days function of Mahesh Babu's Okkadu is arranged in a grandeur
style at Vijayawada on 31st May 2003 on the eve of Superstar
Krishna's birthday. Here is the report of the function
Travelogue: (31st May 2003)
The unit of 'Okkadu' along with producers, directors and
press started from Rama Naidu studios at 8:30 am in a fleet
of 7 A/C buses. Mahesh Babu dressed in a red color shirt
and black pants looked dashing. The producers and directors
who accompanied the crew include YVS Chowdary, Jayant C
Paranji, Raasi Narasimha Rao, Bellamkonda Suresh, Ambica
Krishna, K Prasad (Sridevi banner) etc. The unit reached
Uma Resorts, Ibrahimpatnam by 3 pm for lunch. Later on the
unit is shifted to Punnami Resorts (by AP Tourism), which
are located on the bank of river Krishna by 4pm. Then the
unit is taken to the venue by 5pm. The helicopter of CM
Chandra Babu Naidu landed at the venue by 5:30pm.
all the way
Dharmavarapu Subramanyam who is entrusted with the anchoring
responsibilities started called celebrities and guests on
the dais by 5:45 pm. The politicians who were invited for
the function were Chandra Babu Naidu, Krishnam Raju, Yanamala
Ramakrishnudu, Narasimha Rao, Kagitam Venkat Rao, Anuradha
(Mayor of Vijayawada), Sudha Rani (ZP Chaiman of Vijayawada)
and Kolli Sarada (VUDA Chairperson).
book written on Superstar
B Teja has written a book of Superstar Krishna. This book
is released by Chandra Babu Naidu and gave the first copy
in awe of Chandra Babu Naidu
Since CM Chandra Babu Naidu was in a hurry to go get back
to Hyderabad, Krishna has spoke about Chandra Babu Naidu
in a short speech. Krishna said that Chanda Babu Naidu mesmerized
the people of Andhra with his sincere hard work. Chanda
Babu Naidu does not posses any glamour, but came to power
again for the second time only because of his services to
the satisfied public of Andhra Pradesh. He also said that
Andhra Pradesh state is lucky to have Chandra Babu Naidu
as its CM.
CBN amazed with the quantum of Okkadu Success
Chandra Babu Naidu said that he has seen 'Okkadu' film and
is amazed by the quantum of success it has achieved. He
commended that Krishna in incomparable to any other star
in the industry. He said that Mahesh Babu excelled a lot
in the brilliants stunts of 'Okkadu'. He said that he also
heard that Nijam film that is released a week back has become
a great success. He appreciated MS Raju for erecting a Charminar
set worth 2 crores. He said that hero of Okkadu fights factionism
in the film. Since the common man is fed up with faction
fights and politics and is welcoming the change, Okkadu
film also catered to the needs and wants of common man,
which is also one of the reasons for the success. He wished
Mahesh Babu many more successes.
Raju donates 10 lakhs
MS Raju presented a cheque worth 8 lakhs to the CM's welfare
fund and he also donated 2 lakhs towards 'Vijayawada Welfare
Police Fund' as an appreciation for the marvelous security
measures taken by police to organize this function.
Raju pleads fans of Mahesh and Prabhas to unite
Krishna Raju said that he saw Okkadu film on 30th of May.
He commended the screenplay of Guna Sekhar, which made all
the viewers sit with attention through the duration of 3
hours. Krishna Raju said that Guna Sekhar approached him
15 years back to narrate a story in which he is supposed
to play a role. At that time itself Krishnam Raju was impressed
by the narrative skills of Guna Sekhar. Krishnam Raju said
that the making of this film reflects the rich taste and
gusty guts of the producer MS Raju. He is awe of Mahesh
Babu's performance and realistic aggression in this film.
Krishnam Raju said that he and Superstar Krishna ruled the
film Industry for 35 years. Though they were at loggerheads
professionally, they made sure that fans don't quarrel with
each other. There were incidents when Krishnam Raju's fans
celebrated the success of Krishna's films and vice versa.
