ELURU: It was a ‘mega surprise’ for the 10,000-odd inhabitants of Mogaltur, tucked away on the sea coast in Narsapur mandal of West Godavari district, with a midnight visit by its ‘son of the soil’ and actor-turned PR president Chiranjeevi.
Quite away from the din of the elections, he drove down to his birthplace and enjoyed the cool breeze and the rhythm of the sea waves with which he was quite familiar since his childhood days. However, none of the villagers got a glimpse of the mega star as the visit took place when the whole village was asleep.
Trip down memory lane
Mr. Chiranjeevi revealed his ‘surprise visit’ while interacting with mediapersons at Tadepalligudem. “When I reached Malkipuram near Tadepalligudem after finishing my road show in East Godavari district, I hit upon this idea to spend some time at my birthplace. Soon, I got off my ‘ratham’ and went to Mogaltur in a car which helped me take the trip down memory lane. It was quite a thrilling experience,” the PR chief said in elation.
Mr. Chiranjeevi visited Mogaltur nearly two decades ago in connection with a film shoot. “I like it (Mogaltur) very much, as I was born and played there,” an emotional Chiru said. Talking to The Hindu, Tangella Satyanarayana, who purchased the tiled house from his maternal grandfather in Mogaltur where Mr. Chiranjeevi was born, expressed dismay over the scrolls of Chiru’s visit being shown on TV.
Asked why he had opted for Palacole, instead of Narsapur under which Mogaltur fell, the PR president said; “It’s the decision taken by the elders in the party, keeping in mind certain equations.”