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M.L. NARASIMHAM

‘Allari’ Naresh to tickle the funny bone, yet again, in ‘Bendu Apparao RMP’



Say cheese Kamna Jethmalani, D. Ramanaidu and ‘Allari’ Naresh during the shoot.

At one time they were popular in towns and cities but now they are confined to a few villages. Bendu Apparao is one such registered medical practitioner we will be watching in Suresh Productions’ forthcoming movie Bendu Apparao RM P. ‘Allari’ Naresh plays the title role with Kamna Jethmalani as his love interest. Meghana Raj, from Kannada films, makes her Telugu film debut in a lead role.

A veteran at such light-hearted comedies, E.V.V. Satyanarayana shot a few scenes involving the RMP in his native village Korumamidi and surrounding areas in Godavari belt — Dosakayalapalli, Dommera, Togummi, Gutala, Bobbarlanka and Dhowaleswaram. Producer D. Ramanaidu was present on the sets to monitor the progress of the film.

We caught up with the unit at Bobbarlanka when the unit was filming a key scene in which the major actors — ‘Ahuti’ Prasad (plays a rich and powerful landlord in the village), Telangana Sakuntala, M.S. Narayana, Raghubabu, L.B. Sriram, Krishna Bhagawan, A.V.S. Uthej, Jeeva, Anitha Nath and others along with the lead pair — Naresh and Kamna participated.

As is customary in his home productions, D. Ramanaidu plays a cameo as a district collector. There was bonhomie among the unit members when they celebrated the star producer’s 74th birthday on the sets.

The unit has to travel with Bendu Appa Rao as he treats his patients going from village to village. He offers many tips to cure common ailments like cold, cough and headache. At times they land him in trouble evoking laughter and at times, surprisingly, his medication helps save a few lives too.

“This story is set in villages and offers ample scope for entertainment. The script and dialogues (Veligonda Srinivas and Vegnesa Satish) will regale the audience. The comedy stems from visuals and dialogues. Watch how the registered medical practitioner’s medication works,” smiles the director. “It is my second film for the banner that launched my career with Prema Qaidi. I am indebted to give a huge hit to my producer D. Ramanaidu,” he adds.

Ramanaidu is confident of the film’s success. “Everything is in place and the movie is shaping up quite well. The fun and frolic and the lighter vein incidents in the lives of villagers are well crafted by E.V.V. Naresh’s acting is a plus point. Everyone likes his antics.”

Besides the talkie portions, the director filmed a song tuned by Koti in the rural belt on the lead pair along with a group of dancers. Prior to shooting in the Godavari belt, the unit shot in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Italy for three songs featuring Naresh, Kamna and Meghana. After conducting editing and other post-production work for the completed potions, the unit plans to return in July first week to the locations in and around Rajahmundry to complete the shoot.

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