You've read about it, you've heard about it, you've seen ads about it, and you've basically been hounded to death about it. Here, finally, it is!
On the occasion of the completion of 75 years of Telugu cinema, a grand 3-day program highlighting the event will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre at Hitex, on 26th, 27th and 28th January. The programme will start on 26th January at 4:00pm and end on 28th January at 9:00pm.
There will be music programmes on the opening day, dances on the second, and dramas on the third. In addition to these, film comedians will entertain you with humorous skits. Telugu film clips showcasing their history from 1931 to 2006 will be screened, along with biographical sketches of selected person.
Some of the highlights of the 3-day event are as under:
A musical show by Padmasri Dr S P Balasubramaniam. He will be singing some hit numbers from movies starting from 1931 till the 2006. He will be supported by a grand orchestra of 200 musicians to be directed by M M Keeravani, Devisri Prasad, Koti, Raj, Mani Sharma, Vandemataram Srinivas and R P Patnaik. Megastar Chiranjeevi will make a dramatic entry and will interact with the audiences, and will extend an invitation for the next day by briefing them about some of the highlights of those next days.
During the day, there will be DVD projections of documentaries on movie legends. Interactive programs with some of the living legends, followed by dance sequences by Isha Sharvani and other dancers, are scheduled in the evening. In between, the comedians of today, Ali, Sunil and Brahmanandam, will enact comedy dance sequences of yesteryear comedians.
Bollywood stars who made a presence in the Telugu industry like Preity Zinta, Sonali Bendre, Jyothika and Simran will pay their tributes to the industry and perform some dance sequences, with music support by M M Keeravani and Devisri Prasad. Hit star Venkatesh will wind up the day's events by entertaining the audiences with his experiences in the industry and briefing them on the highlights for the final day.
International stunt group Crust Demons will perform some daredevil stunts with their troupe of professional artistes. Towards the end, Mahesh Babu will arrive and try some of the stunts. In the meantime, Nagarjuna will make an entry on an imported bike with Ayesha Takia on the pillion, reminiscent of a scene from the movie Super. Both Mahesh Babu and Nagarjuna will converse about how important stunts play in the movies worldwide.
To add to that, Pavan Kalyan, along with young performers, will enact various stunt sequences through the ages, using props and SFX, and will also perform a laser action sequence similar to those in The Matrix, synchronising movements with laser beams and with action suspended in mid-air, and will follow that up by stunts by the monks of Shaolin martial art.
Towards the end, there will be a dance performance by children wearing masks of contemporary and early superstars. Finally, a time capsule will be dedicated to the industry, and will be placed in Film Chambers at Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills, to be opened only on the 100th year anniversary.
Besides the above performers and stars, Dr Mohan Babu and his sons Vishnu and Manoj, Allu Arjun, Balakrishna, Illeana and Navneet Kaur will perform some sequences. A galaxy of guests from the film fraternity and ministers from the State and the Center are expected to attend this mega event.
The entry to the celebrations is by donor passes only. As most of the passes have been already picked up and several have also been distributed among special invitees and the film circle, there are hardly any left for the general public. Fortunately, it will be covered by Maa TV and will be telecast live on all the three days. For further details, please contact the organising committee at 2355-4558.