Likewise, he requested the fans of Mahesh Babu and Prabhas
to be united all the time.
about his efforts in National politics, he said that he
put efforts to get industry status to the film industry.
With those efforts, IDBI has agreed to grand 2 crores of
loan per film. But then the small producers complained that
the Government should also help them. With Dasari's persistence
RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has given permission to commercial
banks to fund the producers of small films. Krishnam Raju
assured that he would put more efforts get more facilities
to Telugu film industry.
is a hit without any controversies - Dasari
Speaking on this occasion Dasari said that Superstar Krishna
has become synonymous with sensation. He said that there
is a sensational history behind Krishna. He is one of the
stars who got selected when Adurthy Subba Rao gave a paper
advertisement for the selection of artists for the film
'Tene Manasulu'. Krishna is the first star to make his debut
in an Eastman color film through Tene Manasulu. He also
created sensations with Alluri Seetarama Raju and Mosagallaku
Mosagadu. Dasari said that Krishna struggled a lot of because
of his frankness and kind heart. At the same time no other
actor achieved such a great successes like Krishna.
Speaking about 'Okkadu', Dasari said that most of the films
become hit due to controversies, but Okkadu is an exception
and it became hit on its own merit. Dasari said that Rayapa
Raju (father of producer MS Raju) produced a film 'MLA Edukondalu'
in his direction. He said that director Guna Sekhar always
proved that he is different and creative with films like
Lathi and Bala Ramayanam. Dasari mentioned that Okkadu is
a director's film. He commended Guna Sekhar as a director
whom every Telugu speaking person should feel proud about.
said that Vijayawada is a place of sentiment for Mahesh
Babu. Mahesh Babu made his debut through a film called 'Needa',
which was shot in Vijaywada city. Mahesh Babu's 1st 100
days function is also being organized in Vijayawada as well.
Dasari also appreciated Mahesh Babu's comments in an interview
where Mahesh said that Okkadu success is the first success
he is enjoying. He also warned Mahesh Babu to be different
from the heroes who always think that films run because
of hero. He requested Mahesh Babu to be practical like he
is today. Dasari opined that Mahesh is the only heir in
this film industry who does not imitate one's father/brother.
He said that action comes naturally to Mahesh and complimented
him as a natural actor. He also said that success is a dangerous
devil and it dances on the star's tongue and make him/her
speak nonsense. Hence, Dasari advised Mahesh Babu to go
for creativity but not for craze.
said that Mani Sharma is the son of Sharma who used to work
with Ramesh Naidu. Mani Sharma has the ability to score
all kinds of songs with rich orchestrization and ease. Dasari
commended that Paruchuri brothers has the knack of writing
apt dialogues that suit each and individual heroes. He also
appreciated Vijayan for composing tremendous fights like
that ladder fight in Okkadu. He reserved a best compliment
to Prakash Raj by saying that 'Prakash Raj is an asset to
Telugu film industry'.
should be called as Charming Prince - Briz Kishore
Briz Kishore is all praise for the prince Mahesh Babu. He
remarked that its unfair to call Mahesh Babu as prince.
He should be called as 'Charming Prince' instead!
superstar proved with Okkadu - Vijaya Nirmala
By referring to Mahesh as the little superstar, Vijaya Nirmala
said that she has a very good judgment about the film. There
were instances when she predicted the box office fate of
the film after seeing the film and all her predictions turned
out to be true. After seeing Okkadu, she felt that there
was no mistake from the director and it was the best film
ever done by Mahesh Babu.
would do 100 more films like Okkadu - Paruchuri Venkateswara
Speaking on the occasion, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao mentioned
that it was Krishna who encouraged them the most after NTR.
