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Cast: Surya Vamsi, Sunitha Varma, Meenu Bharadwaj,
Mada Venkateswara Rao, Velu, Sarathy, Sathi Babu, K.K. Sharma,
Sudhakar, Chittibabu, Ali, Babu Mohan, Ananth, Uthej, Kota
Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, L.B. Sriram, M.S. Narayana, Mallikarjuna
Rao, A.V.S., Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Junior Relangi, Jayaprakash
Reddy, Banda Bhaskar, Alapati Lakshmi, Bangalore Padma, Delhi
Rajeswari, Sobharani and Rajasri
Dialogues: Diwakar Babu
Camera: Ram Kumar
Music: Mani Sharma
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Dhavala Mallik
Release Date: April 2002
Another talented director, who is trying to distance himself
from the run-of-the-mill kind of films, is making his debut
with Millennium Movie Makers' "Priyadarshini," a
sublime love story. Dhavala Mallick had earlier proved his
worth with the tele-film, "Krushi," which had bagged
the Nandi Award. He is now making a foray into the big screen,
with a story he had in mind for the past four years.
Says the director, "This is the right time to make the
film as there is a change in the perception of the audience,
which is welcoming new comers and fresh ideas in a big way."
He was on the sets at Planet Ten, near Hyderabad recently.
Suryavamshi and Meenu Bharadwaj play the lead roles, supported
by Manoj and Alluri Sunitha.
"The story is about two friends - Priya (Meenu) and Lalitha
(Sunitha), their friendship, love and marriage. The hero (Suryavamshi)
is a sort of Casanova, studying in the same college. Manoj,
a software professional in the U.S., is an admirer of Indian
culture and tradition, who comes to India to marry his niece.
But trouble brews when he falls in love. How the problem is
solved and how one friend helps the other in pursuit of love
forms the main theme."
"The film unveils a new facet of love, set against a
campus backdrop. The six songs in the film are situational,
and Manisharma has come up with another brilliant score,"
adds Mallick. The director has had a long stint as the associate
director of his brother Dhavala Satyam and has also worked
as an assistant director for a Hollywood film, "Barak,"
directed by Ron Frickie, when part of it was shot at Chennai.
A highlight of the film is a song featuring comedians of yesteryear
and the present ones. "Perhaps this is the first Telugu
film to feature so many male comedians in a song. Picturised
in a hospital, comedians like Mada Venkateswara Rao, Velu,
Sarathy, Sathi Babu, K.K. Sharma, Sudhakar, Chittibabu, Ali,
Babu Mohan, Ananth, Uthej and Kota Srinivasa Rao, have been
featured in the song. Apart from ace comedians, Brahmanandam,
L.B. Sriram, M.S. Narayana, Mallikarjuna Rao, A.V.S., Gundu
Hanumantha Rao, Junior Relangi play the key roles. "With
this the shooting and dubbing are over. After completing the
re-recording and post-production work, we plan to release
the film by the second week of April. 'Priyadarshini' symbolizes
love and carries a subtle message. It will turn out to be
an engrossing entertainer."
Jayaprakash Reddy, Banda Bhaskar, Alapati Lakshmi, Bangalore
Padma, Delhi Rajeswari, Sobharani and Rajasri are in the cast.
Dialogue is by Diwakar Babu, lyrics by Vennelakanti, Viswa
and Mallick, camera by Ram Kumar, art by Vasu, and editing
by Ravindra Babu. The co-director is C. Lakshman Eepuri Subbaih.
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Idemi Voorandi Babu
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