Magadheera trailers







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  1. I’ve been watching the promos in TV. RajaMouli has done much better work compared to Drona’s director.

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  2. reaction in the theater:

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  3. This is the kind of epic masala one misses so much in Hindi cinema..

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  4. Satyam, I have doubts about this movie because in Telugu the reincarnation theme has not worked much.

    But, with respect to Rajamouli he is one of the best masala directors around. He worked under the original masala king Raghavendra Rao as an assistant director and he follows that trend a lot.

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    • Thanks for the info Ravi. I was reading a bit about Rajamouli and his long list of hits. Didn’t realize he did Yamadonga as well. The film looks to be rousing judging from the trailers but how they balance this with the contemporary period remains to be seen. at any rate I really enjoyed watching the action previews here and were there the option of subtitles I would check it out in the theater. According to that Rediff piece the budget here is 35 crores. Is this right? Because it would have to do a Pokkiri to be really profitable!

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  5. Chiranjivi’s son is average looking, but they made sure by picking the right director from the first movie. I didn’t like Chirutha, but this one I am planning to watch in Theatre. With Rajamouli, I was very impressed with yamadonga.
    It is always a puzzle to me why Amitji hasn’t focussed on Abhishek’s career at initial stages.

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  6. Right Ted, even with HR he was like a well groomed horse , trained on everything when he made his debut and we could see the results.

    Just like his selection of movies Bachchan just threw his kid to the wolves without proper training/grooming and/or selection of movies.

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    • Ravi, Bachchan would say (and he has just recently in the CNN interview) that the ‘wolves’ make you stronger! I don’t think it’s just about grooming though. Hrithik was a perfect package on day 1. That’s just the kind of star he is. Abhishek isn’t that kind of star. Nor was Amitabh Bachchan. Rajesh Khanna was ‘there’ in his first film the way Bachchan wasn’t.

      And again (this is not directed at you, I’m making a more general point) I think we tend to conflate a number of issues when it comes to Abhishek. His failures in a commercial sense have everything to do with his film choices and nothing really with anything else. Think Paa. Here’s a clean shaven slim Abhishek. Is this film the safest thing around? Abhishek’s made it amply clear that this is the sort of thing he intends to do with commercial films really being the exception. Presumably he believes he can marry the two. So far it hasn’t quite worked but he’s sticking to it. The question to be asked is: what other stars does one think could make some of those films work? D6? Now one might say that those other stars would be smart enough not to pick certain kinds of scripts. But that’s a different argument because Abhishek is saying ‘I will be the guy who picks what is commercially risky and I won’t do the different only when it’s safe’. One could easily imagine a career for Abhishek where there were more Dostanas or BnBs or Sarkars or Gurus or whatever. Films that played to his image in a very obvious sense. The initials would be maximized. We’d be having a very different conversation today. But he’s not doing that. This is why I’ve always believed that his box office potential can never quite be measured by his films, at least so far. On the other hand there is a long view here. People living through SRK’s 90s might not have believed Aamir would so completely turn the tables on him in every way in this decade! Now should he be more like an Aamir and have better acumen when it comes to selecting risky stuff that also has a chance at working? Assuredly. But this also something one learns over time. Aamir had spent 13 years in the industry when he reinvented himself with Lagaan.

      I would argue that Abhishek is already better stocked for the future than Hrithik is. I think his important cinematic moments already have a greater shelf life than Hrithik’s hits. We saw it just recently with Dostana. An actor can have blockbusters that mean nothing beyond their release. This is not to deny Hrithik’s stardom and universal appeal by any means. I am just suggesting that one might want Abhishek to do a Hrithik or at least do the commercial routine or at any rate maximize his box office potential. He’s clearly not willing to do this. He’s not ‘confused’ or ‘mistaken’ about this. He’s just not going to do it. Which is why I think the Bazmee film would be a good deal. I am not a fan of that sort of cinema but I think Abhishek should have one commercial film every year. At least something at Dostana level with obvious chart toppers and dances and whatever.

      Remember though it’s not just about the box office these days the way it once was. Prestige is a big part of the deal. And Abhishek has really increased his as ‘actor’.

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  7. Thanks, can’t wait to watch this, seems like a load of fun!

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  8. Even now, I feel Abhishek lacks skills doing this kind of masala films. He has to improve lot in action scenes. Working with some southern directors like Murugadoss may help him in getting him the correct body language. These directors can make the cat to roar. I am not saying Amir as cat, but the his transformation in Ghajani is marvellous and credit should go to director as well.

