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Mosagallaku Mosagadu: When NTR praised Superstar Krishna for his cowboy entertainer in 1971

NTR and Krishna shared a unique equation over the years, with a fair share of fallouts and reunions

Mosagallaku Mosagadu: When NTR praised Superstar Krishna for his cowboy entertainer in 1971
Krishna and NTR
  • Srivathsan Nadadhur

Last Updated: 08.28 AM, May 28, 2023


When NTR, ANR and Kantha Rao were ruling the roost in the 1950s and a major part of the 60s, Krishna, who debuted with Adurti Subbarao’s Thene Manasulu gradually carved a niche in the industry with his action entertainers, spy thrillers and light-hearted romances. Gudachari 116 was the game-changing film for Krishna and established him as a bankable star. Mosagallaku Mosagadu, the cowboy film in 1971 further cemented his position among audiences.

Mosagallaku Mosagadu, the Krishna-Vijaya Nirmala starrer, directed by KSR Das is getting ready for a re-release on the former’s birth anniversary - May 31. Commemorating NTR’s 100th birth anniversary today, the film’s team shared a special note that NTR had written for Krishna at the time of its release. It clearly establishes how the star had always had wise words of advice for newcomers and fostered their growth in the industry.

“I just watched Mosagallaku Mosagadu. The hard work, technical finesse in its film production and the determination to offer a new experience for viewers were visible in every frame. I felt I was watching a Hollywood film. I want to especially credit the cinematographer Swami and director KSR Das for his efforts,” NTR had written back in 1971.


“I hope this is the beginning of a new era where Krishna makes many such masterpieces with high technical values, rooted storytelling representing our culture. I take this opportunity to congratulate the entire team for their contributions,” he added. NTR, by then, had acted in a few films with Krishna already - Vichitra Kutumbam, Niluvu Dopidi and Stree Janma, to name a few.

NTR after the release of Gudachari 116 advised Krishna to focus on family dramas to widen his appeal among the female crowds. The star thanked for him the timely advice and it proved right with the tremendous success of Pandanti Kapuram, directed by Lakshmi Deepak. They later worked in films like Devudu Chesina Manushulu, Vayyari Bhamalu Vagalamari Bhartalu as well. While political differences caused a rift between them in the 80s, they buried the hatchet later.