Interesting Fact: Gemini Movies’ first Telugu Film
I have seen a bigger cut out than this at Radha Theatre, Nellore for “Prajaaraajyam” movie and read about others (will update the paper clips) but I was just awestruck when I got hold of this particular paper clip. The article has details of the two cut- outs set for “Simhaasanam” in Vijayawada. This is probably the first (and only) instance where two cut-outs, each with more than 75 feet, were kept for a Telugu Movie in a single centre.
Here are few scans of “Aaatmabandhuvu“, which has that famous song “Chadhuvuraanivaadavani Digulu Chendhaku” (effectively used by Ali and others in the famous Class room scene in “Thammudu“). The film was a re-make of Sivaji Ganeshan’s “Padikkaadha Meedhaavi” . The scene where S.V.Ranga Rao gives up smoking to have austerity measures in place after loosing all his wealth is an absolute beauty.
The turf war between screen icons Rajani Kanth and Kamal Hassan shifted to Andhra Pradesh in 1980 when their straight Telugu Movies released on the same day. Kamal Hassan’s “Guru” emerged victorious over Rajani’s “Maayadaari Krishnudu“. Guru’s director I.V.Sasi, followed up with another straight Telugu film “Kaali” with Rajni in the same year.
So, the Tamil version of T.Rajendar’s movie with Ramesh Babu released indeed. It is one more movie which he should not have accepted as he appears only in three scenes in the first 45 minutes. Comedian Ali acted as his sidekick in this family affair of T.Rajendar.
“Aaaradhana” and “Jeebu Donga” are two titles that come to mind where they were used for movies at least once in a decade. “Jebu Donga” was first used in 1961 for the dubbed version of M.G.R.’s “Thirudaadhee“. Another title which was used in three consecutive decades is Maanavudu Daanavudu–Sobhan (in 70s), Mohan Babu (in 80s) and Superstar (in 90s).
“Adavi Raaja ” was one of the big commercial successes of Mid-80s. This is the first film produced by Satyanarayana in which he acted as a villain-he also got to play a negative role in his “Bangaaru Kutumbam” few years later. The movie is a free-make of M.G.R.’s “Nalla Neeram“, which in turn was a remake of “Haathi Meera Saathi“.