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    • I’d disagree Ted.. abhishek hasn’t really attempted this sort of masala very often if at all. But check out Run. His action scenes here are fantastic. I think part of the issue here is that an actor’s abilities in terms of action are linked to his physical attributes and gesturality. Directors have to understand this, certainly the actor has to as well. if you want Abhishek to display the kind of agility that hrithik does that’s not going to happen. But that’s only one notion of action and it is not one that plays to Abhishek’s strengths. For that matter can you imagine Bachchan doing stunts of this sort?! On the other hand what Abhishek does in Run Hrithik cannot. There were hints of this in D2 but these were never really developed. In the final action scene Abhishek looked murderous. But they made it an ‘even steven’ deal with both punching each other and eventually things petered out. There are hints nonetheless throughout D2 that were Hrithik to really get into this cop’s hands one might not like his chances. So he’s the wily guy who keeps getting away. The last scene of the film is filled with foreboding as Abhishek suddenly shows up in that beach bar. The point I’m trying to make is that Hindi cinema doesn’t make films anymore that would benefit the Abhishek kind of physicality. Southern directors still do, there is still that tradition over there. The Hrithik sort of Hollywoodized model is that of the stuntman, the agile guy who does choreographed stunts. Hrithik is very good at this. But then there is the other older model of force and fury. Again we see in Yuva Abhishek on the bridge scene at the end looking like a force of nature or earlier at the hospital bashing up Vivek Oberoi. There was a scene in the second half of SR where he has a spade in hand. A Tamil or telugu setup would make great use of this persona. Bombay just doesn’t make those films anymore. And Abhishek himself doesn’t seem to have enough commitment to that sort of masala to actually make a project happen. Abhishek I think can suggest real violence, his persona when he’s angry suggests far less ‘rationality’ than did Bachchan’s most of the time and this creates a very disturbing combo in terms of the violence suggested. But again one has to be looking at the right models. You have to be thinking RGV’s Shiva when you think Abhishek, not Mission Impossible!

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      • Neatly summed up here: I agree, and would add that at least part of the problem (for me; presumably abhishek doesn’t see it that way) is that he — like most others of his background/generation in the industry — don’t see much worth holding on to about masala cinema. For far too many, this is simply an embarrassment that will be negotiated away in time. Far too many in the industry only stand up for cultural specificity in Hindi films when someone dismisses their work — but away from that context, there is no demonstrable commitment. Often this attitude might not be articulated or conscious, and earlier on Abhishek showed a greater propensity for these sorts of films; but now he also doesn’t really do this sort of thing, and neither does anyone else, with the exception of the odd Ghajini…

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  9. Drona drained all my energy, even in D-2 I was not impressed. I am not looking for Hrithik’s persona , any way I don’t like him. Amir and other actors have showed how well the transformation can take place without great physique.

    I agree witth this statement.

    And Abhishek himself doesn’t seem to have enough commitment to that sort of masala to actually make a project happen

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    • But Drona or D2 weren’t Ghajini in either case. There’s a reason why Aamir picked a masala Tamil director for the film! By the way also note how Aamir did not pick a subject that required stunts. He built a certain look and beyond this he basically conveyed rage. It is again the older paradigm I’m referring to.

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  10. From the review it looks like asureshot winner

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  11. would appreciate updates on the box office here..

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  12. The above is the scene this morning at Sudarshan theatre in Hyd where Magadheera is playing

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  13. aajkaarjun Says:

    BLACK IS BACK WITH A BANG!

    Tickets in black for Chiranjeevis sons movie Magadheerawent for Rs 800, more than 12 times their usual price

    BANGALORE MIRROR BUREAU

    Movie tickets in black returned with a bang in the city and how! Tickets in black for Chiranjeevis son Ramcharan Tejas movie Magadheera were sold for as high as Rs 800. Thats a rise of 1231 per cent, with a balcony ticket usually costing Rs 65.
    Surprisingly, some theatres advanced the shows. The morning show was to begin at 11.30 am in a theatre in Bangalore North. However the audience forced the theatre to start the show at 10.30 itself. Those who came to the theatre at 11.30 am had to pay a hefty sum. In another theatre in city centre, there were hardly any tickets available at counters while they were easily available in black.
    The tickets are sold more than 10 times the cost even in the presence of police, said Anita, a college student. Ravi, another college student, said, I decided to go for the movie as it was a holiday. However, I was disappointed to hear that tickets were sold out. With no option, I had to shell out Rs 500.
    According to movie analysts, Magadheera is one of the biggest regional language movies released in recent years. The last time tickets were sold for exorbitant prices were for the Rajanikanth starrer Sivaji in 2007. Though, many movies have been released since then, they failed to create an impact on the box office. There has not been any big Telugu film released recently as most filmstars were busy canvassing for politics. With Chiranjeevi, who has a considerable fan following in the City almost announcing retirement from commercial movies, the demand for his sons movie skyrocketed on Friday.

