The audio of Sri Rama Rajyam, starring Nandamuri Balakrishna as Lord Rama and Nayantara as Seetha, was released with heavy fanfare at the Government Junior College grounds at Badrachalam in Khammam district on Monday evening.
The movie is produced by Yalamanchai Saibabu, and directed by Bapu. Over 10,000 fans from all over the state thronged the occasion.
Dr Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Ilayaraja, Balakrishna, Nayantara, Bapu, Swathi Balram, Murali Mohan, Paruchuri Gopalakrishna, Srikanth, Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao, Jonnavittula, Boyapati Seenu, Naginedu, Sagar, Dasarath, Bhupal, child artistes and others were present.
Much to the fanfare, Balakrishna ascended the stage in a dhoti, while Nayantara too was seen in a traditional silk saree, befitting the occasion. Akkineni Nageswara Rao unveiled film logo.
Audio CD was unveiled by Balakrishna, who presented the first number to Badrachalam temple priest Krishnamacharya. ANR and Balayya received a mammoth felicitation with giant garlands.
ANR said: "As I see our fans at the horizon, I feel gratified. When the producer came to me and sought me to do the role of sage Valmiki, I said that it would be difficult at this time when the girls are just ripping through with bikinis.
"He said that he had earmarked Rs 25 Crore for the project and Ramana and Balakrishna were ready for the project. At this age, I can never accept defeat. For the first time in my film career, I donned the role of Lord Rama. Later, NTR excelled in that role. Now, I am happy that Balakrishna, the Samara Simham of Nandamuri family, is doing the role. I am thankful to Ilayaraja for giving great music."
Balakrishna said: "I feel it is thanks to the grace of my previous birth that I am attending this audio function at Badrachalam here, where Lord Rama traversed the area with his holy feet. Ramayana is the manifestation of human ethics, endeavor and endurance.
"I sincerely wish that our film will herald a new wave of awareness among the young generation that reading Ramayana is essential for every human being to know the meaning of one`s own life."
He further said that he would not have done the role of Lord Rama if not for Nayantara. She brought the holy grace to the film as Godesss Sita Devi. "I thank all the team members, cast and crew, and all the people of Andhra Pradesh for their blessings."
Maestro Ilayaraja said: "My music belongs to people. I did the job for the people. In fact, it is very difficult to speak about music.
I am thankful to Jonnavittula for his lyrics. I still remember the days, when I watched ANR`s Laila Majnu at touring talkies when I was in third class. I wish all the best to the entire team."
Nayantara said that she was highly blessed for doing the role of Goddess Sita, and thanked the producer and hero Balakrishna for the unique opportunity.