has become over night sensation along with Pawan Kalyan with his
debut film 'Toli Prema'. He introduced Bhumika Chawla with
'Yuvakudu'. Idlebrain.com has met Karunakaran in Bangalore,
when he was here to choose locations for his next film with Venkatesh
and Sonali Bendre. KS Rama Rao is the producer. The young, enthusiastic
and child-like director has spoken with us on various issues.
Here are the excerpts of the interview.
us about your background?
I was very much interested in movies since my childhood. My teacher
asked all the students in our 9th standard about what we want
to become. I told her that I wanted to become a movie director.
She asked me to explain what I knew about films. Immediately,
I started signing and uttered a few dialogues and did some mimicry.
I did do the Sivaji Ganeshan action in the class and all my classmates
clapped for my performance. We used to do street dramas. I used
to get saree of my mother and used it as the backstage screen
and used to get my father's photo and write on it that this play
is dedicated to my father. That was done to make sure that my
father will not get angry after catching me red-handed for doing
stage plays and using my mother's saree.
wanted to join films after my tenth class. But my parents did
not encourage me. They forced me to join polytechnic. At the age
of 18, after finishing my polytechnic, I came to Madras. Then
I started my career as an assistant director to Mr. Bhagyaraja.
I also worked with Shankar (Gentleman and Premikudu
fame). I did also work as an assistant to a few small time directors.
you face any problems after starting your career in films?
faced lots of problems. I struggled a lot. Lots of friends who
entered the career along with me returned to their home and joined
in other professions. I became a director and they repent that
they should have stayed back in this career. It took me three
years to understand how films are made after joining as an assistant.
I am basically a designer. I am good at drawing. Hence, I used
to work for ad agencies as a part-timer. I waited for the film
offer with a script (of Toliprema) in my hand.
do you conceive a film?
think of a basic story line. And then I prepare the narration
from the scene one to the climax scene. Once the story is ready,
I will narrate it to my friends and ask for their opinion. Then
approach the hero and the producers.
Toli Prema happened?
was in Madras at that time. I saw the photograph of Pawan Kalyan
on a Telugu magazine. I realized that the story is made for Pawan.
it really true?
Mother Promise! I liked Pawan Kalyan. I did not even know that
Pawan Kalyan is a brother of Chiranjeevi sir. It was a 7-month
process. I did not even know where the Hyderabad is. One night,
my life changed. Pawan accepted my story. I would like to sincerely
thank Pawan Kalyan for the opportunity given to me. After listening
to my story, he told me that he was waiting for Karunakaran all
this while! We have a very good attachment. It was a fantastic
the films you made were love subjects. Don't you make any action
age and experiences suit the love stories. Most of the scenes
in my films are my own experiences. I can't make 'Benhur'
now. I will get some experience and then make matured films. Since,
I incorporate the real incidents in my films, the audiences are
went right with Toliprema?
make the films on a basic assumption that if I like a something,
the audiences too like it. If I tell you a story and if you appreciate
it, the film will become a hit. If you say that the story is boring,
the film will be a flop. It's all the matter of luck. The people
liked the story of Toliprema. I am very happy for that.
went wrong with Yuvakudu?
climax of the film is based on a real incident. A Bihari soldier
called Sanjay Arora has unearthed bombs at 10 places in Coimbattoor
during the Advani tour in late 1990's. I was in my sister's place
in Coimbattoor at that time. People from all the religions and
castes treated Sanjay Arora like a God and gave him aartis.
have taken this incident as the climax and then worked the story
backwards. I created the mother, who does not want her son to
join army, as her husband was a victim of a war. But, if she sees
that incident of his son saving people from bombs and the entire
town making him a demigod, she would realize that love towards
mother country is more needed than love towards the mother for
any true son.
the people saw Yuvakudu film, they were in love mood as the film
goes on love-theme till climax and suddenly the story takes different
pace and hero is emerged as the serious guy. Hence people could
not appreciate the film.
an experience for me about how not to make to make a film. I should
have shown the serious angle of the film from the start of the
could have made that film on Sakhi style, where the climax
is slowing unveiling from the start of the film as the remaining
story is told in spaced flashbacks?
are right! In the opening shot I will have the military scene.
