The audio of ‘Premam’ was launched a while ago in the presence of Dasari Narayana Rao, Nagarjuna, PVP, and others. Besides the lead actors Naga Chaitanya, Shruti Haasan and Madonna Sebastian, the event was attended by the the rest of the cast and crew.
ML Kumar Chowdary said that it was a happy moment to Akkineni fans as well as others that the audio of ‘Premam’ was being released on ANR’s birthday. He released the song ‘Machi’
Lyricist Srimani said, “It was with ‘100% Love’ that I got introduced. I have written ‘Evarey’ and ‘Machi’ in this film. ‘Evarey’ already has been getting a very good response”.
Comedian Srinivas Reddy said, “I have a hilarious role in the movie. After watching it, the producer and others called me up to congratulate me. Madonna Sebastian will become a big star”. Fellow comedian Praveen said that he and Srinivas Reddy played Chay’s friends who are seen throughout the film.
Rajesh Murugesan, who composed the super-hit ‘Malarey’ song for the original, said, “Although I wasn’t actively associated with ‘Premam’, I respect the love you have for the movie”.
PVP said, “Love stories and Akkineni heroes have a solid relationship. Dasari garu played a key role in making that possible with the films ‘Premabhishekam’ and ‘Majnu'”.
Nandini Reddy said, “Chandu is the right director for this. I was jealous of Chandu when I came to know that he is directing the remake. I am one of the crores of fans that ‘Premam’ has. Chaitanya has a beautiful smile and heart. That’s why love stories come to him. A good love story needs excellent music. They already have it”.
Director Maruthi said, “It was Naga Chaitanya garu who first loved ‘Premam’. For many years, he wanted to come up with a ‘Ye Maya Chesave’. Chandu garu worked really hard to bring this out without losing the flavour of the original. This is going to be a big hit for sure. It’s already a proven formula. I have watched some of the songs and they have been very well filmed”.
Actor Nikhil said, “I have known Chandu for 10 years now. We both were assistant directors. He gave me a hit like ‘Karthikeya’ for which people still appreciate me. When he told me he would be remaking ‘Premam’, I was shocked. But then I came to know that Chaitu is the hero. Only Chandu could have done this film. Chandu entered the industry because he wanted to meet Nagarjuna garu at least once. He was inspired by the film ‘Shiva’. As a big fan of the original, I am endorsing the changes that have been made while remaking it”.
Director Sudheer Varma said, “I disappointed many with ‘Dochey’. I hope my friend Chandu will recompense for that”.
Director Kalyan Krishna said, “How so many kind of stories ANR garu might have done, he became known as a specialist in romantic movies for his generation. Same is the case with Nagarjuna garu. I wish Chaitanya will be like that for the current generation. Chandu Mondeti must have struggled a lot in adapting ‘Premam’. I hope he will get the result he deserves”.
Akhil said, “Watching the trailer and listening to the songs, ‘annayya’ comes across as the biggest lover. I can’t compete with him. I am happy that I haven’t watched the original. The music is sounding fantastic. Welcome to the industry, Madonna. Shruti is very talented. Thatayya garu’s blessings will be there forever”.
Gopi Sunder said, “Today’s real hero is Rajesh Murugesan. He did the music for the original. I am really honoured to have done three songs for this one”.
Ramajogayya Sastry said, “‘Premam’ has fans worldwide. Chandu has so much clarity. Karthik’s visuals are great. I have written ‘Bang Bang’, a peppy number”.
Vanamali said, “I have penned lyrics for ‘Manam’ and ‘Oka Laila Kosam’. I wish all the best to both Chaitanya garu and Chandu”.
Madonna Sebastian said, “I am really happy to be here in the presence of all the big names. Thanks to the directorial team, the production team, Shruti Haasan, Anupama. The Malayalam version has been very close to my heart. Being introduced with its remake in Telugu makes me happy”.
Chandu Mondeti said, “The reason why this film has been getting so much of buzz is because of the media. I will talk about the film after it gets success”.
Shruti Haasan said, “It’s a very special film. It’s not a remake, thanks to our producer and director. Gopi and Rajesh have given beautiful music. Thank you, Chay. He has been one of the best co-stars as well as friends. Please pray for us”.
Naga Chaitanya said, “Whether it’s hit or flop, it’s our fans who have been supporting me. I am here because of you all. This is a special day to Akkineni fans. We have adapted the original to suit the Telugu nativities. We never intended to correct the mistakes of the original or better it. All the technicians who have worked for the movie will received all-round applause. It’s only after started working for this movie that I came to know about Chandu’s abilities. I want to do an original with him. If China babu garu is making a film, I will do it without listening to the story. I am saying it with all the confidence that you all will like it”.
Nagarjuna, who released the song ‘Evarey’, said, “It’s Nanna garu’s birthday today. I thank everyone for the wishes/blessings pouring in from morning. ‘Evarey’ is such a beautiful song that I listen to it every morning. I recently got to know that the title has been chosen because love in Sanskrit, the mother of all languages, means ‘premam’. Serious talk aside, whose beard is better – mine or Chaitanya’s? When Chaitanya grew the beard for his role in the movie, I told him I will also grow a similar one for ‘Om Namo Venkatesaya’. After growing one, he tells me mine is better. ‘Premam’ is like a ‘Prem Nagar’ and a ‘Githanjali’. Provided censor formalities are done, the film will hit the screens on October 7”.
Dasari Narayana Rao said, “Today is ANR garu’s birthday. The relationship I and ANR garu had is well-known. It was a 50-year-long one. I directed him 27 times. There was no other director who made these many films with him. The record ‘Premabhishekam’ created is insuperable. If it so remains for another 20 years, it will have been unbeaten over a century’s time. Akkineni family is c/o address for love stories. Twenty-two of the 27 movies were love stories. That legacy continued with Nagarjuna. ‘Majnu’ has been the biggest hit of his career. Chaitu is continuing with it. I wish that continues with Akhil as well. Chaitu is no hero to me. He is like the last guy in your neighborhood. There is magic in his smile. Aa nuvvutho ne padesadu oka heroine ni. I don’t know what ‘maya’ that heroine did to him. With ‘YMC’ and ‘100% Love’, Chaitu proved himself. Love is eternal. Whatever may be the industry, love stories have unmatched histories. China babu (producer) is my friend. I made it to this function intentionally. Shruti Haasan looks like her mother Sarika. She is like Sarika’s replica. She did five films with me. Shruti in her first movie as a child looked the same way Sarika did in one of my movies. Shruti is a combination of talent and beauty. Chandu is an unusual director as proven by ‘Karthikeya’. I have watched the original version. Remaking is very difficult. It’s a double-edged sword. Music director Gopi Sunder is a wonderful talent. In ‘Oopiri’, the BGM is excellent. I compliment the entire team of this movie. With ANR garu’s blessings, this one should become a big hit. Akhil next should do a love story and it should become a silver jubilee hit”.