Monday, April 7, 2008

Chiranjeevi Party confirmation soon - Allu Aravind

After days of speculation, megastar Chiranjeevi’s family on Saturday kept up the suspense by stating that the actor would make a public announcement of his decision regarding entering politics in one or two months.

The actor’s brother-in-law and well-known producer Allu Aravind announced this at a press conference. On the face of it, Allu Aravind’s press conference was to talk about the Chiranjeevi blood bank but very soon the million dollar question came up: when would Chiranjeevi float his new political party?

"Chiranjeevi quite understands the enthusiasm of the people. There is no confusion in his mind about what he wants to do. He will take a decision in one or two months and publicly announce the same. Chiranjeevi will honour the enthusiasm that people are showing towards his entry into politics," Allu Aravind said.

From his utterances, it seemed that Allu Aravind wanted the speculation over Chiranjeevi’s possible plunge into public life to continue and at the same time send a message across to the megastar’s fans and supporters not to lose patience.

It was earlier widely expected that Chiranjeevi would get onto the political bandwagon and announce it on Ugadi on April 7. The timing of Allu Aravind’s press conference, in this context, is significant as it come just a couple of days before Ugadi.

Pandurangadu press meet

On the auspicious day of Ugadi, Balakrishna and K Raghavendra Rao's Pandurangadu's first look was unveiled to the public. The firsbt ever press meet of the film was held today (Monday, April 07, 2008) at Prasad Labs, Hyderabad and the event was telecast ‘live’ on news channels. The film is based on the classic NTR's Panduranga Mahatyam and is produced by Krishnamohan Rao on RK Film Associates banner. Sneha and Tabu are the lead pair while Balakrishna does dual roles. Hero Balakrishna, directors Raghavendra Rao and K Vishwanath, music director M M Keeravani, writer J K Bharavi, Sana, Suhasini (who plays the role of Satyabhama), Apoorva and others graced the ceremony.

It is challenge to do Pandurangadu: Balakrishna

"Raghavendra Rao gaaru directed excellent devotional films - Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu - in the past but Pandurangadu is different from them. For, Pandurangadu is based on hugely popular film done by my father Late NTR. It is a classic. So making this film is a challenge. Pandurangadu has similarities to that classic yet differs from it. We have Lord Krishna character and roles of Satyabhama, Rukhmini and Narada which you don't find in Panduranga Mahatyam. You would see Raghavendra Rao’s Midas Touch once again. He shot so beautifully," Balakrishna said. He also informed that the audio will be released on April 27th at Panduranga Swamy temple near Munginapudi beach, Machilipatnam.

I am doing impossible task: K Vishwanath

Veteran director K Vishwanth does the role of Balakrishna's father in this movie. "The role is originally played by great actor Chittoor Nagaiah. I was offered to recreate the magic. It is really impossible task. It would be foolish to say that I would recreate what the great actor enacted but I tried my best not to spoil the character," Vishwanath said. Producer Krishnamohan hoped that the film would become huge success. "On our RK Associates banner, we earlier made a film with Balayya - Apoorva Sahodarulu. It was a big success. We hope to repeat the same," he hoped.

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