    COSTLIEST MOVIE

    Moreover, the movie had created a hype as it is the costliest Telugu movie till date. The production cost has been estimated to be above Rs 35 crore. Magadheera is Tejas second film.

    Left:The crowd in one of the theatres forced the 11.30 am show of Magadheera to be screened at 10.30 am itself. Right:A black ticket seller making a quick buck at the theatre

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    • thanks for this.. nothing excites me more (as a cultural matter) this kind of box office frenzy. Not least because Bombay has become alien to this sort of thing (barring a rare exception like Ghajini).

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  14. Saw Magadheera last night.. all the action sequences were shot very well and more importtantly they were backed by emotions which makes them click very well with the audience.

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  15. The craze in Houston!


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  16. Now this is an audience (and the father at the end)!

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    • could Ravi or someone translate the box office deal here? Thanks in advance. I get the very basic gist but interesting in some of the details including the Pokkiri comparison.

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  17. Magadheera circuit-wise breakup for the first week

    http://idlebrain.com/trade/magadheera-1stweekshare.html

    I think this is a press release by the producers geetha arts and they are claiming a share of 20 cr. I don’t understand this because according to Komal Nahata, the biggest hit in Hindi in recent times, Ghajini collected a share of 59 cr and Magadheera does one third of that in just one week.

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    • thanks for this Prasad. Ghajini did historic business and collected 60 crores or more. Magadheera doing a third of this isn’t surprising. The Andhra market is a huge one. In fact most blockbusters don’t open over 40 crores. So Magadheera has actually done half of what most big Hindi grossers do. The reason here beyond the fact that the per capita theater count in Andhra is the highest in India along with TN is that the Hindi audience has shrunk from its peak in the 70s. In Telugu and Tamil films are mostly made for universal audiences. Sure there are multiplex films but that’s only one slice of the pie. In Hindi this slice is the entire pie. Ghajini reveals what is possible. It did historic business so it would not seem to be the best example except that it is the only credible film in its genre that was supported by a top star, arguably the topmost currently. In a weird sense Hindi multiplex audiences do not know what they want. They want films that confirm their lifestyle choices and self-image. But as the numbers show they enjoyed Ghajini a lot more than many other superhits. And the single/double screen audience has been subtracted a long time ago. So there is a weird business model in ‘Bollywood’ that actually does not seek maximum profitability! The multiplex/small center opposition is in many ways an illogical one because one could split the difference and make films that do both. The malaise however runs very deep in Bombay. Both actors and directors do not have an understanding of the masala tradition. Directors cannot make these sorts of films which is why Aamir had to import a Southern director! Even if they did the actors in question wouldn’t really speak to anyone outside multiplexes barring few exceptions. In the South cinema is still what it was in Hindi cinema almost three decades ago. There were all kinds of films being made but there was a universal aspiration. This does not preclude ‘modernization’ or updating of genres, once again as these Southern cinemas reveal.

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      • You make a very valid point here Satyam. I think Bollywood audience would like Masala cinema if it is backed by a big star. Also Masala cinema creates a larger than life image for an actor and the actor needs to be loved by the audience to be accepted in such an image. Almost all the recent masala outings in recent times in bollywood have been with stars who are either past their peak(Sunny deol) or are not charismatic enough to carry such a role. A good example is Ek-The power of One, this one would have had a good chance at the box office if backed by a top star and handled by a better director.

        SRK lately has been thinking of making a masala actioner like Ghajini and I think it’ll be great if he can remake Magadheera. They can allot even higher with Magadheera and witk SRK himself owning an SFX company the special effects would be top notch and also the film would show him in a dimension the audience has never seen him in.

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  18. If I do the math, this actually sounds right. Assuming there are 300 seats in a theatre, 4 shows a day, 28 shows a week and that is 8,400 people watching it in one theatre. If it is releases in 500 screens across A.P, there are 42,00,000 people watching it in the first week if all screens are housefull for the entire first week. Even if I assume a ticket price of Rs.50(this is a very very conservative estimate because the ticket prices were highly inflated almost everywhere in the state, for ex in Tuni which is a small town in East Godavari Dist, tickets were selling for Rs.800 in the first week and I know this for a fact, even in the second week they are selling at Rs.100), it is 21 cr gross. The actual gross will anyway be way higher than this and that could result in 20 cr share.

    Also the entertainment tax in A.P is just 15% which is one of the lowest in the country and the money comes almost entirely from the single screens which will have considerably less rental than multiplexes which dominate bollywood.

