One wonders whether you were in Beneras or in our very own
Hyderabad entering the seven-acre plot in the Annapurna Studio
complex, a true-to-life replica of a part of the holy city,
the colossal setting authentic and complete with the holy
shrine of Lord Visweswara. The taste of the producer and the
craftsmanship of the art director and his unit the evident
everywhere, the shooting latest blockbuster Indra progresses.
After a long gap, Chiranjeevi will be once again seen in a
role for which he won a huge fan following over the years,
that of a macho star. Sonali Bendre and Arthi Agarwal play
the female lead. The combination of storywriter Chinni Krishna,
dialogue writers Paruchuri Brothers and director B. Gopal
are teamed one more time with a subject based on the factionism
in Rayalaseema province.
Vyjayanthi Movies is celebrating its silver jubilee year and
thus producer Aswini Dutt decided to present an extravagant
fare to the filmgoers. "For such a big project, Chiranjeevi
is the only hero who can make it viable. There are many among
the audience who would like to see places but are not able
to do so for various reasons. I always have this feel for
them and that is the reason, I made Choodalani Undi
with a Kolkata backdrop. Now we are showing the holy city
of Kasi in all its splendor. The important places in the city
are shown through a song the hero renders. We also have another
set at Ramoji Film City where we have created a Rayalaseema
village. The climax portions and some key scenes will be filmed
there. Though it has a factionist theme, the main emphasis
is on human drama rather than factionism," he observes.
About his role, Megastar Chiranjeevi reflects, "There
must be a cause behind every person who seeks vengeance, be
it right or wrong. But if it goes on for generations, then
there will be on end to the mayhem. Peace can never prevail
under such circumstances. Some one should put a stop to it.
And that person naturally should have humane qualities of
forgiveness and kind-heartedness. My role is a combination
of both. This film will appeal to all sections of audiences."
But there is a ferocious side to his character too. It surfaces
in the second half of the movie, as conceived in the plot.
Of the six melodious songs scored by Manisharma (one of these
songs by RP Patnaik), two duets were shot in Switzerland.
The Yagasala scene with over two thousand junior artistes
and the lead actors participating is one of the major sequences.
"You must be wondering what the pious Varanasi backdrop
would have in common with the factionist Rayalaseema background.
That forms the suspense part. To know more, you will have
to wait will July 24 -the date on which the film is scheduled
for release," says Aswini Dutt.
Prakash Raj, Mukesh Rishi, Punit Issar, S.P. Balasubrahmnayam,
Brahmanandam, Bharani, M.S. Narayana, A.V.S., Siviaji, and
Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam comprise the cast.
Camera by V.S.R. Swamy, art by Ashok, lyrics by Veturi, Seetharama
Sastry, editing by K. Venkateswara Rao and the major technical
credits K. Satya Sai is the executive procucer.
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