here for the 1st interview of Krishna Vamsi done by Jeevi
us how the story of Murari formed
are so many unsolved mysteries and unanswered questions that occur
to us directly or indirectly. Once I went to a temple in a village.
There is a very famous person in that village. He had three sons
who died under suspicious circumstances at regular intervals.
I went to that village 4 years after these incidents happened.
When I was speaking to the people out there, they said that the
big man has killed a worker from lower cadre by hiring some goons.
Then the wife of that killed person came to this person's house
and cursed that all his three sons would be dying with in six
months. That is what is called 'Usuru'. Since our childhood, our
parents tell us that we should do good deeds and we should not
allow anybody to subject their 'usuru' at us. If you take the
family of Indira Gandhi, four people were subjected to ruthless
killings (Indira Gandhi, Firoz Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay
Gandhi). I was intrigued by all these incidents. During that time,
I was at the altar of knowing more about spiritualism. I visited
temples and observed the architectures, sculptors. I also read
books like 'Yogi's Autobiography' etc. I meet highly qualified
people like Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry to enhance my knowledge
in various things. I also studied the visions of our ancestors,
who during their time have designed things like missiles, television,
always have an answer for any questions that start with 'what',
'how' and 'when'. But we do not have any reason or answer for
questions starting with 'why'. I had this kind of backdrop in
my mind and wanted to make a film. When a film in the combination
of Mahesh Babu and Krishna Vamsi was announced, I though I should
make all those mystic questions get a representation in this film.
Mahesh Babu's first film 'Raja Kumarudu' was a hit. His
subsequent films Yuvaraju and Vamsee are flops.
Mahesh Babu is the only hero among the current generation who
has all the qualities of the best hero. He is very handsome, 6
feet tall, very talented artist, excellent dancer and an extraordinary
fighter. Even before becoming a hero, he received such a huge
popularity and fan following that make others envious of him.
In spite of having so many excellent qualities as an artist and
individual, he could not deliver even an average film.
have seen around 3000 films. Except for the film Anand
(Hindi), no other film introduced a hero who would be dying very
soon. In our films, the storywriter creates a problem and then
introduces the hero to solve the problem. My aim was to go in
reverse trend and form the screenplay. When we were having our
story discussions, I said that Mahesh Babu's character would be
dying in the film and everybody shouted a big NO.
wanted to incorporate our culture and Telugu tradition. I wanted
the entire film to have a festive mood. When I was a kid, I used
to like the atmosphere that is built when a festival is being
celebrated in our village. I wanted to bring back those moments
in the film. Also, I used a joint-family backdrop.
that time, I met Mahesh Babu a couple of times. He has such a
'mugdha manohara mohana roopam'. I was impressed to such
an extent that I wanted to add 'Krishna tatvam' to that
film, as 'mugdha manohara mohana roopam' is the first quality
of Lord Krishna. Hence, the story of Murari is nothing but the
story of 'Lord Krishna'. If you look at the character and characterizations
of 'Murari', you find resemblances of Krishna, Yasodha,
Balaramudu, Sisupaaludu, Satyabhama, Rukhmini. People say that
Rakshasas used to come to kill Krishna at regular intervals. We
used that concept as death points in Murari film. In real, Krishna
is hurt by another Yaadava who presumed the thumb of Krishna to
be the eye of a deer. Sisupaludu is always jealous of Krishna
since his childhood.
Bendre's characterization in the first half is based on Satyabhama
and her characterization in the second half is based on Rukhmini.
That's why we incorporated Rukhmini Kalyanam in the second half
(where Lord Krishna takes Rukhmini away from her place and marries
her without the knowledge of her people). Lakshmi played the role
of Yasoda. Prasad Babu played the Balaram character. I gave Balaramudu
characterization to Satyanarayana also. The other Yadavas in the
film are the brothers and family members of hero. I combined the
characterizations of Sisupaludu, Karnudu and Duryodhanudu to form
Ravi Babu's character. We created two separated joint families
like that of 'Pandavulu' and 'Kauravulu'.
if you look at the background music and songs, you find the dominating
sound of flute, because flute is the instrument of Lord Krishna.
Just like the way Krishna had herd of cows (aalamanda),
hero in this film had an animal (elephant). It's not true adaptation
of Lord Krishna's life. But we got inspired by the characterizations.
I wanted to create the atmosphere of Brundavanam. That's the reason
why Mahesh is shown to be moving along with and surrounded by
girls/women and kids (just like the Lord Krishna).
you face any problems during the making of that film?
