MLA (Manchi Lakshanalunna Abbai)
(English: A boy with good qualities), is a 2018 Telugu language drama film written and directed by Upendra Madhav who earlier worked as a writer for films such as Bruce Lee and Aagadu. Starring Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, and Kajal Aggarwal, it was produced by Kiran Reddy, Bharath Chowdary, TG Viswa Prasad, and Vivek Kuchibhotla under Blue Planet Entertainments banner, their second venture after Nene Raju Nene Mantri. The film was released on 23rd March 2018.MLA Ka Power 2018 Indian action thriller film. Movie MLA Ka Power. It is a hindi dubbed version of MLA Ka Power 2018 Indian Tamil film directed by B. V. S. Ravi. The film stars Sai Dharam Tej, Mehreen Pirzada in the lead roles…..
Nandamuri Kalyan Ram
is an Indian actor and film producer who works in Telugu cinema. He was born to actor and politician Nandamuri Harikrishna and Lakshmi. He is one of the grandsons of N. T. Rama Rao, who was an actor and a statesman. Actor Jr. NTR is his brother. He is the owner of the production company named after his grandfather, the late NTR, called N.T.R. Arts. He had played lead role in several movies such as Athanokkade, Hare Ram and Pataas. He also owns a VFX company named “Advitha Creative Studios”, which provided special effects for movies such as Legend, Nannaku Prematho, Krishnashtami.Kalyan Ram started his career as an actor with Toli Choopulone (2003), produced by Ramoji Rao. His next movie was Abhimanyu (2004), produced by Ashwini Dutt. Starting his film career with two failures did not dampen his spirits.
In 2005, he established his own banner, N.T.R. Arts, under the name of his legendary grandfather NTR and produced Athanokkade, introducing Surender Reddy as director. Kalyan Ram startled the film industry and the audience alike with this movie. It was a runaway hit at the box office. His next movie Asadhyudu (2006), was a disaster. His next ventures Vijayadasami, with Samudra and Lakshmi Kalyanam, with Teja did not work. However, Hare Ram, under his own production proved him as an actor and was well received by critics and was a good success for him after Athanokkade. In 2009, he starred in Jayeebhava, which was a flop. In 2010, he starred in Kalyanram Kathi, which turned out as an average film from his banner. After a long gap, Om 3D was produced under his home banner, which was touted as India’s first action 3D film, it released in late summer 2013. Despite the hype, the film ended up as a failure at the box office.
In 2015, Kalyan Ram appeared as a cop in an action entertainer titled Pataas, produced under his home banner, which turned out to be a blockbuster hit with positive reviews. For the first time, he produced a movie without himself as the lead, titled Kick 2, under his banner N.T.R. Arts. It stars Ravi Teja as a lead, and is directed by Surender Reddy, which turned out to be a flop at the box office. Kalyan Ram’s later release for 2015 featuring him as lead was Sher, opposite actress Sonal Chauhan. Sher was directed by Mallikarjun and was produced by Vijayalakshmi Pictures.
He appeared in Ism, a 2016 film under the direction of Puri Jagannadh, with Kalyan Ram playing the lead role of the reporter Balakrishna. It was produced under the N. T. R. Arts banner by Kalyan Ram, like many of his previous movies. In 2018, he acted the lead role in the film MLA.he is acting opposite Tamanna Bhatia in the film Naa Nuvve and in an untitled film along with Shalini Pandey and Nivetha Thomas directed by KV Guhan.
(born 19 June 1985) is an Indian film actress and model. She has established a career in the Telugu and Tamil film industries and has been nominated for four Filmfare Awards South. In addition to acting, Kajal participates in stage shows and is a celebrity endorser for brands and products.
Aggarwal made her acting debut with the 2004 Bollywood film Kyun! Ho Gaya Na… and had her first Telugu film release in 2007, Lakshmi Kalyanam. In the same year, she starred in the box office hit Chandamama, which earned her recognition. The 2009 historical fiction Telugu film Magadheera marked a turning point in her career, earning her critical acclaim. It ranks among the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time and fetched her Best Actress nominations at several award ceremonies including Filmfare.
She subsequently starred in Telugu films such as Darling (2010), Brindavanam (2010), Mr. Perfect (2011), Businessman (2012), Naayak (2013), Baadshah (2013), Govindudu Andarivadele (2014), Temper (2015) and Khaidi No. 150 (2017). Kajal also played the female lead in the high-profile Tamil projects Naan Mahaan Alla (2010), Maattrraan (2012), Thuppakki (2012), Jilla (2014),Vivegam(2017) and Mersal (2017). She made a comeback to Bollywood with Singham (2011), which was a hit, while another film Special 26 (2013) was also a box office success.Film debut and struggles (2004–08)
Aggarwal made her acting debut in the 2004 Bollywood film Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na, in which she had a minor supporting role as the friend of Diya. She appeared in veteran Tamil director Bharathiraja’s Bommalattam, alongside Arjun Sarja. The film was delayed and released in late 2008.
