Nandamuri Bala Krishna (Arjuanudu, Bruhannala,
Uday Kiran (Abhimanyudu)
Sai Kumar (Duryodhanaudu)
Kota Srinivasa Rao (Virata Raju)
Sarath Babu (Dharmaraju)
Krishna Bhagavan (Uttara Kumarudu)
- dialogues - direction: Bala Krishna Nandamuri
Producer: Pusapati Lakshmipati Raju
Camera: VSR Swamy
Art: Bhaskar Raju
Music: Madhavapeddi Suresh
Choreography: Srinu & Shiva Shankar
muhurat of the remake of 'Nartanasala' in the direction
of Nandamuri Bala Krishna was held at Ramoji Film
City on 1st March 2003 at 7:30 am at a specially erected
Parnasaala set. Bala Krishna, Sarath Babu, Srihari,
Naveen, Vinay and Soundarya were clad in holy saffron
dress. Big wigs of Telugu film industry like - ANR,
D Rama Naidu, MS Reddy, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, K
Viswanath, Uday Kiran, Chalapati Rao etc.
Krishna Nandamuri clapped the first shot. Rama Krishna
Nandamuri switched on the camera. K Raghavendra Rao
directed the first shot. First shot was taken on Pancha
Pandavulu and Droupati.
on the occasion, Bala Krishna said that there used
to be historical films (poranikaalu), folklore films
(jaanapadaalu), fantasy films and social films in
the golden era of Telugu cinema. And at present we
have only social films that are being churned out.
As a step towards making Telugu cinema a multidimensional
one, Bala Krishna has taken the onus of making this
epic. He said that this story has been made in Telugu
twice before in the form of 'Nartanasaala' and 'Virataparvam'.
Bharatam is called as 'pamchama vedam' and it epitomizes
all the incidents that generally happen in the society.
He also said that all the social films that are made
in Telugu have similarities to the incidents of Maha
Krishna said that people would embrace 'Nartanasaala'
like they did for 'Aditya 369' and 'Bhairava Dweepam'
in the past. The 'Vyasa Bharatam' is taken as the
origin for the dialogues of this film. Bala Krishna
also said that he is taking the help of eminent Telugu
writers like Nagabhairava Koteswara Rao, Tripuraneni
Maharadhi and Paruchuri brothers in preparing dialogues.
Krishna said that he has done lots of experiments
before. He agreed that some of his films did well
and some films did not do well. But this film would
become a blockbuster for sure, he said. He also said
that NTR did not put his name as the director in the
title cards of 'Seetarama Kalyanam' though he directed
it. Likewise, Bala Krishna would not have his name
in title cards of the film 'Nartanasaala'.
said that he is doing both the roles of hero and villain
in this film. Hero would be having two getups - Arjuna
and Bruhannala. Villain is Keechakudu. He said that
it is not new for him to do characters of grey shades.
His said that his character in Lakshmi Narasimha has
negative shades to it. He also said that the expertise
of the direction lies in imagining the things.
Krishna praised that Sarath Babu is apt for the role
of 'Dharmaraju'. He remembered 'Nippulanti Manishi'
film which he acted with Sarath Babu. Bala Krishna
said that the film bombed at box office because both
he and Sarath Babu were the villains of the film.
Krishna commended the kind of efforts Soundarya is
putting up for this film. She is said to have seen
the VCD of Nartanasaala for innumerable times and
keeping a note of the histrionics of Savitri in that
film. Bala Krishna praised Soundarya as the actress
of Savitri caliber.
Why LP Raju
Upon asked why he chose to make LP Raju the producer
of this dream project when there were so many big
producers available, Bala Krishna said that he did
not see any big producer coming forward to produce
it. He said that everybody in the film industry knows
about Balayya's aspiration to direct 'Nartanasaala'.
And Balayya is a kind of star who does not force any
producer to producer a film of his taste. It was LP
Raju who came forward to produce the film. He thanked
LP Raju for the nice gesture. LP Raju is also giving
free hand to Bala Krishna as a director.
When asked why he fixed upon Nartanasaala when there
were so many old classics, Bala Krishna said that
Nartanasala is one film where all navarasas were packaged
in the right proportion. He also said that the story
would be appealing to new generation as well.
Two technicians - Gurudev (assistant director) and
Srinivas (Art) - who worked for old classic Nartanasaala
would also be working for the remake of this grand
epic. Srinivas worked as assistant to Bapu at that
film to be shot at RFC
The first schedule of this film started on 1st March
and it would take place till 5th March. The next schedule
would start in May 2004. He said that the entire film
would be shot in the sets erected at Ramoji Film City.
to play Droupati role
Actress Soundarya said that she is feeling lucky to
play the role of Droupati. She is also feeling very
responsible to be a part of this great epic. She thanked
Bala Krishna for the compliments he has given.
Babu said that it is a kind of educational experience
to the younger generation people to watch Nartanasaala
and wished that Bala Krishna would prove to be the
greatest director in India with Nartanasaala.
said that he was fortunate to do 'Duryodhana role
in 'Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddam' with Bala Krishna. And
he is feeling extremely happy to do Bheema role in
most cinematographer VSR Swamy said that he has been
working as cinematographer for the past 20 years and
he handled most of the Bala Krishna's projects so
far. He said that historical films were more successful
at Box office in Telugu compared to any other language
mainly because the Telugu film industry possess beautiful
faces. He said that Nartanasaala is a dream project.
This film has generated lots of craze and media interest.
Suresh said that his uncle Madhavapeddi Gokhale worked
as art director for Nartanasaala. He said that he
would put best of his efforts to squeeze the best
music for this film. Three songs have been recorded
so far. Lyrics for one song is ready.
piece: Shooting of this film is taking place under
the scorching heat of the sun. Putting heavy makeup
and donning unusual cloths and working under the combined
heat of arc lights and sun show the passion and dedication
of Bala Krishna Nandamuri. He should be appreciated
for his contribution to Telugu cinema by making such
films like 'Bhairava Dweepam' and 'Nartanasaala'