate the very best of fashion and creative talent along with supporting a noble cause.

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Dhruva Movie Review: Two Different Sides of the Same Coin

Know your enemies and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster- Sun Tzu

I am reminded of this quote after watching Surender Reddy’s latest Telugu film Dhruva and not just because the film actually even refers to the quote in its own way.  I have always believed that a real hero, a formidable one whom we can look up to is someone who has been really tested by an adversary worthy enough of his/her calibre. And this definitely applies to a hero in an action film, remove the antagonist or make him/her weak or not so worthy and there’s nothing so unique in having a dashing hero, even if the person is larger than life. Take any action film as an example and try to apply this principle, leaving aside exceptions I am sure majority of the films which really worked and stayed put in your minds definitely had a powerful antagonist as well. Continue reading “Dhruva Movie Review: Two Different Sides of the Same Coin”

Nannaku Prematho (2015) Movie Review: Bullshit Theory

Nannaku Prematho is the 25th movie of its lead actor NTR Jr, the film begins with the title cards of his films and then opens with an action scene which is mandatory of sorts for Telugu cinema. The first 15 minutes of most Telugu films unfailingly show the hero in slow motion,his shoes, introductory song which always sounds like Deepak Chopra’s sermons.Continue reading “Nannaku Prematho (2015) Movie Review: Bullshit Theory”

Nannaku Prematho Movie Review: A Revenge Tale with Some Spunk, Style and Science

Growing up as a child I used to be quite fond of films with revenge as its theme, perhaps due to the fact that such films would be high on action. Well those were the days when most boys would be into action films and I was no exception to it. Most actors playing heroes have acted in revenge subjects, some of them in multiple revenge films as well. In particular I liked stories where the underdog has to fight back and claw his way towards becoming equipped enough to tackle his powerful adversary, perhaps making the connect all the more better. Telugu cinema is no exception to this phenomenon and heroes of every generation have been part of such films. Over a period of course the fatigue factor began to set in, both among the audience and filmmakers. After all how long can you dish out the same thing again and again? But as long as you managed to convey the tale with some novelty, the audience continues to be receptive; no wonder films like Ghajini, Vikramarkudu or Eega have succeeded.Continue reading “Nannaku Prematho Movie Review: A Revenge Tale with Some Spunk, Style and Science”

Kick 2 Movie Review: This ‘Kick’ Provides No ‘Comfort’

One of the hallmarks of a mass masala movie is having a hero who is brave, quick witted and totally endearing to the audience. So in 2009 when director Surender Reddy and Ravi Teja joined hands together for Kick, what emerged as a result was a complete entertainer, taking full advantage of Ravi Teja’s versatility. Kick went on to be remade in various languages, the most popular of them being the Hindi version of the same name, which released last year. Hence it was quite an event to look forward to, when the announcement of the sequel, Kick 2 was done last year. While Surender Reddy, writer Vakkantham Vamsi and actor Ravi Teja were signed on for the sequel as well, actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram stepped in as producer, in place of R.R.Venkat who made the original. Through his banner N.T.R.Arts, Kalyan Ram has been producing films for the last several years, but this is the first time that he has produced a film which doesn’t feature him in the lead.Continue reading “Kick 2 Movie Review: This ‘Kick’ Provides No ‘Comfort’”

Yennamo Yedho: Sneak Peek

Yennamo YedhoAla Modalaindi is a refreshing Telugu rom-com which released in early 2011 and made the director Nandini Reddy popular. The film was also Nithya Menon‘s first Telugu film post which she has done many more films. Now the Tamil remake of Ala Modalaindi is all set for its release this year and is titled as Yennamo Yedho. The film’s title draws its inspiration from the popular song from the Tamil film’Ko‘ (2011). The remake rights were purchased by Ravi Prasad Outdoor Unit, a popular name in the film equipment business in South India and now this is their foray into film production through their new banner, Raviprasad Productions. Ravi Thyagarajan, the son of stunt master Thygarajan and who has been an A.D to Priyadarshan makes his debut as director with Yennamo Yedho.Continue reading “Yennamo Yedho: Sneak Peek”

Autonagar Surya: Trailer

Deva Katta who was earlier a mechanical engineer in the U.S turned Telugu filmmaker and his last filmPrasthanam (2010) met with critical and commercial success. He is now ready with his next film, Autonagar Surya. While this time he’s gone into the action zone, the film does retain political element which was noticed in Prasthanam as well. Autonagar Surya features Naga Chaitanya in the lead along with Samantha, Rakul Preet Singh, Brahmanandam, Ajay, Sai Kumar, Ashish Vidyarthi, M.S.Narayana etc. Produced by K.Achi Reddy and R.R.Venkat, the film has music by Anoop Rubens while Srikanth Naroj is the DOP and Gautham Raju is the editor.Continue reading “Autonagar Surya: Trailer”