Debut director K.B. Anand brings in his 15-year experience in making a clean movie, titled `Rendella Tharvatha'.
NOVEL CONCEPT A scene from the film, in which three heroes, a heroine and the director are making their debut.
It is high time the big league in the film industry concentrate on developing the infrastructure for film shootings in East and West Godavari districts, rich with verdant rural splendour and greenery. Vizag is a hot favourite destination after Hyderabad. Rajahmundry and Kakinada have the potential too.
In fact, the first ever studio in South India, Durga Cinetone was built in 1936 by Nidamarthi Surayya in Rajahmundry. With these thoughts, we travelled to Kakinada from Rajahmundry by road where the shoot for Surya Teja Movies' Rendella Tharvatha (After two years) is in its final schedule.
By the time we reached the beach, debut director K.B. Anand had completed work on Sarath Babu and Melkote. Sarath Babu plays a practical joker guru. Shifting from one location to another is as tough as shifting houses.
The dedicated unit hands are working at a brisk pace. It is these unheard soldiers of filmdom who make things progress smoothly on location. Chief production executive R. Ramakrisha Rao and his assistants took care of the respective units in the shifting of equipment, men and material. We now move towards a middleclass house in Kakinada.
Before branching out as an independent director, Anand had worked for 15 years with actor-filmmaker R. Narayanamurthy. "Though I am making an entertainer, I haven't left my progressive thoughts. You can find traces of them in the theme. It is a healthy, clean film without an iota of vulgarity, exposure or double entendre," informs Anand as we enter the house where the arrangements for the next shot are being made.
Sri Ram Gokul, Dhanush and Gopichand along with co-newcomer Sriji are listening to their portions from the director with rapt attention. Cinematographer Ramana Salwa is adjusting the focus to capture them in the frames. It seems a lot of pre-rehearsals went with the lead actors as the newcomers could please the director with just one take. That is one way of cutting down on the time and thereby the cost factor for low-budget movies.
"It is the story of three youth. They have a positive attitude towards life, and want to prove to be different from the other youngsters. They do not want to follow the footsteps of others but carve a new path. In the process, they commit certain follies that lead them to a challenging situation. Without compromising on their principles and commitment how they faced the challenge forms the main theme. By the way, the three youngsters are practical jokers and they meet the heroine who has also perfected the art of practical joking. It is this introductory scene with the heroine that we are filming now," informs the director.
Barring a few senior artistes like Sarath Babu and Melkote, and a few technicians like Ramana Salwa, the entire team comprises debutantes. "I am the only oldie debutante in the entire team," smiles the 50-plus director as he sees us off.
"The slab system comes at the right time and a novel concept can score well with such backings. We are planning to release the film by end of May," says producer B.V.S.R. Chowdary.
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