Aggarwal made her debut in the Telugu film industry and played her first leading role in 2007 in Teja’s Lakshmi Kalyanam, alongside Kalyan Ram; it did not fare well at the box office. Later that year, she appeared in the Krishna Vamsi-directed Chandamama, which opened to positive reviews and became her first major successful film. In 2008, she had her first Tamil film release, Perarasu’s action entertainer Pazhani, co-starring Bharath. She had two more Tamil releases that year with Venkat Prabhu’s comedy-thriller Saroja, in which she did a guest appearance, and Bharathiraja’s investigative thriller Bommalattam. Although the former went on to become a commercial as well as a critical success, both films failed to boost her career as her roles were too insignificant. Her Telugu releases Pourudu and Aatadista opposite Sumanth and Nitin, respectively, did not receive positive reviews, but both were successful at the box office.
Public recognition and critical acclaim (2009–11)
Aggarwal had four releases in 2009. She first starred opposite Vinay Rai in the Tamil film Modhi Vilayadu, which garnered mixed reviews and was a financial failure. She then appeared in the high budget Telugu historical drama Magadheera, alongside Ram Charan Teja, which saw her playing double roles for the first time. The film, directed by S. S. Rajamouli, received overwhelming critical acclaim, while Aggarwal, in particular, was praised for her portrayal of a princess. Aggarwal was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Telugu and nominated for the award for Best Telugu Actress in the South Scope Awards for her performance. It was highly successful commercially and broke several records, emerging as the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time. Magadheera’s success turned Aggarwal into one of the most sought-after actresses in Telugu cinema. It was released again in Tamil as Maaveeran in 2011, and was also successful at the box office. Her subsequent releases Ganesh Just Ganesh, opposite Ram and Arya 2 opposite Allu Arjun received mixed reviews from critics, while her performance garnered positive feedback.
Kajal at IIJW, 2011
Aggarwal’s first 2010 release was A. Karunakaran’s romantic comedy Darling, which featured her alongside Prabhas and received a favorable response, becoming a commercial success at the box office, with Kajal receiving her second Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. Later that year, Aggarwal appeared in the Tamil thriller film Naan Mahaan Alla, opposite Karthi, which was based on a real-life incident and opened to positive reviews. It was a box office success. The chemistry between Karthi and Aggarwal was widely praised. It was later dubbed in Telugu as Naa Peru Siva in Andhra Pradesh and was a success. Aggarwal’s final release in 2010 was another romantic comedy Brindavanam opposite Jr. NTR and Samantha, which received critical acclaim and went on to become a commercial success, while fetching Aggarwal the CineMAA Award for Best Actress.
In 2011, Aggarwal was paired with Prabhas for the second time in the romantic comedy Mr. Perfect, directed by Dasaradh. The film became a critical and commercial success. Kajal’s performance as a conservative doctor and her chemistry with Prabhas was praised by critics. Kajal received her third Filmfare nomination for Best Actress in Telugu for her performance. In May, she appeared in Veera, replacing Anushka Shetty and starring opposite Ravi Teja for the first time. The film received moderate reviews.
In July that year, Aggarwal made her Bollywood comeback after seven years with a leading role in the police story Singham, a remake of the same-titled 2010 Tamil film, opposite Ajay Devgn. It received mixed reviews from critics, as did her portrayal of a Goan girl Kavya Bhosle, with critics stating that Aggarwal had not much to offer in the hero-centric film. Komal Nahta noted that “Kaajal Aggarwal acts with effortless ease. Her performance is good”, while Filmfare wrote that “Kajal who looks pretty and has done what she has been told to, but probably deserved a meatier debut”. Nevertheless, the film was a hit at the box office. She was nominated for two awards for her performance: the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. Aggarwal finished 2011 with the Telugu film Dhada, opposite Naga Chaitanya, which failed at the box office.
Commercial success (2012–14)
In early 2012, Aggarwal appeared in the Telugu gangster film Businessman, alongside Mahesh Babu, directed by Puri Jagannadh. A Sankranthi release, it opened to positive reviews and was a commercial success. Aggarwal’s performance, though limited, was praised by critics.
Aggarwal made a comeback to Tamil cinema later that year with two high-profile action flicks. The first was Maattrraan, directed by K. V. Anand and starring Suriya. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Her performance was well received; a review carried by The Indian Express summarised: “Kajal does with utmost sincerity as the foreign language translator Anjali. It’s this trait and her graceful demeanour which makes Kajal a pleasant watch”.
“I prefer Telugu film industry as women are respected more than they are in the Tamil film industry. In Tamil cinema, they care only about their hero. Of course, I don’t give a shit and go and sit in my van”
— Aggarwal about the difference she felt between Telugu and Tamil industry.
The second was A. R. Murugadoss’s Thuppakki, starring Vijay, in which she played the role of a boxer. It received mostly positive reviews from the critics and was a major commercial success, becoming the second Tamil film ever to collect over ₹100 crore (US$15 million). Her final release in 2012 was the Telugu romance film Sarocharu, opposite Ravi Teja for the second time. Although her performance was praised by critics, the film received poor reviews and did below-average business at the box office.
