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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Krishna of 1974 movie Alluri Sitaramaraju fame is no more !!

Remember seeing him once in 1990s in Chennai airport, he was clad in a sparkling white dress and looked elegant, though he was well into his Sixties  at that time .. ..   with the recent success of   Rajamouli’s RRR – a web search led me to that ever popular song -   "Telugu Veera levara " – written by Sri Sri and sung by Ghantasala, V. Ramakrishna won the National Film award for best lyrics in 1974; the movie ran for 175 days and grossed more than a crore !!   it was  Alluri Seetharama Raju (1974), featuring actor Krishna, depicting Alluri's life.   

A search on that 1974 movie made listen with rapt attention to :  "Ragilindi viplavaagni ee roju"  (or was that Kadilinthi !!) – sung by SP Balasubramanian – think that was the title song to the movie  ASRR – showcasing and arousing freedom spirit as evinced by  the most prominent Telugu freedom fighter, Alluri Seeta Rama Raju (played by Krishna),  .. .. you may  wish to see that :


Vaguely remember seeing in some odd theatre in Kakinada – a movie with storyline beginning with 4 Scientists creating a nugget that could lead to a powerful satellite, then are kidnapped by a terrorist organization and how they are protected and the satellite restored by Secret Agent – Chandrakanth (of course Krishna !!)   

Vikram’s powerful portrayal and Vadivelu comedy made movie Kanthasami a big hit  .. .. it was the titular hero at Thiruporur Murugan temple, a CBI Officers with handpicked friends helping the needy who write letters to Lord  Muruga and ties them to the tree at the temple  .. .. his going after stash of black money ..  if you remember right, Ghattamaneni Krishna garu was ths Joint Director of CBI – Krishna Rao !!     

Sad to read of the passing away of Veteran Tollywood super hero Krishna   at a hospital in Hyderabad while undergoing treatment after he suffered cardiac arrest. He was 79. Ghattamaneni Sivarama Krishna, had acted in many many films of which “Alluri Seetarama Raju” released in 1974 would ever be remembered.  It was  produced by Padmalaya Studios marking the 100th film of Krishna.  The film depicted the life of Alluri Sitarama Raju,   known for his role in the Rampa Rebellion of 1922–24. Seetarama Raju, with a band of farmers, tribal leaders and other sympathizers, fought an armed rebellion against the British Raj in response to repressive legislation passed in 1882.

Alluri Seetarama Raju is considered to be South India 2nd Cinemascope after Raja Raja Cholan.   The film ran for 175 days and ended up becoming the highest-grossing Telugu film of the year.


Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy (31 May 1943) passed away today remembered by Tollywood for his acting, directing and production.   In a film career spanning five decades, he starred in more than 350 films in a variety of roles.  He was conferred  Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian cinema.  He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Congress party in 1989. Krishna began his film career with minor roles in films such as Kula Gothralu (1961), Padandi Mundhuku (1962), and Paruvu Prathishta (1963). He debuted as a lead actor with the 1965 film Thene Manasulu and went on to star in hundreds of  films spread across different genres including mythological, drama, western, fantasy, action, spy and historical films.    Notably in 2012, at the age of 69, Krishna announced his retirement from politics.  

Often we get to see ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’ film starring Mahesh Babu – son of Krishna. The plot follows Bharat, an Oxford university student who returns to India following the demise of his father, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.  Disillusioned by the corruption he encounters, Bharat decides to bring about a change in the system after becoming the new chief minister, eventually facing controversies and making enemies. The younger son of veteran Telugu actor Krishna, Babu made his debut as a child artist in a cameo role in Needa (1979), at the age of four, and acted in ‘Gudachari 117’ mentioned in green at the start.     

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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