The film is all set to hit the screens on October 18. Its pre-release event was held on Sunday evening in Hyderabad. Angry Star Rajasekhar, Jeevitha Rajasekhar, director Anil Ravipudi, producer Raj Kandukuri, and young sensational hero Adivi Sesh graced the occasion as guests.
The audio album of the film is out on Aditya Music.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajasekhar said, “The title is catchy and attractive to youth. So many artists and technicians have produced ‘OGF’. I think this is going to have very good openings. I too am waiting for the movie. Many of us here on the dais have played cop roles. Myself, Advisi Sesh, among others. Abburi Ravi garu is a writer of gold. Writing is more difficult than acting. I used to think that writers walk away with very good remuneration. But it’s only after ‘Evadaithe Nakenti’ did I realize how hard is the job of a writer. I am here today on behalf of Sai Kumar garu. Aadi is a wonderful artist who works really hard. Success will be his with this film. If I like a story, I don’t charge remuneration depending on the situation. Cinema works on trust. I believe that one has to charge fee only if profits are made on a film. It would be good if everyone does the same.”
Adivi Sesh said, “It’s not easy to make something that people will remember. Credibility is very important. Coming to ‘OGF’, everybody has worked really hard. And they are all like my family. ‘OGF’ has already earned respect. I am going to watch it FDFS on Oct 18 with the audience.”
Jeevitha Rajasekhar said, “In the place of Sai Kumar garu and his wife, I and Rajasekhar garu have come here. Aadi is like our son. My both daughters are now into films. I am concerned with Aadi’s films as much as theirs. I have heard the story of ‘OGF’. It talks about the sacrifices of soldiers, among other issues. It’s a patriotic film that asks us to go beyond knowing about their sacrifices. Aadi is looking great in the get-up of an NSG commando. We have seen him as a lover boy and an action hero so far. For the first time, he has played an army personnel.”
Anil Ravipudi said, “I have come here not as a guest but as a family member. Sai Kumar garu called me up yesterday and told me to be here as a family member. Aadi has been working hard and very hard. I have known Abburi Ravi garu only as a writer. With ‘OGF’, I will know him as an actor. I wish that he earns good name as an artist and works with me. Saikiran Adivi garu’s movies are always good. ‘OGF’ must become an important film in his career.”
Raj Kandukuri said, “The title itself is extraordinary and the film is coming at a time when Article 370 is in the news. It’s a topical film. I wish the entire team all the best.”
Director Saikiran Adivi said, “We all know what happened to Kashmiri Pandits in the early 1990s. When I conceived this film, the first person I went to is Abburi Ravi garu. He did a lot of research on the issue. What happened to Pandits is really heart-rending and everyone must know their story. Abburi Ravi garu infused confidence in me when I proposed that the film has to be funded by artists and technicians. He told me to believe in myself. He is the film’s backbone, having helped me with script-writing, too. It took me three months to convince him to play Ghazi in the film. Rao Ramesh garu’s role is on the lines of Amit Shah. When I had Rs 3,500 in my pocket, Abburi Ravi garu gave me the strength to dare to do a Rs 6 Cr movie. Keshav, a close friend of mine from Australia named Asish Reddy, Vizag’s Damodara Yadav, my wife Pratibha, Padmanabha Reddy, and the film’s artists loved the story and decided to invest in it. I thank all of them. Without them, this project wouldn’t have been there. Sai Kumar garu said that the story has a lot of span and encouraged me. The reaction to this film will be like saying Vande Mataram.”
Abburi Ravi said, “When Kashmir is mentioned, we remember Pakistan, LOC, terrorism, conflicts, etc. But the story of Kashmiri Pandits is heart-rending. When we met eight KP families in Hyderabad, it was hard to fight back tears when we listened to their plight. A father and an uncle had to help a girl swim across a river, reach the other side of the banks and let her escape in some vehicle just so that she is alive. A rich family who owned 200 acres of farmland were driven away from their hearth and they had to sleep on roads just to b able to alive. We haven’t made the film to cash in on their hardships and the genocide of Pandits. We want to tell their stories to everyone. The villain’s role has been designed in such a way that he is not frightened even if death is dancing in front of his eyes. We learned about one such character and wrote Ghazi Baba. It’s now up to the audience to judge my acting. It’s not easy to be an artist.”
Aadi Saikumar said, “This film is releasing at a time when favourable winds are blowing across Kashmir. We have shot in extremely cold weather conditions. It was a proud experience to shoot in Kashmir wearing the NSG uniform. I happened to meet some Army members. If we are safe and happy, it’s because of their sacrifices. A salute to them. I had my doubts when I was offered this role. I couldn’t believe it. But Saikiran believed in me. This film has to become a big hit for him. I have seen so many failures of late. This film is very important to me. The audience will see themselves as proud Indians after this movie.”
Anish Kuruvilla said, “The film’s artists and technicians are its real heroes. This is an important story that everyone needs to be told. This is the first time that the plight of KPs has been told in a mainstream movie. Friendship, love and army backdrop are important ingredients in the movie. Saikiran garu has designed my character very nicely.”
Krishnudu said, “It was like a picnic to shoot in Araku and other locations. Abburi Ravi garu is looking like a terrorist for real!”
Manoj Nandam said, “I had to play a Pakistani terrorist despite being an Indian. Saikiran garu had asked me to keep meeting me now and then when he was undecided on roping me in. When he asked me if I can play a villain’s role, I prevaricated. But he made me feel confident. This film will give the audience goosebumps.”
Paarvatheesam said, “I have not gone over-the-top in this movie compared to my previous outings.”
Karthik Raju said, “It’s only because of the director’s talent and efforts that this film could be completed in Rs 6 Cr. This one is a cross-genre flick. I will be seen in the rom-com track. The story is based on true incidents, some of which will be revealed after the film’s release.”
Music director Sricharan Pakala said, “My journey began with a single song in Adivi Sesh’s ‘Kiss’. I have since composed the music for 25 movies. I thank Saikiran garu and Sesh on this occasion.”
Airtel 4G model Sasha Chettri, Karthik Raju, Parvateesham, Nithya Naresh, Krishnudu, Anish Kuruvilla, Rao Ramesh, etc are part of the cast.
Music is by Sricharan Pakala of ‘Kshanam’, ‘PSV Garuda Vega’ and ‘Goodachari’ fame. Cinematography is by Jaipal Reddy. Editing is by BH Garry. Action choreography is by Ramakrishna, Subbu Robin and Nabha. Lyrics are by Ramajogayya Sastry. Art direction is by Moorthy. Script Designing is by Abburi Ravi. Story, screenplay and direction are by Adivi Sai Kiran.
Produced by Pratibha Adivi, Katta Asish Reddy, Keshav Uma Swaroop, Padmanabha Reddy, Garry BH, Satish Degala, the film’s other artists and technicians. Co-producers are Damodar Yadav (Vizag), and Executive Producer is Kiran Reddy Tumma.