Actor Sudeep will have two releases this month which includes Shankare Gowda's Kannada film Just Maath Maathanalli directed by him. The other film is Ram Gopal Varma directed Hindi film Rann which will be released world over on January 29.
Sudeep has finished his work for K.Manju's Kichcha Huchcha, but the film may be released only in February or March. His other film Theertha which is also ready for release may have to get released only after all the problems faced by the producers get resolved.
Just Maath Maathnalli audio has already been released to a good response and Sudeep is eager to release the film in January. Darshan starrer Porki is slated for release on January 28.
Meanwhile Ram Gopal Varma has used Big B largely in his promos and has given less preference to Sudeep and other artists of the film. He describes his forthcoming movie as a 'men's film' and says it was natural for Amitabh Bachchan to spearhead the show in the promos of the movie. 'Amithabh enjoys a huge popularity and we have used him to a large extent in our promos. He plays a major role in the film' says Ram Gopal Varma. Sudeep, Riteish Deshmukh, Mohnish Behl, Paresh Rawal and Rajat Kapoor have played important roles in the film. Sudeep plays the role of the son of Amithabh Bachchan who plays the role of a media. 'Every other character is important; otherwise it wouldn't have found place in the film. There won't be any character that would feel short-changed or left out in the film,' Varma adds.
'Women are supporting characters in 'Rann' which is indeed a men's film. They may not be directly involved in the conspiracy or the entire drama that ensues in 'Rann', but they definitely bring in a humane aspect to the proceedings,' said the director.
'Suchitra plays the role of a programming head with Amitabh Bachchan's new channel and she is in constant conflict with him since she can see the cut throat competition in the outside world. On the other hand, Gul is indifferent to what's happening in the country and first thinks about herself and her man (Riteish Deshmukh) before anything or anybody else.' Neetu Chandra, who had replaced Raima Sen in the film's cast just before the shooting, is paired opposite Sudeep and also has a few scenes with Amitabh Bachchan.
Hatrick Hero Shivaraj Kumar starrer Sugreeva is just awaiting release in these days when there has been a long queue for the release of hugely expectant Kannada films. Sugreeva has created a big buzz in the Kannada film industry as a film that was shot in just eighteen hours on a single day.
Anaji Nagaraj, the producer of the film says that he plans to release the film a week after the release of Darshan's Porki. "We were planning to release the film on January 15 or 22. But we did not want to release the film on the eve of Grahana. We did not want to release the film in competition with another expected release School Master which is the 199th film of Dr. Vishnuvardhan, mainly because of our huge respects to the great star and a model human being. Now we have decided not to release along with Darshan movie Porki.
Aamir Khan starrer Three Idiots directed by Raju Hirani is already creating big records in the Box office. Now, it is rumoured that Gemini Film Circuit, the top production firm has obtained the South Indian film remake rights of the film. A section of the media has also reported that the remake rights of the film for three language has been obtained for a whopping Rs. 12 crores, while some other websites have reported that Gemini has obtained remake rights of Tamil and Telugu film.
Telugu film star Pawan Kalyan may act in the Telugu version of the hugely successful bollywood blockbuster Three Idiots, sources in the Telugu film industry say. Gemini Film Circuit which had earlier obtained the remake rights of of Vidhu Vinod Chopra film Munnabhai M.B.B.S and Lage Raho Munnabhai for remaking it in South Indian languages. They are now believed to have obtained the remake versions of Three Idiots in Tamil and Telugu versions for a bomb. Gemini Film Circuit had produced Uppi Dada, the Kannada remake version of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S with Upendra in the lead. However the remake version of Lage Raho Munna Bhai was limited to the Telugu version.
If at all the Kannada version of Three Idiots is made, there is already a speculation in the industry that Puneet Raj Kumar or Sudeep may do the role of Aamir Khan in the film. Though there has been no news about the making of the Kannada version of the film, there has been rumours doing the rounds in the Kannada film industry.
The Telugu version of the film may start early sources said, as the call sheets of some leading Tamil film artists is not available till early 2011, sources confirmed. However, Pawan Kalyan has just finished major portions of his forthcoming film Komaram Puli to be directed by S.J.Surya. Gemini Film Circuit have approached the actor and it is rumoured that he has given the nod to the production unit.
Incidentally Gemini Film Circuit are also having business interests in the hugely popular Gemini TV, the top Telugu Entertainment Channel. Incidentally Pawan Kalyan's elder brother Mega Star Chiranjeevi had acted in the Telugu remake versions of Munna Bhai and Lage Raho Munnabhai which were titled as Shankar Dada M.B.B.S and Shankar Dada Zindabad. While the first Telugu remake was hugely successful, the second film could not repeat the huge success of its original. Pawar Kalyan will be doing the role of Aamir Khan in Three Idiots.
However the details about the Tamil version is still unknown, as Gemini Film Circuit has not yet finalised yet. Tamil film industry's top star Surya has already said that he would have loved to act in the film, but he has no call sheet for nearly two years.
While the entire Kannada film industry shut down activities to pay homage to veteran actor K S Ashwath, the makers of Omme Nodide held a show of their film on Monday. The who-is-who of the film industry went to Mysore on Monday to participate in the last rites of Ashwath. Film related activities were stopped everywhere as a mark of respect . But producer and director of Omme Nodide, Kuppuswamy, went ahead with a private screening of his at a preview theatre in Malleshwaram.
Asked about it an insensitive Kuppuswamy had this to say, "We had fixed the programme in advance and did not know this will happen. Minister Narendra Swamy (Women and Child Welfare minister) was invited to attend and we could not stop it. When we came here another film team was screening their film and we thought it was okay to go ahead with our film." The screening of the film for the minister went on even though the film is yet to get a certificate from the Regional Censor Board. "We have applied for the censor certificate and will get it soon," said Kuppuswamy.