articles by Hemanth Kumar

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Making of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy: How the Chiranjeevi, Tamannaah-starrer became a pan-Indian film

Ahead of the release, the crew of Chiranjeevi-starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy reveals how they brought alive the story of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy.

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Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, RRR, Baahubali: Decoding Telugu cinema’s obsession with period dramas

In their pursuit of grandeur, Telugu filmmakers have increasingly embraced period dramas, with films like Baahubali, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and RRR in recent times

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Pooja Hegde on trying her hand at comedy in Housefull 4, and upcoming films with Allu Arjun, Prabhas, Akhil Akkineni

Pooja Hegde talks about being a rare Telugu heroine who has worked with Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, and Prabhas in a short span of time.

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Gaddhalakonda Ganesh Movie Review : Varun Tej shines in Harish Shankar's unabashed ode to cinema

Varun Tej’s makeover as a fierce gangster is Gaddhalakonda Ganesh's biggest USP and Harish Shankar taps into the actor’s energy to add zing into this film

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Valmiki: Varun Tej, Harish Shankar on Telugu remake of Jigarthanda, and why 'cinema is the hero' of their film

Valmiki is the Telugu remake of Karthik Subbaraj’s acclaimed Tamil film, Jigarthanda, which focuses on an aspiring director who goes on to make a film on a gangster, and how the process changes both their lives.

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Nani opens up about Gang Leader, Jersey and the secret behind choosing the 'right' script

Nani was last seen in Gowtam Tinnanuri's Jersey, where he played a middle-aged cricketer.

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Saaho movie review: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor’s action drama aims high, but goes completely haywire

Neither the twists nor the big action set pieces of Saaho are engaging enough to root for the characters, and the drama between them.

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Saaho, the Baahubali of action films: With a Rs 350 crore budget, there's a lot at stake for this Prabhas-starrer

For Prabhas, Saaho is a crucial film in his post-Baahubali career, and its success could firm his position as a pan-Indian star

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Ranarangam movie review: Sharwanand, Kalyani Priyadarshan’s crime drama is predictable and boring

Ranarangam is an ode to The Godfather - 2; however, it squanders every opportunity to tell an interesting story.

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Evaru movie review: Adivi Sesh, Regina Cassandra’s mystery thriller springs a pleasant surprise

Evaru is just under two hours and packs in plenty of surprises to keep us guessing about what would happen next.

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National Awards 2019: Mahanati, Rangasthalam winning big coincides with rise of Telugu cinema at a national level

Telugu cinema won seven awards in various categories, easily it’s best haul since the National Film Awards were established by the Government of India.

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Nagarjuna on Manmadhudu 2, working with young directors like Rahul Ravindran, and avoiding serious films

Following the release of Manmadhudu 2, Nagarjuna opens up about the making of the film and his struggle to find stories that would suit his age.

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Kobbari Matta movie review: Sampoornesh Babu's spoof of family dramas is a laugh riot

Kobbari Matta is not only consistently absurd and over the top, but also, it’s an excuse to laugh at ourselves and the cliches prevalent in Telugu cinema.

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Manmadhudu 2 movie review: Nagarjuna, Rakul Preet's film doesn't tap into its potentially rich emotional aspect

Manmadhudu 2 could have been a meaningful drama about toxic relationships, but Rahul Ravindran does not quite dig deep into that aspect of the film.

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Rakshasudu movie review: This Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas-starrer is a well made Ratsasan remake

In Rakshasudu, director Ram Kumar focuses the story on one such person who flipped to the dark side because no one empathised with him.

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Dear Comrade movie review: Vijay Deverakonda, Rashmika in an intense but uneven film

Dear Comrade belongs to Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika who make you fall in love with Bobby and Lilly instantly.

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Vijay Deverakonda on expanding his reach through Dear Comrade, and its similarity to Arjun Reddy

Vijay Deverakonda talks about whether stardom has seeped in him yet, given his recent spate of hit films, including Arjun Reddy, and Geetha Govindam.

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Jersey, Oh! Baby, Mallesham, Game Over, Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya: Best Telugu films of 2019 so far

Nani-Shraddha Srinath's sports drama Nani and Samantha Akkineni-starrer coming-of-age slice-of-life film Oh! Baby were among the top Telugu films of 2019 yet.

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iSmart Shankar movie review: Ram’s pulsating energy meets its match in Puri Jagannadh’s irreverence

Despite its crassness at times, iSmart Shankar strikes a chord largely due to its story, Puri Jagannadh’s conviction, and Mani Sharma’s compelling background score.

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Dorasaani movie review: Anand Deverakonda makes his debut in a poetic love story set in the 1980s

Even though Dorasaani might feel sluggish in terms of how it is narrated, KVR Mahendra makes sure that we root for the protagonists.