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About Neralu Ghoralu

TRUE CRIME STORIES

Neralu Ghoralu (Heinous Crimes) was a sensational and popular program in the ETV-2 channel of the Eenadu group. The program began to be aired during the first half of 2004. The highlight of this program was it dealt with crimes that had already taken place and had been solved - the TV show’s scenes depicted the crime committed in detail, as enacted by various artists, with a voiceover explaining and narrating the whole crime. Neralu Ghoralu can be compared to a Docudrama (Documentary Drama).

Neralu Ghoralu begins to air

2004

ETV-2

Neralu Ghoralu (Heinous Crimes) was a sensational and popular program in the ETV-2 channel of the Eenadu group. The program began to be aired during the first half of 2004. The highlight of this program was it dealt with crimes that had already taken place and had been solved - the TV show’s scenes depicted the crime committed in detail, as enacted by various artists, with a voiceover explaining and narrating the whole crime. Neralu Ghoralu can be compared to a Docudrama (Documentary Drama).

The chief editor of this program was Ramoji Rao. As program directors, Kemburi Satish Kumar and B. Srinivas (popularly called BS) presented each crime in one, two or three episodes, arranging for the shooting of the episodes under the direction of an episode director. A distinctive feature of these episodes was the voiceover by the late Nutan Prasad, a popular actor in the Telugu film industry.

 

Neralu Ghoralu becomes a top-rated program

April 2004

ETV-2

The episodes on actress Pratyusha’s death aired in April 2004 created a sensation, increasing the TRP ratings of Neralu Ghoralu, making it one of the top TV programs then. During that time, it attracted the attention of several assistant and associate directors in the movie and TV industries. They sought to be episode directors of Neralu Ghoralu. It is not an exaggeration that many enthusiastic directors got their skills sharpened by directing episodes of this program; for many actors and technicians this program helped not only in developing their skills but also in earning a livelihood. The moving force behind all these was Ramoji Rao who has always encouraged any talented person. To implement his vision, Satish and Srinivas were the right people in charge of the program.

Harinath Babu remembers his work as Episode Director

August 2004

ETV-2

In August 2004,with the encouragement and support of Satish, I, (my first time as a director), took the reins as an episode director for the top-rated TV program Neralu Ghoralu. My second story was “Repati Rowdylu” (Criminals of Tomorrow). It was about the life stories of destitute children who due to circumstances become criminals, with a moral conveyed in the end. With the help and support of many friends, it took me 15 days to do research on old crimes, search for actors from various schools (child artists), and shoot the episodes. 

 

The story of “Repati Rowdylu” was telecast in two episodes and became a top-rated show. Ramoji Rao praised my work and I received a special place as director in the Neralu Ghoralu team.

 

I feel very proud that among the children who acted in my story, one became a doctor and another an engineer. For two years I got the opportunity to direct some of the top stories in the Neralu Ghoralu program - I directed 20 about different stories. For one particular story, I also directed two songs along with the story. Music directors Sreekanth and Sridhar composed the music and the songs were recorded  and shot in Ramoji Film City. The episode became a huge hit and became a top-rated show, drawing praises from many - it is one of my unforgettable memories.