Many of us can easily recall the Telugu remake of the epic Hindi hit, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, the movie and the title song, and its Telugu equivalent number, Aanati Hridalaya. In a single song in the film, three long-lost brothers reunite in a melodramatic fashion. It also set up the greatest film leitmotif of all time, and the styling, of an emotional homecoming – a theme we love since its echoes with our great epic, Ramayana.
Hence, when it happens in real life, instead of a natural rapprochement in the relationship, it gets amplified with a heightened sense of drama because of a rerun of all those movie moments in our head, and a desire for a larger screen projection of the every day in all our hearts. For the cineaste folks, therefore, after a mega cinema comeback by matinee idol Chiranjeevi, an announcement that a multi-lingual will feature him, and his young brother Pawan Kalyan, better known as the Power Star, was more than just an announcement of a possible movie.
It was the setting of a context of a complete emotional tearjerker in the making – estranged brothers reuniting on screen, in life. As every Telugu person knows, industrialist, politician and producer T Subbarami Reddy can pull off amazing coups, especially when it comes to bringing cinema stars together.
Announcing Trivikram Srinivas as director for this reunion drama of a generation gives not only confidence that the coup will be pulled off, but that it will be brilliant and will have multiple threads – personal, emotional, social, political, and ethereal – all rolled into one plot, dramatic on screen, and creating possibilities for real life. A genius of a storyteller in Tollywood, a close friend of Kalyan, a magician of words, Trivikram can weave the magic that will not only be a hit but the greatest manifesto for Jana Sena, a la 2019. Since politics is a heady cocktail of cinema and life in the region, it is bound to be dramatic for all of us.
Now, for a slight chest-beating moment – almost on cue after my piece a few months ago, Tollywood star and legislator Nandamuri Balakrishna, elated with a humungous hit for a 100th movie, has announced a biopic on his father’s larger-than-life legend. As a son’s tribute to father clashes sometime closer to elections with a saga of brothers coming together, you can guess what impact it will have on the other parties.
Tailpiece: What should YS Jaganmohan Reddy do in such times? Sponsor a biopic on dad, the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy and make it grand. Simple.
(Sriram Karri is author of the bestselling novel, Autobiography of a Mad Nation. He writes for international media such as The New York Times and BBC besides organising debates at