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Abundant goodness

M.L. NARASIMHAM

Director Dasaradh on a feel good trip yet again.



At crossroads Jagapathi Babu and Bhumika.

Success can not be inherited, it has to be earned. Watching Jagapathi Babu on location at the Bheemeswara Swamy temple at Samarlakota one gets this feeling. The actor is shooting for Aditya Ram Movies, ‘Production No.3’ yet to be titled, directed by Dasaradh at the famous temple with Bhumika. There is a gala festivity as their visit seems to coincide with the annual jathara with hundreds of devotees and folk artistes thronging the place. One soon finds out it was not a real jathara but a set “created at a heavy cost” by art director Nagendra and his assistants.

“Four hundred junior actors and scores of real life folk artistes are engaged to act in this scene,” reels out senior film scribe and the film’s project coordinator Bhageeradha. “The lead pair travels in a caravan from the city to a village. Krishna Kumar or KK (Jagapathi Babu) is a NRI business man. Vidya (Bhumika Chawla) runs a marriage bureau. She takes him to a village in the caravan for a ‘bride-watch’. Certain interesting episodes that happen during the journey give a twist to the story.” The caravan takes the audience on a joy ride to Lolla locks near Rajahmundry, the Bheemeswaralayam, Sampanna palli Ghat and the lush green Ravulapalem.

Unnannallu haayiga undalandi jeevitham saradaga chindhulu vesedham heard in a male voice and played on the recorder only adds to the positive vibrations carried out by the film’s hero. R.P. Patnaik has tuned it and probably the t rack singer’s voice will be replaced by Shankar Mahadevan’s in the audio. The Dasaradh-RP combo has earlier dished out melodious hit music in Santhosham. Seems the duo is poised to repeat their performance.

“The montage song trails the caravan as it moves from place to place,” chips in Dasaradh known for dishing out clean entertainers. “There is not a single fight sequence in this film,” he smiles. “The story is set in U.S.A and all the characters including the one played by Bhumika live there, except for a brief period when she stays in Hyderabad. We are shooting that episode now,” he discloses. There is one more heroine in the film, Anushka. Bhageeradha earlier informed us that she is cast as Shailaja Sharma and stays in U.S.A and is in love with the hero who doesn’t respond.

“There is no triangle angle to the story for the simple reason we have two heroines. The subject runs on NRI families settled in America. Seventy per cent of the shoot takes place there with a major portion to be shot in New Jersey and New York. We also intend to shoot in Philadelphia, Denver, the down town in Chicago and San Diego,” said the soft spoken director as he moves towards the caravan to reach his actors.

Incidentally it is Jagapathi Babu’s 75th starrer. “Also the most expensive film in his career,” informs Bhageeradha. He hopes the film will be a bigger hit than the actor’s previous family dramas, Maavichiguru and Subhalagnam and other hits in the family theme genre the actor had acted.

After finishing its third schedule at Hyderabad, producer Aditya Ram’s unit travels to U.S.A on September 15 for almost a month long schedule to complete the project due for release in December.

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