Disney’s first ever direct telugu film Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu – casting – Sidharth, Shruthi Hassan.
Walt Disney productions entered into Tollywood to entertain all Telugu audience in a big way by producing a fantasy movie “Anaganaga O Dheerudu” in association with legendary director of tollywood cinema K Raghavendra Rao. This film cast Siddharth, Shruti Hassan and Lakshmi Manchu. In recently held press conference K Raghavendra Rao, Shruti Hassan, Lakshmi Manchu, Prakash Rao, Mahesh Sawant (Disney India), Swati Shetty (Disney India), Prasad Devineni, D Rama Naidu, SS Rajamouli, Gangaraju Gunnam, Shyam Prasad Reddy, KL Narayana and KS Rama Rao graced the function and shared there experiences with media.
Mobile games and IPad applications – Mahesh Sawant
Mahesh Sawant said, “It is a momentous occasion for 80 year old Disney to get into South India with a huge project. Disney is a worldwide brand. We used technology in this movie to take the available talent to the next level in South India. We are going to have mobile games and ipad applications based on this movie. We are in for a long journey in India and we welcome suggestions from everybody.”
The visuals of trailer are as grand as Magadheera – D Rama Naidu
D Rama Naidu said, “KS Prakash Rao was instrumental in the success of Suresh Productions as he directed for blockbusters like Prem Nagar. K Raghavendra Rao was supposed to make debut in Suresh Productions and it didn’t happen. I wanted to introduce Prakash Rao as director, but it didn’t happen. I am sure that Rana is going to produce the second movie of Prakash Rao. Rana and Prakash are close friends. The visuals of trailer are as grand as Magadheera. I never expected Lakshmi to be such a good actress.”
Trailer made of international quality – Shyam Prasad Reddy
Shyam Prasad Reddy said, “Disney is known for fantasy and fairy tales. As a kid I used to watch a Disney movie exhibited in Alankar theater every Sunday in Chennai. The first thing I did after landing in USA for the first time was to go to Disney studios. K Ragahvendra Rao directed one of the best fantasy in the recent times – Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari. Prakash Rao is a fantastic story teller and I am sure that he won’t go wrong. The trailer is of international standards. I request Disney to dub this movie in English as well. Lakshmi has a strong screen presence. She looks like a versatile and confident actress.Shruti is extraordinary on the screen.”
Our industry will benefit from the entry of Disney – SS Rajamouli
SS Rajamouli said, “Prakash Rao told me the script and the trailer exceeded my imagination. It’s a mind-blowing trailer. Telugu film industry will get benefited by the entry of Walt Disney. Lakshmi’s screen presence is bigger than that of her father Mohan Babu.”
Gangaraju Gunnam said, “There are no borders for arts. Disney and K Raghavendra Rao are erasing boundaries. This will take us to new level.”
Classic story telling with great visual effects – Siddharth
Siddharth couldn’t attend the press meet as he is busy in USA working for 180 film. He sent a video message which reads, “I am lucky to work with Shruti Hassan and Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the trump card of the movie. It is an extraordinary technical movie. Prakash Rao has a complicated and magical vision. Disney is an inspiring name. Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu has classic story telling with great visual effects. It has amazing action sequences which were choreographed by fight masters from Hong Kong and Malaysia. It has higher standard of graphics compared to what we see in current Telugu cinema.”
Lakshmi turned paper character into something iconic – Shruti Hassan
Shruti Hassan said, “ I would like to thank K Raghavendra Rao for keeping faith in me. Prakash Rao beleived in my abilities. Working for this movie is an unique and wonderful experience. Lakshmi turned a paper character into something iconic. I learnt a lot from Siddharth.”
K Raghavendra Rao and Mohan Babu didn’t want me to do this movie – Lakshmi Manchu
Lakshmi said, My husband Anand is the first reason why I am here today. K Raghavendra Rao uncle and Mohan Babu didn’t want me to do this movie. My brother Vishnu encouraged me a lot, so is my brother Manoj Manchu. When I was confused about how to do some dialogues in the movie, my father Mohan Babu helped me to come with right pronunciation and dialogue delivery. Thanks to all the technicians who made a lot of difference to this movie. Siddharth and Shruti Hassan are like two jewels in this movie.