Monday, February 03, 2003

Tollywood Cup

The Telugu filem industry (one of the big film language clusters in India) just celebrated a wonderful Sunday. The stars (consisting of 4 teams) and headed by 4 captains (Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, nagarjuna and Venkatesh) - these are the heroes who have been ruling the film industry for the past 12-17 years or so - and followed by a huge number of youngsters who have joined the industry in the past 2 years. The starts have showed a wonderful togethernesss and there was a no hint of competiotion (these are the guys who fight at the Bix office records).

Secondly, this was for two causes. One was to cheer and support the Indian cricket team in their endeavour to Win the world cup in South Africa. The second more practical and far more effective was an effort which collected a sum of Rs. 1 Crore (Rs. 10 million) which will earn an interest of Rs.90,000 every month and will help the poor film artistes (in this case the side actors, character artists, comedians etc) in supporting them economically. This is a wonderful act.

Also, the cricket itlsef was competitive and played with a lot of high spirit and camaradrie. This event (one of a kind in India) will definately get unnoticed by the national media 9which are all based in the North or West). For them the film industry is bollywood only. Considering that Tollywood (telugu film industry) and Kollywood (the tamil film industry) produce more films than bollywood and also better films.

I hope that this is a good beginning and the best thing would be oging forward we can have a match eevery year and we will sure will find a good cause once a year.


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