Absolutely no problems!!
the producer gave a statement that you increased the budget heavily,
without the need for it?
his problem and it's not my problem. He never said that to me
on my face. I know how much the producer has made on this film
and the entire industry knows it. Its an open secret.
my earlier interview, you mentioned that 'Antahpuram' did
not have even 15% of what you have imagined. And hopefully you
wanted to show at least 50% in the Hindi version (Shakti
- the power). But why did Hindi version become a flop?
still maintain that Shakti is a well-made film. After 'Sindhuram',
it was the most satisfying work for me.
an interview to a film magazine, you mentioned that you made 'Samudram'
because you needed some money at that point of time?
cinema! It's a worst film. I told you naa! I know how Samudram
should be. I could not make it the way I wanted to. It's the worst
film among all the films I made so far.
this your fault or producer's fault?
producer is responsible for the fate of my films. If my film is
a flop, it's because of Krishna Vamsi. I know what I want to make
and I will make it. I will not allow any producer to influence
or force me to make the film the way he wants. If I encounter
such a problem with the producer, I will leave the project half
you leave any of the projects half way?
No! I don't prefer to leave my projects. If things go to that
far I just try to warn the producer that I would leave the project.
Then the producer would listen to me. It happened a couple of
you tell me when and for which film, it happened?
I can't tell you that!!
did you get the idea of making Khadgam?
the times of Bombay bomb blasts. Since then I was wondering why
some people believe that this is not their country. And why crores
of public are silent even after looking at these gruesome activities?
Where is the mistake? Who is the cause for it? These were the
questions that were reverberating in my mind. If you have a question,
you search for the answer or the answer will occur to you on its
own. After finishing 'Shakti', I was pondering over the
subject for my next film and this became the subject.
had Hyderabad as the backdrop. Hyderabad is a religiously sensitive
area. When I started doing research, there were many connections
being unearthed like links with Pakistan and ISI. What is this
SIMI? I was getting information in bits and pieces. I went to
a jail in Hyderabad for research. There I found few prisoners
who were arrested on ISI activity-related case. 9 out of those
prisoners were Pakistanis. They over stayed in India. There was
no check on them. Remaining people were directly or indirectly
related to the ISI. The so-called militants who are killing people
are less educated or illiterates who are very vulnerable for these
kinds of misleading. Ultimately its politics that's making all
this possible. I did not touch that issue in 'Khadgam' because
its not one person. I can't pin point one person and say that
he is spoiling our country. We cannot find a solution that way.
It has to come from the people and with in the people.
in India has a right to say that somebody does not belong to India
on a religion basis. Whatever his religion be, Muslim, Hindi,
Buddhist or Christian, he is an Indian. Our country has thousands
of years of history. Though the western historians claim that
India has the history of 5000 years, the real age of India is
entire universe is born out of Omkaram. That is shown in
the beginning of Khadgam. The sound of Om is very sacred
and powerful. If you chant Om or listen to Om, you would realize
the power of it. So much of research has been done prior to the
making of Khadgam. That's why people reacted with so much
of response in theaters. Audience clapped whenever our tricolor
national flag was shown in the theater. Our national flag is not
a cloth of 3 colors. It has the characteristic history of thousands
younger generation is badly affected by M TV and Channel V culture.
Nobody is carrying forward the history and rich tradition of our
country. I felt that it is my responsibility to touch this point
and put a seed in their brains. Even if 1 out of 1000 go back
home and try to learn the history of India, my aim is fulfilled.
People should know what the real India is.
Rama is another prophet like Prophet Mohammad. He is not a God.
But ways of worshipping is different from religion to religion.
We worship him in this way. We admire and adore him in this pattern.
What is your problem? My problem is that nobody in this world
can question the Indianness and Indian origins. Since westerners
wrote the history, they wrote it the way it suits their own interests.
People say that Mahabharath happened 5000 years back. Ramayana
happened much before that. It is very unfortunate that we have
not documented our Vedas. Our Vedas have all the facts of Medicine,
Mathematics, Astrology, Astronomy or any other science which others
have claimed that they invented it.
think that I am a Hindu fanatic. I am not. If you see Khadgam
film, I presented the true Muslim in the form of Prakash Raj character
in a very noble way. Babar came to India in 9th century and British
people came in 16th century as merchants and started ruling Indian
in 18th Century, which means that Muslims ruled India for 1000
years. So many permutations and combinations happened. But the
serenity and sacredness of the Indian land remains the same. Even
Turkey and Persian kings came to India and they chose to live
here. Babar, Aurangazeb, Shahjahan etc felt that India is their
homeland and settled here.
current generation does not know about Sri Krishnadevarayalu,
Gona Ganna Reddy, Rani Rudramadevi, Jhansi Lakshmi Bai. Where
are we going? That's why I mentioned in a Khadgam song that we
worship Shirdi Sai Baba, who is a Muslim. He is a saint. People
think that if you go to Shirdi, your work would be done and your
wishes would come true. That's why people are flocking to Shirdi.
