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100 days function - Missamma
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15th March 2004
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Missamma - directed by National award winning director Neelakanta and starring Sivaji, Bhumika Chawla and Laya - completed 100 days in four direct centers (Hyderabad, Vizag, Vijayawada and Kakinada). To celebrate this occasion, the producer Satyanarayana arranged the 100 days function of Missamma in Rock Gardens, Madapur on 15th March 2004.

Chiranjeevi and Dasari Narayana Rao were the chief guests of the honor. The other guests who graced this function include K Viswanath, Srikanth, Taraka Rathna, RP Patnaik, KL Narayana, YVS Chowdary, Jayant C Paranji, Ashok Kumar, C Siva Raju, Nannapaneni Raja Kumari etc. Comedian Venu Madhav anchored the event. Singer Vijaya Lakshmi performed a couple of songs from this film.

Speaking on the occasion Tanikella Bharani expressed his immense satisfaction over the role given to him. LB Sriram said that all the characters in this film are well rounded ones. Raghu Babu thanked the director for giving such a short-yet-important role of 'Inspector Amzad Khan' to him. Music director RP Patnaik said that he saw Missamma in Rajahmundry while shooting for 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi' and liked it very much. Taraka Rathna said that it's a brave attempt to make such a different film when love stories are ruling the filmdom.

Heroine Laya said that she is very fortune enough to have accepted this role and thanked Neelakanta for that. Bhumika Chawla thanked the director for giving the title role of the film.

Hero Sivaji said that he came to the film industry with the dream of acting with Chiranjeevi and it fulfilled with the movie Master. At that point of time, he wanted to earn around Rs 5 lakhs and return back to home town. As he kept on getting various roles, he stayed in the industry. He said that the status he achieved with Missamma film is due to the blessings giving by the 45 producers he worked with. He opined that receiving a 100 days shield from Chiranjeevi is like a life time achievement to him. He thanked everybody who supported him in his career.

Chiranjeevi said that they wanted to take Sivaji for a small-time villain role in Master film. But after looking at Sivaji's soft looks, Chiranjeevi decided to give a small role that suits his looks. Chiranjeevi expressed his sorrow for not giving that role to Sivaji and said that he always repented later that he did some injustice to Sivaji. Chiranjeevi openly tendered apologies to Sivaji over this incident. Chiranjeevi said that he liked Sivaji as a person who provided all comforts to his parents and family. He said that he has suggested his son Ram Charan Teja to take people like Sivaji as role models in terms of taking care of parents. Chiranjeevi felt that Neelakanta's Missamma is a good film like the yesteryears Missamma. He also added that at one point of time, he asked SV Krishna Reddy to prepare a story like Missamma (old classic). He said that the entire movie's strength is the screenplay provided by Neelakanta. He also said that appropriate casting helped the film. Chiranjeevi commended that producer Satyanarayana for choosing to make a meaningful film in stead of going for a full length commercial film.

Dasari said that he always believes that cinema is a director's media. He hailed Telugu film creative directors to be the best film directors in India. He said that Bhumika's body language suited the Missamma character very well and compared her acting to Mahanati Savitri's sensible histrionics. Dasari recalled how Sivaji did a minute role in his 'Adavi Chukka' though he did hero roles earlier. Dasari commended that such a kind of dedication to learn and work would bring Sivaji much more acclaim.

Jayant C Pranji, KL Narayana, RP Patnaik, Dasari and Chiranjeevi distributed shields.

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