After all these years, Nagarjuna has opened up on the iconic climax kissing scene in his 1989 film Geethanjali. In an interview, the star revealed that he was scared that the emotional kissing scene would be chopped by the Censor Board and even expressed his anxiety to his late father and film star A Nageswara Rao before the film’s screening prior to the censor certification.
According to India Today, the actor recalled, “Before the show started, I told my father that there is a long, unbroken kissing scene that is very aesthetic. After the show, he told me that’s the best scene in the movie. He also assured me that no Censor Board member will remove that scene if ever he or she loved anybody.”
Geethanjali was a romance film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It had Akkineni Nagarjuna and Girija Shettar in the lead roles. The film had a strong technical crew with maestro Ilayaraja composing the tunes, PC Sreeram cranking the camera and B Lenin and VT Vijayan handling the editing. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and seven Nandi Awards.
Nagarjuna is currently expecting the release of Manmadhudu 2. He plays the lead role in this romantic entertainer which also has Rakul Preet Singh in the star cast. Interestingly, Nagarjuna’s daughter-in-law, actor Samantha, will be making a guest appearance in the film. A major portion of the film has been shot at some picturesque locations in Europe as the story is set there.
Manmadhudu 2 is directed by Rahul Ravindran of Chi La Sow fame. Those in supporting roles include Vennela Kishore, Rao Ramesh, Nassar, Lakshmi, Devadarshini, Jhansi and others. Chaithan Bharadwaj is composing the music for the film, which is being bankrolled jointly by Nag’s Manam enterprises and P Kiran’s Anandi Art Creations.
(Content provided by Digital Native)