Today is the 50th anniversary of the ANR – Savitri classic “Aradhana”. The movie was an adaptation of the Bengali hit film “Saagarika” – *ing Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. The only catch was that the hero’s character in the movie is that of a blind man. Director V. Madhusudhan Rao narrated the story and convinced ANR to go ahead. ANR too after watching the Bengali movie agreed. When B N Reddy was shown the rushes midway through, he felt that the audience might not like their favorite hero to be blind. ANR even agreed to stop shooting. But better sense prevailed and the movie was completed and released. It went on to become a super hit. For all his efforts ANR was paid a princely sum of Rs. 25,000. The movie had a few other highlights. Raelangi Narasimha Rao’s “Dingu Taka” became an oft repeated phrase and the youth of the time could not have enough of it. The songs of Aradhna are evergreen – especially the lyrical “Naa Hrudayam Lo Nidurinchae Chaeli” which went on to become a classic in its own right.
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