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Nag Ashwin: I thought Bollywood will get National Awards but not Keerthy Suresh

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Director Nag Ashwin, with Mahanati, the biopic on legendary yesteryear actress Savitri, made the entire world sit up and take notice of Tollywood once again after SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali. Mahanati, produced by Swapna and Priyanka Dutt under Vyjayanthi Movies banner, featured Keerthy Suresh in the lead role as Savitri.

At the 66th National Film Awards, Mahanati won three awards. For the Best Telugu Film, Best Actress and Best Costume Design. In a chat with IndiaToday.in days after their big win at the National Film Awards, director Nag Ashwin, producers Swapna and Priyanka Dutt open up about the recognition and their upcoming projects.

Calling it an honour, director Nag Ashwin said, “It feels great and I feel that it is a final culmination of the tribute to Savitri garu that we started off to do. I’d like to dedicate it to the whole team because it’s a team effort. From the research work to the PR and publicity team who took the film to the people, it’s a team process.”

When asked if he and his team expected three National Awards, he remarked, “To be honest, people who saw the film told us that Keerthy would get the award for her performance. It was on our mind. Keerthy was fighting with all the biggest names in Bollywood for the award. I thought, realistically, Bollywood actresses would be preferred and maybe we won’t make it. We were very happy that Keerthy and her performance were recognised and even her costumes. The amount of research that went into also got recognised. It was actually a pleasant surprise because we weren’t expecting it.”

Nag Ashwin also revealed that he is currently working on his next project. “I’ve been writing a new project. It’s an original story so it’s taking a long time to come up with the screenplay. I’m sort of slow in between projects. But, it’s coming close to going on floors,” he added.

Producer Swapna Dutt of Vyjayanthi Movies stated that the motive behind the biopic was to tell a great story. “We didn’t make it for any award or reward. Every film is made with a calculation, but, this film wasn’t like that. We don’t even know why it was driven that way. It was a superpower that made us do this film. We made this with heart and this is the result. It’s a great learning for us,” she said.

Mahanati could be regarded as the starting point for several other biopics, which are in the making currently. When asked if they started this trend down South, she said, “We do not consider to be pioneers in anything. We have a long way to go and we still feel that we didn’t start any trend in Tollywood. We wanted to tell a great story which happened to be a biopic.”

Producer Priyanka Dutt opened up on how Mahanati brought them all closer. She said, “There will be a lot more movies from me, Nagi (Nag Ashwin) and Swapna together. We’ve become very comfortable working with each other. We know each other’s positives and negatives, so there’s a lot of great synergy between all of us. Currently, Swapna and I are producing exciting projects which will be announced next month.”

Priyanka also said that their upcoming project would be mounted on a huge scale and it would once again see her, Swapna and Nagi teaming up. “Coming to us, Vyjayanthi Movies will be producing a film with Nagi and the pre-production work will begin from September. We are planning a big film on a bigger scale. A couple of days ago, we had announced a call for writers, actors and designers. It’s a huge project,” she signed off.

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Will This Heroine Say Yes To Prabhas’ Movie?

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Tollywood hero Prabhas is the darling to many actors and he shares a good rapport with all the stars who have acted with him to date. He gives surprises to his dearest buddies and serves some delicious food items to the actors on his set. We have seen most of the stars singing praises for Prabhas. The Baahubali hero enjoys an incredible fan following.

Currently, he is busy with a couple of projects like Adipurush, Salaar, etc., We all know that recently, Saif Ali Khan who will be seen as Lankesh in the movie, Adipurush has wrapped up his shooting and we have seen Kareena Kapoor and Prabhas’ friendly relationship during the shooting of the film, Adipurush. Prabhas has sent a biryani to Kareena Kapoor and she also posted a pic on her Instagram stories.

On the professional front, Prabhas will be seen in Arjun Reddy’s directors’ movie. It is said that Kareena Kapoor Khan is likely to be seen as the female lead in the Sandeep Reddy Vanga and Prabhas’ movie. Rumours are doing the rounds that Prabhas is charging a bomb for this movie. However, there is no official information regarding this.

On the career front, Kareen Kapoor Khan is busy with her upcoming movie, Laal Singh Chaddha in which Aamir Khan is seen as the male lead.

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Is It A Right Decision For Ram Charan Tej?

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Tollywood hero, Ram Charan Tej will be next seen in the movie which is tentatively titled,#RC16. On the occasion of Dasara, the team of #RC16 have announced that he will be seen in the lead role, directed by Jersey fame Gautham Tinnanuri and jointly produced by UV Creations and NVR Cinema.

Is it the right decision for Ram Charan Tej? The answer is yes. After giving a green signal to two top directors, it is important for Ram Charan to do something different. We all know that Ram Charan is working with Tollywood’s top director, SS Rajamouli, and the movie, RRR is being made on a huge budget. Expectations are very high on the film. Along with Ram Charan, Jr NTR will be seen as the male lead. Ram Charan also signed on to Shankar’s movie.

So, it looks like Ram Charan wants to do all sorts of movies, hence might have given a nod for Gautam Tinnanuri’s script. The director is known for narrating sensible characters in an interesting manner.

The makers of Ram Charan’s next movie tweeted, “The most AWAITED COMBINATION is here! Announcing our next with none other than Mega Power Star Ram Charan directed by Gowtham Thinnanuri.”

Ram Charan reacted and replied, “A combination, I’m definitely looking forward to!”

Gautam thanked Ram Charan for his words and said that “I have treasured this note for quite some time and was hoping to share it with the world when I get an opportunity to work with you. Never knew it will come so soon. Thank you for all the love, sir.”

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Mahesh Babu Follows Prabhas?

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Tollywood SuperStar Mahesh Babu is going to work with ace director, SS Rajamouli after the completion of his two projects. A few days ago, the Sye director confirmed that he is going to make a movie with Mahesh Babu. The movie is going to be made on a huge scale and it will be released in many languages. We all know that Mahesh Babu enjoys an incredible fan following in the two Telugu states and also in other states. But, to date, Mahesh Babu didn’t act in pan-Indian movies. So, it looks like Mahesh Babu has been waiting for the right time to act in pan-Indian film, and now his dream is going to be a success with SS Rajamouli. Some of the netizens are saying that Mahesh Babu is following Prabhas. We all know that Prabhas has got international fame after the release of Baahubali directed by SS Rajamouli. Baahubali series turned out as blockbusters.

On the professional front, Mahesh Babu will be seen in Sarkaru Vaari Paata helmed by Geetha Govindam fame Parasuram. Keerthy Suresh is seen as the female lead in the flick. After this movie, Mahesh will be seen in Trivikram’s film.

Coming to SS Rajamouli, he is busy with his upcoming movie, RRR. Ram Charan Tej and Jr NTR will be seen as the lead actors in the grand celluloid. Everyone is eagerly waiting for the release of the magnum opus movie. For the first time, Ram Charan and Jr NTR will be seen together in the film.

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