Tollywood, it may be said, is awaiting the arrival of star directors. This summer is special because at least four directors are promising to strike gold and prove a point with their multi-crore films. All that they have to their credit is a hit, and thanks to the hunger for freshness among top heroes, they bagged gargantuan projects. At a time when Rajamouli and Shekar Kammula are not coming up with film as frequently as one would have expected, we deserve a new bunch of imaginative creators.
To begin with, Racha will hopefully announce the arrival of a star director. Sampath Nandi bagged the film with Chiranjeevi's blessings and it looks like he is out to prove a point. The Emaindi Ee Vela director infuses several larger-than-life elements in his much-awaited romantic-action entertainer. The film's success, it goes without saying, will depend how different Charan is presented and the treatment. (Release date: April 5)
Next in queue is Dammu. Boyapati Srinu led Balakrishna to a smooth hit two summers back. To say that the Young Tiger is hungry for a massive hit would be an understatement. Almost down (but not out) after two big failures (Shakthi and Oosaravelli), he needs a breather more than anyone else. If Keeravani's words are to be believed, Dammu will not only help the grounded star limp back to heights of popularity, but also take heroism itself to another level. (Anticipated release date: April 27).
Then comes Gabbar Singh. Harish Shankar did not have a mesmerising hit in the form of Mirapakai, but Pawan Kalyan gave him an opportunity of a lifetime (as he is given to working with ordinary names). To be sure, Harish Shankar has already achieved mini success. His dialogue, stylishly delivered by Power Star is on everybody's lips, and it is too popular to bear repetition. (Release date: May 9).
After the well-known names comes a greenhorn by name Srinivas Reddy, the director of Damarukam. Without doubt, this film would never have been materialized just two years ago. But then, Nag is pretty sure that he wants to surprise his audience. Damarukam, allegedly based on Amish Tripathi's The Immortals Of Meluha, will, in all probability, satisfy Nag's desire to experiment in the mould of commercial cinema. If it becomes a hit, there will be no looking back for Nag. And for the industry. It is because the genre is too tempting to be ignored. Way to go!
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