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17th November 2004
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Sri Keerthi Creations
Dhana 51

Cast: Sumanth, Saloni, Mukesh Khanna, Tanikella Bharani, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Rajakumar, Mallikharjuna Rao, Kantha Rao, Ali, Delhi Rajeswari, Radha Kumar, Gowtam Raju & Gundu Hanmantha Rao

Music: Chakri
Lyrics: Bhaskarabhatla, Kandikonda
Cinematographer: S Arun Kumar
Editing: Marthand K Vankatesh
Art: Singh
Fights: Vijay
Choreography: Shankar, Ashok Raj, Nixon, Vidya
Presents: Ch. Padmavathi
Direction: R Soorya Kiran
Producer: ML Kumar Chowdary

The combination of Sumanth - Soorya Kiran that delivered the blockbuster Satyam in the last year are back again. This time with a film titled Dhana (51). This film took off with the title 51, but later on it is changed to Dhana with a caption 51.

Aiming for 6th January 2005 release
Speaking on the occasion, producer ML Kumar Chowdary said that he changed the title to Dhana from 51 because Sumanth's last two films titled after hero (Satyam and Gowri) were hits. Another reason for the title change is the marketability of the film in B and C centers. Shooting of the film is complete but for a song and 5 days of talkie. The remaining song would be picturized from 24th of this month. Dubbing of the film is going on. Audio of Dhana would be releasing in the month of December 2004. Sumanth has captured the A centers' market with Satyam and B,C centers' market with Gowri. Hence, the producer is expecting this film to generate huge openings in all centers. The probable release date of Dhana is 6th January 2005.

Sumanth said that he is doing the role of Dhanunjay, whom everybody calls as 'Dhana'.

Film of team work - R Soorya Kiran
Director Soorya Kiran credited the success to teamwork and said that Dhana is also being done with tremendous teamwork. The story of the film is normal and the narration is different. He said that he committed the film even before start of Satyam film.

1st regional film - Mukesh Khanna
Bollywood actor Mukesh Khanna (of Shaktiman fame) said that Dhana is his first regional film. He was flooded with offers earlier, but did not want to do regional films as he did not have grasp of language. He was impressed by the story and role, hence he accepted to do the role of Police Commissioner in this film. He is also willing to do his own dubbing as he feels that an actor is incomplete without own dubbing. He also explained how dialogue writer plays an important role in elevating the actor's performance. He described Sumanth as a hardworking boy and Soorya Kiran as enterprising director.

Cinematographer S Arun Kumar felt that Dhana is a simple film with solid characterization.

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