The pre-release event of 'Sarileru Neekevvaru' was held at Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday (5th January). The 'Mega Super Event' was graced by Megastar Chiranjeevi as the chief guest. Mahesh Babu, Vijayashanti, Rashmika, Sangeetha, Dil Raju, Anil Ravipudi, Anil Sunkara, Sreenu Vaitla, Bandla Ganesh were among others who attended the event.
Speaking at the event, Bandla Ganesh said, "I entered film industry 30 years ago and I owe a lot to this industry. I got distracted recently (about politics) and I realized it was a big mistake. Anil Ravipudi offered me a funny role in 'Sarileru Neekevvaru'. Please don't call me 'Blade Ganesh' after watching the movie. Chiranjeevi garu is a man with a big heart. A megastar attending the event of another Superstar is a great gesture. I will continue doing good roles".
Vijayashanti said, "It was Krishna garu who introduced me to Telugu film industry and I'm very happy that I'm making a comeback with his son Mahesh Babu's movie. Mahesh is a very down to earth, sweet guy. He acted as a child artist in my movie, 'Koduku Diddina Kaapuram', directed by Krishna garu. I'm delighted to have teamed up with him once again for this movie. I never expected I will make my comeback with this movie. Anil Ravipudi made me sign this movie despite my reluctance initially. I've always tried to instill confidence in women through my movies. I will continue doing at and will act in good films. Good to see my hero Megastar Chiranjeevi attending this event. We acted together in over 20 films. I couldn't believe it is Mahesh Babu who has acted in this movie. His comedy timing and dance moves are excellent. This movie is dedicated to all Army people who are protecting us".
Anil Ravipudi said, "I narrated the story of 'Sarileru Neekevvaru' to Mahesh garu, when I was doing 'F2'. The confidence he has had on me has made me do this movie. Krishna garu is going to be seen in this movie. We can't reveal much about where he will be seen. It will be a surprise for the audience".
Chiranjeevi said, "Mahesh Babu looks like a very calm person but he has a hidden side. He is playful too. He is a very handsome and talented actor. I was intrigued seeing his first look in an Army Man's getup in a newspaper. I liked it and called him to say the same. But I couldn't believe they completed the film so quickly and releasing it for Sankranthi. I got to know that they completed the film in 5 months. I really appreciate the team for that. It will be good for the industry if all the star heroes start doing films so rapidly. I also asked Koratala Siva to complete our film in less than 100 days. Anil Ravipudi is a director who has a good command on humour. I liked the trailer. Anil Sunkara is a passionate producer. I'm sure they have made a good film. I am very happy to see my heroine Vijayashanti here. We acted together in more than 20 films. She was like a very good friend of mine. She used to live near our house in T Nagar. We shared a great bond. She was like our family member. But I don't understand why she made some bad comments on me after entering politics(Laughs). Though she made such comments, I didn't utter a word. That's the love I have towards her. Her glamour is intact. If Dil Raju touches something it becomes Gold and I'm sure this movie will be a big hit. I wish the other Sankranthi releases 'Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo', 'Darbar' etc become successful too".
To Chiranjeevi's question on her comments, Vijayashanti replied, "Movies and politics are different. I will ever be Chiranjeevi garu's heroine. We acted together in 20 films". Answering Vijayashanti's question on if he is ready to act with her now, Chiranjeevi said, "Why not?".
Mahesh Babu said, "Today is a miraculous day. Anil Ravipudi messaged me this morning that he is blessed with a baby boy. Our producer Dil Raju garu has become a grandfather again. He is blessed with a granddaughter. More than that, Megastar Chiranjeevi garu attending our film's pre-release event made our day. He is someone who has always encouraged me. I can't forget his inspiring words after watching my films like 'Okkadu' and 'Pokiri'. He visited the sets of 'Arjun' movie once and said that industry needs actors like me who set new standards. He makes sure to congratulate me when my film becomes successful. He was the first person to congratulate me after the release of movies like 'Srimanthudu' and 'Bharat Ane Nenu'. I hope I'll receive the first congratulatory message from him on 11th of this month. Vijayashanti garu exaggerated about me. We haven't given her offer to act in this movie. She gave us the offer instead. I'm really happy to worked with her again after 'Koduku Diddina Kaapuram'. I've worked with many directors. But never have I seen a director so positive as Anil Ravipudi. Fans have been complaining that I am not doing mass movies these days. I only do films which I like. I liked 'Sarileru Neekevvaru' concept and did it with Anil Ravipudi. I thank Tamannaah for agreeing to do a song. Rashmika hasn't irritated me as she said. She is very sweet".