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Telugu film actresses Saira Banu and Jyoti arrested for prostitution, released

Hyderabad, Aug 23 (Calcutta Tube) Telugu film actresses Saira Banu and Jyoti and seven others were caught in a prostitution racket busted by Hyderabad police here Monday. The two were later released while the other seven were sent to judicial custody.

Saira, who played the lead role in a few Telugu films, and Jyoti, a supporting actress in many films, were arrested along with a woman from Uzbekistan and their customers from an apartment in the upscale Kundan Bagh neighbourhood.

While the actresses were released by a city court after they pleaded innocence, the remaining accused were remanded to judicial custody till Sep 3.

The actresses later told reporters that they were not involved in the sex racket. Jyoti claimed that she had gone to the apartment as she was invited by an assistant director Chandu to discuss a film proposal. She said she was not aware that he was running a sex racket.

All the accused were taken to Panjagutta police station and from there to Nampally criminal court.

According to police, six others including a woman were running the sex racket. They had agreed to pay Rs.10 lakh to Uzbek national Sabrina for 10 days.

Sources have not ruled out involvement of some rich and famous in the racket. Kundan Bagh is a high-security area having houses of ministers, bureaucrats and other VIPs.

The city police commissioner’s Task Force raided the apartment early Monday on specific information.

This is not the first time that a Telugu film actress has been arrested for prostitution. In 2009, Seema was arrested during a raid in Hyderabad’s Tarnaka area.

The latest sex racket has come as yet another shocker for the Telugu film industry and comes close on the heels of the arrest of two brothers of actor Ravi Teja while buying drugs from a Nigerian national.

Police Commissioner A.K. Khan has gone on record to say police were keeping a watch on 60 personalities, including Telugu film actresses, suspected to be consuming drugs.

Jummandi Naada (2010) Telugu Movie Review-Rating-Box Office

Jummandi Naada is a 2010 Telugu Movie directed by K.Raghavendra Rao starring Manchu Manjo, Tapsi, Mohan Babu, Suman, Brahmandan and others. Check out the complete review of the Telugu film.

Cast and crew:

  • Film: ‘Jummandi Naada’;
  • Cast: Manchu Manjo, Tapsi, Mohan Babu, Suman, Brahmandan, M.S. Narayana, Ali and others; Producer: Manch Lakshmi;
  • Director: K.Raghavendra Rao;
  • Music Director: Keervani;
  • Cinemetographer: Gopala Reddy;
  • Rating: ** 1/2

The Telugu movie industry’s most successful director K. Raghavendra Rao has returned to direction with ‘Jummandi Naada’ after a gap.

After doing three period devotional films ‘Annamaiah’, ‘Ramadasu’ and then ‘Panduranga’, this time he wielded the megaphone for a social film. Of the three, ‘Annamaiah’ and ‘Ramadasu’ were decent hits and were also critically and aesthetically appreciated.

Rao’s ‘Jummandi Nadam’, a musical social fantasy, has the usual mix of fantasy, great visuals, lilting music and a little bit of comedy. Rao followed his signature style, which had made him top director of the Telugu film industry without realising that now the audiences are looking for something fresh and novel.

Rao’s forumlaic narration of a very cliched story had a large appeal years ago, but not any more. The story has been seen in many films that have hit the screen in the past three decades. Rao has just focused on songs picturisation and the actress.

The film can be labelled old wine in an old bottle and nothing else. Even the comedy sequences look like rehashed from old films of Rao.

The only positive thing about the film is its music. M.M. Keervani has delivered an impressive compositions in the film and Gopala Reddy has captured some good visuals.

Balu aspires to become a good singer and moves to Hyderabad to fulfil his dreams. He meets Shravya, a NRI who is doing a documentary on folk music. She stays with a disciplinarian, Captain Rao. Balu always gets into an argument with his neighbour Rao who detests undisciplined youngsters.

Though Balu is in love with Shravya, his attempts to impress her are crushed by Rao. He even gives an option to Balu to either choose music or his love for Shravya, if at all he wants his musical band to participate in a big competition.

Balu opts for music, but finally true love triumphs over all odds.

Manchu Manoj, who gave good performance in the recently released ‘Vedam’, has worked hard in this film. He not only looks convincing as a musician, but is also good in comedy and emotional sequences. He is certainly improving with every film.

Tapsi looks good in songs. Comedians Brahmanandam, Ali and M.S. Narayana are just okay. Veteran actor Ahuthi Prasad scores well in the villain’s role.

‘Jummandi Naadam’ is as an ordinary fare.

Em Pillo Em Pillado (2010) Telugu Movie Review-Rating-Box Office

Em Pillo Em Pillado is a 2010 Telugu movie directed by A.S. Ravi Kumar starring Tanish, Praneetha, Ahuthi Prasad, Chandra Mohan, Charanraj and others. Check out the complete review of the Telegu film.
Ee Tharam Films is one of the prestigious banners in the Telugu film industry. It has produced award winning issue-based films like ‘Neti Bharatham’, ‘Yerra Mandaram’ and ‘Navodayam’. But their latest offering ‘Em Pillo Em Pillado’ is an apology to the type of films the banner makes.

