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Which Telugu movie are YOU looking forward to?

By Radhika Rajamani
December 28, 2015 10:21 IST
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The New Year begins with a cinematic bang. There are four releases are scheduled on January 1.

Take a look at the movies, and see which one you're *really* excited about!

Abbaiytho Ammayi

Naga Shaurya and Palak Lalwani

Cast: Naga Shaurya, Palak Lalwani
Director: Ramesh Varma

Ramesh Varma had directed Ravi Teja, Kajal Agarwal and Taapsee in 2011's Veera. After a gap, he returns with Abbayitho Ammayi -- a youthful romantic film set in contemporary times.

Inspired by the social media, the director tackles the confusion that the youth may feel about the real world and the virtual one.

Ilaiyaraja composed music for this film, which is his 999th movie. On Ilaiyaraja’s request, the movie is being dubbed into Tamil also.

Tamil actor Mohan stars, along with Brahmanandam, Prudhvi and Rao Ramesh.


Nenu Sailaja

Ram and Keerthi Suresh

Cast: Ram, Keerthi Suresh
Director: Kishore Tirumala

Originally titled Harikatha, this film’s title was changed to Nenu Sailaja.

Ram Pothineni has ensured that the movie has some freshness about it. Keerthi Suresh makes her debut in Telugu cinema with this film.

Devisriprasad scores music for this romantic entertainer.

Sathyaraj, Naresh and Pradeep Rawat have important roles.

The film is produced by Ram’s uncle Ravi Kishore under the Sravanthi Movies banner.

Lachmideviki o Lekkundi

Naveen Chandra and Lavanya Tripathi

Cast: Naveen Chandra, Lavanya Tripathi
Director: Jagadish Talasila

Helmed by debutante Jagadish, a protégé of SS Rajamouli, this film has the Andala Rakshasi duo again on screen.

MM Keeravani scores the music and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao edits the film.

Sampoornesh Babu plays a significant role in the film. Jayaprakash Reddy, Brahmaji and Ajay are the other actors in the film.

Killing Veerappan

Shivraj Kumar

Cast: Shivraj Kumar, Sandeep Bharadwaj, Yagna Shetty
Director: Ram Gopal Varma

Made in Hindi and Kannada, this film is dubbed in Telugu and Tamil.

The title is self-explanatory and the film deals with the events leading up to the killing of forest brigand Veerappan in Operation Cocoon. Sandeep Bharadwaj plays Veerappan, while Shivaraj Kumar plays Senthamarai Kannan, the Superintendent of Police (SP) who masterminded Operation Cocoon.

Director of Photography Ramesh Kumar shot this film in challenging locales.

Producer Rockline Venkatesh plays Harikrishna, the Superintendent of Police of Kolar, who was killed by Veerappan.

Yagna Shetty plays Veerappan's wife Muthulakshmi.


Malupu still

Cast: Mithun Chakraborthy, Aadhi Pinisetty, Nikki Galrani, Richa Pallod
Director: Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty

Director Sathya is the son of famous filmmaker Raviraja Pinisetty and Aadhi's brother, who acts in the film. This is the Telugu version of the Tamil film Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka which released in June this year.

Based on a true incident, the director made this film revolving around four friends who face the repercussions of an incident.

Raviraja Pinisetty has produced this film which also features Nassar and Pasupathy.

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