Thursday, September 30, 2004

Nandi Film Award Winners: Okkadu Tops the List

Okkadu starring Telugu star Mahesh Babu won 8 of Andhra's film awards, known as the Nandi's. Mahesh Babu himself won for best actor in the film, "Nijam". For a complete listing of all winners visit the Sun Network online.

YSR Tells UK: Hyderabad Ideal for Outsourcing

Andhra Chief Minister, YSR told a UK delegation (members of the Conservative Party Friends of India Group or CPFIN) that Hyderabad is an "ideal location" for outsourcing business and destination for multinational IT companies. (Source: Sun Network online)

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Interview with Multilingual Actress Sada

Multilingual actress Sada who has acted in a slew of Telugu films (Donga Dongadi, Jayam, Monalisa etc.) has given an interview with IANS about her film roles and career. Sada claims that she is selective about the roles she chooses. (Source:

Dutta To Dance With Prashant

Lara Dutta will do a dance sequence with Tamil-Telugu matinee idol Prashant in a new film. The actress hopes that some of his magic will rub off on her. Dutta has been quoted as saying: "I agreed because I too would like to become a mega star like a former Miss World who acted with Prashant." She was of course referring to Aishwarya Rai, who previously danced and acted with Prashant in the Tamil hit "Jeans". (Source:

Deccan Chronicle Files for IPO

Newspaper publisher Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. has filed initial public offering (IPO) papers for 8.01 million shares. Up to Rs 150 crore is expected to be raised. (Source:

Chennai Soon Receive Drinking Water

The Times of India has reported that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy announced that water from the Telugu Ganga project would finally reach Chennai (a city starved of adequate drinking water) before the 15th of October.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Telugu Flag Designer's Statue to Adorn Museum

Telugu Literary Criticism

The Hindu online has a critique and review of "Essays on Telugu Literature" by B. Rambrahmam.
The book is described as "a compilation of 18 literary essays, written and published on different occasions by an expert in literary criticism."

Andhra Patrika

The Press Academy of Andhra Pradesh will be taking up the task of writing and publishing the history of Andhra Patrika, the longest surviving Telugu newspaper of the past century. The newspaper also happens to be the longest survived newspaper (over eight decades to be exact). refers to it as a "mirror to 20th century Telugu society" due to its depiction of Telugu society, culture, and social movements in the 20th century.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Raceway to be Converted into Cyber Highway

Power for Villages a Priority for Sayeed

P.M. Sayeed, the Union Minister for Power has promised that all villages would receive power within the next five years (Source: Sun Network online)

Poor in Andhra to Receive Rice and Money

Under the Food Assurance Programme, the State government will provide 40 kg of rice and Rs 100 to poor families (about 30 lakh) in all of the 755 drought mandals for 6 months, starting on October2, 2004. Read more on this story at the Sun Network online.

Heartbreaking Stories: Children with Heart Ailments in Andhra

The Sun Network has more stories of Andhra families coping to meet medical expenses for their children with heart ailments. You can read them here and here.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Naidu Tells Sonia Gandhi to Look at Andhra Also

The Indian Express has reported that Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for "various lapses and inaction by the UPA Government". Naidu arrived in Delhi to meet the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to protest against the ‘‘political’’ murders that occured in the state and to ask for justice and relief for the victims, who were mostly TDP workers. Naidu asked Gandhi to not just look at Uttar Pradesh but to look also at Andhra (ruled by the Congress) to see the decay of law and violence that has erupted, particularly in Anantapur. For more on Naidu's visit with the NHRC visit

Sneha to Appear in "Anandam"

Actress Sneha is set to play opposite Venkatesh in the Telugu remake of Tamil hit Anandam. According to Talkies Today, Sneha will be playing the role played by actress Devayani in Tamil version. Meanwhile, her forthcoming Tamil release will be Adhu, a thriller inspired by a Japanese film.

Telugu Actress Shreya Helps Children with Heart Ailments

Actress Shreya, who has appeared in both Telugu and Hindi films has generously donated money to four Andhra children in need of heart surgery. There are approximately 2 lakh children with heart disease in Andhra Pradesh, most of whom hail from working class families who are unable to pay the cost of surgery. Shreya has promised to ask her co-stars, producers and whoever can help out for further donations. You can find more on this story at

Hibiscus On The Lake

Friday, September 24, 2004

More Drama in India's Film Crisis

The Deccan Herald has reported the following:
"Refusing any change in its stand on the moratorium, Mr Patil (President of Kannada's Film Producers Association) said: “They (Telugu film industry) is not the custodian of Kannada films. We are not at their mercy nor will we change our stand.
Read the full story here.

