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ZOOM 50
K
annada film Zoom celebrated 50 days of successful run at the box-office. The film which stars Ganesh and Radhika Pandit in lead roles had an event at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall where mementoes were given away to cast and crew of the film. 

Lovely Star Prem who was the chief guest of the function said Ganesh’s films could be watched with family in theatres and added that Prashant Raj is a passionate director. He said he had predicted that the film will be hit at the time of audio release and that had come true. Prem said Ganesh is a producers’ actor. 

Director Prashant Raj expressed his happiness about the film’s success and said every cloud has a silver lining. He also said he had tried to end his life at one stage and now Zoom has done good business which has made him happy. 

Ganesh thanked his fans and the audiences for the success of the film. He said dialogues and his hairstyle worked for him while expressing his eagerness to work with director Prashant again.

Veteran film-maker and actor Kashinath was the star attraction of the evening. He said he dreamt of becoming a scientist in his younger days. He said he had become a scientist in a film. He thanked the audiences for appreciating his performance as he said he accepted the role after hearing a detailed explanation of it from the director.
-15/09/16

ZOOM GROSSES RS 10 CR, INCHES CLOSE TO 25 DAYS
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annada film Zoom starring Ganesh and Radhika Pandit has grossed Rs 10 crore at the box-office and raked in a share of Rs 6.5 crore to the producer as the movie inches close to 25 days of successful run, according to the film’s producer.

Director Prashant Raj told reporters that even though the film has a simple story and not an extraordinary one the film has suited Ganesh’s image and brought in the audiences to theatres. He said despite two or three films releasing every week, Zoom has managed to hold its own which has made the producers and the others in the team happy.

Prashant thanked the media, audiences and distributors for making Zoom a success.

Ganesh said he was personally happy that the movie was doing well in 100 plus theatres as it is close to completing 25 days of run. While thanking all those responsible for the good showing of the movie, Ganesh said he found it thrilling to know about the film’s collections and occupancy every day from the producers. He said he was happy that some regions especially Mysuru has reported good returns.

Ganesh also announced that he will work with Prashant Raj in another film soon as the director had given him a one-line narration of their forthcoming venture.

Producer Naveen Raj said the film team has plans to organize an event for the movie’s 50-day run. He said it was a challenging task for them to distribute the film themselves.

Later, answering reporters’ queries Prashant Raj said Urvashi theatre which had been screening non-Kannada films had given a share of Rs 4 lakh to the producers. He said he was initially scared to screen the movie at Urvashi as the theatre management had expressed reservation about the collection. The theatre management had told them that only about 15 people watched a Kannada movie on the rajyothsava day which scared them. The multiplexes in Bengaluru had returned a share of Rs 3 crore to the producers, he said.

The director said the film has not been screened in Europe. The film is ready to hit European market soon, he said.
-21/07/16

ZOOM TEAM SAYS FILM GROSSES RS 5.28 CRORE IN FIRST 3 DAYS
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annada film Zoom has grossed Rs 5.28 crore in the first three days after its release last weekend, according to the team. The film that stars Golden Star Ganesh and Radhika Pandit in lead roles was released in 200 theatres all over Karnataka including 40 theatres in Bengaluru. Zoom is directed by Prashant Raj.

Director Prashant Raj told reporters that a film starring Ganesh carries with it some expectations which has been met as the actor has been portrayed exclusively in the movie.

He said theatres in Bengaluru which do not screen Kannada movies have exhibited the movie. The director said multiplexes had allotted many shows for the movie and there was some tension. The director said he watched the film with the audiences and interacted with them. He said people were happy and enjoying the movie.

Prashant Raj made a special mention about Navrang theatre’s 10 pm night show which is so popular that he urged Kannada film industry folks to make use of the opportunity that will help them to know the pulse of the audiences. He said Urvashi theatre also put up a houseful board for a Kannada film after a long time.

The director said the team encashed the opportunity to release the release on the eve of Ganesh’s birthday.

He said in all the film released in 15 theatres outside Karnataka including overseas centres. He said two shows in Pune ran to a full house in the weekend and there was more 50 percent occupancy in other centres outside the state. He said the film did not release in UK and Middle East and the film will release in 22 centres on July 9.

Producer Naveen Raj said it has been a golden time since they met Ganesh and signed me on. He appreciated Ganesh’s eagerness to know about the film’s progress and report at the box-office.

Ganesh said the film had been promoted well while adding that his previous two films did not match in terms of promotion vis-a-vis the investment. He said the producers have kept up their promise to present the film colourfully and also promote it well. Golden Star Ganesh said he expected this kind of collections for a week but the film has made money in the first three days itself.

