Banner: AA Arts
Cast: Raasi, Sijju, Jayaprakash Reddy, Benerjee, Balaji,
Subbaraya Sarma, Sakunthala, Rajitha and Harika
Music: Vandemataram Srinivas
Photography: A Vijay Kumar
Dialogues: Dasam Venkat Rao
Screenplay - Direction: Sanjeeva
Producer: K Mahendra
Release Date: March 2002
I never make films according to the exiting trend. I rather
enjoy breaking it and setting a new one. I make movies in
my own method, on my lines of thought and generally meet with
success, smiles K. Mahendra, who likes to call himself the
presenter for the films he produces under A.A. Arts' banner.
The latest venture, "Nagaprathishta," a devotional,
is being directed by new-comer Sanjeeva, in which Rasi and
Sijju play the lead. The shooting of the film was recently
completed, with the picturization of a song.
it is a devotional, the story has in it all the navarasas.
Rasi plays a devotee as well as a Nagadevatha. It is not a
dual role in the conventional sense. She enacts two distinct
roles - the devotee is a firm believer in the powers of the
Nagadevatha. She finds no temple dedicated for the snake goddess
in her native village. So she installs an idol of the goddess,
and a temple is built around it, which becomes a boon to the
villagers. But at the same time, a curse befalls her.
films of this kind, it is generally the snake which seeks
revenge on man. But in this film, a man vows to destroy the
snake goddess, and acquires supernatural powers, and provokes
the goddess to fight with him. This, and the way in which
the goddess assumes the form of a human and saves her devotee
from her tormentor, forms the thrilling climax. Rami Reddy
plays the mantrik.
scenes portraying Rasi and Sijju after their marriage show
subtle sentiments. We have filmed three songs, one of them
at a specially erected set in Annapurna Studios on Rasi and
other dancers. The second song has been filmed at the Kesaragutta
temple. Another song, a snake dance, is the highlight of the
movie, observes Mahendra. He says he has made three movies
in this genre earlier, during the 1990s, but this film is
fresh in both presentation and content.
has had a stint as an assistant director under the same banner,
before he branched out into making commercials and tele-serials.
"We have included a few real life incidents that took
place at some temples. Graphics have been introduced wherever
says she has donned two distinct roles in the same film for
the first time, in her career. "The first half depicts
me in all my innocence, and in the second half, I play a nagini.
It was a challenging task, and a thrilling feeling crept into
me while I was playing the role of the goddess." Jayaprakash
Reddy, Benerjee, Balaji, Subbaraya Sarma, Sakunthala, Rajitha
and Harika are also in the cast.
is by A.A. Arts' unit, dialogue by Dasam Venkat Rao, lyrics
by Sahiti, music by 'Vandemataram' Srinivas, choreography
by Shivashankar, cinematography by A. Vijaykumar, editing
by Murali Ramyya. J. Udayakumar is the production controller.
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