Vijetha (also spelled as Vijeta) English: Winner) is a Tollywood film that starred Chiranjeevi, Bhanupriya and J. V. Somayajulu in the main roles. The film was directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy and produced by Allu Aravind. This film released on 23 October 1985. Chiranjeevi won his second Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in the film. The movie is a remake of the Hindi movie Saaheb which itself was a remake of 1981 Bengali movie of same name. The film was dubbed in Tamil as Dharma Prabhu.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||A. Kodandarami Reddy|
|Produced by||Allu Aravind|
|Written by||Jandhyala (Dialogue)|
|Story by||Ranjan Roy|
|Music by||K. Chakravarthy|
Madhusudhana Rao, aka Ravi (Chiranjeevi) is a wannabe football player, who would like to represent his country. Chinnababu is also the youngest son of Narasimham (J. V. Somayajulu). Chinnababu is in love with his childhood friend and neighbour Priyadarshani (Bhanupriya). Despite his father's efforts to stop him, Chinnababu's love towards football grows and his coach encourages him to participate in leagues. Priyadarshani supports him in all his endeavours. Chinnababu's younger sister's marriage gets fixed and they are unable to arrange enough money for the marriage. Narasimham asks his sons to contribute. But, his sons, who are controlled by their wives deny any help. Frustrated, Narasimham tries to sell his house. But, Chinnababu stops him in the last moment and sends him money, saying that his elder sister sent it. His sister's marriage is done uninterrupted, without Chinnababu's presence. After marriage, his elder sister arrives and denies that she sent any money. Surprised and shocked, Chinnababu's family later learns that Chinnababu donated one of his kidneys to save a rich man's heir and sent that money. Narasimham appreciates his son's efforts, for not even bothering about his football career and saving his house on time.
Most of the outdoor scenes were shot in Mumbai, where Saheeb was shot. Mukesh Udeshi helped the team a lot in the Mumbai shooting. Rohini dubbed Bhanupriya's voice in the film. Sreelakshmi, who played the wife of Giribabu, also had her voice dubbed by someone else for the film. K. Dattu, who worked for camera in this film as an assistant, worked for films like Shankar Dada MBBS later. Both Allu brothers, Bunny and Bobby, acted in the film. Allu Venkatesh appeared as Nutan Prasad's son and has a couple of dialogues. Allu Arjun, a two-year-old boy at that time, appears in two scenes as Subha's son.
Lots of discussions went into zeroing in on a title for the movie. Chinnababu was considered earlier, as both Bengali and Hindi versions had the male lead character's name as the title. There was also an advertisement in the popular film magazine Jyothichitra asking for title suggestions, and Vijetha won the majority votes. A lucky draw of those voter names was held and the winners' names were credited in the film too.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1985||Chiranjeevi||Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu||Won|
Soundtrack was composed by Chakravarthy.