Director Dasari Narayana Rao wanted to re-make the controversial play “Chintamani” ( Kallakuri Narayana Rao). He held a press meet in 1983 and announced that “Natabhushana” Sobhan Babu and Mohan Babu will play the roles of BavaniSankaram and Bilvamangaludu respectively with Sridevi acting in the title role. The ace director himself reserved the immensely popular role Subbisetty in the film for himself. But several people resented the idea and Dasari dropped the project eventually.
Bharani Pictures also wanted to make a movie with based on this play with Dr.A.N.R (Bilvamangaludu) and Bhanumati (home production). The project did not gain traction as A.N.R politely refused the offer* from Ramakrishna garu.
*Manasuloni Mata-Natajeevitha Visleeshana-Dr. A.N.R!