hexa platinum disc function of Anji was celebrated
in a private function arranged by Gemini TV on the
evening of 29th December 2003. Around 800 members
were selected from a contest arranged through Gemini
TV (click here
to see the trailer of the same contest). This
function was held at Amphitheater near Durgam Cheruvu.
The Anji members who attended this function were Chiranjeevi,
Shyam Prasad Reddy, Kodi Rama Krishna, Mani Sharma
and Chota K Naidu. It had a question-answer (QA) section
followed by Anji team's speech.
are a few interesting snippets from QA section
Suhasini (Miryalaguda): Chiranjeevi garu, you
are the best in dances and fights. But you seems to
have concentrated more in graphics for this film?
Do you have any apprehensions about my ability in
dances? The songs and dances in this film are worth
enough for you to wait for six years.
(Hyderabad): You seems to have worked very hard
for graphics and I also was told that you stood still
for hours for matrix kind of capture motion effect.
How is it possible for you?
I was very much impressed by the storyline when Shyam
explained it 6 years back. I do give a bulk call sheets
of 75-80 days per film. After narrating story, Shyam
asked me to give him 150 days of call sheets. When
I asked him about the reason behind asking for 150
days, he said that it requires quite a few graphic
shots which requires a person to stand still for hours
together. But they made me stand still for 400 days
(giggles). I wish that you would make this film run
for at least half of the days I worked for this film
(Guntur): Whats your favorite song in this film?
Chiru: I liked all the songs. I would not have
selected a song if I didn't like it. 'Amma Nee Yamma
Goppade' is my favorite song in this album (checkout
3rd trailer of Anji to view Chiru's steps for this
song). I am also a mass candidate like you and
I like 'Mirayakaya Bajji' song a lot.
Prasad (Penugonda): (to Kodi) Your first film
was Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnaiah and it ran for
510 days in Hyderabad. Now your latest film with Chiru
- Anji - is going to release on 7th Jan. What difference
do you find in Chiranjeevi?
Kodi: Purnima character in 'Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo
Krishnaiah' is the trump card for the success of that
film. Chiranjeevi opined that the story gets elevated
due to the deception done to Purnima character by
Gollapudi. He was a smalltime actor then. But now,
Chiranjeevi is not only the number one in Telugu but
also the numero uno in entire India.
I heard that your health was not good in the recent
times. We felt really sad. You work so hard to entertain
us through movies.
Chiranjeevi: I think you were referring to
the back-pain incident that happened during Tagore
time. When I met the doc in London, he assured me
that all it takes is an injection to get relieved.
As long as you are there to wish me a good health,
I am not going to get affected by any health problem.
the mean time, the fans were asking about Pawan Kalyan.
Then Chiranjeevi said that Pawan Kalyan is his blood
brother. And fans are also his blood brothers. So,
all of them are his Pawan Kalyans)
Rao (Badrachalam): What is the necessity of graphics
when Chiru is acting in a film?
Chiru: I like avakai. I also like mudda
pappu. But the taste is excellent when I mix avakai
and mudda pappu. That's what you feel when
see graphics added to my image.
(Guntur): Fans of few heroes who does not even
have an experience of 5 films are personally abusing
you. I feel very bad about it.
Chiru: Let me tell you one incident. You are
walking over the road and suddenly a guys comes from
nowhere and starts hurling abuses at you. You would
get startled at first. Then you would get mad and
beat him up. Later on an ambulance of a mental hospital
comes up to take that guy away. Then you realize that
he is a mad guy. While being dragged by the hospital
people, that guy still abuses you. But this time you
feel for him with a sympathetic heart. With one incident
your feeling of anger gets converted into feeling
of sympathy. If a person is personally abusing you,
you must have done something bad to him. Otherwise,
there must have been some problem with the other guy.
If you were pretty sure that you have not done any
harm to that guy, then feel pity about him than complaining.
One should not loose temperament for such kind of
silly stuff. Think beyond petty issues! We came here
to discuss about Anji film. I personally feel that
everybody should be happy in film industry with successful
(Uravakonda): Is there is any message for crowds
through Anji like your previous films Indra and Tagore?
Chiru: After watching Anji, every patron would
come out the theater with an increased confidence
in God and the Divinity. The graphics work made it
possible. By the way, we have small comedy dialogue
on the village you come from. It goes like 'Uravakonda
- Kobbarilouse Vunda!'
I feel really sad by looking at this function because
the producer Shyam has treated Anji project like his
own baby and now he is forced to release it for public
viewing. (giggles) we are all feeling very sad that
the film Anji is finally releasing. We have been taking
care of the film for six years. And now we are leaving
it in your hands (in a jovial manner).
Prasad Reddy is the main pillar for Anji film. 'Oka
Aakasa Ganga, Oka Aatma Lingam, Oka Manishi aatma
viswasame ee Anji' (Anji is nothing but an Akasaganga,
Aaatma Lingam and the self confidence of a single
used to think like that the songs in film might sound
and appear old. But after seeing the songs on screen,
I felt that songs are very peppy and fresh. There
is one song (Chikbuk) that was picturised on me and
Ramya Krishna six years back in Golkonda Fort, which
was composed by Lawrence. When I saw it now, I felt
that there is so much of freshness and fizz in the
song. As the Rajnikant's saying goes 'Late gaa
vachina latest gaa vastaanu', Anji would also
be a film with contemporary feel.
you mix the songs of Anji, Tagore and Indra and exhibit
them, one would not find which song was shot recently.
The picturization of Anji songs is very good. One
song was picturised 6 years back. Another song 4 years
back. Another one 3 years back. Another song was 2
and half years back. And the last song picturised
was 2 years back. But visuals are all songs appear
the songs are mass songs with a touch of melody. If
I listen to JVAS (Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari)
songs even now, I find them lively. Anji songs also
have the same feel. Manava Manava has Priyatama
Priyatama shades. Abbo Nee Yamma Goppade
has the shades of Amma Nee Tiyyani Debba. Mirapakaya
Bajji song has the resemblance to Ata Kavala
Prasad Reddy said that music is his weakling and hence
he told Chiranjeevi at the beginning of the film that
music is not his cup of tea. Then Chiranjeevi is said
to have assured him to trust Mani Sharma. All my films
have been story-based ones. But Anji is a film that
has good story coupled with nice music. The entire
credit for the success of music should go to Mani
and Raghu Kunche anchored the event. All the Gemini
anchors cut the New Year celebrations cake along with
Chiranjeevi. This program would be broadcasted during
the new year 2004 in Gemini TV (on the night of 31st