Banner: Sri Raja Rajeswari International Films
Cast: Ajju, Akruthi, Ricky, Raghavendra Sravan ,Aniketh
Patil, Balvinder Singh, Roshan, Prasanth, Sekhar Babu, MS
Narayana, LB Sriram, Costume Krishna, Mallikarjuna Rao, Rajesh,
Mater Fatheh Singh, Sakunthala, Rajitha and Jayalalitha
Music: Vendemataram Srinivas
Camera: Kodi Laxman
Art: KV Ramana
Story - Screenplay - Director: Kodi Rama Krishna
Producer: K Satya Murthy
Release Date: June 2002
An old hat at dealing with socio-political issues, Kodi Ramakrishna,
is coming up with one such film, Jenda, for producer Kotamraju
Satyamurthy of Sri Raja Rajeswari International Films. With
debutants Ajju and Akruthi in the lead, the film introduces
a number of new comers Ricky, Raghavendra Sravan ,Aniketh
Patil, Balvinder Singh and Roshan playing the other female
lead. Another debutant Prashanth is cast as the villain. With
the picturization of a few scenes and some patchwork at Sarathi
Studios recently, the shooting is now complete and the film
is in its post-production stage.
"Bharath Bandh was my last political statement. A film
in this genre should not only have a contemporary theme, but
should also look beyond and be relevant even after several
years of its release. Jenda has such a futuristic theme. It
needs freshers, specially students in main roles for a realistic
portrayal. Fortunately, my producer agreed on this point.
And we have selected youngsters, some still in college and
some just out of it. Jenda harps on two issues - the youth
should take over the reigns from the old and corrupt politicians
who are the root cause for maladies in the system and that
changes must be brought in the legal system which has many
loopholes for these unethical politicians to escape punishment.
"Ajju is a hockey player and like any other student of
his age, spends time on studies and sport, till murky politics
creeps into their campus. The jean-clad, funs loving young
students decide to throw these dirty politicians and cleanse
the system of its maladies. They turn their hockey sticks
in revolt against these enemies who are eating into the very
roots of our democratic set up. At the same time they choose
a path, which is very democratic. They even capture power
by democratic means, to bring in Swarna Bharatham."
"In am ironic situation, the heroine escapes from a neighboring
country and joins the forces fighting to save our country
from the enemy within. And the young students are joined in
their struggle to cleanse the system by the honest but dejected
police force and those disappointed youngsters who have taken
to the forest, in a thrilling finale. I am sure the climax
will leave the audience thinking about ushering in young blood.
Besides, the film upholds the pride and dignity of our national
flag. In one word, my film is all about a revolt against corrupt
politicians and how the young generation shows the way for
new governance, based on what the fathers of our Constitution
have envisaged. A dream project for me which is coming true
on celluloid and which I hope will become a reality tomorrow,"
concludes the director.
Though an emotional subject, the film has its lighter moments
too in the form of songs and situational comedy. "It
has all the ingredients of a commercial film. 'Vandemataram
Srinivas' music is a highlight".
Veteran producer Sekhar Babu dons the grease paint for the
first time and he will be seen in the role of a chief minister
while producer Satyamurthy plays the Governor. M.S. Narayana
plays a journalist and L.B. Sriram is an archetypal villain
in the mould of Rao Gopala Rao. Others in the cast are Costume
Krishna, Mallikarjuna Rao, Rajesh, Mater Fatheh Singh, Sakunthala,
Rajitha and Jayalalitha.
Dialogue by Poosala, camera by Kodi Lakshman, art by K.V.
Ramana, editing by Tata Suresh are the major technical credits.
With story, screenplay and direction by Kodi Ramakrishana,
the film is produced by K. Satyamurthy with Amar and Lakshmi
as co-producers and K. Sujatha as the presenter.
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