Ashta Chamma

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Ashta Chamma
Ashta Chamma Poster.JPG
Promotional poster for the film
Directed byMohan Krishna Indraganti
Produced byRam Mohan P
Written byMohan Krishna Indraganti
StarringColours Swathi
Srinivas Avasarala
Tanikella Bharani
Music byKalyani Malik
CinematographyP.G. Vinda
Edited byMarthand K. Venkatesh
Release date
5 September 2008

Ashta Chamma is a 2008 Telugu, comedy film written and directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti. The film deals with four quirky characters interwoven in a romantic narration. The film stars Colours Swathi, Nani, Srinivas Avasarala and Bhargavi in the lead with Tanikella Bharani in a supporting role.[1][2] The movie is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest. Upon release, the movie received positive reviews and became a super hit at the box office. Colours Swathi and Nani's performances were the main highlights of this film.


The movie starts with a small introduction that all the female fans of actor Mahesh Babu were "angry" with him when he got married. Even Lavanya is one of them, though she is a die hard fan. Although her aunt Mandira Devi keeps telling her that it's not possible to get her married to Mahesh she pays no heed and stays depressed for days. Finally, she compromises with her aunt by demanding that her husband's name must be Mahesh. Her aunt relents and starts the search for the groom, though in vain.

Her neighbor, Anand, promises to help Lavanya by finding a seemingly perfect "Mahesh." Finally, as all hope seems gone, he meets someone named Mahesh accidentally in a bar. He becomes friends with him and sees that Mahesh is a classy, handsome guy. After "testing" him, Anand introduces Mahesh to Lavanya and the couple seem destined to be together forever. Then one day Lavanya reveals her passion for the name of "Mahesh" and she reveals the reason that she loves him because his name is Mahesh. After hearing the reason it utterly shocks Mahesh. Then in drunken state he shares the conversation had with Lavanya to Anand. The next morning, Anand finds a picture of a girl in Mahesh's wallet. The picture has a note on the back, addressed to a "Rambabu." Anand asks who Rambabu is, and Mahesh reveals the twist: his name is actually Rambabu.



Indraganti debuted with the National Film Award-winning Grahanam (2005) and followed it up with Mayabazaar (2006). While working on the characters, the story became more female-centric and thereby departed from Wilde's narration. After working on the story's draft of 225 pages for about two months, he began fine-tuning it for another few months.[3] The film was produced by Ram Mohan, his first production venture. Mohan, a management graduate from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, previously worked for UTV Software Communications. While Kalyani Malik was hired to compose the music and the background score, Marthand K. Venkatesh was chosen as the film's editor.[3]

The film is named after Ashta Chamma, a game from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The game, which is otherwise known as Ludo, was released as part of the film's promotion.[3]

While Indraganti wanted Bhumika Chawla to be cast in the leading role, he chose Colours Swathi in the supporting role. However, when he was unsuccessful in hiring Chawla for the film, he promoted Swathi to the lead role.[1] Swati held a good opinion about Indraganti, whom she thought to be quite an educated director.[4] After confirming Swathi for the role, Indraganti was scouting for three more actors to form the primary cast. During this period, Swathi completed the Tamil film, Subramaniapuram.[4]


Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards


  1. ^ a b Rajamani, Radhika (2008-09-01). "Taking on Oscar Wilde!". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  2. ^ "Interview with Mohana Krishna Indraganti". 2008-07-10. Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  3. ^ a b c Rajamani, Radhika (2008-08-04). "When ludo inspired Mohan Krishna". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  4. ^ a b Rajamani, Radhika (2008-09-01). "The transformation of Swati". Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-07.

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