Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari story at a glance
Mythological fiction- a sub-branch of this area of Telugu Cinema is another vastly explored genre where some stories of Hindu Mythology are connected to the current day of living. One such film which created a wave during the mid-70s was Sr.NTR starrer Yama Gola. It is not an easy thing to make a successful Mythological film. They have to be so plausible to view, that one should believe it is really happening in real. K.Raghavendra Rao- who is called as the undisputed trendsetter in Commercial Telugu Cinema, was already in the top notch directors of that age when Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari came into picture. His association with the phenomenal Jandhyala garu dates back to Adavi Ramudu, Vetagadu- where the mesmerizing dialogues with amazing comedy sense were written by the latter- added so much to the Commercial aspects of these films. Now it was time for Raghavendra Rao to get a trendsetting team of Commercial Cinema- Megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead, the no.1 actress (with Glamour as well as excellent acting skills) Sridevi, Maestro ILaiyaraaja for Music, Veturi in the lyrics department, and not to forget Jandhyala in the writing department.
Coming to the very brief story line of the film- The movie revolves around the good natured Hero Raju (Chiranjeevi) who is a tourist guide in Kondaveedu area of AP. He is good because he has the courage to fight bad happenings around him, and he looks after a group of orphan kids and takes proper care of them in every way possible. During a fight, one of the kids (Shalini) becomes bed ridden with disk prolapse. When Allopathy doesn’t help Raju in solving her problem, he happens to meet a sage who advises him to try out Ayurveda medicine instead. He explains about a medicinal plant in Manasa Sarovar Mountain at Himalayas and says it will surely help to solve the problem. But the sage also warns Raju it is humanly impossible to reach the place, because it is located in deep valley. But Raju takes it as a challenge and reaches Himalayan Mountain Range. Meanwhile, in Heavens- Indraja (Sridevi) , the daughter of Lord Indra requests permission from his father to visit Planet Earth along with her friends. It so happens that Indraja loses her magical ring in Manasa Sarovar during her visit and the ring is taken by Raju- who comes to get the medicinal plant at the precise time. The ring is crucial for Indraja because she cannot enter into Heavens without it, and she decides to return to Planet Earth and get back the ring from Raju. But as the story progresses by, Indraja slowly understands that Human race is not as gullible as she believed them to be! An evil wizard (Amrish Puri) is in constant search of finding a divine woman (Deva Kanya in Telugu) to get riches and heap of fortune.
The rest of the story is about whether Indraja gets her ring back and leaves to heavens or stays back in Planet Earth! It also shows the heroics of Raju in defeating evil and destroying the hopes of the Evil Wizard.
Chiranjeevi rocks as the cheerful tourist guide, considerate person towards the kids, an emotional lover, and an aggressive hero in defeating the evil forces. He literally shines like a star in every frame and looks like a million bucks during the songs. Sridevi is breathtakingly beautiful and completely believable as the Divine lady- not only in looks but also in histrionics, body language and expressions. Her innocent way of dialogue delivery works brilliantly for this role and Chiranjeevi’s counters for each of her dialogues is another treat to watch. Baby Shalini and Shamili acted brilliantly as the orphan kids taken care by Raju. Amrish Puri is fantastic as the evil wizard and he dubbed his own lines for the film. Tanikella Bharani, Rami Reddy, Kannada Prabhakar, Sangeetha are appropriate in their respective roles. However it was Brahmanandam, Allu Ramalingaiah and Janakaraj who offer ultimate comic relief for the film.
It is never an easy task to write dialogues for a film dealing with different worlds with commercial value and instant likeability factor. Jandhyala does it beyond perfection where the conversations between a youngster of late 80s and a divine lady from Heavens sounded so believable. Maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s Music and background score elevates the film to a new level with grandeur. Songs like Yamaho, Abbanee Teeyani and Priyatama became all time hits. Veturi’s lyrics added a new spark to the phenomenal music. K.Raghavendra Rao’s direction is crisp and excellent. Ashwani Dutt’s production values were of top notch and the film was made in an ultra grand scale.
Cast and Crew:
Evil Wizard- Amrish Puri
Vichitra Kumar- Brahmanandam
Funny Police- Janakaraj
Villian – Kannada Prabhakar
Villian’s Assistants- Rami Reddy and Tanikella Bharani
Tourist from Karnataka- Crazy Mohan