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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

PrajaRajyam - Chiranjeevi's Party

Megastar Chiranjeevi's new party is named Praja Rajyam. Just as the trend with Telugu movies, the party name carries a caption "Preme Lakshyam, Seve Margam" (The goal is LOVE and the path is through SERVICE)

Chiru declared his party name, agenda and flag today at Tirupati.

Chiranjeevi party flag is made up of two horizontal strips of White & Green. The white strip is 3/4th of the size of the flag. On the white strip, a red sun is placed with a Yellow shade.

The theme of the flag is "Nature".
The meaning of the flag:
White: Transparency & universal theme
Green: Farmers & Food (is there any minority connection?)
Sun: Energy of the Nature
Red colour of the sun: Change in the world
Yellow shade: Happiness

If you closely observe, the flag is nothing but Indian National flag with slight modifications. The white & green are seen directly. The Ashoka's wheel can be seen in the SUN. The Safron colour is seen in the Red & Yellow combo of the Sun & its shade.

Chiru made a passionate speech to inspire the crowd at Avilala ground in Tirupati. He send warning signals to his detractors by saying that "those pulling us back dont realize that we are arrows and if they pull us hard, we will race ahead faster"

Incidentally, Chiru's ideas are in line with (borrowed??) JP's (Loksatta) theme of Government being the trustees of excehquers and not the owners. Chiranjeevi concluded with a statement that reminded me Seetharama Sastry's Gayam Song: "Surajyamavaleni Swarajyam Endukani!!" Loosely translated, the poet is questioning the point of having a free nation if the nation cant be a good nation.

And yeah, Chiru Party's idea is to make this Swarajyam into a Surajyam!

Good luck Chiru.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Punadirallu - Fans and Friends of Chiranjeevi

Padmabhushan Megastar Chiranjeevi's Fans and Friends started a new website yesterday. The website is inaugurated by Chiru's maternal uncle Srinvasa Rao J.

The site will bring together all the people who dream of building a better world through ethical and social service.

Incidentally Punadirallu (English: Foundation/Stepping Stones) is Chiranjeevi's first movie as a hero.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Chiranjeevi’s political entry - Is it the right time?

I’m not talking about the timing of the event but the time of the event!

The superstitions, lucky numbers and muhurtham were major part of the news for the whole day. Everybody noted that, there seem to be special focus on number 8 (Aug 17 = 1+7 = 8 and Aug 26 = 2+6 = 8).

However, the muhurath is even more interesting. The Moon has just come out of eclipse, breaking the Kala Sarpa combination. From Indian astrology, the Lagna/Ascendant at 2:30 in the afternoon of 17th Aug 2008 is in a cusp. The Lagna changes from Scorpion to Sagittarius at 2:36PM. While the meeting was called at 2:30, the declaration actually started after 2:35.

Now, had it been at 2:30, Sun owns the Rajya and is placed in Rajya. Sun is not strong for this muhurath, and is positioned along with Saturn, Rahu, Venus in Rajya. Among this group, Venus overpowered all and became Atma Karaka for the chart. But this Venus is debilitated (Neecha) in Navamsa. Psst. The only saving grace is that Sun is exalted in Navamsa. I’m not comfortable in predicting the outcome of such an important entry done in this muhurath.

As the event happened after 2:35, we can as well study it from Sagittarius Lagna. Here, the Navamsa is terrific. Sun in Aries Lagna is exalted. Rajya lord Saturn in 5th house. Lagna lord Mars in 11th and looking at 5th house. Everything is perfect for a powerful political entry. But the problem here is that, in the natal chart, the lagna lord Jupiter in retrograde (Vakra). A vakra Jupiter may not be the best thing for such a political entry.

For both the timings, the partnership lord Venus’s debilitation (Neecha) in navamsa may create troubles with partnerships.

So, looking from all angles, the time doesn’t look right for a great political aspiration. It doesn’t necessarily imply the end result will be unfavorable. It may just indicate that the journey is not a smooth sailing.

For superstitious conspiracy theorists, Hariprasad’s untimely demise - while talking about Chiru’s political ambitions - is an indication.

Remembering Hariprasad

Today’s eenadu ( carried an article in which they reported that Hari Prasad was known for the famous song “Sivaranjani Navaragini”.

First the correction: The song “Siva Ranjani Nava Raagini” was from “Thurpu Padamara” and was starred by Narasimha Raju and Sri Vidya.

Hari Prasad along with Narayana Rao, and Sudhakar is a very good friend of Mega Star Chiranjeevi. All these folks did their film school training in Chennai. Other than watching him on small screen, the last I remember of seeing him on screen was in Gang Leader as a member of the friendship gang of the protagonist. It was an insignificant role, as was the other role that I remember in Yamudiki Mogudu. In that movie, Hari Prasad acted as a friend of the protagonist Kaali.

The third movie that I can recollect was Sivaranjani (that’s the movie name and not the song title).

Sivaranjani is all about a village belle who goes on to become a famous film actress. Sahaja Nati Jaya Sudha played the role. Remember that famous song that she sings while roaming around the village, selling the Ek Tara (the one stringed instrument)

Joru Meedunnave Thummeda,
Nee Joru Evari Kosame Tummeda?

The superb song got its life from the lead violin played by Music Director Mani Sharma’s father (YN Sharma). Coming to the topic, Sivaranjani goes-on to become a big film star. A small town boy forms her fan club and starts admiring her. Sivaranjani starts finding her true love in this boy and gives up her career as a film actress and escapes the trauma of limelight by settling down with this boy.

Hari Prasad played the role of that boy/fan and will be remembered by all Telugu movie goers, if not for his action, but for the two most romantic songs of Telucu Cinema that are screened on this unusual pair – Jaya Sudha & Hari Prasad.

One of the two most romantic songs is the title song of the movie:

Abhinava Tara O, Naa Abhimana Taara O!
Siva Ranjanee, Siva Ranjanee!

This was the song that Hari Prasad sings on a stage, in praise of his favorite actress. The Second one is:

Navami Naati Vennela Nenu! Dasami Naati Jaabili Neevu!
Kalasukunna Prati Reyi, Kaarthika Punnami Reyi!

While the lyrics & Ramesh Naidu’s magical compositions are remembered for these songs, Hari Prasad lives in these songs, as he is remembered for these two most popular and unforgettable songs of the Telugu film industry.

It was indeed touching to see Hari Prasad’s demise in TV9 interview yesterday. This gentleman was talking about the day’s top story, when he lost his consciousness and slipped off the chair into eternal sleep. May his soul rest in peace and god gives immense courage & support to his family.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ramulamma to join BJP?

Lady Amitabh, Vijaya Shanthi is all set to join BJP. She is in Delhi today and is scheduled to meet Advani tomorrow.

The talk is that, BJP has little ground in AP and is vying for Vijayashanti & Narendra to secure at least a couple of seats.