Prema Katha Chitram Platinum Disc
Platinum Disc function of Sudheer Babu-Nandita starrer ‘Prema Katha Chitram’ was held at Prasad Labs in Hyderabad on Friday evening. Tammareddy Bharadwaja, V V Vinayak, M M Keeravani, Suresh Kondeti, B A Raju, Santosh Srinivas, Maruthi, Sudheer Babu, director J Prabhakar Reddy, producer Sudharshan Redd, music director J.B., Aditya Madhav, Uddav, Deepu, Revanth, Lipsika, Bhargavi, Niranjana Chari, SKN, Mallidi Satyanarayana and others participated. The platinum disc shields were presented to the film unit by V V Vinayak, Tammareddy Bharadwaja and M M Keeravani.
V V Vinayak said, “I’m very happy as an exhibitor. Maruthi appears like mini Dasari to me. I heard that Dasari used to do films like a factory at one point of time. Now it feels like Maruthi is making it true. I worked as an assistant director for 4-5 Krishna garu’s films. Krishna garu used to feel proud and happy when discussed by Mahesh Babu’s films. I can imagine the range of his happiness with the success of Sudheer Babu’s movie. When I saw Sudheer’s nonstop dance performance in a common friend’s birthday party, I felt he should try his hand in films, but later learnt that he is already making efforts to enter the movie world.”
Keeravani commented, “We think of Lord Anjaneya Swamy when we think about ghost. ‘Prema Katha Chitram’ story is born from Maruthi’s heart. I enjoyed watching this film with my family. I wish Maruthi will do another 4-5 films atleast for moviegoers like me. Sudheer gave a natural performance.”
Tammareddy Bharadwaja said, “After the success of his first two films, I asked Maruthi to give me ‘Romance’ movie. So Maruthi offered ‘Prema Katha Chitram’ with confident. Though I took it lite initially, the film became a big success. Many complain about lack of theaters for small films. If there is really lack of theaters, how is Maruthi getting them? He trusted and did this film with passion. His belief is turning into his success. Maruthi is the first talkies in Andhra Pradesh. At the time the Indian Cinema completed 100 years, it’s a good sign to note that Maruthi established a Maruthi Talkies although it is coincidental.”
B A Raju said, “It’s appreciable that ‘Prema Katha Chitram’ was made with Rs 1.5 crores and earned Rs 15 crores.”
Suresh Kondeti said, “Maruthi’s creative mind is super. I watched the re-recording of ‘Prema Katha Chitram’, it was excellent.”
Director J Prabhakar Reddy said, “I entered the film industry 16 years ago. This is my unforgettable movie. I’m a big fan of Krishna garu. I never thought that I would direct a film with anyone in their family. I’m very happy that the film is receiving appreciations.”
Producer Sudharshan Reddy said, “The caption of our film is ‘Unexpected Love Story’ and the film turned out to be unexpected hit and made our happy. While the collections will reduce from opening day for films, it’s the other way round for our film. The first movie on our banner become a hit. Maruthi did this film on friendly terms.”
Sudheer Babu said, “Many asked me why I chose to do this film since I got appreciations for my dances and fights in my debut film. However I wanted to do something different as everyone is following the same formula. One of Vijaya Nirmala’s relatives wanted to buy this film predicting it to earn Rs 25 crores. I told them that the movie would make around Rs 7 crores. Today, I’m really surprised when people are saying that the film will earn Rs 20 crores as its returns. Even my commercial film would not have become such a huge hit. I risked myself and entered into this field. My father-in-law and Mahesh are enjoying this success. Luck favoured me for my very second movie. The movie reached wide range of audience with the word of mouth.”
Maruthi said, “The promotion for ‘Prema Katha Chitram’ was quite less. We are happy to note that our Rs 2 crore movie will collect Rs 15 crores. I struggled a lot as a distributor. Looking at few directors I learnt how to not direct a film. I challenged a director that I would make a Rs 50 crore movie and did ‘Ee Rojullo’. I felt very happy when the film became successful. I was at the location every day during the making of this film. Every frame is my team work. My parents named me Maruthi and created a bonding with this industry. Four films are coming out from my banner currently.”
With Sudheer Babu and Nandita as lead pair, K Prabhakar Reddy directed ‘Prema Katha Chitram’ with story, screenplay and dialogues by Maruthi. Sudharshan Reddy produced it on RPA Creations banner and Maruthi presented it on Maruthi Talkies banner. J.B. scored the music.