Kajal with her younger sister Nisha Aggarwal at Lakme Fashion Week, 2012
In early 2013, Aggarwal starred in V. V. Vinayak’s action film Naayak, opposite Ram Charan Teja and Amala Paul. Upon release, it received positive reviews and was a major commercial success. Also that year, she starred in the Hindi film Special 26, a heist drama directed by Neeraj Pandey. It went on to be a major critical and commercial success.
She later appeared in Srinu Vaitla’s Baadshah, opposite Jr. NTR for the second time in her career. Upon its release, critics appreciated her performance. The Times of India commented: “Kajal is as usual an eye-candy. She’s got a good role and has done justice to her performance. Also she looks stunning in the songs.” The film was a financial success. Her final release in 2013 was All in All Azhagu Raja, opposite Karthi, which released on Diwali to negative reviews from critics.
In early 2014, Aggarwal starred in R. T. Neason’s masala film Jilla, in which she played a police officer. She then featured in a cameo appearance in the Telugu action thriller film Yevadu. Her next release was Krishna Vamsi’s family drama Govindudu Andarivadele, which released in October to positive reviews. It grossed ₹416.5 million (US$6.1 million) at the box office and became one of the highest grossing Telugu films of 2014.
Setback and recent work (2015–present)
Kajal’s first release of 2015 was in the Telugu action film Temper, directed by Puri Jagannadh, alongside NTR Jr. The film received positive responses from critics and was a commercial success at the box office. Kajal played the role of an animal lover and on her performance, a critic from The Times of India said: “Despite her limited role, the actress does well”.
Kajal at South Filmfare Awards, 2015
Next, she featured in two Tamil films, working with industry-leading actors and directors. In July, 2015 she was seen as an entrepreneur in Balaji Mohan’s gangster comedy film Maari, opposite Dhanush. Critics rated it as a “regular masala movie” and Rediff noted: “Kajal Aggarwal does have a significant role to play, but their onscreen chemistry just does not work”. The film became a commercial success. Her other release, Suseenthiran’s action film Paayum Puli, alongside Vishal, received mixed reviews and failed at the box office. Reviewers criticized her character stating: “badly written and has nothing more to do with the script” She also did a cameo appearance in the bilingual romantic comedy film Size Zero.
The year 2016 saw Kajal appear in two high-profile Telugu films. She played the lead female role, marking her first collaboration with Pawan Kalyan, in the masala film Sardaar Gabbar Singh, directed by K. S. Ravindra. Critical reaction of the film was mixed to negative, though Kajal’s performance was positive. A reviewer from the Deccan Chronicle wrote: “Kajal Aggarwal plays the perfect princess and looks beautiful and elegant. In fact, she is a breath of air in the film”. The film grossed ₹90 crore (US$13 million) worldwide. Her second Telugu release was Srikanth Addala’s family drama Brahmotsavam, opposite Mahesh Babu, which was a major critical and commercial failure. Among the female leads, her performance as a “new age girl” was well received, despite the role having a limited screen time. She next starred opposite Randeep Hooda in the romantic drama Hindi film Do Lafzon Ki Kahani. The film received moderate reviews.
In April 2016, she signed another Telugu film directed by Teja, starring opposite Rana Daggubati. In June 2016, she signed for Vivegam, starring opposite Ajith Kumar. In July 2016, she signed for the Telugu film Khaidi No. 150, starring opposite Chiranjeevi for the first time in his 150th film.
In late July 2016, she signed to perform her first item number in Koratala Siva’s Janatha Garage, featuring Mohanlal, Jr NTR, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen in the lead roles. The shooting of the song took place in mid-August 2016. That song, titled “Pakka Local”, was well received by the audience. Her next release, Kavalai Vendam, received mixed to positive reviews, but her performance was praised by critics. In December 2016, she signed for Vijay 61, starring opposite Vijay.
Aggarwal’s first 2017 release was the Telugu-language action drama film Khaidi No. 150, starring opposite Chiranjeevi. It received mostly positive reviews and turned out to be a commercial success, with Aggarwal’s performance praised by critics. In January 2017, in a poll conducted by the Hyderabad Times, she topped the list of Most Desirable Women 2016. In 2017, she appeared in the Political drama Nene Raju Nene Mantri, as Radha Jogendhra, a loyal wife who acts as a morale balance to Rana Daggubati’s character. Her performance received praise from critics. She then appeared as lead female role in Spy action film, Vivegam, as Yazhini Kumar, a music teacher and loving wife of a spy. Her performance was again praised by critics. She then portrayed the supporting role in Atlee’s Mersal as a doctor, and featured alongside Vijay for the third time in her career and her performance received positive reviews while the film became one of the highest grossing Tamil films of 2017. Mersal went on to join the ₹200 crore club..
In 2018, Aggarwal had a leading role in the Telugu film MLA. In April 2018, she signed to a Telugu film which also features Ravi Teja, marking her third collaboration with the actor.