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Vinayak's lucky team

Prabhas' next film might be titled Basava. The film will be directed by V.V.Vinayak and is being produced by Cudappah Mayor M. Ravindranath Reddy, a relative of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy on the banner of Eeswari Films. The film is a remake of the Kannada hit, Jogi, and Vinayak is giving final touches to the Telugu script. The film's shooting is likely to begin in April. Nayantara, one of the heroines in Vinayak's recent film Lakshmi has now been cast against Prabhas. Ramana Gogula, who gave melodious tunes for Lakshmi will compose for Basava as well.

Lawrence to direct a bi-lingual


Anandi Arts, which produced Nuvvu Nenu, is planning a new film that will be directed by Lawrence, both in Tamil and Telugu. The film's shooting is likely to begin in May. Lawrence, who is popular as choreographer, made his debut as director with Mass that had Nagarjuna in the lead. His next film Style also became a big hit. Today, he is one of themost sought after directors in Telugu. It is rumoured that Lawrence himself is planning to compose music for this film. Besides Lawrence, another popular young hero will be playing the lead in the film. Unlike his earlier films, Mass and Style, the new venture will have a Telugutitle. Lawrence's next film with Nagarjuna as a don will begin after the completion of this film.

Raam's audio released


Venkatesh, who is enjoying the success of Lakshmi, joined the audio release function of Nitin's film, Raam. He was the chief guest of that function and handed over the first cassette to director Vinayak. Nitin and Genelia, the lead pair of the film attendedthe function, besides Raam director N.Shankar. It may be recalled that Shankar directed Venkatesh's blockbuster Jayam Manadera. Raamis the home production of Nitin. The film is being produced by his father Sudhakar Reddy, who was a film distributor until recently. Several leading producers and celebrities from the film industry attended the function.

A new image for Jagapati Babu


Jagapati Babu, who is recognised as a family hero, seems to be going in for a change of image. Having done a mass-oriented role recently, he is now dabbling with a negative character in a film being produced by Ideaz, with Shashank in the lead. Chakravarthy, a debutant director, is directing this film. About 40 per cent of the shooting has been done in locales in Hyderabad, Chenchinada and Pattiseema. The final schedule will be held in the third week of March. Harshita has been cast opposite Shashank in this untitledfilm. It may be recalled that Jagapati Babu essayed a guest role in Shashank's latest film Anukokunda Oka Roju. The film has Rajiv Kanakala in a key role. Presently, Jagapati Babu is busy with his film Brahmastram, directed by Soorya Kiran.

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