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Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
K S Rama Rao
A. Kodandarami Reddy
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Abhilasha story at a glance
Late 1970s was an era with huge craze for Yandamoori Veerendranath’s novels in Andhra Pradesh. Telugu people admired his novels for the novelty, interesting characterizations, suspense elements and what not! His novels had not only a powerful hero but also strong female characterizations. It was during the early 1980s era a wonderful cinematic trio emerged featuring Chiranjeevi as the hero, Kodanda Rami Reddy as director and Maestro Ilaiyaraaja in music department. Abhilasha was the first film which was made from this combination and became an unexpected commercial hit, turning everybody’s heads towards this creative trio. The film is still termed as one of the best musical hits in Chiranjeevi’s career and his acting was compared to veteran Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor in certain key scenes.
The basic story line is from Yandamoori Veerendranath’s superhit novel Abhilasha which deals with abolishing the death sentence law in India. Chiranjeevi (Chiranjeevi) is a poor law practitioner who gets a chance to attend a top lawyer Sarvottama Rao (Rao Gopala Rao)’s party where he associates with the legendary lawyer and Archana (Radhika), a doctor. Due to his tragic past and personal connection, Chiranjeevi dreams of abolishing Death Sentence law in India and he discusses this topic with Sarvottama Rao. Meanwhile, Archana starts liking the honest and lovable attitude of Chiranjeevi and they both fall in love. Sarvottama Rao devises a clever plan of finding Chiranjeevi guilty of a murder which he doesn’t commit and then make the courts understand the shortcomings of the death sentence law. Chiranjeevi and Sarvottama Rao manage to get a woman’s dead body for this deed. But the plan horribly backfires and everybody starts believing Chiranjeevi is indeed guilty of the crime and he gets imprisoned. The police constable Sharma (Raallapalli) and Archana rescues Chiranjeevi from it and the rest of the story is about who was behind the murder of the woman and whether his dream of abolishing death sentence is fulfilled.
Chiranjeevi did an off- beat role as a lawyer in the film but this doesn’t mean he lacked commercial value. He was phenomenal in the songs with his electrifying dances.His performance when he finds out about the plan backfiring is fantastic. Radhika is mesmerizing as the female lead Archana and her on screen chemistry with Chiranjeevi proved that they both are the most unique and energetic pairing in Telugu Cinema. Rao Gopal Rao is at his best as the prominent lawyer Sarvottama Rao and he does brilliant justice to the role. Rallapalli is amazing as the considerate constable Sarma who tries to help Chiranjeevi as much as he can.
It is not an easy thing to re write a novel with added commercial elements without compromising the essence of the original source. Yandamuri Veerendranath did a fantastic job as the writer for the film. The dialogues are witty, funny and crisp during the key scenes as well. Lok Singh’s Cinematography is an asset for the film and he showed the beauty of Vizag brilliantly in every frame. His creative brilliance was evident in the fantastic filming of songs for the film. The beauty of Araku Valley, and the beaches of Vizag were amazingly shown. Music by Ilaiyaraaja is one of the major foundations behind the successof the film. Being a non Telugu native, it was amazing to see Ilaiyaraaja score folk numbers like Banthi Chamanthi, Sandhe poddhula Kaada with such amazing perfection. Eureka song became an anthem of 80s with SPBs energetic singing and drew the young crowds to theatres again and again. Kodanda Rami Reddy ‘s crisp direction makes Abhilasha an undoubted commercial classic.
Cast and Crew:
Sarvottama Rao- Rao Gopala Rao
Writer- Yandamoori Veerendranath