MegaStar Chiranjeevi Choodalani Undi Movie Turns 20 Years.
The mighty Megastar Chiranjeevi’s blockbuster flick Choodalani Vundi has completed twenty years by today. Directed by Gunasekhar, this family cum action entertainer hit the screens on August 27 in the year 1998 and rewritten many Tollywood records at that time.
The combination of Chiranjeevi and producer Ashwini Dutt always turned out to be successful. To repeat the magic of their previous combinational Industry hit Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, these two are teamed up yet again for a family entertainer rather than a socio-fantasy.
Each Department has given their best resulting in accolades from all the corners of the United AP. The composer, Mani Sharma’s songs, went on to become a rage. Songs like ‘Ramma Chilakamma’, ‘O Maria’ etc. fetched him Nandi Award for best score and a Filmfare for the best songs categories. The senior most Art Director Thota Tharani’s sets won him another Filmfare award for the art direction. The director Gunasekhar became the star director with this movie, and he got the maximum limelight in the Industry.
Passed away acting legend Soundarya and Anjala Jhaveri excelled in their roles along with the Monarch Prakash Raj. Last but not the least, Megastar Chiranjeevi has showcased his all-around talents in this movie. From his trademark comedy with Soundarya to romancing Anjala Jhaveri to fighting with Prakash Raj, Chiru put his blood and sweat into this movie. It is the reason why this movie even after twenty years appears very entertaining and refreshing compared to many movies from that time.
The movie initially opened with a mixed response among the audience. However, Gunasekhar’s incredible narration and story won the audience over, and this movie got revenue of 14 crores in its full run. It was the Industry record at that time (surpassing Pedarayudu) and the career’s highest for every technician who worked for this team. The term “Industry Hit” wasn’t coined at that time. (It came into prominence a few years later even though Choodalani Undi was overtaken, a few months later, for 1999 Sankranthi)