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Double platinum disc function - Pandurangadu
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May 11, 2008


Pandurangadu music was launched at Panduranga temple in Chilakalapudi on 28 of April. The music was appreciated by the movie lovers and it obtained double platinum disc. This disc function was held at Prasad labs preview theater in the morning of 11 May. It is attended by Bala Krishna, K Raghavendra Rao, Ramesh Prasad, Tammareddy Bharadwaja, Keeravani, SP Bala Subramanyam, B Gopal, VV Vinayak, Sekhar Kammula, Krish Jagarlamudi, MVS Haranatha Rao, R Narayana Murthy, MRV Prasad, Suddala Ashok Teja, Veda Vyas, Suddala Ashok Teja, LB Sreeram, JK Bharavi, Jayaram, Ali and Paruchuri brothers.

Pure Telugu songs – Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao
Speaking on the occasion Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao said, “I saw Panduranga Mahatyam when I was a kid in Machilipatnam for innumerable times. Doing a remake of that film is a sheer adventure and is extremely risky. But this team is competent to make a film that matches up to the original. We are listening to many English and Hindi words in our songs today. It is a nice feeling to listen to pure Telugu songs in Pandurangadu album.”

Original songs – Sekhar Kammula
Sekhar Kammula said, “MM Keeravani gave wonderful music to the film. A character of Pandurangadu can only be done by Bala Krishna. MM Keeravani did not get inspired by Panduranga Mahatyam. He did original songs for this album.”

Universal message of respecting parents - Krish
Krish said, “K Raghavendra Rao wanted some test audiences and he narrated the Pandurangadu story to me and Prakash (son of K Raghavendra Rao). In addition to being a great devotional epic, this story has the universal message of respecting parents. It is about sons/daughters and parents. Pandurangadu will also be a youth film on that aspect.”

Pandurangadu film is for everybody – SP Bala Subramanyam
SP Bala Subramanyam said, “I am not singing much in Telugu films because I am based in Chennai and I am also keeping myself busy in concerts. It was a challenging task to work for Pandurangadu. I feel that MM Keeravani is the only qualified music director in Telugu film industry who is serving Telugu language and culture. I don’t believe in categorizing films as youth, class, mass etc. I also don’t feel that fans could run any film for more than 10 days. A film becomes hit when everybody likes it. Pandurangadu falls into that category as Pandurangadu film is for everybody. I find it strange that English people invented a day for father and a day for mother. I feel that we respect and think about our parents everyday. I feel that NTR is the most handsome God. And Bala Krishna being his son inherits all aspects. Me and K Raghavendra Rao entered the Telugu film industry during the same time. When I went to Dubai recently a sweeper in the airport came to me and said that Pandurangadu songs are very good. I could see a gleam of happiness in his eyes.”

Apologizes to the people I offended – MM Keeravani
MM Keeravani said, “It is a confession time for me. I offended three people knowingly. The first person was music director Chakravarthy. I used to call him nannagaru though all other assistants refer to him as sir. He treated me like a son and he never scolded me. But I became selfish and left him for better remuneration without even telling him. I also disrespected singer Balu by not giving him the songs he deserve in some of my films. I also offended K Raghavendra Rao in an incident. I want them to forgive me for the sins I have done knowingly. I might have done some mistakes unknowingly while composing the songs of Pandurangadu and I want swargiya TVS Raju to forgive me. Bala Krishna is making sure that he is a replacement to NTR by acting films like these. Pandurangadu film gave a chance for redemption.”

Chilakalapudi will be busy with devotees – Paruchuri Gopala Krishna
Paruchuri Gopala Krishna said, “If it was Gandhiji who brought independence to India, it was NTR who brought atma gouravam to Telugu people. Though he worked for 3 films as a writer, he is at par with us who worked for 325 films. I am sure that 1 crores Pandurangadu cassettes/CDs will be sold in the total run. Bala Krishna is looking extremely handsome and he should do many more devotional/historical/mythological films in the future. Telugu film industry has made many Gods and pilgrimages popular with nice films in the past. I am sure that Chilakalapudi will be busy with devotees after the release of Pandurangadu.”

Pandurangadu is impossible with Keeravani and Balu – Bala Krishna
Bala Krishna said, “God loves to be defeated by the love of his devotee. That is the gist of this film. I can smell Hinduism in Pandurangadu film. Movies and music is a powerful media and Pandurangadu film will unleash its influence on the movie loving Telugus around the world. Without Keeravani and Balu, Pandurangadu would have been impossible. It is a rare opportunity to work for Pandurangadu film. I feel proud to be the son of NTR.”

R Narayana Murthy an Haranadha Rao gave an entertaining speech.

Pandurangadu links:
Music review
Music launch
Press meet
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