Businessman Hexa Platinum Disc
‘The Businessman’ in the combination of dashing director Puri Jagannath and super star Mahesh Babu under Dr Venkat’s RR Movie Makers banner was recently opened in theaters and created industry record in the history of 81 years of Telugu Film Industry. On this occasion the film unit celebrated the Hexa Platinum Disc and the success meet at the same venue in Hyderabad on January 23rd.
This grand gala event was attended by Dr Dasari Narayana Rao, Krishna, Ram Gopal Varma, Mahesh Babu, Kajal, Puri Jagannath, Suresh Reddy, BVSN Prasad, SV Krishna Reddy, K Atchi Reddy, SS Thaman, Dil Raju, Gopichand Achanta, Ram Achanta, Bhaskara Bhatla and others. The function started off with the presentation of Hexa-platinum disc shields.
Later addressing the gathering Dr Dasari Narayana Rao said, “Super star Krishna was my favourite actor during those days while I like Mahesh Babu among the present heroes. The real festival began with the success of ‘Businessman’. Mahesh Babu delivered a block buster hit with ‘Businessman’ exactly at the time the industry needed. He is the only hero who proved the stamina of Telugu cinema thrice. It’s very common to Hollywood and Bollywood the collections crossing Rs 100 crores but I’m very happy to note that ‘Businessman’ is the first film to cross Rs 100 crores. It’s possible only for Mahesh Babu to do so. The success of ‘Businessman’ is the pride to Telugu film industry. Puri is one of those fine directors who completed the shooting in 76 days and made efforts to release the film in 120 days. He has become a trend setter to all other directors today. Both Puri and Mahesh have won the people’s hearts through ‘Businessman’. The real hero is he who believes in the director. No one can ever grow in the industry if he tries to put down the director. Mahesh Babu cent percent followed Puri Jagannath during the making of ‘Businessman’ and today they are seeing the success. I wish them to deliver many more record breaking hits in the near future.”
Superstar Krishna said, “When I saw ‘Pokiri’ I told that when Mahesh is uttering Puri’s dialogues it appeared to me like the film is going to break industry records. And it happened exactly the way I said. ‘Dhookudu’ had rewritten the 80 years history of Telugu film industry. And now ‘Businessman’ once again broke the 81 years of Telugu cinema records. In one way I personally feel that except Mahesh no one else can aptly deliver Puri’s dialogues. I wish many more wonderful films in their combination.”
Ram Gopal Varma said, “I’m actually not the inspiration for this film to happen even though I narrated him the storyline. I was amazed to see Puri’s making of the film. According to me there is no hero like Mahesh in India. He is the man who never bothers about others and does his work calmly which is the best quality in him. Two days back Puri narrated me the story of ‘Businessman 2’. The story is so extraordinary that I’m sure that the audience will say that ‘Businessman’ is a flop after watching ‘Businessman 2’.”
Mahesh Babu said, “I first of all would like to thank Thaman for such a huge success of ‘Businessman’ audio. I’m very happy to see Hexa Platinum Disc function after a very long time in Telugu film industry. I was immensely happy when I received message and phone call from Ram Gopal Varma after he watched my performance during the shooting in Mumbai. Infact it inspired me a lot to perform much better. Puri increased my image with ‘Pokiri’ and took farther with ‘Businessman’. I do not understand how to thank him in this regard. I thank my entire team members on this occasion.”
While speaking Mahesh has a small interaction with media. Here are few excerpts:
How do you rate the success of ‘The Businessman’?
The dialogues and designing of Surya Bhai character.
Do you think you have reached the No. 1 position?
I’ve delivered two consecutive hits. I do not want to talk about No. 1 position.
Ram Gopal Varma says that there is no hero like you in India. Your comment on this.
(smiles) What can I comment on this, however it gave immense happiness.
Who do you think is the tough competitor for you in Telugu?
Did you recommend Thaman to Puri?
I just told him that he is a good musician, that’s it.
What do you think about story of ‘Businessman 2’?
I’ve not yet listened to the script.
Any plans to enter politics?
He concluded saying my political knowledge is as much as my son Gautham's.