Cast and Crew:

  • Film: ‘Em Pillo Em Pillado’;
  • Cast: Tanish, Praneetha, Ahuthi Prasad, Chandra Mohan, Charanraj and others;
  • Director: A.S. Ravi Kumar;
  • Producer: Pokuri Babu Rao;
  • Music Director: Mani Sharma;
  • Camera: Ch. Ramana Raju;
  • Rating: *

It also reflects the fall in the standard of story telling techniques seen in recently released Telugu films where focus has been shifted to rich production values and illogical sequences, which are an insult to the intelligence of the viewers. ‘Em Pillo Em Pillado’ is the best example to prove this point.

Kannada actress Praneetha makes her debut in Telugu films with the movie. The actress, who had made a grand entry through ‘Pokiri’, has really made a wrong choice in picking this film. The film’s hero Tanish has been given an overburdened role that should be reserved for mature actors. He looks clearly out of place.

It is left to veteran artists like Charan Raj and Ahuthi Prasad to salvage the film by delivering natural performances. Even the comedy sequences look out of place.

Director A.S. Ravikumar has already made some films, which didn’t perform at the box office. But he has utterly failed this time by opting a stereotyped and predictable story that is illogically and torturously narrated on screen.

‘Em Pillo Em Pillado’ follows a formulaic narration which has been seen from the last six decades on screen. Leave alone the lack of freshness in the film, even the so-called twists are predictable. Since the film is touted as a commercial entertainer, it is easy to guess that the film’s hero Ram will unite the feuding families and get married to his lady love.

Ravi Kumar has proved that he hasn’t grown from the stereotyped stories by writing such a listless script. It seems Ravi Kumar and producer Babu Rao deliberately kept creative ideas away while working on the script.

Not even one element in the film looks interesting including Mani Sharma’s music or the visuals of the film which are run of the mill type that remains faithful to the formula-based script.

Watch the film if you are prepared to waste precious time and suffer continuous torture.

Maryada Ramanna (2010) Telugu Movie Review-Rating-Box Office

Maryada Ramanna is a 2010 Telugu movie directed by S.S. Rajamanna starring  Sunil, Saloni, Brahmaji, Nagineedu and others. Check out the complete movie review at Calcutta Tube.

Cast and Crew:

  • Film: ‘Maryada Ramanna’;
  • Director: S.S. Rajamouli;
  • Cast: Sunil, Saloni, Brahmaji, Nagineedu, Supreeth and Kanchi; Music: M.M. Keervani;
  • Rating:***1/2

Telugu director S.S. Rajamouli has an enviable record of all his seven films being hits. And he adds another feather to his cap with ‘Maryada Ramanna’, which features comedy actor Sunil as the hero.

‘Maryada Ramanna’ is quite different from all his previous commercial hits, which include ‘Simhadri’, ‘Magadheera’ and ‘Vikramarkudu’, that focused on giving a larger than life image to the heroes.

Rajamouli has narrated his latest gripping tale with less of comedy and action, but makes it engaging and entertaining.

He has chosen a story revolving around the factional feuds of Andhra Pradesh’s Rayalaseema region where revenge and violence get prime focus. But he has kept away from these two factors in the film.

Rajamouli has put together a fast-paced love story packaged with thrilling and enjoyable elements. He has woven magic with his screenplay and there is never a dull moment in the film.

In the movie, Ramu works in Hyderabad and finds it difficult to lead a decent life. A notice from a village officer reveals that he has a five-acre plot in his native village. Ramu then heads home to sell off this land to get some funds to purchase an auto-rickshaw.

He meets a beautiful girl Aparna in the train. Aparna happens to be the daughter of a big faction leader Ramineedu, whose brother was killed by Ramu’s father many years ago in a factional feud.

Ramu lands at Ramineedu’s house without knowing the past. Ramineedu and his entire family want to kill him… but there is a hitch. Ramu had entered their house as a guest and it is a tradition in Rayalaseema that guests be treated as god.

Ramu comes to know that he is safe only if he is inside the house and will be killed the minute he leaves. Aparna, meanwhile, tries her best to woo Ramu.

Ramu manages to escape from the house and makes all efforts to leave the village as well.

Finally he understands Aparna’s love and decides to be with her even if it means facing a big risk.

Sunil excels in his performance. He has lost weight and shows his brilliance as a dancer too. Saloni has come out with another good performance.

Debutant actor Nagineedu perfectly fits into the villain’s role.

M.M. Keervani’s music is the highlight of the film. All the songs are melodious and hummable. ‘Ammaayi Vachchindhi’ and ‘Ra Ra Saloni’ are well choreographed also.

Rajamouli has once again proved that he is a master at churning out hits.