platinum disc function of Mahesh Babu's Okkadu was organized
in the Kohinoor banquet hall of Taj Residency in Hyderabad today
(Jan 9, 2003) at 8:30 pm. Okkadu is the first film to get
a hexa platinum disc (6 lakhs of audio units sold so far) prior
to movie release. Venkatesh, Uday Kiran, Prabhas [all the past
and future heroes of MS Raju's films] and RP Patnaik attended
the function as special guests. Hero Mahesh Babu was dressed in
a sober checks shirt. Bhumika Chawla appeared angelic in her white
presided over the function, as the regulars Paruchuri brothers
were absent. Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry was in all praises for
the director Guna Sekhar for making the songs a part of the movie
narration. Sirivennela explained a few lyrics from 'Hare
rama' and narrated how different the lyrics are for a hero
introduction song. He also said how the hero characterzation gets
revealed and the story gets elevated in terms of lyrics in tunes
Swasaga' and 'Cheppave
Chirugaali'. He also mentioned that the song 'Cheppave Chirugaali'
is his 2000th song. He mentioned that Okkadu would become a trend
setter in Telugu film industry.
Venkatesh was in full spirits. He cracked a joke, when the techinician
was adjusting the mike for Venky to speak, by saying that 'Nuvvu
mike adjust chesinantha sepu vundadu naa speech'. He wished
all the best for the team members. Indeed, his speech did not
last the time the technician spent for adjusting the mike.
Kiran said he liked the music of Okkadu a lot. Prabhas said that
he listens to 'Hare
rama' song at least 10 times a day when he travels in his
Patnaik sang the song 'Cheppave
Chirugaali and felt that he missed singing for that song which
would eventually stand out as the best song ever. He also praised
Mani Sharma for wonderful music.
Chawla thanked the producer, director and music director for creating
such a wonderful working environment. She said that working with
Mahesh Babu was a pleasant experience. She mentioned that Cheppave
Chirugaali is her favorite song.
Raju (producer), Mahesh Babu (hero), Guna Sekhar (director) and
Mani Sharma (music director) did not prefer to speak on this occasion.
Venkatesh gave away the hexa platinum disk trophies to artists
and technicians. Sunitha anchored the event and Supreme Music
organized this function.