The religion factor does not work here. What matters here is the
trust and belief. Behind this belief, there is selfishness. When
it comes to personal problems, nothing matters. Lots of Hindus
to go Dargas and then put Muslim names to their kids. There are
so many things that went without any discussion in 'Khadgam'.
If I put all that matter in 'Khadgam', the theaters would
have been blasted by now.
many years will you keep on making this social based different
is no fun in making the same film again and again just because
those kind of films are becoming hits. As long as I have energy
I will try to dish out different films. If I become tired of it,
then I will make another 'Ninne Pelladatha'. I want people
to think beyond their personal interests and their families.
in the unit was afraid of Omkaram song in the beginning.
But people liked it and accepted it. They felt the magic of that
song when they saw it in theaters. The result of that Omkaram
song is the shouts and applauds the crowds showered when the Indian
flag was shown for the first time in Khadgam.
the first time, I am seeing the ariel footage of real Charminar
in Khadgam film? How did you get hold of it?
shot it clandestinely without the knowledge of anybody. I have
taken that shot from a helicopter.
there any problems with censor board before the release?
cuts were proposed and Khadgam got the certificate with out a
single cut. Everybody appreciated the film.
is the feedback you got after the release?
Whoever tried to create problems told the world openly that they
are not Indians. They said that they don't belong to this country.
I think Government must have noticed it. I strongly feel that
whoever objected this film are not true Indians. This film has
nothing against Muslims. In fact I supported Muslims. I fought
you get any threatening calls?
I got lots of them. But I don't care. I don't think my life is
such a cheap thing one that some xxxxxxx can decide on it. If
I have to die, I will die. But nobody can kill me. That way I
am very philosophical. If I have to die I will die anyway. I don't
need to make Khadgam to die.
is Babu in your film?
lot of them are there. But I clearly say that it is not intended
at any star. Take the case of Nagarjuna, Bala Krishna and Venkatesh.
These people were born and brought up in film industry and their
fathers are legends in Telugu cinema. Without those legends, we
can't imagine Telugu film industry. For the parents, its usual
to call their kids Pedda Babu, Chinna Babu etc. When these stars
were launched through their home productions, even the other technicians
started calling them as Babu. And they deserve to be called as
Babus. I do call Nagarjuna as Babu. I don't call him Sir. It looks
each and every hero who is coming up these days are asking to
call them as Babus. Actually it is not a satire on the heroes.
But it's a satire on the people who make them Babu's by calling
them Babu. If a new hero delivers a hit, all the people go to
them and start calling them 'Babu'. I condemned that culture with
Khadgam. I don't have to make a film to criticize any particular
must have met the entire babu's in the industry after releasing
Khadgam. What is their reaction?
They jocularly mentioned that 'kasi antha teerchukunnav kadaa!'.
I have not faced any unpleasant situation. I was questioning the
system, but not any individuals.
is a rumor that the scene in which Ravi Teja catches his girl
friend red-handedly with a director is based on a real incident
that occurred to you in real life. Is this true?
I heard this rumor too. Everybody has his or her own imaginations
about movie-related scenes in 'Khadgam'. It's all wishful
thinking. I talked about system. I have seen so many girls exploited
by the film industry. I personally consoled few of them as well.
My films are always extensions of myself. The scenes in my film
are directly or indirectly experienced by me or by the people
Khadgam logo was copied from the logo of Ram Gopal Varma's company?
Is Company logo similar to Khadgam? That happened without
my knowledge. My designer got different logos and I liked this
one. Anyway, Company is a film by my boss (Ram Gopal Varma).
It's okay even if we copied it. However, it was not intentional
from my side..
is the reason behind lifting Adnan Sami's Lift Karade song?
Adnan Sami himself asked us to lift the song by saying 'Lift
Karade'. That's why I lifted (giggles). Jokes apart, I liked
the concept of that song. Whenever we go to temple, we have such
a huge and ambitious wish list. I guess everybody identifies with
the wish list in that song. We tried so many different tunes,
but did not like any of them since the original song was playing
in our mind. Hence, we could not help but lift that song.
do the people get valued in film industry?
film industry, people give value for success, but not for talented
individuals. I personally feel that as a human being, you should
are the movies you saw recently?
saw Okkadu, Thottigang, Indra, Jayam and Bobby.
one did you like the most?
have a unique style of putting lighter-vein comedy for scenes
that involve tragedy and death?
When Mahesh Babu was stabbed by Ravi Babu in Murari, Mahesh Babu
hops and then soils the wound and murmurs like 'orey buchibabu.
Enthapani chesavura' etc.
2. When a bullet hits Jagapati Babu in Antahpuram, he smokes a
cigarette and hums songs.
3. When bullets injure Sonali in Khadgam, she talks in a lighter
vein with Srikanth while dying.
Actually the state of a man dying is called the state of delirium.