Ganesh also clarified that the film had no vulgar or double meaning dialogues as indicated by a section of the media. He said the film has naughtiness and added that he didn’t endorse vulgarity given the responsibility that he shouldered following the success of Super Minute.
-6/07/16


ZOOM MOVIE REVIEW
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oom has a lot of fun elements and has a top star cast that is convincing enough for audiences to watch the film. Director Prashant Raj who has been urban in his films has chosen to make another totally urban film.

Ganesh and Radhika Pandit are ad film makers of rival companies. While Ganesh (as Santosh) believes in working smart and copying ideas, Radhika (as Naina) believes in hard work and is an independent creative thinker. There is a lot of competition between the two as one can expect and at a point of time Santosh fakes a contract that leads the story to take all kinds of twists and turns. A love story also blooms based on mistaken identity.

Zoom is richly made and lavish in its production values. The movie is colourful and vivid thanks to Santosh Rai Pathaje good camera work.

Ganesh and Radhika are adequate in their roles. Kashinath who was expected to mouth double meaning dialogues does not have even one for which he was famous some time back. Zoom is a good pastime and watchable for the superb camerawork and locales besides the acting.
-4/07/16


ZOOM’ RELEASING ON FRIDAY
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annada film Zoom will release worldwide in about 500 theatres on Friday, July 1. This includes about release of the film in about 250 theatres outside Karnataka. The film like Last Bus (which was dubbed into French) is being dubbed into French, Korean and Malay (Malaysia) languages.

The film is directed by Prashanth Raj and it stars Golden Star Ganesh and Radhika Pandit together for the first time. The film has got a U/A certificate from the censors. Prashanth Raj has directed Ganesh for the first time while he is directing Radhika for the third time.

Zoom is a romantic comedy and has Sadhu Kokila making his entry with a moon walk as a Michael Jackson fan. Kashinath is playing the role of a scientist in the film. Radhika Pandit has sung for the first time and has also worked in a comedy film for the first time.

S S Thaman has scored the music and Santosh Rai Pathaje is the cameraman. Puneeth Rajkumar, Srimurali and Radhika Pandit have sung for the movie. Pavan Wadeyar and Kaviraj have penned the lyrics for the songs in the movie. Radhika Pandit is sporting a new look in the movie as much as Ganesh has also changed his look. Kashinath is playing the role of a scientist in the movie. Sadhu Kokila is also playing an important role in the film. The film also stars Srinivasa Prabhu, Nurse Jayalakshmi among others.

Zoom’s theatrical trailer was launched at Urvashi theatre, a prestigious single-screen theatre that exhibits non-Kannada films. The team of Zoom claims that the Kannada film will be screening four shows daily at Urvashi theatre from July 1.

Ganesh has clarified that Zoom is not a classy film as he plays a local mass hero in the movie and is also sporting a new look. Ganesh has also said that Zoom  is a perfect birthday gift to him and his fans while urging his fans to watch the movie before ushering in his birthday.

Zoom is produced by Naveen, Hariprasad, Manjunath V K and Vikram Jain under the banner Nimma Cinema and Pride Films.
-30/06/16

ZOOM’ TRAILER LAUNCHED, TO RELEASE ON JULY 1
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he theatrical trailer of Kannada film 'Zoom' was released on Sunday evening at the Urvashi theatre in Bengaluru in the presence of a huge number of fans amidst bursting of crackers. The film stars Golden Star Ganesh and Radhika Pandit in lead roles. The film also stars Nurse Jayalakshmi, Kashinath and Sadhu Kokila among others. The film is produced by Naveen Raj and Hariprasad of Nimma Cinima in association with Pride Films respectively and is directed by Prashant Raj. S S Thaman has scored the music and Santosh Rai Pathaje is the cameraman.

Producer Naveen said Zoom is their fourth film in their eight years of being in production. He said the film has been produced in association with Pride Films and added that three songs of the movie had already become big hits. Ravi said the film promises to be two-and-a-half hours of entertainment. He said the film will be released in 500 theatres worldwide on July 1. He said he was more excited to see the crowd than even after winning the state award.

Radhika Pandit said she was glad that a Kannada film’s trailer was launched in Urvashi after a long time. She said the team of Zoom is known for stylish presentation and that she was happy to have worked in the movie. She said she had never done a comedy before and Zoom promises to be an out and out comedy. Radhika Pandit said she was lucky to have worked with Ganesh whom she respected as an actor.