He said that they got the first chance to write for Krishna's
film when he acted in his 202nd film Eenadu. After that
Krishna acted in 122 films and Paruchuri brothers wrote
dialogues for 42 films for Krishna. Paruchuri Venkateswara
Rao felt that Okkadu is just the beginning for Mahesh Babu
and that he would act in 100 more films that would attain
the success rate of Okkadu.
is a worthy son to a worthy father - Paruchuri Gopala Krishna
Paruchuri Gopala Krishna started off the speech in his own
style by saying that entire India is in love with two letters
called 'Rama'. The entire crowds at this function are in
love with two words called 'Krishna'. Paruchuri Gopala Krishna
repeated the dialogue from 'Okkadu' that goes like 'Magadu
Digadu. Digithe Vadaladu'.
said that Dasari is like Bheemudu. When Bheemudu eats his
dinner, there is nothing left to eat for other people. Likewise,
if Dasari gives a speech, then there is nothing left for
the following orators to speak about.
said that Krishna has got a heart of gold. Mahesh Babu is
the worthy son of worthy father like Krishna. Paruchuri
wishes that Mahesh would get many more successes like that
is the tiger cub (Pulibidda) - Vijayan
Vijayan gave the most animated and exciting speech in this
function. He said that story is like Dosa and other things
add like masala to dosa. Okkadu is a film that has got terrific
story. Vijayan mentioned that there are some heroes who
compose their own fights and dances instead of leaving them
to the trained and able professionals. But Mahesh is different
in that aspect. Vijayan commended Guna Sekhar by saying
that Okkadu is the only film that had perfect involvement
from the 24 crafts of cinema field. Vijayan appreciated
the guts of Mahesh Babu for not using any dupe for the risky
fights. He also said that Mahesh is one hero who creates
lots of action impact with his intense looks. Okkadu film
has all realistic emotions by Mahesh Babu. Vijayan said
that he has been composing fights for Mahesh Babu right
from his childhood film of 'Mugguru Kodukulu'.
am proud of Mahesh Babu - Superstar Krishna
Krishna narrated his observations with Mahesh Babu as an
Mahesh Babu's first screen appearance is in Needa where
he was seen in a shot where he would be tearing papers
Poratam: Mahesh Babu accompanied Krishna to the
shooting of 'Poratam'. Director Kodi Rama Krishna was
impressed by Mahesh and asked who he was. When he came
to know that Mahesh is the son of Krishna, Kodi offered
him the role of Krishna's brother. After seeing the preview,
producer Doondi enquired who that kid was. After coming
to know that he is the son of Krishna, he said that Mahesh
would become star one day.
Sankhaaravam: Krishna used to go to Ooty for shooting
during summer. Mahesh did a small role in Sankhaaravam
film. When he reached the shooting spot, Mahesh found
another kid dressed in the same style. When enquired about
it, the unit members replied that he is the dupe for Mahesh.
The innocent Mahesh asked about what the dupe would do.
Then the unit members replied that dupe does risky stunts.
Mahesh asked the dupe to do it. Then that dupe jumped
from a wall. Without thinking twice, Mahesh also repeated
the same and told the unit members that he does not need
Koduku Diddina Kaapuram: Mahesh used to come in
absence of Krishna to the sets and used to act in all
risky shots, as Krishna would not allow Mahesh to do any
risky shots if Krishna were there on the sets.
said that he is proud of Mahesh. He gave compliments to
MS Raju as the producer of guts. MS Raju came forward to
make the movie when every producer went back on the promise
by saying that budget would be too high. Krishna said that
he predicted Okkadu to create all time record after seeing
the 1st copy of the film. He also predicted that Okkadu
shall become a milestone in the career of Mahesh like Alluri
Seetarama Raju for Krishna.
also felt that the collections of Okkadu are affected by
cricket world cup, draught and examinations. If, these hurdles
were not there, Okkadu would have collected a share of 10
more crores. He also commended that director Guna Sekhar
did a perfect job in screenplay.