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  19. kiran rathore Says:

    hi,

    I like chiranjeevi’s son……… doing our bollywood movie.. he has manly looks……. Yash chopra and others are taking away our bollywood towards punjabi culture ….. I think the most egoistic andhrites can come and dominate this to get back our old masala and indian style..in bollywood

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    • Tamil Superstar Rajnikant praises Ram Charan and the film Magadheera. He saw the movie recently in Chennai. On Sunday (Aug 9) Chiranjeevi arranged a special show of Magadheera for Superstar Rajinikanth at Chennai’s Four Frames preview theatre. Next day ace director Shankar saw a special screening of the film at AVM preview theatre. After the show Rajinikanth called up Ram Charan Teja and congratulated him on his terrific performance in the film.

      Rajinikanth said: “I had watched a special preview of Ram’s debut film Chiruta when it was released and I had predicted that he had the potential in him to become a big star. I am happy that my words has come true, with the awesome records being created by Magadheera”.

      Shankar added: “ The grandeur and entertainment extravaganza seen in the film is fantastic. Ram Charan Teja has a bright future.”

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  20. Can someone enlighten me on the controversies swirling around Magadheera, the accidents, the limited bans in instances?

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  21. I picked this up on a Telugu movie site:

    [Minister for Panchayat Raj Botsa Satyanarayana today (Aug 11, 2009) ordered officials in Vijayanagaram district not to show Magadheera in theatres. He said he is also planning to put ban on statewide. The reason he cited for the ban on Magadheera in the district is that theatres in the districts are not equipped with proper safety measures and patrons are getting killed in a mad rush to get tickets. Two days back, 5 people were killed at a booking counter in Lakshmi – Srilakshmi theatre in Salur town in the district. Hence, government appointed a review committee on the theatres to probe into the safety measures. Although, he has no rights to issue these kind of orders being a Panchayat Raj minister, he did it as he hails from the same district.

    This is the first time that a Telugu film’s screening was stopped on the grounds of lack of safety measures at theatres. Looks like there is a political conspiracy too. ]

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  22. [Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja’s big budget extravaganza — Magadheera — has created box-office history in its first week. The film has broken all records in the Telugu film industry by collecting a mind-boggling Rs 22 crores in its first week, a feat that has not been achieved by any other Telugu hero, including his dad! The film, directed by mass masala specialist SS Rajamouli, is based on reincarnation and revenge and has Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead along with Srihari and Sunil. Added to this, there’s outstanding music by Keeravani.

    The highlights of the film are its music, action, graphics, the screen presence of Ram Charan Teja and the total packaging of the film by Rajamouli. The film is also a big boost to Chiranjeevi, as his son has now been accepted as a mass hero. The latest we hear is that the film is going to be dubbed into Tamil as it has huge potential here too.

    It is to be remembered that Ram’s dad Chiranjeevi had a huge following among Tamil audiences and most of his dubbed films became popular in the interior areas of Tamil Nadu for its mass elements.]

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  23. Recently saw this movie in theater and it was FAB. If there is one movie in the recent times which deserves a BIG screen viewing…. this is it. It has all the ingredients to majorly satisfy the viewer….. charm, fantastic music, visual effects, great action and a story with a heart and a soul……..something that’s been missing from bollywood for quite a while.

    Just curious about one thing Satyam……why did you file this post under ‘ugly’?

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    • any post with videos I file under the ‘ugly’ just as anything with pics I call the ‘bad’ (also news stories). It is only proper commentary including proper reviews that constitute the ‘good’. A bit of humor on my part to be honest!

      Thanks for your views, I did want to see this in the theater but didn’t get the chance.

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  24. The offbeat Telugu film Vanaja is finally releasing on DVD in the US this week. Here’s a capsule on the film from the Chicago Reader:

    [Rajnesh Domalpalli made this poignant 2006 drama as his thesis film for a master’s degree at Columbia University, yet its technique and development of character and theme are far more accomplished than those of most student films. The title character (Mamatha Bhukya) is a motherless 15-year-old forced to support herself and her drunken, penniless father. After hiring on with a wealthy old woman who was once a famous dancer, she persuades her employer to teach her the classical dramatic form of Kuchipudi, but she can’t outwit the lecherous young master of the house. The casting of amateur actors lends the story verisimilitude, as do the rugged south Indian locations, their colors brilliantly captured on Super-16 film by Milton Kam. In Telugu with subtitles. 112 min.]

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    • Can anyone who’s seen this film explain to me wherein lies its appeal? It has received more or less universal laudatory reviews, but I found it cliched, dreary, and boring, the epitome of the dreaded “art film” and “othering” of India for western eyes.

      I’d really like to understand what others see in it.

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