Director Prashant Raj thanked the producers for not limiting his vision due to budgetary constraints. He said he only concentrated on the film’s script and screenplay. The director said the film has been shot in Italy and and some foreign locales which was possible due to support from the producers. He also thanked politician R V Devaraj for making arrangement to have the film’s trailer launch in Urvashi theatre.

Referring to the likely competition that his film Zoom may face from Rajinikanth’s film Kabali, Prashant Raj said Zoom is an entertainer and if content is strong Zoom will succeed. He said, moreover, Rajinikanth is someone who has gone from here. He said he waited for so long to work with Ganesh as it was difficult to get his dates before. He said Ganesh’s sense of humour and comedy timing was superb as much as his performance in the movie. The director said Radhika Pandit is a top actress today but she is brilliant, dedicated and down-to-earth in their third film together.

Ganesh said Zoom is a colourful film. He thanked R V Devaraj, owner and staff of Urvashi theatre for allowing the trailer launch in the theatre on a Sunday evening. He said quality of sound in the theatre is superb and the movie looks impressive.

Ganesh said his fans should not expect a classy image from him in the movie although his looks may be so. He said he is a pucca local mass hero in the movie. He said there was a lot of talk about his new look for which the director should take credit.

He said he didn’t know a thing about hairstyling until he came to Bengaluru and entered into films. He also said he used to take bath thrice or four times a week in his earlier days but director made him to take bath twice a day to get the right looks and hairstyle. He said he applied gel to his hair which made it look different.

Ganesh expressed confidence about the film and thanked Thaman and Puneeth Rajkumar. He said the film’s release on July 1 is a perfect birthday gift. He said his fans should first see the movie and then celebrate his birthday along with him.

 Clippings from the songs ‘Pistol Baba’, Hey Deewana (sung by Radhika Pandit) and Rajadhiraja were also exhibited.

Anupama Bhat compered the programme. 
-13/06/16








ZOOM TO RELEASE WORLDWIDE ON JULY 1
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annada film Zoom will release worldwide in about 500 theatres on July 1. The film is directed by Prashanth Raj and it stars Golden Star Ganesh and Radhika Pandit for the first time. The film has got a U/A certificate from the censors. Prashanth Raj has directed Ganesh for the first time while he is directing Radhika for the third time.

S S Thaman has scored the music and Santosh Rai Pathaje is the cameraman. Puneeth Rajkumar, Srimurali and Radhika Pandit have sung for the movie. Pavan Wadeyar and Kaviraj have penned the lyrics for the songs in the movie. Radhika Pandit is sporting a new look in the movie as much as Ganesh has also changed his look. Kashinath is playing the role of a scientist in the movie. Sadhu Kokila is also playing an important role in the film. The film also stars Srinivasa Prabhu, Nurse Jayalakshmi among others.

Zoom is produced by Naveen, Hariprasad, Manjunath V K and Vikram Jain under the banner Nimma Cinema and Pride Films.

Prashanth Raj had earlier directed Love Guru, Gaana Bajana and Whistle. Love Guru was awarded the third best film by the government of Karnataka. 
-5/06/16

ZOOM’ MUSIC RELEASED
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he music of Kannada film Zoom was released at a function in Bengaluru. The film stars Ganesh and Radhika Pandit in lead roles. The film is directed by Prashanth Raj and music is scored by S S Thaman. Zoom is produced by director Prashanth Raj’s brother Naveen.

Ganesh said he loved to dance but found it tough to practice and dance. He said he has taken extra effort to practice and dance for this movie. He said if people zoom into his life he said it is fantastic.

Director Prashanth Raj said Zoom is his fourth film out of which he had cast Radhika Pandit in three of them. He said for his first film Love Guru he wanted to cast Ganesh but couldn’t do so due to circumstances. He said his wish to work with Ganesh had come true with Zoom.

Prashanth Raj said 40 percent of the shoot has taken place in Italy as the story begins in that country.

Radhika Pandit said she was not even a bathroom singer but music director Thaman managed to make her sing a song for the movie. She thanked Thaman for being able to make her sing with Srimurali.

Lovely Star Prem who came in as a guest said he was initially a fan of Bharathi Vishnuvardhan and then Juhi Chawla, Malashri and Soundarya. But, now he said he has become a fan of Radhika Pandit especially after seeing her good performance in Ramachari. He said Ganesh has given a legendary success in Mungaru Male before wishing the team good luck.

Srimurali said he was happy that he was able to sing a song again for a movie.

Music director Thaman said he was happy to be working in Kannada films after Power and Chakravyuha.
-27/03/16








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