combined functions of 175 days of Jayam and audio release of Nijam
met with a great success. The Sharjah stadium - with a capacity
of 10,000 spectators over flew with buzzing crowds with 12000
Telugu people attending it on the night of 13th of March. Chiranjeevi
was the chief guest.
Chiranjeevi, Mahesh Babu, Uday Kiran, Nitin, Raasi, Sanghvi, Udaya
Bhanu, Rallapalli, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam Raja Ravindra, Gopichand,
Brahmaji, Duvvasi Mohan, Gopichand, Suman Setty, Ragini, Harikishan
(Mimicry), Teja (director), RP Patnaik (music), Kulasekhar (lyrics),
Sameer Reddy (camera), Shankar (choreography), Horseman Babu (stunts),
Anoop (music), Usha (singer), Ravi Varma (singer), Jagadeeswara
Reddy (Exec Producer), Anand (Co-director), Narayana Das (distributor),
Sunil (distributor), Sudhakara Reddy (distributor) and Rama Rao
event had a slight upset when the stage was collapsed due to sand
storm in Sharjah stadium by 3 pm. The organized reconstructed
the stage and the program started at 9 pm. The musical show started
with 'Abhi Mantranam' - the climax sloka in Jayam film. RP Patnaik,
Usha, Anoop and Ravi Varma enthralled the crowds with their songs.
Uday Kiran and Nitin danced for Gajuwaka Pilla and Ranu Ranu songs
respectively. Rallapalli, Gowtam Raju, Ragini and Suman Setty
did comedy skits. Hari Kishan performed mimicry. Uday Kiran enthralled
the fans by singing 'Naa Gundelo Neevundipovaa' song. Udaya Bhanu
anchored the event.
who was watching the entire proceedings by sitting the Cricketer's
dressing room, came to the dais amidst the musical welcome of
'Ayyo Ayyo' song from Indra. Then Chiranjeevi gave 175-days mementoes
to the team members of Jayam. When Nitin came to take his shield,
Nitin requested Chiru to do a dance step. Chiranjeevi tried to
give shield to Nitin, but Nitin refused to take it by asking Chiru
to do a step. Then Udaya Bhanu announced that it would be great
if Chiru does Veena step from Indra. However, Chiranjeevi politely
denied that request.
on Chiranjeevi released Nijam audio by giving the 1st cassette
to Mahesh, 2nd cassette to Uday Kiran and 3rd cassette to Nitin.
speaking on the occasion, Mahesh Babu said that his role in Nijam
film is a dream character. He said that Chiranjeevi has sent a
flower bouquet and personal hand written letter to him for the
success of 'Okkadu' film. Mahesh Babu had a precious compliment
for Chiranjeevi when he said that if two more people like Chiranjeevi
were there in industry, it would do a world of good. Mahesh Babu
wished that he would come to Dubai again to celebrate the 175
days function of Nijam.
spoke about his shopping spree with a friend called Harish Lakhani.
When he went for shopping, a few of the vendors have recognized
Chiranjeevi and offered to sell the goods at a sale (discounted)
price. Chiranjeevi said that when RP and Teja requested him to
attend the function of Jayam, he had to think twice, but when
they mentioned that the venue is Dubai, he had to agree to it
as it gives him a chance to meet and mingle with Telugu people
had good compliments reserved for Teja and he narrated how Teja
reached the position in which he is in now. Chiranjeevi observed
the workmanship of Teja for the first time when he watched the
poster design of Shiva. Teja designed Shiva posters. Chiranjeevi
also mentioned that Teja's film 'Nijam' made highest business
in many places.
about RP Patnaik, Chiranjeevi said that he used to wonder what
would have been the effect if folk songs like 'Gajuwaka Pilla'
and 'Raanu Raanu' had been there in his films. However, Chiranjeevi
mentioned that he would have RP Patnaik as fulltime music director
for one of his future films.
said that Mahesh has performed in Okkadu with full maturity and
amazing stylishness. He used to think that Mahesh is not getting
enough films to substantiate his talent and fortunately Okkadu
happened that brought out the well-deserved recognition and success
as an artist to Mahesh Babu. Chiranjeevi said that Mahesh's 'Okkadu'
is playing 'Kabaddi' with the Andhra Box Office now. He wished
that Nijam would become a greater hit.
heroines like Reema Sen, Sadaf and Rakshita could not attend
the function. Teja took it in positive way and is commented
that his artists are becoming such a busy stars that they do
not get time to attend functions.
sprang everybody by surprise by attending the function at Kuwait.
She was an uninvited guest.
function became the parameter for the popularity Udaya Bhanu
enjoys in Dubai. Lots of local crowds - including Arab Sheiks
- are seen taking group photos with Udaya Bhanu whenever they
get an opportunity.
4. The response
meted at Kuwait on 14th of March 2003 is not up to expectations.
Chiranjeevi did not attend this function. 3000 people attended
the Kuwait function. The drop in the turnout is attributed towards
the fear factor of impending war.
the daytime on 14th March, the crew took a break to cruise through
the sand dunes by Land Cruisers and then traveled on camels.
Kiran became emotional again while speaking about Chiranjeevi
on the stage.
mass snake song from Nijam was an instant hit as she danced
to that song with grace. Raasi is looking very slim as she shed
11 kgs of weight for her Nijam role.
8. The singers
were little uncomfortable while singing in Sharjah as the air
contained dust particles.
9. As all
the crewmembers are given stay in a particular hotel, Chiranjeevi
stayed in a different hotel.
crowds danced for songs in Sharjah. Dancing is not allowed in
Kuwait, hence the Kuwait crowds had to restrict themselves to
claps and swaying of hands.
Babu turned out to be the naughty and jovial guy among the gang
as he has a joke or mischief up his sleeve all the time during
are lots of Nandamuri fans in Kuwait. On popular demand, Usha
and RP sang Rukhmini song from 'Allari Ramudu' in Kuwait.
unit felt at home in Kuwait compared to Sharjah as the whether
and crowds are very sober out there.
crowds expected the popular comedian Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
to perform comedy skit. But he could not participate in any
of the skits.
program was covered by the crew of Gemini TV. It might be telecasted
on Ugadi (2nd April 2003) festival day.