One chap staying in Xavier’s lane did narrate a part of the story and how his family waited for he next part of the story. It was about death sentence and all that. Some how didn’t interest me . Then the novel was made into a movie. The hero was an up and coming actor called Chiranjeevi. It became a big hit. Much credit goes to the music by the evergreen Ilayaraja. This launched the Chiranjeevi-Radhika pairing. It also launched the banner Creative Commercials.
I had seen a movie of his earlier. It was Punnnami Nagu (1980). For those who know this movie- you know. For those who don’t here is a titbit.
I heard it was an animal based movie. I convinced my mom to send me and bro. I was in 8th or 9th and my bro a 4 yrs younger than me.
Now it was an animal movie but had a twist. Our hero was a human snake and girls were dying without being bitten… how / why ?????
Then came Khaidi (1983). A big big blockbuster. The heroine was Madhavi. The songs were a hit and the dances were never seen before on screen. One particular song was a craze – Ragaltundi moguli poda. The idea was 2 snakes dancing entwined. Now use your imagination.
He gave many big hits. The last movie of his that I liked was Gang Leader. After that all bakwas.
I cant stand any other actor from his family. Bro, son, nephew. I feel something serious wrong in that family.
Whatever – he a true entertainer. Please listen to songs from Abhilasha – one better that the other.
Banthi Chamanthi Song –
Eureka Saka Meka
Vella Palla Ledhu
Also this was the birth of Step ‘Exercise’ Dancing….