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Making waves in the US

Suresh Krishnamoorthy


Screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Marche Du Film’, Nagendra Karri’s film is already drawing attention




Nagendra Karri

HYDERABAD: From being a student of ‘Tiny Tots’, a primary school in Visakhapatnam, to a Bachelors in Computer Science from GVP College, another degree from Oregon State University and a Master’s in film-making from the University College of Berkeley, he has come a long way in life.

Suspense thriller

However, the crowning glory for 26-year-old Nagendra Karri appears to be “Where Are You Sophia”, a 92-minute, psychological suspense thriller on his home banner Eternal Mind Productions that he launched in 2007.

Written, produced and directed by Nagendra himself, it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Marche Du Film’ and is already drawing attention.

‘Where Are You Sophia’ is the story of a local newspaper columnist from a rural town called Highlands, where she mysteriously disappears, finally meeting a young and handsome Charlie from Jersey Shores. She takes him on a journey where he is introduced to the realms of the unknown, in the evil town of Highlands.

Rough childhood

Nagendra will soon be in India to promote his film and also announce his second film, a crime thriller titled ‘Mobster’, taking the viewer from New York to Moscow.

He is already discussing the story with Leonardo di Caprio (of ‘Titanic’ fame) and Eva Greene, the Bond girl in ‘Casino Royale’. He will also sign on some one from Andhra Pradesh for a role in ‘Mobster’.

Interestingly, this young filmmaker has already decided to set apart 20 per cent of his earnings to discharge his social responsibility. He will soon open an orphanage in Mumbai and has signed an MoU with Orphans International Worldwide for the facility which will look after 200 children.

“I had a rough childhood growing up in India. My father left us when I was an infant and though I was never orphaned, I clearly felt an enormous bond with those less fortunate than me. It was never easy to fight against the odds, but my mother showed me the way,” Nagendra says.

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