Aditya 369, directed by Singeetam Sreenivas Rao, turns 30 today. This science fiction was released on July 18, 1991 and is produced by Sridevi Movies. It is the first Indian film based on time travel and Aditya 369 features Nandamuri Balakrishna, Mohini, Amrish Puri, Tinnu Anand and Suthivelu.
This is one of those movies where Telugu viewers were proud to present a new concept because you could potentially jump into a machine and turn the present into the past and so on. Words are scarce to praise Singeetham Sreenivas for his early ’90s imagination and time travel is a subject that fascinates all of us, including children.
The idea of such a thing is incredibly intriguing and holds a certain mystique that inevitably attracts us. And the success of Aditya 369 has proven it. The main pillar of the film also goes to Illayaraja for her beautiful BGM and songs. The film received two Nandi Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. It has been dubbed in Hindi as Mission 369 and in Tamil as Apoorva Sakthi 36.
Srikrishna Devaraya’s footage is still considered the highlight of the film and it’s amazing how the directors executed such a brilliant idea in a movie in the early 1990s. Singeetham said he read a book called The Time Machine by HGWells when he was a student. Aditya 369 was inspired by the same. The film is one of the best films of NBK’s career and it has unequivocally been one of the gems in uplifting the overall enjoyment of the film.
He’s thrilled to hear that this thought-provoking classic is still one of the most profound films ever made involving time travel and we cannot thank the visionary filmmaker enough for this masterpiece. Happy 30 to the movie that never bothered us no matter how many times we saw it!
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