Telugu Film Industry to Cut Production Costs

With a trend in box office flops of late, the Telugu film industry is calling for cuts to production costs, including remuneration for its top stars. Read the full story at

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The Outsourcing Hub: Cyberabad

A revolution named "Cyberabad".

The Troubles of Telugu Film Stars

With recent troublesome incidents involving more Telugu stars, the Telugu film industry is worried that it is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Telugu film star Jagapathi Babu went to the police station in Hyderabad after a conspiracy to attack him and rob his house was foiled by his security guard. Apparently his cook along with three accomplices had intended to rob the actor.

Another Telugu film star, Mahesh Babu also finds himself in a spot of trouble. A Warangal court sent him to judicial custody until October 4. The actor was charged of kidnapping a video parlour owner (who had been releasing pirated copies of his film "Arjun") though he was released on bail later.

Lest we forget that, in recent months actor Mohan Babu landed in hot water when he actually slapped a heroine on set, for not getting a kissing scene right. And then NTR's son Balakrishna was accused of attempted murder. (Source Sunnetwork Online News)

Monday, September 20, 2004

Laying the Foundation for New Study Circle Building

Alpha Telugu to Launch Today

Friday, September 17, 2004

Lalu in Love with Andhra

Union minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad has claimed that "Andhra Pradesh is my first love." The Minister went on to say: "I have announced several sops and allocated Rs 369 crore in the Railway Budget". His goal is to maintain that Indian Railways attain pre-eminent status in the world. The campaign's emphasis is to ensure the safety of all passengers. Visit the Sun Network for more details.

Naidu Urges External Affairs to Help Stranded Youth

TDP Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has urged External Affairs to bail out ten Andhra Pradesh youth who are stranded in Malaysia. The youths had been abandoned by job consultants. The Sun Network has more information on this story.

Genelia Loves the Telugu Film Industry

Actress Genelia D'Souza loves working in the Telugu film industry because filmmakers give respect to their actors. Genelia made her debut in the film Satyam. Next audiences can expect to see her in Sye. (Source:

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Jayaprada's Day In Court

Film actress and MP for the Samajwadi Party in Rampur, Jayaprada appeared in Court in Hyderabad. She was charged with violating the election code during the MCH elections in 2002. Read the Sun Network online for more.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Telugu Ganga Canal To Be Up and Running In 2 Years

Monday, September 13, 2004

World Telugu Federation Celebrates its 12th Anniversary

The World Telugu Federation celebrated its 12th anniversary in Chennai last Saturday. The celebrations included cultural programmes and music festivities. has the full details.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Telugu Film Industry Aims to Curb Video Piracy

Telugu actor Mahesh Babu is leading the war against video piracy. With the help of a few of his fans, the actor alledgedly ransacked two video shops in hopes of destroying pirated copies of his film Arjun. Mahesh Babu alledges that over 30, 000 pirated copies of the recently released Arjun has cut into his profits. has the complete story.

Starlet's Infuriating Love Scene

The Times of India reports that actress Shweta Konnur had trouble with Telugu actor, Rajendra Prasad, during the filming of a love scene. A contrast to something one would read in Hollywood no doubt. Read more about this story here.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Andhra Pradesh to Get 4 More FM Stations

The minister for information and broadcasting, S. Jaipal Reddy is planning to bring on major changes in the radio industry by encouraging private participation. Consequently, the state of Andhra Pradesh will get 4 more FM stations. The Sun Network has all the details.

Reddy Sets His Sight on the Biodiesel Revolution

First it was the green revolution, now Chief Minister Reddy is focusing on the biodiesel revolution. He plans to enact a program within the next 3 years. The Sun Network has further details.

Thousands of Pilgrims Take Holy Dip in Guntur

The Sun Network has reported that over 42 lakh pilgrims took a holy dip in the Krishna river. For further details click here.

The Film Crisis: More Analysis

Aditi De of The Hindu Business Line has written an insightful article on the film crisis and it's impact on each of the film markets (including the Telugu market). The author discusses the increasing frustration by the public and artists alike.

Telugu Courtesan Songs

When God is a Customer: Telugu Courtesan Songs by Ksetrayya and Others (author: Ramanujan) is currently available on

Remember to check out Amazon every now and again, to see what Telugu related items are available for purchase. You might find something you could use or something that just strikes your fancy. It's also a good idea to compare prices with those found on Froogle.

Telugu Desam Party Questions YSR's Right to Remain in Office

The Times of India reports that the Telugu Desam Party has questioned Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's 'moral right' to remain in office after failing to contain vendetta killings in Anantapur. Visit The Times of India online for a full report.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Telugu Films Go Digital

The Hindu is reporting that a digital technique called the "Digital Intermediary" (DI) is vividly breathing life into India's cinematic world. Sree Anjaneyam by Krishna Vamsee is the first Telugu film, and the third in India, to prefer such degrees of technical perfection in colour tones, after the Big B-starrer Khakee and Lakshya.

