Audio of Salute, a bilingual film of hero Vishal, is released tonight at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad. Charged with reverberating sound system and the venue getting scanned with laser rays, NTR released the music CD and presented the first number to his mentor and director VV Vinayak. Glam doll Charmme unveiled the Audio Cassette, and presented the first number to director Suresh Krishna, the guru of (Salute) director A. Rajasekhar. Suresh Krishna unveiled the photo album, presenting it to Dil Raju.
The starlit gathering of the evening included hero Vishal, his brother-producer Vikram Krishna, Vennelakanti, Sahiti, Shriya Reddy (producer’s wife), Gunnam Gangaraju couple and others. Nayantara’s absence was very conspicuous. The film made on GK Films banner is a bilingual venture (in Tamil as Satyam). For the first time, Vishal plays a spirited IPS officer with lots of action, romance and sentiment. Harris Jayraj is the music director. Before the start of the function, the video trailers, with songs and stunts, were repeatedly projected for the gathering.
NTR said: “I don’t need to say anything extra about hero Vishal, because you have all seen him live in the trailers. Actually, I am a diehard favorite of Pandemkodi film, which I wanted to do in Telugu, but it didn’t happen. You know that I also speak truth. Telugu people always patronized Vishal’s dubbed films. And I wish that you all will give a big support to his straight Telugu film now. I wish they (hero Vishal and his producer brother Vikram Krishna) would bring more and more happiness to their parents. My special wishes to director Rajasekhar and I hope he will become a big director with Salute.”
VV Vinayak said: “After Ramanaidu garu, it is GK Reddy garu who got successful hero-son and producer-son. He is a man of commitment and perseverance. Akin to their dad’s dreams, the sons brought them into reality. As I see the trailers, I feel like gushing into the theatre to have full-length thrill. I wish that after the release of Salute, director Rajasekhar should get the happiness akin to that of mine when I got it with NTR’s film Adi.”
Suresh Krishna said: “It is a great feeling for me to be part of this celebration. Rajasekhar worked as my disciple for about 7 to 8 years, including Basha. His growth as a solo director with a great script makes me proud. I am sure; Salute will hit the bull’s eye. Vishal’s performance, as I see in the trailers, is awesome. His physic convinces us that he can knock down 10 or 20 people, very easily. I am in no doubt that Salute is going to be the pinnacle of celluloid entertainment in Vishal’s career. Incidentally, my film with Kamal Hassan was Satya and our hero Vishal does the film with the same title (of course with a slight change) with Salute as Satya (in Tamil). Harris Jayaraj’s music is immaculate with extraordinary feel and melody.”
Dil Raju said: “I am happy that GK Reddy is a lucky father with a superb hero-son and successful producer-son. They are continuously giving hit films in Tamil and as dubbed films in Telugu. As I see the film, it is like watching a Hollywood film. Actually, Vishal wanted to do Bommarillu in Tamil, which didn’t materialize. I wish to do similar film or even a better film than Bommarillu with Vishal. Coming to release of Salute, I am doing it through our Sri Venkateswara Creations in Nizam and Vizag areas.”
Vennelakanti said: “I have been associated with GK Films from the first film of Vishal – Premachadarangam. Vishal did extremely well, particularly in the climax sequences. The selection of the cast and technicians for Salute is terrific. Rajasekhar’s direction and narration will unfold a new wave of sensation in Telugu field with this film. Earlier, I worked for Suresh Krishna’s Basha and now working (as lyricist) for his sishya Rajasekhar (in Salute). It is a rare honor.”
Director A. Rajaeskhar said: “I thank all the guests and gathering. In fact, doing a bilingual film is one of the toughest jobs of any director. And it will be more so, if he is a debutant. I am thankful to producer Vikram Krishna and hero Vishal for believing me and handing over the project with lot of trust in me. I was provided with the best of the technicians available in India. Harris Jayaraj’s music for Salute is an amazing thing. Vishal worked on this project with commitment for nearly one and half year. Particularly, for a song sequence, he worked on developing 6 packs for six months. There are five songs in the film. We did songs as an album, catering to all sections of the audience – kids, college guys, mass, family audiences and general audiences. In fact, we spent Rs. 1.75 cores for song sequences alone. The kids’ song shot in LA will be a great lure in the film. Another highlight is that we used the voice of a Japanese girl in a song shot in Beijing. It is both erotic and sexual in appeal. We wanted it in Khajuraho style and we did it.”
Hero Vishal said: “I feel like a new comer for my first straight Telugu film. I insisted on my brother (producer) that NTR should be the chief guest at this audio release function. It is because; I was very much inspired by his film Rakhee and particularly NTR’s dialogue delivery. I watched the film for more than 35 times. Hats of to NTR. I learnt a lot by doing so. I and the entire unit took extraordinary pains in completing this adventurous film. We have set aside the ego factor from all of us. Every hero can do the role of a lawyer, doctor or something else. But, doing a police officer’s role just in its truest sense is the most difficult. I took it as a challenge. I wanted ‘the never-before-seen-car-chase’ in Salute. For this purpose, we brought a thrills-expert from Hollywood. I am thankful to all who graced this function and blessed me. We are planning to release the film on August 14th. The Tamil audio is already declared a chartbuster.” Interestingly, Vishal addressing in base voice came out with near-chaste Telugu, and delivered his address without any breaks.