us about Eeswar
is the quickest project I have ever made. Normally one expects
films, that have newcomers, to take a long time. Both Prabhas
and Sridevi are new and they are wonderful. I am glad I am introducing
both of them. The fact that I wrapped up this film in 45 days
shows how good they are. Once you see the film you would realize
how talented these kids are. They are going to stay in the field
for a long time provided they select their projects carefully.
far as my films are concerned, lasts two films did not run well.
I made Ravoyi Chandamama with Hindi film touch and the
audience told me point blank that if they would like to see a
Hindi film they would rather go and see a Hindi film and not a
Telugu film made like a Hindi film. For Takkari Donga,
I gave it a feel of an English film. The audience again said if
they wanted to watch an English film they would rather go and
see a true English film. Now I decided to make a Telugu film (giggles).
Deena Raj narrated the storyline to me, what fascinated me the
most are the characterizations. About two/three characterizations
run this film. I just fell in love with that. Eeswar is a character
who lives in Dhoolpet (Old City). He is a school dropout a total
brat who likes to hang out with his friends, having chai, sitting
on the bike and wasting his time. He never misses the first day
first show of any movie. He is an insensitive and very crude kind
of a guy. Then a girl walks into his life, who is a very soft
and sensitive person. She is a kind of girl who gets tears in
her eyes at the drop of the hat. She gets scared whenever somebody
raises their voice. The story is all about what happens when two
people like these meet up. By the end of the film, the guy gets
little softer and the girl becomes little bold. Revathy has a
crucial part in this film. Her characterization is also wonderful.
These are the three characterizations that drove me to accept
this script. It is a very thin storyline.
is a pucca Telugu film unlike my last two films. I am working
with RP Patnaik for the first time. When I had music sittings
with other music directors, we had the entire orchestra present
with us. But with Patnaik, its just a one-to-one meeting. He is
an RD Burman fan and I am an RD Burman fan too. We found common
ground there. He would start singing and I would join him and
that's how the songs of this film shaped up.
made all love stories so far. You are known as a class director.
I saw opening shot of this film where the hero mouths a dialogue
like "aa eeswarudiki moodu kannulaithe
moodu gundelu. Okati preminchataaniki. Rendavadi kshamainchandaaniki.
Moodavadi yeseyyadaaniki." Why are you attempting a mass
film like this?
dialogue was used for the muhurat shot and it is not there in
the film. Generally, the muhurat shots are not kept in the movies.
I have not departed from what I am good at. But this is a love
story that is set in the old city. All my films earlier had the
feel of upper middle class with glossy look. I felt that with
Eeswar I should show the love story that happens in slums
with raw look.
is it with the lengthy 'Love never hides. It always fights' caption
for this film?
moment we write something in English, the masses can't understand.
For the mass audience 'Eeswar' title is evident. This caption
is to tell the class audiences that there is something in this
film for them as well.
you think the hero hanging out with a bunch of buddies is a cliched
concept seen in many films like Seetakoka Chiluka, Prema Katha,
Toli Prema, Jayam etc?
teenagers hangout with their friends when they are in their teens.
Probably it may give some deja vu feeling but thats a common trait
of teenagers. Moreover , most of the films you mentioned have
school-going heroes. But in Eeswar, the hero is a school
dropout. He moves with a gang that has quite a bit of variety.
There is one guy called GK, who thinks that he is the best when
it comes to general knowledge. He thinks that he knows everything.
But in reality he does not know anything. And the other guys are
innocent enough to fall for his funny knowledge. When somebody
asks who Jadeja is, this guy would reply that Jadeja is a football
player. Other guys are dumb enough to believe him. All these characters
are very raw. But there is innocence in all these characters.
There is sincerity and honesty in the characters of hero and heroine
heard that Revathy is playing stepmother to Prabhas. Is that true?
She is doing the role of a stepmother to the hero and Siva Krishna
is playing the father's role.
hero like his stepmother or not?
should see the film to know that. Father, son and stepmother relationship
is the backbone of this film.
us about other debutant actors in this film?
convinced C Kalyan (Producer of Bharatasimha Reddy) to
act in this film. He is playing a cop. He has a hard face and
a huge pouch (belly), which made me cast him for the role of a
cop. In fact, I got a shirt made for him, which is so tight that
his white banian [worn under the shirt] shows up through the folds
of his khaki shirt. I also got my art director Krishna to act
as GK (a guy in hero's gang). He is a discovery in this film.
There are 3 more guys (Hari Krishna, Hanumanthu and Rambabu) whom
I picked up from few cultural shows. I screen tested lot of people
for different characters and I found that there is incredible
talent out there which is waiting for the right break and right
channel to get into. As I did not have more characters in this
film, I blocked few of those guys for my future ventures.
is the producer doing in this film?
is playing the character of a villain which stays in movie for
a very few minutes. We initially asked another technician to make
his debut through this film by playing villain role, but later
on he backed off by saying that he is not comfortable. (There
were rumors that the technician asked for this role was Raviraja
Pinisetty). Then we had to drag the producer Ashok Kumar to play
the villain character.
seem to have got your team of Deenaraj and Paruchuri brothers
back to you. Is it because of the failures of your previous two
Initially I got excited when Deenaraj narrated the story to me.