I will show Sumant sitting in military camp. He will be crying
by looking at her mother's photograph. When somebody ask him about
why he is crying, he will tell that he is an orphan (as he rejected
his mother). From there onwards, I will space the current story
and flashback appropriately and then end the film in the Coimbattoor
bomb blast. Then the element of suspense is present through out
the film. If the story narration were done in this way, Yuvakudu
would have become a super successful film. The story of the film
is very good. But execution was not done in the right manner.
are known for selecting the right kind of heroine for the right
kind of films. The heroines in your films become the most sought
after. What is the special care taken by you?
is no special care taken by me. They are acting for my concept.
Any girl is like a wonder. So with that inspiration, I mould the
heroine character. In the future, I want the people to refer to
any beautiful girl as Karunakaran's Heroine (like Bapu Bomma).
In all my films I dedicate five minutes to introduce heroine,
without disturbing the flow of the story. I make the audiences
get a very good impression about heroine in the first appearance.
First impression is the best impression. So, introduction of heroine
in my films is done with poetic thoughts.
the next film you have taken Sonali Bendre as heroine. She is
already established and most of the people know her very well.
How different you will project her as the heroine?
have my own style of executing things. The heroine only joins
me. I don't change my style to suit heroine. Hence, I will mould
Sonali according to the specifications of my heroine character.
You will see a fresh and beautiful Sonali in that film.
us about the film you are going to direct?
am going to do a pure love story with Venkatesh Babu and Sonali
Bendre. KS Rama Rao of Creative Commercials is the producer. Harris
jayaraj (of Cheli fame) is scoring music. It will have
a different story telling.
there be villains in that film?
are no major villains in that film. Only a few small time villains
would be there who are created for the effectiveness of the story
and to have a few turning points in the film. They are called
spot villains. They become significant only for a couple of scenes.
many days will it take to make a film for you?
of time would be taken to make the script ready. I make the story
ready and narrate it to friends and take their feedback to make
the changes. Then I prepare the storyboard. The shooting of the
film would take 5-6 months. The entire film will take a year to
come you are not directing any Tamil films?
am looking forward to direct any Tamil films. I like the Telugu
language a lot. And I like the receptiveness and tolerance of
Telugu people. Since, I got success in Telugu field, I have no
intentions of making films in other languages. I had lots of sweet
incidents in Telugu film industry. I am also a fan of Vishwanath
sir and Dasari sir. I want to make a name for myself like Vishwanath
and Dasari in Telugu film industry. Once I become old, I will
make matured films. Now, I am doing only love stories.
do you wear cap all the time?
That's because of my receding hairline. I don't have so much hair
to have the kind of hairstyle I would like to have. I want to
have hair like Pawan Kalyan. (giggles). Since the days of assistant
director, I started wearing the cap. Friends do tell me that I
look better with a cap. Hence, I bought different types of caps
and wearing them.
you take any extra care in music department?
my childhood, I was observing rerecording in films. I used to
do re-recording on my own my imitating the scenes and actors in
the film. I watch a film for the first time for its entertainment
value. I watch it again to mimic the artists. I always listen
to English music. I also pickup tune from them and ask the music
directors to score songs (remember a song inspired by 'Un Dos
Tres' in Toliprema?) I tell what I want with the rhythm
and tune to music director.
particular reasons for choosing Harris Jayaraj for you film?
is very potential music director now. He is going to enrich my
ideas with his music. It will become a great teamwork.
film you are going to make is with Venkatesh. How different you
show Venkatesh in a love story?
will see a new and fresh Venkatesh in that film. You will accept
my views once the film is released.
do you decide a hero for the film?
my earlier films, I worked on the script and then chosen a hero,
who fits the characterization. But for this film, we have chosen
the hero (Venkatesh) first and then started working on the script.
I like Venkatesh a lot. He is a very talented artist.
old are you?
I was married one and half year ago.
it a love marriage?
a kind of. I met my father's childhood friend after a long time
and I saw his daughter and liked her. I asked my parents to 'fix
the match'. I married the girl I loved at the first sight with
the parent's blessings.
you have any words of wisdom for the director wannabes?
is only one suggestion. ONE AIM. Have only one aim of becoming
the film director and forget the rest. You know about yourself.
No other person in this world knows your talent.
my example. I was very confidant that I would be successful as
the director. My parents did not trust me. My friends did not
have faith in me. Fortunately, my sister encouraged me.
is very important. Don't listen to anybody of you have confidence
in yourself. You will definitely become a big director if you
keep on trying and have confidence in yourself. Light the fire
of confidence in you. Keep telling yourself that 'You will do
it!' One day, you will become a successful director.