Ileana, Ram Pothineni
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Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Bharani K Dharan
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Devdas story at a glance
Bhanu (Ileana) comes to India to learn classical Carnatic music in Hyderabad. She meets Devadasu (Ram) is a poor kid rose in slum areas. Both fall in love and decide to get married. But Bhanu’s father Katamaraju (Sayaji Shinde) who is Senator in New York State comes to know about this and takes back Bhanu to US. The rest of the story is how Bhanu and Devadasu reunite.
This film was made with a budget of 7 crores and its total gross is around Rs.17 crores. This film ran for 175 days in 17 theatres, including a 205-day run in Odeon 70 MM, Hyderabad.
- Hero Ram and Ileana debuted with this film In Tollywood.
- Ram was just 17 years old when this film released.
- Director YVS Chowdary saw Ileana in Fair & Lovely ad and casted her.
- Ileana refused lots of offers and blocked her dates for 1 year exclusively for this film.
- Chakri scored 11 different tunes in this film and Chadrabose penned lyrics for 11 tunes in a gap of 15 days.
- Shriya Saran sizzled in an item song and also did a cameo role.
- YVS Chowdary and music director Chakri too appeared in guest roles.
- Ram and Ileana both received FILMFARE awards in Best Debut category.
- Initially Prakash Raj was casted for Sayaji Shinde’s role. Later YVS opted for Sayaji Shinde. However Prakash Raj gave voice-over to the intro of characters in this film.
- This film was shot for extensively for 180 days including 40 days schedule of US.
- There were no takers of the audio so YVS released audio on his own label but later Maruthi music has come forward to distribute the audio.
- Since YVS launched new comers in this film. He printed 36-page invitation for muhuratam shot and 24 page invitation for audio launch.