Sobhan Babu Vajrotsava Vedukalu
Hyderabad witnessed the star studded Vajrotsavalu event of Andhra Andhagadu Sobhan Babu on Saturday evening. It was a grand successful function at Shilpa Kala Vedika with the presence of several film personalities of past to present and also the politicians. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy was the chief guest of the function.
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy attended the function as the chief guest. Other prominent guests were Darsakaratna Dasari Narayana Rao, Sobhan Babu’s son Karuna, erstar Krishna, Vijaya Nirmala, D Ramanaidu, K Raghavendra Rao, Dr K Vishwanath, Venkatesh, Krishnam Raju, Aswini Dutt, Srihari, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Vanisri, Sarita, Jayasudha, Jayachitra, Roja Ramani, Geetanjali, Kavitha, Anuradha Devi, P C Reddy, Parachuri Venkateswara Rao, Kodanda Ramireddy, Raviraja Pinishetty, K Raghava, K Murari, Nannapaneni Rajakumari, Ambika Krishna, Tammareddy Bharadwaja, Kondeti Suresh, Relangi Narasimha Rao, Ekambeswara Rao, Chegondi Hari Ramajogayya and others.
The Andhra Pradesh Sobhan Babu Seva Samithi organised this function with attractive cultural programmes followed by the financial support rendered to 75 poor students by presentation of cheques through Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, super star Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Vanisri, Saritha, Jayasudha, Jayachitra, etc. The audience viewed the AV presentation of Sobhan Babu’s speeches in several events. The AVs of several celebrities like ANR, Baapu, Sarada, Bhanu Priya, etc., who spoke about their association with Sobhan Babu were also screened.
Addressing the gathering Dasari Narayana Rao said, “Today is an unpredictable day. This function is to create awareness among the people that there are fans for Sobhan Babu also. He is the actor who delivered 8 blockbuster films in one year. After Dilip Kumar, he is the only actor who won 6 Filmfare awards continuously. I’m very happy to see this grand event being celebrated in the name of that great man. I appreciate Sobhan Babu’s fans for organizing this programme today. I whole-heartedly thank Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on behalf of Sobhan Babu’s fans for instantly accepting the invitation for this programme without asking the reasons.”
Superstar Krishna said, “Sobhan Babu is known to me even before I became a hero. He is a good human-being, especially he is a great friend of mine. I first informed him when I got the opportunity to do the film ‘Thene Manasulu’. He immediately blessed me and said that I would become a good actor. He is the most disciplined actor I’ve seen. Even though he is not physically present among us, he is still alive in our hearts.”
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy said, “It’s a pride to all of us that the fans are celebrating the 75th birth anniversary of the great actor Sobhan Babu. I came to this function as a fan only. The state government will always support the film industry. I would also take this opportunity to convey message to the people that the state government will support all fields possible. My best wishes to the organizers for their great efforts in doing this programme.”
Dr D Ramanaidu said, “Sobhan Babu is a very good actor who did 10 films on our banner like ‘Prathigna’, ‘Palana’, ‘Devatha’, ‘Mande Gundelu’, “Mundadugu’and so on. We used to call him as ‘Soggadu’ right from our early days. He is very disciplined actor and highly cooperative with the producer who never used to mind sleeping on a mat. May God bless his family with wealth and prosperity.”
Vanisri said, “Not just today but Sobhan Babu is always alive in our hearts. He is a very good human-being who never hurts anyone. He used to be polite with everyone, hence everyone used to address as ‘Mana Sobhan’. He is the only man who gained such a good name in the film industry. He is very calm and at the same time friendly. I used to pull his leg by calling him Bun Babu. He is the favourite hero for all the producers. Having grown in village atmosphere he set his house far away from film studios. One day he explained to my mother saying that he opted to build his house far from the film atmosphere only due to the welfare of his children. He wanted to keep his children away from it and provide good education and good future. I worked with him in several films. He is one hero who is very close to heart. So far I have never heard bad about him. I learnt a lot about personal life from him while working with him in the film ‘Evandi Aavida Vachindi’. According to him if we earn Rs 100/-, we should spend Rs.5/- for our entertainment and the rest should be allocated for the family and the remaining should be the savings for the future. It’s very difficult to believe that he is not among us. He will be alive in our hearts forever.”
Venkatesh said, “I always feel that Sobhan Babu is in my heart only. We discuss about him everyday in our home because I always follow his life-style. Sobhan Babu is the reason why I’m still continuing in acting. A few years ago I decided to take voluntary retirement like him. I even decided to go to Himalayas after meeting him. But he advised me to continue in films for some more years. Hence I’m continuing in films from then onwards. I thank the fans for organizing one such wonderful event today.”
Jayasudha said, “Only heroines can talk more about heroes. One fine day he came to Vahini Studios while I was shooting for a film. He said that Kaikala mentioned about you, so we will work together soon. Later I worked with him in 31 films. As told by Venky, he is always in my heart. I’ve lot of beautiful memories about him. All heroines would share their personal lives with him. He used to give five-star chocolate to everyone. Even though Sobhan Babu is not physically present among us, let’s consider that he is alive in our heart.”
K Vishwanath said, “I can never forget that I made him portray a de-glamour role in ‘Chelleli Kapuram’ film. I committed sin by showing the most handsome hero as an ugly man. But he has become very close to my heart. I lost a good friend. He has a small habit of putting his hand on heroine’s waist when the song is switched on. When asked why he would do that, he would answer saying that he is not able to get Laya otherwise. The 5 Nandi awards that he received brought me immense happiness in such a way that I received them.”
Krishnam Raju, Jaya Chitra, Vijaya Nirmala, Nannapaneni Rajakumari, Sarita, Geetanjali, Srihari and others and spoke on the dais and shared their thoughts about Sobhan Babu with the gathering.
Sobhan Babu’s son Karuna expressed his happiness and thanked everyone for their love on his father. He also thanked the organizers and the guests making the event grand and successful.
In the end the fans thanked the honourable guests and the audience for making the function a grand success.