Total Recall!



Once upon a time in Tollywood VIII!

The only Telugu actor to be interviewed by a prominent TV network in the US:

NBC, CBS & ABC are THE three major American Television Networks and Aishwarya Rai made headline news in India when she was interviewed by CBS‘s flagship TV program 60 mts few years back. But not many people in India know that Dr. A.N.R. was interviewed by ABC’s affiliate company WEW News way back in 1964. I don’t think National Film Archives would have this interview.



Once upon a time in Tollywood – VII

Full page ad for a town record: The proprietors of Komala Theatre in Challapally gave a full page ad way back in 1983 for Dharmatmudu after it completed its 60 days run in this C centre in the Krishna Distribution Area. This is the first such instance where town record was advertised through a full page ad was given in a leading newspaper . Later on, Santhi Pictures of Nellore and Creative Commercials issued full page ads in 1985 and 1986 for town records created by Vajrayudham and Rakshashudu in Nellore and Visakhapatnam respectively.


Dharmaatmudu Challapally- 5.jpg

Once upon a time in Tollywood –IV!

KanchuKagada — First movie to release in 100+ theatres in Slab System. Krishna and Krishnam Raju’s “Yuddham” missed this distinction by a whisker. The multi-starrer movie was released in 93 theatres (second image)! BobbiliPuli is the first movie to release in 100+ theatres (image 3)!





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Once upon a time in Tollywood –III

Full page color ad for a repeat release film: At times when full page color ads were rarely given in Tollywood, the makers of AdaviSimhaalu showed their grandeur again by publishing one when the film was re-released in 1985. The movie was released in 75 theatres initially on April, 28 1983. The producers paid 6 lakhs as remuneration for the Chimpanzee that acted in the film and you can see Arjun Raju and Ashwini Dutt sitting with Lulu and its trainer in the second picture.




Once upon a time in Tollywood – II

Double Bill :

I came across an ad recently that shows a set of producers (Maniyan, Vidhyaan & Lakshmanan) announcing two projects with the same director on the same day. I am not sure whether the second movie in the ad”Seethaalu” released but Swargam certainly did as I saw a TV channel play few clippings from the film when its director Durga Nageswara Rao passed away last year (2018). This was in 1980.



Once upon a time in Tollywood–1!

Big movie releases in Nizam in 1980!

The spreadsheet in the link below has the details of I batch release centres of all except three big movies -“Kalyaana Chakravarthy”, “Sannaayi Appanna” & “Ragilee Hrudhayaalu”- that were released in 1980!

Few insights:

  • Ram Robert Rahim is the film that had the biggest release in the territory
  • Bhalee Krishnudu had the biggest release among the four films that competed during the Sankranthi Season
  • Mosagadu is the only film that had a direct release in Jagithyala
  • Krishnam Raju is the only hero to get two direct releases in KotthagudemSeethaa Ramulu & Bebbuli
  • Yedanthasthula Meda & Ammaayiki Mogudu & Maamaku Yamudu are the only other films that were released directly in the mining town (Kotthagudem)
  • ChandeePriya & Sirimalle Navvindhi share the honor of releasing in the lowest no of theatres (5)
  • A.N.R. is the only hero who did not have a direct release in Miryaalaguda


100 days ad of Maniratnam’s “Bombaayi”


“Nartanasala” OST details!




Collectors Pride 6 —- Kamal & Rajni from Yetthuku Pai Yetthu (1978)!

                  Geetha Combines (Arts) “Yetthuku Pai Yetthu” is the only non-Tamil film in which both the superstars acted together!



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