Since, Deenaraj cant write dialogues, and hence Paruchuri Brothers
stepped in automatically. It just happened like that. It was not
a planned one.
did you deviate from Mani Sharma for this film?
love working with various music directors, though Mani is a thick
friend of me. I worked with Mahesh (Preminchukundam Raa)
and Ramana Gogula (Premate Idera) earlier. I will be doing
a film with Mani immediately after Eeswar's release. It's
a learning process and by working with different people we learn
more. It's an enriching experience working with RP Patnaik.
for camera, Jayanan Vincent is the best guy to work with. But
I have taken Jawahar Reddy for this film as Jayanan migrated to
is the USP of Eeswar?
mentioned in a TV interview that he is known for melodious songs
as well as Teen Maar songs (like Gajuwaka pilla
and Ranu Ranantu). RP categorized Eeswar as a Teen
Maar film. I would like to borrow his words to quote it as
the USP for this film. There is tremendous energy from the first
frame to the last frame.
are the sales of the audio?
Chiranjeevi is starring in a film, his audio sales would be 2-3
lakhs of units on the first day irrespective of the quality of
the songs and the name of the music director. But for small heroes
and debutants, we can't expect good opening sales. Interestingly,
the audiomaker has got back to us by saying that the first bunch
is gone and he has taken orders for a second bunch. We are very
happy with the response. There are two Teen Maar songs. These
two songs are instant hits and there is one beautiful melody as
well. If the movie becomes a hit, all the songs would click well.
is the movie releasing?
releasing on 11th of this month.
you think Monday is an odd day?
we do not get good openings on Monday. But somebody told the producer
that it's a good day. Ashok is a very religious kind of a guy.
His guruji told him that Monday is a good day for Lord Shiva.
you have any special mention about Revathy's performance in this
have known her for a long time and she is a close friend. Here
is some exclusive news for idlebrain.com. She could be
directing a film for JFC (Jayant Fulkrum Cinergies - the home
banner of Jayant) very soon. She narrated a line which I liked
a lot. This is not going to be a commercial cinema. Its going
to be a Hinglish (Hindi + English) cinema like Monsoon Wedding
and Mitr My Friend. I am looking forward to it.
Tell us about your future films?
have old commitments that have been pending for a long time. I
have a Durga Arts film with Venky and Jayabheri film with Nagarjuna.
Mahesh Babu was here last night and we were discussing about a
film we are going to do for JFC in the next year. These are the
three films I am going to do.
big heroes are changing the directors left, right and center.
There is no firm commitment and assurance and everybody is eyeing
for directors who gave immediate success. Do you have any words
on this issue?
seems to be doing one definite film here. Earlier the hero, director
and producer used to get together and decide that they are going
to do in a project. Our heroes commit to so many projects at a
time that there is so much of confusion about it. Its not just
heroes. The same thing is happening with the directors as well.
Directors do not seem to believing the stars. The stars do not
seem to believing their producers and the producers do not seem
to trusting the directors. Its like a vicious circle.
new hanky system has come in. It's like a bus where everybody
throws their hankies through the bus window on the seats to reserve
them. That bus could be a director or a new hero or the producer.
If this bus is not leaving on time or if some other bus comes
there, suddenly these hankies come out of this bus and go into
the new bus.
is working on a project here. Everybody is working on different
proposals. This is not healthy at all and it would soon affect
the industry. It's good to have new producers, new directors and
new heroes coming in to the industry. But this hanky system is
affecting the industry. The director narrates the same story to
two big stars, which proves that certain directors do not have
confidence in heroes. I don't want the Telugu industry go the
Hindi industry way.
you watch any interesting Telugu film recently?
I saw Jayam and I was so much impressed with it that I
took Paruchuri brothers the next day so that they could also enjoy.
With a single thread, Teja ran the entire film very well. I was
so impressed with Teja's work that I called 20 people and asked
them to go and watch Jayam. The entire second half ran with one
point and the director sustained the interest. I also liked Idiot.
The hero's characterization worked out very well in that.
tell us the reasons why Takkari Donga failed?
me, it's a very good film. And Mahesh liked it immensely too.
I don't think any producer or director would come forward to make
such a film like that. Checkout the opening sequence in the film
and the climax. And Mahesh did terrific daredevilry stuff like
hanging down the train and climbing down the rocks using a thread
etc. I think people went to Takkari Donga expecting an
entertainer. They got a serious film. The funniest thing is that
I have a comedy track, which I took off due to length problems.
I observed that a few films like Hanuman Junction ran because
of a couple of hilarious comedy scenes. I had six scenes like
that which were canned on Surya, Raj and the dog. I did one wrong
step in that direction and everything went haywire. It's a great
film. I enjoyed making it. I watch that film on tape whenever
I find some spare time. Technically, musically and visually Takkari
Donga is the best film. I am proud of making Takkari Donga
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