Thursday, March 01, 2007

Bellamkonda bags `Shivaji`!

Bellamkonda bags `Sivaji`! It’s official! Producer Bellamkonda Suresh has bagged the rights of Sivaji, the magnum opus in Tamil. The film has Tamil superstar Rajnikant and Shriya in the lead, directed by Shankar.

He will now be screening the Telugu version in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. AVM who is producing the film has officially made a statement on Wednesday (Feb 28) that the Telugu rights have been given to Bellamkonda Suresh.

Earlier, producer N V Prasad claimed that he holds the `Sivaji` Telugu rights and there was controversy and confusion over it. But with AVM issuing newspaper advertisements, Bellamkonda Suresh is all set to start its publicity in Telugu.

The buzz is that Bellamkonda Suresh snapped the theatrical rights of `Sivaji` for a whopping Rs 14 Crores! Dasari Narayan Rao's `Siri Media`, and other bigwigs were in fray for its rights but Bellamkonda beat others in the competition with his huge offer.

It is a record price for any dubbed film in Telugu! Remember that Bellamkonda only holds theatrical rights. AVM still holds the audio and satellite rights of Telugu version too.

`Sivaji` has finished its entire shooting and would release in Tamil and Telugu simultaneously on April 14, 2007. A.R Rahman scores the music and K.V.Anand is the cameraman.

Source : Sify