Kondaveeti Donga: A 1990 Telugu Blockbuster with 6-Track Stereophonic Sound
Kondaveeti Donga is a 1990 Indian Telugu-language vigilante film directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy starring Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti and Radha in main lead roles. The film was released on 9 April 1990 and received positive reviews from critics and audiences. It emerged as a blockbuster at the box office and became one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of the year.
The film tells the story of Raja (Chiranjeevi), an orphan raised by the tribals of Kondaveedu, who becomes a Robin Hood-like hero to fight against the evil landlords and corrupt officials who oppress the villagers. He is aided by Srilatha (Vijayashanti), an undercover police officer, and Srikanya (Radha), a home surgeon. The film features Amrish Puri, Rao Gopal Rao and Mohan Babu as the main antagonists.
Kondaveeti Donga was the first Telugu film to be released on a 70 mm with 6-Track Stereophonic sound, which enhanced the technical quality and audio-visual experience of the film. The film was also dubbed into Tamil as Thangamalai Thirudan and Malayalam as Kodanadu Kallan. The film's music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, who delivered some memorable songs such as \"Subhalekha Rasukunna\", \"Jhoommani Jhoommani Aade\" and \"Chamaku Chamaku Cham\".
Kondaveeti Donga is a classic example of Chiranjeevi's mass appeal and charisma as a star. The film showcases his versatility as an actor, dancer and action hero. The film also has some impressive stunts, choreography and cinematography that make it a visual treat for the viewers. Kondaveeti Donga is a must-watch for any fan of Telugu cinema.
Awards and Recognition
Kondaveeti Donga was nominated for several awards at the Filmfare Awards South and the Nandi Awards. The film won the Filmfare Award for Best Film â Telugu and the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film â Bronze. Chiranjeevi won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor â Telugu and the Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance as Raja. Vijayashanti won the Nandi Award for Best Actress for her role as Srilatha. Ilaiyaraaja won the Nandi Award for Best Music Director for his score and songs. The film also received awards for its editing, art direction, choreography and sound design.
Kondaveeti Donga was also recognized by various organizations and institutions for its social message and impact. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India in 1990. The film was also selected by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as one of the 100 Indian films that have influenced management practices. The film was praised for its portrayal of rural development, social justice, empowerment of women and tribals, and ethical leadership.
Soundtrack and Songs
The soundtrack and songs of Kondaveeti Donga were composed by Ilaiyaraaja, who collaborated with Chiranjeevi for the first time. The film has seven songs, written by Veturi Sundararama Murthy. The songs were sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra, S. Janaki and Mano. The songs were well received by the listeners and became chartbusters. The songs also showcased Chiranjeevi's dancing skills and grace.
The most popular song of the film is \"Subhalekha Rasukunna\", which is a duet between Chiranjeevi and Radha. The song was shot in Ooty and features some stunning visuals and choreography. The song was later remixed by Mani Sharma for the 2012 film Naayak, starring Ram Charan, who is Chiranjeevi's son.
Another hit song of the film is \"Jhoommani Jhoommani Aade\", which is a solo number by Chiranjeevi. The song was shot in a tribal village set and showcases Chiranjeevi's charisma and energy. The song was also remixed by Devi Sri Prasad for the 2014 film Yevadu, also starring Ram Charan.
The other songs of the film are \"Chamaku Chamaku Cham\", which is a duet between Chiranjeevi and Vijayashanti, \"Shiva Shankari Shivananda Lahari\", which is a devotional song sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, \"Sri Anjaneyam\", which is another devotional song sung by Mano, \"Kolo Kolamma Galla\", which is a folk song sung by S. Janaki, and \"Kondaveeti Donga\", which is the title song of the film sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.
Legacy and Influence
Kondaveeti Donga is considered as one of the landmark films of Telugu cinema and Chiranjeevi's career. The film established Chiranjeevi as a superstar and a mass hero. The film also inspired many other films with similar themes and elements of vigilante justice, social reform, rural development and action comedy.
Kondaveeti Donga also influenced many filmmakers and actors who admired Chiranjeevi's performance and style. For instance, Rajinikanth remade the film in Tamil as Mannan in 1992, with himself playing the lead role. Pawan Kalyan, who is Chiranjeevi's brother, paid tribute to Kondaveeti Donga in his 2013 film Attarintiki Daredi, by using the same disguise as Chiranjeevi in one of the scenes.
Kondaveeti Donga also has a cult following among the fans of Chiranjeevi and Telugu cinema. The film is often re-released in theatres and television channels on special occasions and festivals. The film is also available on various online streaming platforms for the viewers to enjoy. aa16f39245