I recently got hold of a paper clip that mentions P.Chinnapa Reddy and P.Chandrasekhar Reddy (makers of “Maanavudu—Daanavudu”) seemingly outlandish idea of casting Sobhan as Jesus in a full-length movie on the Christ. The article also mentions their downright outrageous idea to cast Saradha as Mother Mary at times when they were consolidating in the Industry as one of the bankable lead pairs. One could point to the examples like “Raktha Sambandham”, “Anthasthulu” and discuss about their box-office success despite having unconventional casting. But they should remember that these were social dramas, which generally have a built in audience unlike films of this genre and despite the super success of “Karuna Mayudu” few years later, I think good sense prevailed and all stake holders benefited by mothballing the project. After all, as they say, sometimes the best investments in life are the ones that you don’t make.
A worked up Shobhan issued the below press release in March 1985 after his role was trimmed at the editing table. He returned the advance to T.V.S. Films, a film distribution company from Guntur and Nellore, who wanted to make a film in the combination of Krishna and Sobhan Babu with K.Bapaiah.
What happened next:
- Sobhan returned the advance to T.V.S. Films
- K. Bapaiah and his team tweaked the subject and made the film with Krishna as a solo hero. It was named as “Jayam Manadee“
- Sobhan continued to work with A.Kodanda Rami Reddy and Paruchuri Brothers
- Vijayalakshmi films, who distributed “Mahasangraamam” for North Andhra Region, issued a press release criticising Sobhan for trying to sabotage the films business
- Krishna and Sobhan parted ways and but Krishna acted with Krishnam Raju in “Viswanatha Nayakudu“. Some second ring actors like Suman and Bhanuchander acted together in some movies.
Opening the Pandora’s Box! Teluguloo cheppaalantee “Satyapetika” theravaalsina samayam vacchindhi.
The first week numbers published by the makers of the film are quite intriguing. I would like to hear from more qualified people on how a film released in 46 theatres could collect more than what Sobhan Babu’s “Babu” could in 51-52 theatres in the same year. I will also upload the theatres list of “Jebu Donga” as its first week collections are also something to ponder. Per the advertisement, its first week collections were about 16+ lakhs, a lakh more than what “Babu” collected in approximately the same number of theatres.
Wrapping up the post by quoting Paul Betty, who became the first American to win the acclaimed Man Booker Prize.
” No one owns anything. If you thing you own something, you are only fooling yourself. Even something that you thing to be yours turns out to be someone else’.”
Bell Bottomed pants became his signature outfits from this film. Fondly remember my rickshaw puller, who used to take me to school every day, going gaga about Vanisree and her sarees (tied below the waist exposing her navel) in this re-make of “Johhny Meera Naam“.
“Mahaakavi Kshethrayya”, A.N.R.’s comeback movie after his sabbatical in 1975, was a disappointment at the box-office. “Secretary”, his immediate movie after that, opened strongly and created several records (scan 2) in spite of having tough competition from high profile movies like “Manushulanthaa Okkatee”. Secretary was the first film to complete its shooting in Annapoorna Studios and the studio opening function was shown as with the film once it entered its 6th week. Ramanaidu produced this film on his Suresh Productions and had Vaanisree playing the title role.