Shirdi Sai Pre-Release Press Meet
After two successful films like ‘Annamayya’ and ‘Sri Ramadasu’, the Nagarjuna-Raghavendra Rao combination is now coming up with the film ‘Shirdi Sai’, which is set to release worldwide on September 6th. A Maheshwara Reddy is producing the film on Sri Saikrishna Entertainment Pvt Ltd., with music by M M Keeravani. As part of promotional event a press meet was held by the unit members in which K Raghavendra Rao, Parachuri Gopalakrishna, A Maheshwara Reddy, D.O.P S Gopal Reddy and executive producer Vikram participated.
Producer A Maheshwara Reddy said, “We have come across many miracles right from the time we have announced the project on ‘Shirdi Sai Baba’. The shooting progressed smoothly for 60 days without causing any difficulty to any of the unit members. All artists lived with their characters as long as they were shooting for the film. Based on the hype the film has generated, it’s understood that the opening day of this film will see the festival atmosphere. Soon after we completed the censor formalities we went to Shirdi and took blessings from Baba. The devotees in Shirdi are also eargely waiting for the release of this film. Reports claim that theaters in few areas were cleaned up and placed with Sai Baba’s idols. We are very happy to note that some devotees are even making hoardings voluntarily. It appears Baba is taking care of everything.”
About the grand opening of the film the producer said, “Shirdi Sai will release on 6th of September as a grand festival in 801 theaters which includes Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Germany, Dubai, New Zealand and USA. I consider myself lucky to produce my first film under Raghavendra Rao garu’s direction. ‘Shirdi Sai’ will be the history of Telugu cinema in Nagarjuna-Raghavendra Rao combination. We are planning to dub ‘Shirdi Sai’ in Tamil, Hindi and Marati languages which we would start in another 3 months. Our purpose would be accomplished even if 1000 new devotees visit Shirdi for Baba’s darshan after watching this film. While on one hand the annual turnover of my mining company is some thousand crores, making a film on ‘Shirdi Sai Baba is yet another feat. I wouldn’t have done this film if Nagarjuna garu would not have agreed for it.”
Parachuri Gopala Krishna while speaking, “‘Shirdi Sai’ is our 333th film as writers. We can’t express in words the kind of job satisfaction we got while working for this film. Every song in this film will touch the audience’s heart. Annamayya, Sri Ramadasu and Shirdi Sai are like three different beautiful paintings. Nagarjuna looked so natural in Baba’s get-up that I couldn’t believe my eyes. Only Akkineni family is suitable for such roles and only Raghavendra Rao garu can create such wonders. He has exhibited his skills in a spectacular manner. Besides he designed Baba’s character so well that we could only see Baba in Nagarjuna. Infact all artists involved deep into their respective characters. The songs of ‘Shirdi Sai’ are heard everywhere. We are very happy and completely satisfied for being part of one such incredible film. I whole-heartedly wish for the grand success of the film.”