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Ashta Chamma is a 2008 Telugu comedy film written and directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti. The film deals with four quirky characters interwoven in a romantic narration. The film stars Colours Swathi, Nani, Srinivas Avasarala and Bhargavi in the lead with Tanikella Bharani in a supporting role.[1][2] The movie is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest. Upon release, the movie received positive reviews and became a super hit at the box office. Colours Swathi and Nani's performances were the main highlights of this film.

Ashta Chamma
Ashta Chamma Poster.JPG
Promotional poster
Directed byMohan Krishna Indraganti
Produced byRam Mohan P
Written byMohan Krishna Indraganti
StarringColours Swathi
Nani
Srinivas Avasarala
Bhargavi
Tanikella Bharani
Music byKalyani Malik
CinematographyP.G. Vinda
Edited byMarthand K. Venkatesh
Release date
  • 5 September 2008 (2008-09-05)
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu

PlotEdit

The movie starts with a small introduction that all the female fans of actor Mahesh Babu were "angry" with him when he got married. Even Lavanya(Swati Reddy) is one of them. Although, her aunt Mandira Devi(Jhansi) keeps telling her that it's not possible to get her married to Mahesh, she pays no heed and stays depressed for days. Finally, she compromises with her aunt by demanding that her husband's name must be Mahesh. Her aunt relents and starts the search for the groom, though in vain.

Her neighbor, Anand(Srinivas Avasarala), promises to help Lavanya by finding a seemingly perfect "Mahesh." Finally, as all hope seems gone, Anand meets someone named Mahesh(Nani) accidentally in a bar. He becomes friends with him and sees that Mahesh is a classy, handsome guy. After "testing" him, Anand introduces Mahesh to Lavanya and the couple seem destined to be together forever. Then one day Lavanya reveals her passion for the name of "Mahesh" and she reveals the reason that she loves him because his name is Mahesh. The reason utterly shocks Mahesh. Then in drunken state he shares the conversation had with Lavanya to Anand. The next morning, Anand finds a picture of a girl in Mahesh's wallet. The picture has a note on the back, addressed to a "Rambabu." Anand asks who Rambabu is, and Mahesh reveals the twist: his name is actually "Rambabu."

Then Rambabu narrates his story to Anand, which starts at a village called "Lakkavaram." Rambabu is the village head and all people of the village treats him as a god. He has a sister called Varalakshmi (Bhargavi) (the girl who is in the photo which Anand found) and Ammaji (Hema) a caretaker to Varalakshmi. After his father's death Rambabu became lonely and he decides to take a break from his Godly image. So he went to Hyderabad and enjoys as Mahesh. He lied her sister that he was going to meet his friend Mahesh for a business purposes in Hyderabad and changes his identity to Mahesh and lives in fullest.

After knowing this, Anand decides to be loyal with Rambabu. Then suddenly Lavanya calls him and arranges a meeting with her aunt. Later in the meeting Mandira mistreats Rambabu as a roadside romeo and bangs him out. Then Anand advises Rambabu do not make any further move until he makes a plan.

Then Anand suddenly changes his plan and shifts to Lakkavaram to meet Varalakshmi. After meeting with Anand she falls for him at first sight. There Anand announce himself as Mahesh and starts romancing with Varalakshmi. Then Varalakshmi calls his brother and tells about the entry of Mahesh. Rambabu understands the situation warns Anand to leave his sister and he gave a strict instruction to Ammaji to look an eye on the both till he comes to the home. Meanwhile in a farm, Anand comes to know about the Varalakshmi's passion on the name of Mahesh. Anand became tensed and decides to change his name to Mahesh and meet Sarva sarma(Tanikella Bharani), an old bachelor priest who loves Ammaji, and makes an agreement for 2 lakhs to change his name to Mahesh traditionally. Meanwhile tensed Rambabu rushes back to home and warns Anand to leave his sister.

Then Anand encourages Lavanya to elope and invites her to Lakkavaram. Then Lavanya gives a message of eloping to her aunt through their maid and goes to Lakkavaram there she meets Varalakshmi and misunderstandings aroused creates a lot of chaos. After knowing Lavanya's arrival Rambabu became tensed and tries to stop her but it is too late. Lavanya and Varalakshmi understands that there is no person called Mahesh. They has been cheated by their respective boyfriends. Then Rambabu, Varalakshmi and Anand tries to convince her but all goes into vains. Then Lavanya decided to go back to Hyderabad but there is no buses to Hyderabad that day so there is no option left she decided to stay back with them for the next day.

