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Usha Pictures BalaKrishna Rao garu — A Colossus in Movie Distribution!

I am not sure how other movie fanatics especially those that are found of box-office facts think about Usha Pictures Balakrishnaa Rao garu but I am totally in awe of this movie merchant as he was either directly or indirectly involved in the distribution of every other major movie in West Godavari District till late 90s. In fact, it will not be an exaggeration to say that he was the most popular distributor in the entire state since the territory wise distribution system gained traction in late seventies. I recently got to know that Balakrishnaa Rao garu is the Son-in-law of Shri Kodali GopalaKrishna Rao garu, who produced movies like “Kathaanaayakudu” with the legendary N.T.R.  It is interesting that BalakrishnaaRao garu, who named his distribution company after his wife Shri Usha Rani garu, did not produce any movie to forward integrate inspite of having very good relations with all leading actors across generations.

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100 days ad of “SapthaPadhi”!

“GopalaKrishnudu” (1982), which was the movie that was announced on the 100 days of “Sapthapadhi”,  is the only hit film for Bheemavarapu Bucchi Reddy with A.N.R.  He is one of the few producers to make movies with the same actor (lead) in three consecutive years. Amarajeevi (1983) & Vasantha Geetham (1984) are the other films which he produced with A.N.R.

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Release centres of Maroo Kurukshethram (4/9/1981)!

The movie was made in Cinemascope. Small wonder that Telugu Film Industry holds the record for making the most number of movies in CinemaScope in India. 

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50 days ad of ” AggiRavva”!

Trivia: NippuRavva was the first title registered for this film.

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100th film of Kamal Haasan!

Here are the release centres of Kamal Hassan’s “Amaavasya Chandrudu”  This was his own production (Hassan Brothers). The movie was released on 29/8/1981 and it did not do well at the box-office. An ad issued by the makers mentions the Telugu version of the bilingual film as Kamal’s 100th movie (image 2).

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Two movies named after actresses releasing on the same day – 1/1/1982!

Though Savithri is a dubbed film, it is still interesting to note two films named after popular actresses were released on the same day.Jayasudha and Savithri.jpg

Padmalaya Studios does it again!

I think no other production house in India has produced two 70mm movies in two successive years!

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Maadala Rangaa Rao extends his support to N.T.R.!

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English film “Gandhi” in key towns (1983)!

I still find it surprising as to how a dialogue oriented film like Gandhi could go so well with the masses. It had more than 6 weeks run at Leelaa Mahal, Nellore. I was surprised to see such a high profile film releasing late in Vijayawada.

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