said that he saw the film 'Nijam' twice and is impressed
by it. He thanked the crowds for making Nijam a successful
is the first birthday gift to my dad - Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu - who let his works speak - spoke very few words
on this occasion. In a humble gesture, Mahesh Babu dedicated
the success of Okkadu film to the technicians. He said 'hats
off' to the producer MS Raju for blindly investing 12 crores
of money by putting faith on the team. Mahesh Babu said
that he never gave any birthday gift to his father Krishna
so far. Mahesh said that success of Okkadu is his first
birthday gift to his father. Mahesh waved at the crowds
and said 'I Love You All'.
most well organized function
When you have lakhs of hardcore fans coming to attend and
celebrate the success of their favorite hero at a single
point, everybody expects ruckus. But Krishna fans are different.
They are known for their discipline. The entire function
went on smoothly with the cooperation of fans of Krishna
and Mahesh Babu. A great effort is put by the police of
Vijayawada to make this function a grand success. Vinod
Raju - the cousin of MS Raju - is the man who took care
of the entire organizing responsibilities and made this
event a memorable one.
Sekhar, MS Raju, Mahesh Babu, Paruchuri Brothers, Mani
Sharma, Prakash Raj, lawrence, Ashok Kumar, Bhaskar
Raju, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, srikar Prasad, BS Raju,
Jasti Hemamber, Koganti Satyam, Niharika, Subbaraju
Harwani, Ramanaidu Color Labs, Sangeeta Sr, Lab Technicians,
Madhu Sudhan Reddy, Penta Media Fx, Sound effects, Mahati
Recording theater, National Liho Printers, Dubbing and
Premixing, Kiran Posters ads, Stills Das, Makeup Raju,
Sudhakar, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Anand Cine Services,
MAA TV, Taher Sound, Junior Artists suppliers, Direction
department, Narsing Yadav
Rangayya, Satya Ramurthy, R Venkat Reddy, KLN Raju (all
financiers) and distributors
MS Raju proved that he is lavish producer in not only
making films but also in providing best of the facilities
during the organization of the function.
2. The organizers had some problems on the evening of
30th May, when it drizzled a little. On 31st also it drizzled
for 10 minutes just before the start of the function.
3. MAA TV covered this function. It used 9 regular cameras
and one jimmy zip camera. Jimmy Zip camera is used to
take moving shots on crowds using a crane.
4. While calling Mahesh Babu on dais, Dharmavarapu commended
Mahesh as 'Chichara Pidugu
5. Heroine Bhumika could not attend the function due to
6. The guests Uday Kiran could not attend the function
as he was in Switzerland to shoot for Suresh Productions
7. There was lots of response from the crowds when Vijayawada
cop Surendra Babu was called upon dais to accept the 2
lakh fund towards Vijayawada Police Welfare Fund
8. Dasari referred to Krishnam Raju as 'maa abbai katakatala
rudraiah' (Dasari directed Katakatala Rudraiah).
9. Superstar Krishna's memorable song 'Telugu Veera Levara'
was shown on the LCD to the delight of the crowds.
10. There was a great applause from the crowd when Suma
announced that Okkadu is the first Telugu film to run
in 24 centers for 100 days.
11. Anchor Suma made errors while reading out the 100
days centers when the shields were presented to the exhibitors.
She referred to Guthi as 'Gooty' and Ravulkapalem as 'Pavulapalem'.
12. Prakash Raj said 'I love you' to the crowds the way
he tells 'I love you swapna' to Bhumika in Okkadu film.
13. Prabhas said that after seeing the crowds at this
function, Prabhas realized why Krishna fans love Krishna
14. Lawrence and Sangeeta entertained the jam-packed crowds
with their dances to Mahesh babu's songs.
15. The unit had a lavish dinner at a grand party arranged
in the grounds of Siddardha Academy, Vijayawada while
returning to Hyderabad.