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Allu Arjun, Balakrishna deliver rousing speeches at 'Akhanda' event

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The pre-release event of 'Akhanda' was graced by Bunny on Saturday evening. The film will be released in theatres on December 2.

Speaking on the occasion, Allu Arjun said, "I grew up watching the movies of Chiranjeevi garu and Balakrishna garu. It's a sweet moment to be here. Balakrishna garu is like a father figure. I was supposed to be the hero of Boyapati garu's first movie. I couldn't do it because I was doing 'Arya'. I have always enjoyed watching him row. His films with Balakrishna garu, 'Simha' and 'Legend', were big. 'Akhanda' is going to be unstoppable. Pragya Jaiswal is a very disciplined and hardworking actress. Srikanth annayya is so soft that I was surprised that he is a villain in 'Akhanda'. We are going to see a new Srikanth from now. Addiction to cinema and diction are Balakrishna garu's biggest assets. He can deliver pages of monologues with consistent intensity. After the great NTR garu, only he has been able to deliver dialogues so powerfully. He is always genuine and expresses himself as it is. He lives in a happy world of his own. During the pandemic, small films have some hope in terms of OTTs and other avenues. But big films are facing the real challenge. 'Akhanda' is the first major Telugu release after the second lockdown. So, it has to become a huge blockbuster. Please keep up the enthusiasm for 'Pushpa', 'RRR' and other films, too."

Nandamuri Balakrishna greeted his fans and thanked them for always showering their unconditional love on him. "I take success and failure with equanimity. Allu Arjun and Srikanth have played a variety of roles. Srikanth has got a very strong character in 'Akhanda'. 'Pushpa' should become a hit. Chiranjeevi's 'Acharya', Ram Charan and our Jr NTR's 'RRR' too should click. I hope the governments of the two Telugu States support the film industry. Thaman has composed a mass song. The re-recording has come out superbly," Balayya said.

SS Rajamouli said, "Starting with 'Akhanda', theatres should be back to housefull collections. I am confident that great days are in front of us. Balayya Babu garu is like an atom bomb. Only Boyapati garu knows how to wield him. It's a secret only Boyapati garu knows! I am going to watch 'Akhanda' on the first day first show itself. Thaman has composed fantastic songs."

Boyapati said, "'Akhanda' is going to make you happy. I thank producer Miryala Ravindar Reddy garu for sustaining this project for 21 months. 15 months were wasted due to the pandemic. Yet, he didn't shy away from spending money to ensure the best output. Balayya Babu had a bone dislocation just a day before the shoot of the only mass song from the movie. He danced nevertheless with energy because he didn't want his fans to be disappointed."

Music director Thaman said, "Balakrishna garu is like the Shivudu of our industry. He is a spiritual person. If he is the transformer, Boyapati garu is the one who supplies power to him. I was 12 years old when I played drums for 'Bhairava Dweepam'. I received a remuneration of Rs 30 for that job. Balayya garu's energy is peaks in the 'Jai Balayya' song."