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Rebel without a pause

J.D. Chekravarthy defends his movies and his moves



Upping the fear factor with Sushmita Sen in `Vaastu Shastra'

MANY FILMS old and a zillion controversies already...

Ramgopal Verma's blue eyed boy who fell from grace for his midday murder has put it behind already and says he has joined full time work at the `Factory' and is completely involved with his next project `D'. J.D. Chekravarthy's interference in the direction of Durga drew flak from a section of the industry. "Could be true. If I say Durga wasn't my passion I would by lying. Secondly I wasn't supposed to be directing it. In the first place why did they entertain me? At that point of time it was convenient for them. So when the film finally didn't turn out well they needed someone to take the blame and I don't mind that. As for Kasi, the movie wasn't released on time and it didn't turn out to be a tender love story as it was touted to be," he says.

Road less travelled

Unlike his contemporaries like Srikanth, Chekri didn't do many commercial films but stuck to a particular genre. "I have had some of the best films. Gulabi, Anaganaga Oka Roju, Satya, Shiva and now Vastu Shastra. We are both happy the way we went about our careers. We have chosen differently. He is happy doing Telugu projects and I am happy doing both languages. If Gulabi wasn't made I wouldn't be sitting here." On Madhyanam Hathya drawing adverse publicity, he says. "I have stressed that all those who were on the open forum didn't deserve to talk. They were all talking without watching the film. I agree the caption was a mistake not because the women protested. We pulled it out from all theatres in Andhra Pradesh. We made the film with genuine effort thinking it would be a super hit. This was a loss. We didn't sell, we distributed it. And we were into producing the Hindi version with Anil Kapoor in the lead called Jaan Bhooj Kar and shelved it. Ramuji felt that morally and ethically we shouldn't do it".

Chekri had earlier acted in Deyyam and now Marri Chettu is his next film dealing with horror.

He takes pride and waxes eloquent on Verma Corporation's products, "We have nothing more to do with the result of Vastu Shastra. It is out of our system. We have moved on to the next, Naach, which is slated for release on November 12. Right now 12 films are being made in Factory and five are in the pipeline. From the Verma Corporation, only four horror films have been made. In 15 years, these four horror films have created such an impact that people think we have some penchant for supernatural stuff. Marri Chettu's caption again is not a publicity stunt. It's an emotional horror film. Here our agenda is not to scare anyone. We don't try to inculcate fear".

This die-hard optimist is truly a versatile actor. From Shiva to Vastu Shastra, he has indeed come a long way and as his mentor puts it "Chekri doesn't act, he behaves." He does takes the onus of creating reality on screen and one must laud him because he has never let the audience down with his performances.

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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