Film Crisis Persists: Bollywood Concerned as Negotiations Begin

The Times of India reports that Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh stepped in on Monday to negotiate with thespian Rajkumar over the ongoing film crisis. Singh mentioned that top artists and producers from Bollywood have expressed their concern over the issue. Even amid increasing pressure from the Telugu, Hindi and Tamil film industries, Singh remained confident stating that "every problem has a solution" and that the government would reach one soon.

Film Crisis: Theatre Owners To Defy Film Ban

The Times of India is reporting that theatre owners are steadfastly holding out hope that the English, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films that fans have missed over the past few weeks will be released this Friday. Read the full story.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Hindi Films May Be Banned by Telugu Producers

The Times of India has reported that Telugu film producers have proclaimed that they too will not allow the release of Hindi films in Andhra Pradesh 'if Bollywood fails to rein in Kannada producers'. These actions are due to the decision of Kannada film producers to impose a seven-week moratorium on the release of new non-Kannada films in Karnataka.

Telugu film producers who would inevitably lose huge amounts of revenue due to the moratorium, are trying, in turn to put pressure on Bollywood, to ensure that Kannada film producers withdraw their decision; with the rationale that the biggest losers would be Hindi film producers. Another joint strategy of non-Kannada film producers if implemented would mean loss of revenue to producers of regional language films."The strategy will deal a deathly blow to Kannada producers," a Telugu film producer said. Read more at The Times of India.

Telugu Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma in Row

Another one of Ram Gopal Varma's films is at the centre of controversy. The Telugu film 'Madhyanam Hatya' which has evoked the anger of women's groups in his hometown of Hyderabad. The caption: "Did you ever wish your wife was dead?" Has caused all the trouble. "I could've never imagined this throwaway line referring specifically to the situation in the film would evoke such strong protests." Read more at

Book Review: Survey of Telugu Literature

The Hindu online has a book review of a collection of 33 articles on Telugu literature. Visit The Hindu for the full review/commentary.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Telugu Cinema Shuts in Protest

The Times of India reports that the Telugu film industry stopped all shooting activity on Sunday to protest the Karnataka moratorium. The industry is planning to bring a delegation including Telugu stars to Bangalore to meet their Kannada counterparts.
"We have always been very friendly with Kannada filmdom, be it giving Rajkumar the Dada Saheb Phalke award or extending support during the Veerappan crisis. We agree that vernacular cinema should be supported, but not by destroying other films," said Telugu producers' association president Suresh Babu.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

A Telugu Poet's Impressions of Chennai in 1863

In 1863, Shastri, from Tenali, recorded his impressions and titled it `Chennapuri Vilasamu' — The glory of Chennai. The book is divided into six cantos, describing the plan of the city, the monuments and the technological wonders of those days. The Hindu has more on this poet and his observations.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Women's Groups Protest Telugu Film reports that, women's organisations in Hyderabad "received a shot in the arm" when the Andhra Pradesh High Court directed producers of the Telugu film "Madhyanam Hatya" to delete the poster "Have you ever wished your wife were dead" from their publicity material. Read more on this story.

Alpha Telugu set to Launch

Zee's entry into the lucrative Telugu airspace with Alpha Telugu is expected to trigger a fiercely competitive race in the Telugu market as the mainstream network enters a realm ruled by the Gemini TV and Teja TV, ETV, Raj TV's Vissa TV and news channel TV9. reports that Alpha Telugu kicks will begin its operations on September the 12th.

Telugu film industry to hold bandh on Sep 5 is reporting that the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce has decided to hold a one-day bandh on the fifth of September to protest the decision of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce that prohibits the release of other language films in the state up to seven weeks from the date of release from their first commercial screening in the respective states. Chamber president G Adiseshagiri Rao stated that the decision was ''highly regrettable'' and cannot be justified. He said the move would "spoil the otherwise cordial relationship in the film industry in the country as a whole".

Telugu Desam members join Congress

Forest Minister S Vijayarama Raju claimed that as many as 10 MPTC members (from the Parvathipuram Assembly segment in Vizianagaram district) had joined the ruling Congress party after quiting the Telugu Desam Party. The MPTC members were apparently attracted by the pro-farmer policies being adopted by Chief Minister, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. (Source:

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Mani Sharma Rules Telugu Music Charts

Once again, Mani Sharma's Gudumba Shankar tops the Telugu music charts. The other four hits rounding off the top five are Arjun, Sye, Gharshana and Naa Autograph. has full details.