It has been two and a half years since we last saw Manchu Manoj on the silver screen. 2017 film Okkadu Migiladu is his last outing as the lead actor. Due to the disturbances in the married life, he had to stay away from films all this while. Manoj went through a lean phase of life which he accepted it and overcame it successfully.
Finally, Manoj announced that he got divorced and within a few days, he also rolled out his own production house called MM Arts. He has been hearing many scripts for a long time and has apparently finalized three of them. At first, he will take a multistarrer film on the floors. Manoj wanted to take things slow in this new phase and hence he wanted to do a multistarrer first.
A debutant will helm this project and it will feature Manchu Vishnu, Simbu and Mahat in small and yet important roles. Their addition will bring the buzz to the film, and that is the reason why Manoj opted to do this film first among the three. The actor will announce more details about this project very soon.
Finally, the two big wigs of the Telugu film industry are coming together for a film. They are maverick director SS Rajamouli and Superstar Mahesh Babu. The duo is all set to team up for the first time for a new film. From the past few days, it is being reported that the movie will be a period flick. However, we now hear that it will be a contemporary commercial entertainer and not a period drama.
Rajamouli's last two films Baahubali and Baahubali 2 are period dramas. His upcoming film RRR is also a period flick. Thus, people speculated that the director's next film with Mahesh will also be a period drama. However, we now hear that there is no truth in that news. The film will be a contemporary action thriller set in modern times. We also hear that it will be an espionage thriller with a lot of action elements. The shooting of this movie will go on the floors in 2022.
Currently, Rajamouli is busy with the works of RRR. Jr NTR and Ram Charan are playing the lead roles in this movie. The film will hit the screens in mid-2021. On the flip side, Mahesh recently announced his next project Sarkaru Vaari Paata. Directed by Parasuram, this movie will go on the floors only after September. Keerthy Suresh is playing the female lead in this film.
Thappad is a social drama film directed by Anubhav Sinha that features Taapsee in the leading role. The film critiques our society's outlook on married life and its 'shaadi mein sab kuch chalta hai' stance. The film received much appreciation for its social commentary. Actress and Producer Lakshmi Manchu had lots to say about the film after she watched it 2 weeks ago but couldn't bring herself to write about what she felt. 2 weeks after watching the film, Lakshmi finally wrote down what the film pushed her to reflect on and shared it with her fans. Lakshmi praised the entire team of Thappad. She also added a special mention to the film’s lead Taapsee Pannu and its director Anubhav Sinha
Lakshmi Manchu shared a photo with her message. She wrote, “I watched Thappad two weeks ago and I haven't been able to bring myself to write a note about this film. It made me question everything I was taught as an Indian woman, as a woman coming from a certain community, there were always more Don’t than Do’s. While watching Thappad I felt like each of the characters was a part of my subconscious mind and I was asking the same question myself, which each of them was asking. As soon as I finished watching it, I was empowered and so broken that it made me re-look at how I look at myself and the self-respect I have for myself and for the other people around me. I can’t thank Taapsee enough for being as bolder as she is and bringing films like these, I know her journey behind the film and power to her for putting this into Art. Anubhav Sinha Ji, you’re a master storyteller. The Dialogues, The Screenplay, and everything moved me in every part of myself, Thus a must watch the movie for Men, Women, and Children all over the World. If you haven’t seen it watch it on Prime Video. Taapsee you make me the proudest - Lakshmi Manchu.”
2020 has been quite a miserable year for all of us. Regina Cassandra has an expression that will sum up what she thinks of the miserable year! Regina shared a video from a footage reel. The video shows Regina making a snarky face! Saying, "Hey #2020! Take that!" dedicates the snarky expression to 2020. It seems like Regina has had it with the year altogether. Right now, Regina is us and we are all Regina. We are all waiting for the good days to return!
Meanwhile, Regina has been spending her time hosting a talk show on her Instagram. Titled the ‘not so’ late show with RC, the show follows a late-night television style of hosting an entertainment show. The interview follows a music segment wherein she turns DJ to play some tunes! She has hosted personalities like Danish Sait, Maya the Drag Queen, Keya Pothen, and many others.
In other news, the trailer to the Vishal and Shraddha Srinath starrer Chakra came out a few weeks ago. Regina Cassandra plays a pivotal role in the film as well.
On the work front, Regina Cassandra has quite a few project lines up. They are Party, Kallapart, and Kasada Tabara. Party is an upcoming comedy film that stars an ensemble cast. Actors such as Jai, Shiva, Jayaram, Ramya Krishna, and many more will appear in the film. Kallapart is an action thriller drama starring actor Arvind Sami in a leading role apart from Regina. Kasada Tabara is an anthology film that features several actors such as Harish Kalyan, Venkat Prabhu, and many more.