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Encore 'Nuvve Kavali'

THERE WAS enough vegetation to cool the area. But the concrete all around generated heat that made the gathering restless. They apparently didn't seem to feel it for the words on everybody's lips in Ramoji Film City was `Nuvve Kavali'.

The amphitheatre was chock-full of people who were there to see their favourite stars at the victory celebrations of the movie which is running for 228 days at 12 centres. Industrywallahs say it has surpassed even the Balakrishna-starrer `Narasimha Naidu'. But no one seemed to be overly interested in talking about figures.

Everyone spoke about the film and the hard work put in by the unit - right from the light boy to the lead star and of course Ushakiron Movies and Ramoji Rao who was known for his "clean family entertainers". The number of speakers was endless and the flood of accolades did not appear to recede.

The ever-affable S.P. Balasubramanyam compered the three-hour long event. While the chief attraction was from megastar Chiranjeevi, the stars present included Tarun and Richa Pallod, Sai Kiran, Varsha and a host of others who acted in the movie.

Bigwigs like D. Rama Naidu, M.S. Reddy, D.V.S. Raju, V.B. Rajendra Prasad, K. Raghavendra Rao and the Film Development Corporation Chairman, Muralimohan, were all there. They were all praise for film director K. Vijayabhaskar, associate producer `Sravanthi' Ravikishore, music director Saluru Koti and cinematographer Hari Anumolu.

Special mention was made of the lyrics by Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry and Bhuvanachandra and dialogues by Trivikram Srinivas. It was celebration time and the crowd had its fill. When it was over at about 10 p.m., the stars willingly obliged autograph hunters. But once the session was over the stars were suddenly deserted, as the crowds made a beeline for the buffet tables.

By Suresh Krishnamoorthy

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