Mega Family, What About Pelli Choopulu??
Recently with “Satamanam Bhavati” fetching National Award, Mega coterie has decided to honour producer Dil Raju and team. Other day we have Megastar Chiru, Allu Arvind, Allu Arjun, Kalyan Ram and also hero Nani turning up at an event to appreciate this Sharwa starrer directed by Satish Vegesna.
Of course, Satamanam Bhavati is a wholesome entertainer and it got all the necessary elements. That’s the reason Chiranjeevi appreciated, Bunny showered praises, Nani felt happy and Allu Arvind lifted the success to the sky. But, the film has got Dil Raju’s push and hence such a reachability even though it competed with biggies like Khaidi No 150 and Gautamiputra Satakarni. In this appreciation meet, all the guests, especially the mega family, has blatantly forgotten about the achievement of a small film “Pelli Choopulu”.
Carved out by a debutant Tarun Bhaskar, produced by a a no-theaters-in-hand producer Raj Kandukuri, featuring non-stars like Vijay and Ritu, “Pelli Choopulu” became a big hit and it also won Best Regional Film national award. At the same time, director Tarun won Best Dialogue Writer award also, which is first of sorts a Telugu movie. Also if we look at returns-again-investment angle, Pelli Choopulu made crores from the budget invested and also made 1 million dollars from the Overseas market.
Onlookers felt that Megastar got one-sided to only one coterie when it comes to appreciating Telugu cinema. Even other heroes have also limited their praises to Satamanam Bhavati. It would have been very well if a big family like Mega Coterie invited Satamanam team, Pelli Choopulu awardees and also Janata Garage choreographer to shower their appreciations.
When quizzed, producer Raj Kandukuri says, “A pat on the shoulder for a small film like Pellichoopulu will give a boost to many to make such films”. He also asked, “Even to appreciate a film, do you look at the size of the production and producer?”. While speaking to us, producer Raj is on his way to collect BN Reddy Award for the film.
All-round appreciation is coming from all quarters, say audiences and media, appreciation from film-industry is lacking for a film like Pelli Choopulu, which is really unfortunate.