Manoj Manchu’s latest film Jhummandi Naadam is going to release on 1st July. Lakshmi Manchu is officially producing this movie for the first time. The press meet was attended by Mohan Babu, Manoj Manchu, Lakshmi Manchu, Tapsee, K Raghavendra Rao and Ashok.
Mohan Babu said, “Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures banner was launched in Vijaya Gardens, Chennai and It was launched by NTR. Dasari Padma lighted the lights. My first film was launched in Tirupati and Chandra Babu Naidu sounded the clapboard. I produced Major Chandrakath film with my favourite hero NTR in 1992. Lakshmi Prasanna sounded the clapboard for Major Chandrakanth and Chandra Babu Naidu switched on the camera. NTR nominated be to Rajyasabha. It all happened because of my discipline and sincerity. K Raghavendra Rao directed Alludu Garu as his first film on our banner. I produced 56 films so there. There were record breaking movies as well as unsuccessful films. Recently Dasari said that I am the only actor who produced so many films in the history of India. It is truth, indeed.”
“K Raghavendra Rao is directing a film in our banner after a gap of 14 years. It is every actor’s dream to act in K Raghavendra Rao’s movies. K Raghavendra Rao brings stardom to actors. I was a zero before Alludu garu and he made me hero with that movie. I am not doing many films these days. I am concentrating more on my educational institute as I want to serve people. Lakshmi Prasanna is turning full-fledged producer with this movie and I wish that audiences will bless her with the success.”
“There are nine songs in the movie and all are good. K Raghavendra Rao gives lot of comfort and peace to the producer he is working for. I am like a financier. Producer Lakshmi and executive producer Ashok did budgeting for the movie and K Raghavendra Rao completed the budget within the limit. He said that we should spend as per the market limit of hero. I wanted to spend more, but K Raghavendra Rao didn’t want it.”
“Manoj has been growing his stature as an actor from Nenu Meeku Telusa movie. He succeeded in all movies since then. He is also working with outside producers. We want to release the movie on 1st July. It will be the biggest release in the career of Manoj in terms of number of prints. It was my daughter who selected the heroine Tapsee. K Raghavendra Rao endorsed her. She is a disciplined girl and she is like our family member. I was the one who took legend NTR to Shirdi for the first time. We presented him with a big Shirdi Sai Baba’s idol at that time. We went to Shirdi recently and I presented K Raghavendra Rao with another idol of Sai Baba.”
Producer Lakshmi Manchu said, “I would like to thank my father for guiding me during the production of Jhummandi Naadam. K Raghavendra Rao used to ask me for my opinion even though a director of his stature doesn’t need. It gave me great experience and I learnt a lot as a producer because it is directed by K Raghavendra Rao. I am acting in his son Prakash’s movie. I want to thank Manoj Manchu as well. K Raghavenda Rao used to say ‘Veedu Samanyudu Kaadu’ whenever Manoj enacts a scene in the sets. I also contemplated on using it as title of this movie. The combination of K Raghavendra Rao and Mohan Babu is a reputed one. I am happy to introduce a talented artist like Tapsee as heroine through this movie. My mom used to get home food whenever I wanted it. I want to thank media for supporting us throughout. I will continue doing good movies in the future as well.”
Tapsee said, “I am happy to make my debut with this movie and I want to thank Mohan Babu for making me feel like his family member. I love listening to the songs of Jhummandi Naadam and I listened to them innumerable times. I want to thank K Raghavendra Rao for giving us such a great music. I leant a lot about acting from K Raghavendra Rao. Producer Lakshmi treated me well and Manoj cooperated a lot during the shoot. S Gopal Reddy has shown me really beautiful on the screen.”
Manoj Manchu said, “I feel fortunate to act in the direction of K Raghavendra Rao. He is like a God and its very comfortable working in his direction. Keeravani and S Gopal Reddy’s work is going to be really good. I worked under the direction of K Raghvendra Rao along with my father in Major Chandrakanth movie. I was tensed to work with my father in this movie, but Raghavendra Rao gave me lot of confidence. It would be better if I tell something good about the movie after the release.”