Sarileru Neekevvaru was the first major movie to release in 2020 and it starred Superstar Mahesh Babu as the lead. The movie released just in time for the Sankranti festive season, a window when most Telugu people expect major movie releases. Sarileru Neekevvaru did not disappoint and went on to shatter all kinds of records and raked in fat moolah and is one of the highest grossing movies of 2020, so far.
Anil Ravipudi, who directed Sarileru Neekevvaru, took to twitter to share his thoughts as today marks the one year anniversary since he began shooting Sarileru Neekevvaru. Anil goes on to say it took him exactly six months to complete shooting for Sarileru Neekevvaru, which is a very quick schedule. As a part of his message Anil Ravipudi says when he began the journey for Sarileru Neekevvaru the picture just ‘began’ and in six months the picture ‘shook’ the box office.
July 5th – Last year this day started with saying "ACTION" to Superstar @Urstrulymahesh garu. Started shoot on this day and release in 6 months. "బొమ్మ మొదలైంది" to "బొమ్మ దద్దరిల్లిపోయింది" in 6 months. Thanks to my team and audience for this great experience#SarileruNeekevvaru pic.twitter.com/ag7SBEyhkw
— Anil Ravipudi (@AnilRavipudi) July 5, 2020
Sarileru Neekevvaru holds a special place in Anil Ravipudi’s heart so much so that he decided to name his new born son as Krishna, which is also Mahesh Babu’s name in the movie. Anil Ravipudi said “My son was born on the same day we had the audio function of Sarileru Neekevvaru. I considered that to be a lucky charm for the success of my film. Once the film became a blockbuster, my wife Bhargavi and I decided that it’s only fitting that we name our son after the character that has brought us success and prosperity (sic.)”
Sarileru Neekevvaru had Mahesh Babu and Rashmika Mandanna as the leads, while Prakash Raj, Vijayashanthi and Rajendra Prasad essayed supporting roles. The movie also showcased Mahesh Babu in a new light especially when the latter displayed his dance moves in the song Mind Block. Sarileru Neekevvaru was the first film to collect a ₹100 crore share in first week of Mahesh Babu’s career and apart from the Baahubali series record at the worldwide box office.