Trailer of Krishna Vamsi's latest movie and Srikanth's 100th film Mahatma was launched at FNCC (Film Nagar Cultural Center) on the evening of 7 September 2009. Ravi Teja attended this function. Srikanth, Krishna Vamsi, Paruchuri brothers and producer Manohar participated in a press event that followed. Here are the excerpts -
Mahatma to Srikanth is like Alluri Seetarama Raju for Krishna - Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao
Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao said, "The main story of the movie is about how a violent guy takes the path of non-violence to attain his objective. Since we are dialogue writers of this movie, we took the liberty to give suggestions to Krishna Vamsi as an when necessary. I am confident that Mahatma will be a mile stone in Srikanth's career just like Alluri Seeta Rama Raju in Krishna's career."
Mahatma will be a feather in Srikanth's cap - Paruchuri Gopala Krishna
Paruchuri Gopala Krishna said, "We had plans to screen Mahatma to the CM and all the MLAs before the release. Our goal is fulfilled even if one person from each village changes their path after watching Mahatma movie. This film is crafted so well that each and every actor will be highlighted. Krishna Vamsi extracted excellent performance from everybody. Actor Jagan will get a good break with this move. Mahatma will be a feather in cap of Srikanth like Eenadu, Naa Desam and Tagore for Krishna, NTR and Chiranjeevi respectively. Directors like K Raghavendra Rao, A Kodandarami Reddy and B Gopal knew how to use each one of us as per the demand of scene in their movies. Now Krishna Vamsi too mastered that technique of asking the right brother among us to pen dialogues as per the demand of scene. I am happy to say that we penned dialogues for Srikanth's debut movie Peoples Encounter and his 100th movie Mahatma. My brother penned a great dialogue for this movie and Mahatma film ends on that dialogue. Mahatma is a good message oriented movie narrated with commercial elements."
I am proud of Mahatma - Srikanth
Srikanth said, "I decided that Krishna Vamsi should direct my 100th movie around 2 years back. When I asked Krishna Vamsi he said that he was handling big heroes and it would take more time. I said that I would wait and it materialized this year. I may not be proud that I finished 100 movies, but I am definitely proud that I acted in Mahatma movie. Krishna Vamsi is a kind of director who don't mind casting big hero as well as small and upcoming heroes. I would like to thank Manohar who came forward to produce this movie though it's budget is on higher side. Mahatma wouldn't have materialized if not for the producer Manohar."
I found noble qualities of Mahatma in Srikanth - Krishna Vamsi
Krishna Vamsi said, "I always prepare subject first and then do the casting. Mahatma is second film in my career where I prepared the story to suit a hero. I could see some noble qualities of Gandhiji like simplicity, pure heart and no hatred towards anybody in Srikanth. I did this movie as a friendship gesture to Srikanth who is completing 100 movies. Paruchuri brothers guided my throughout and made sure that i don't get carried away. I learnt discipline, time management and flexibility from Paruchuri brothers. Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry penned an amazing title song. The entire 2 and half hour story of Mahatma is encapsulated into his lyrics of a 5-minutes song. Music of Mahatma will be launched on 19 September. We are planning to release the movie either in the last week of this month or in the first week of next month. The effect trailer of Mahatma produced will be carried out in the entire 2 and half minutes runtime of Mahatma."
Producer Manohar thanked Srikanth and Krishna Vamsi on this eve.