To stop Lavanya, Anand makes another plan and he makes a call to Mandira who is just came from out of station unknowing of facts. Then after knowing the situation Mandira's best friend Amrutha(Madhumani) makes her confident. Then Mandira takes the call of Anand and decided to visit Lakkavaram. Meanwhile Rambabu also makes an offer to Sarva Sarma to change his name to Mahesh traditionally. Then he reveals agreement with Anand. Then the angered Rambabu quarrels with Anand and warns to leave the name, Varalakshmi and Lavanya to him. Later Anand and Varalakshmi reconciles.

Then Lavanya is ready to go back to stop her all the situation became a lot of chaos. Then Mandira enters the Rambabu's home and observes the sites and places of Rambabu accepts their love. But Lavanya does not want to forgive him. It becomes another quarrel between themselves. Then Ammaji has came back from pilgrimage(after Rambabu came back she went to the pilgrimage for peace).

Then suddenly Mandira recognises her and asks about the baby which she had stolen earlier. Then Ammaji reveals that her real name is Anasuya. Who once worked as a caretaker to a baby boy which she had left in railway station to watch Krishna Ghattamaneni for a while. After knowing the baby was missed the feared Anasuya ran away and worked in various places for 4 years and finally settled as caretaker to Rambabu. Then a sudden reaction came from Rambabu asks her any proofs then she tells about a pink towel with an alphabet 'A' wrapped on baby. Then Rambabu opened his private box and showed the towel to Anasuya then she recognize the towel is the same. Then Rambabu reveals that he is an adopted son to his father. His father found him in a train there is no details about the baby so he adopted the baby as his. He confessed this facts in his death bed with his son.

After knowing the truth Rambabu misunderstands Anasuya as his real mother but Mandira reveals that he is the son of Amrutha. After missing of baby she had been depressed a lot she took some time to become normal. Later Mandira informs about her son to Amrutha. Later all reconciles. Then finally Lavanya again starts to go back then Amrutha reveals that Rambabu original name is also Mahesh babu which they kept before he missed.

Then finally Lavanya accepts Mahesh's original name and calls him as Rambabu and they reconcile. Then Anand and Varalakshmi decided to get married with no objections. Then with the order of Rambabu, Anasuya accepts the proposal to Sarva Sarma and they decided to get married. Then finally the film ends with an interesting turn that Mandira reveals her secret crush on Pawan Kalyan.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Indraganti debuted with the National Film Award-winning Grahanam (2005) and followed it up with Mayabazaar (2006). While working on the characters, the story became more female-centric and thereby departed from Wilde's narration. After working on the story's draft of 225 pages for about two months, he began fine-tuning it for another few months.[3] The film was produced by Ram Mohan, his first production venture. Mohan, a management graduate from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, previously worked for UTV Software Communications. While Kalyani Malik was hired to compose the music and the background score, Marthand K. Venkatesh was chosen as the film's editor.[3]

The film is named after Ashta Chamma, a game from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The game, which is otherwise known as Ludo, was released as part of the film's promotion.[3]

While Indraganti wanted Bhumika Chawla to be cast in the leading role, he chose Colours Swathi in the supporting role. However, when he was unsuccessful in hiring Chawla for the film, he promoted Swathi to the lead role.[1] Swati held a good opinion about Indraganti, whom she thought to be quite an educated director.[4] After confirming Swathi for the role, Indraganti was scouting for three more actors to form the primary cast. During this period, Swathi completed the Tamil film, Subramaniapuram.[4]

SoundtrackEdit

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Nammalo Ledo"Sreerama Chandra Mynampati, Manasa Veena4:46
2."Hello Antoo"Sushma, Sri Krishna4:07
3."Aadinchi Ashta Chamma"Sri Krishna3:41
4."Thidathara Kodathara"Sreerema Chandra Mynampati4:22
5."Ashta Chamma Theme"Sushma3:16

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rajamani, Radhika (1 September 2008). "Taking on Oscar Wilde!". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Interview with Mohana Krishna Indraganti". Idlebrain.com. 10 July 2008. Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Rajamani, Radhika (4 August 2008). "When ludo inspired Mohan Krishna". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  4. ^ a b Rajamani, Radhika (1 September 2008). "The transformation of Swati". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008.

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