Silambarasan to sing in Telugu films
Tamil star STR aka Silambarasan is singing quite a bit these days. After crooning songs in Tamil films, STR is doing that in Telugu too. He has sung in Madhura Sridhar's Reddy's Telugu movie Back Bench Student.
He has crooned the remix of Jagada Jagada (from Mani Rathnam's most famous and only Telugu film Geethanjali) in Telugu for Back Bench Student.This film stars Mahat Raghavendra, Piaa Bajpai and Archana Kavi. The music for this film is composed by Sunil Kashyap. STR has also sung for NTR Jr in the film Baadshah, the music of which has been composed by Thaman SS.
Rana Daggubati to play a Prince
Rana Daggubati is looking for varied roles. After playing the role of a theatre actor-cum-engineer in his latest release Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, the actor has signed Bahubali with Prabhas (directed by S S Rajamouli), where he plays the antagonist.
He has also signed up for Rudrama Devi (India's first historical stereoscopic 3D film) where he will act as Prince Chalukya Veerabhadra.
This prince, who hailed from Nidavardhyapuram (Nidadavalu), is quite an important figure in the reign of the Kakatiya queen Rudrama Devi. Rana has the necessary height and personality to play the prince in the film that is directed by Gunasekhar.
Image: Rana Daggubati
Shyam Benegal receives ANR National Award
Celebrated director Shyam Benegal lived in Hyderabad for the first few decades of his life before moving to Mumbai. He has also shot quite a few of his films in Hyderabad.
Recently he was conferred the ANR (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) National Award for 2012 given by the Akkineni International Foundation.
At the award ceremony, Benegal interacted with students of the Annapoorna International School of Film and Media and gave them some valuable advice.
He urged the students to "learn enough about society like who you are. India is such a diverse country that one lifetime is not enough. You have to learn. Every day is a learning day. Don't think you have learnt enough. I don't think that I have learnt enough even for a second. For me, tomorrow is the day I have to start from scratch. I am blessed because of that. It doesn't allow me to be complacent."
Image: Shyam Benegal