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Pressmeet - SAMBA - NTR, VV Vinayak & Kodali Nani
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9th May 2004
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Cast: NTR, Bhumika Chawla, Genelia, Prakash Raj, Vijay Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Chalapati Rao, Ahuti Prasad, Mansoor Ali Khan, Hemanth Ravan, GV, Jessy Singh, Ali, Venu Madhav, LB Sriram, Krishna Bhagavan, Malladi Raghava, Prasanna Kumar, Brahmaji, Subbaraju, Nutan Kumar, Sameer, Master Teja, Vijay, Sitara, Sukanya, Sukumari, Vijaya Singh, Pragati, Kalyani, Shirmili, Saraswatamma, Reshmi, Baby Greeshma, Baby Abhinaya
Story: GS Rao
Dialogues: Kona Venkat
Cinematography: K Ravindra Babu
Music: Mani Sharma
Art: Srinivasa Raju
Fights: Vijay
Editing: Gowtam Raju
Lyrics: Bhuvana Chandra, Chandra Bose, Sahiti & Suddala Ashok Teja
Choreography: Prabhudeva, Lawrence, Raja Sekhar, Ashok Raj
Executive producer: Arikepudi Sivaji
Producer: Kodali Nani
Screenplay - direction: VV Vinayak

The first press conference of NTR's Samba was held at Hotel Taj Residency on the night of 9th May 2004. NTR, VV Vinayak (director), Kodali Nani (producer), Kona Venkat (dialogue writer), Ravindra Babu (Cinematographer), GS Rao (story writer), Gowtam (editor), Srinivasa Raju (Art) attended this press meet.

NTR speaks

Speaking to press, NTR said that he has been keeping low profile for Samba so far that the movie does not get over exposure. It has been NTR's dream in 1999, when he did his debut film 'Ninnu Choodalani', to do a film with Kodali Nani as the producer.

VV Vinayak has done extraordinary work for 'Samba'. NTR said during Aadi shooting that there would be VV Vinayak school after 'Aadi' was released. NTR expressed his feeling that VV Vinayak is like a brother to him. He shares an excellent rapport with Vinayak. Vinayak involves in each and every department to extract amazing work.

Kona Venkat has given different dialogues for Samba.

NTR said that he was close to producer Kodali Nani since he was 10 years old. He said that Kodali Nani is the only person who is with him and lent his support during troublesome period. NTR recollected that Kodali Nani used to come to his school in Guntur every week to meet him and give moral support. It has always been a dream for Kodali Nani to make a film with NTR as hero. 9 is the lucky number for Nani. Hence, NTR's 9th film is going to be being produced by Kodali Nani.

NTR said that each and every technical emotionally owned 'Samba' film, which is the reason why it has shaped up extremely good. Prabhu Deva composed dance for a NTR song for the first time for 'Samba' film. He composed choreography for NTR's introduction (and title) song in 'Samba'.

NTR said that it was very difficult to get a powerful story that outsmarts Simhadri film. When writer GS Rao approached him, in stead of saying the whole story, he just told the interval block and impressed him. After meeting Vinay, GS Rao improvised the story and made it a perfect one. Samba is an out and out commercial film with a strong message in it.

NTR about Andhrawala
NTR attributed the flop of Andhrawala to fate. He said that he is feeling lucky to get such a flop at early part of his career so that he could learn from it.

NTR about campaigning for Nani
Nani has got TDP ticket because of the service he has done to the citizens of Gudiwada. He got the ticket on his own merit, but not due to NTR. NTR went to campaign for Nani at Gudiwada as a support to Nani and as well as a support to TDP.

NTR About making a film to compensate for Andhrwala buyers
NTR is making a film to compensate for buyers who lost in Andhrawala project. NTR said that he would make compensation films in the future too whenever he gets flops. Kodali Nani said that they would show the film to distributors and then sell the film at reasonable prices only if the distributor liked the film.

NTR on politics
NTR always wanted to vote for legend NTR when he gets power to vote. But legend NTR expired before NTR got right to vote. NTR said that he is in his early 20's and he does not want to talk about politics. He wants to put all his efforts in flourishing his acting career.

NTR Nata Viswaroopam in Samba - VV Vinayak
VV Vinayak said that Kodali Nani offered to make a film to Vinayak after he saw the rushes of 'Aadi' film. He said that NTR knows what he wants and who his target audiences are. Vinayak said that Telugu movie lovers would get to watch NTR in full glory (NTR Nata Viswaroopam) in Samba film. Vinayak also said that he is expecting the best actor Nandi award to NTR for his performance in 'Samba'.

20 year old body with 60 year old man responsibilities - Samba
Vinayak said that Samba is a film about a 20 year old guy who has responsibilities that of a 60 year old man. This film would also have strong message about education.

Vinayak said that the producer Kodali Nani has is good at judging films. Vinayak said that Kona Venkat has penned dialogues that are entertaining as well as thought provoking. Prabhudeva complimented that NTR would rule film industry for the next 20 years after seeing his dances. Vinayak said that all the fights in this film are story-related.

Kodali Nani speaks
Kodali Nani said that he went to shooting location for 5 days out of 90 working days. The rest of production work was supervised by executive producer rikepudi Sivaji and Sukumar. Nani said that he has seen the double positive of the film and is extremely happy with the outcome. He complimented Vinayak that he exceeded his expectations on Vinayak.

Will get good majority
Kodali Nani expressed his confidence over winning the assembly elections with a good majority. He said that NTR's campaign helped in getting good majority.

20th May audio and 9th June movie
Kodali Nani said that audio of Samba would be released on 20th May which also happens to be the birthday of NTR. Incidentally audio of Simhadri was also release on 20th May. Samba is going to be released in the 2nd week of June. The expected release date of Samba is 9th June or 11th June 2004.

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