After you reach certain stage, your instincts and sub-consciousness
would be realizing that you are dying. But your brain and your
thinking would not accept it. At that point of time you would
be talking non-sense and super-sense as well.
have personally seen such experiences, read a lot about it in
books and I caught that kind of frames from English films as well.
are you getting married?
is a proverb in Telugu. 'Kalyanamochina kakkochina aagadu'.
is another rumor that you tend to fall in love with the heroine
of your film during the making of it?
love women and I respect them. Since I work with very nice and
glamorous girls, I would show some extra emotion towards them.
I always appreciate beauty. That's all.
heard you choreographed the 'Nuvvu Nuvvu' song from Khadgam?
song does not have any choreography. It has small movements and
sweet nothings. And this is not the first time I have done such
a thing. I also directed songs like ee velalo nenu (Gulabi),
ye rojaithe choosano ninnu (Gulabi), bike song (Gulabi),
Dreamgirl (Gulabi - me and Chakri did it), eto
vellipoyindi manasu (Ninne Pelladatha), Kanulalo
nee roopame (Ninne Pelladatha), Inka edo (Ninne
Pelladatha), naathoraa (Ninne Pelladatha), sahasame
(Chandralekha), Sakshi Sivanand song (Samudram),
jeep song (Murari), Pelli Song (Murari). I don't
like songs where hero and heroine dance with a group like recording
not something that is done only by me. Even Teja and Guna Sekhar
choreograph some of their songs
heard that Prakash Raj troubled the producer during the dubbing
of Khadgam. Is it true?
of that sort happened. All the artists have their own moods. Artists
are very delicate people. Their moods do fluctuate. Hence, sometimes
they behave in a peculiar way. We need to understand them, cajole
them and make them give their best.
are close buddies and we move around a lot Everyday is precious
to him. Even then he gave extra call sheets for Khadgam.
You saw him partying with me yesterday night. He is extremely
talented as an artist.
do you feel about the rise of Ravi Teja - your find?
Teja is not my find. Nobody finds anybody here. Directors cast
actors only because of the talent of actors and their suitability
to the characters. He is a good friend and I am happy for him.
And thanks to Jagan (Poori Jagannath) who made it big with him.
The credit should go to Jagan.
I interviewed you last time, you were smoking a lot. But now you
have limited yourself to just 2 cigarettes?
That's because I am going to gym on daily basis and doing exercises.
do you do after finishing one project?
sleep for a week to reenergize myself. Then I would be working
over some fictitious thing called script. Then I would try to
make others believe that it indeed is a great script.
us about your future films?
am just relaxing. You saw me at yesterday's party! That's how
my life is - partying. I have to take a decision in a couple of
are you not doing films with big heroes?
personally see no difference between a big hero and a small hero.
Even if I have something being planned with a big hero, I can't
reveal anything now.
can we expect a film with Chiranjeevi in your direction?
not in my hands Jeevi! It is not even in Chiranjeevi's hands.
TIME has to come and wait for it.
were in debts since Sindhuram. Did you pay back your financiers?
I am a debt-free man now!
you a partner in Khadgam?
was an announcement that Mahesh would be acting in a film by your
banner Andhra Talkies?
would have said it. But I never said anything related to it. Mahesh
Babu is my favorite hero. I am very fond of him. I would like
to work with him again. I don't want to make a film with him just
because the combination is available. I need to find a script
for it. At personal level, I should enjoy the project.
said you saw Bobby. Any comments on it, which was directed by
your protégé Sobhan?
of all, Sobhan is not my protégé. He is my colleague.
I was not protégé of anybody. We all work as colleagues.
We learn things from each other.
went wrong with Bobby?
lacks soul to begin with. Every other thing in that movie is a
consequence of the absence of soul.
you feel jealous when any of your colleagues earn more money through
don't want to earn so much money that I would become a watchman
to that. I want to have a free mind. I don't want any clutches.
I can earn money at any point of time, if I want to. Everybody
gets what he or she deserves.
of visitors of idlebrain.com have technical bent of mind
about movies. What should they do if they want to join you as
have eight of them currently. I can't accommodate more. Secondly,
I don't want to entertain people who think that they would become
good directors only if they work with Krishna Vamsi. What I mean
to say is that if you have burning ambition to become a director
and if you have substance and stuff in you to make it, nobody
in this world is going to stop you. You need not join big directors
to make it big. You can join as assistants to anybody and learn
the work. Ram Gopal Varma worked as an assistant to B Gopal for
a film. VV Vinayak and Seenu Vytla worked as assistants to Sagar.
If anybody wants to join, they should come to Hyderabad, roam
around and put their own sincere and optimistic efforts.
messages to the idlebrain.com visitors?
am not qualified to say any messages. But I tell you what I follow.
Be true to yourself. Seetarama Sastry garu wrote in Khadgam
that 'konthakalam nelakochaam athidulai vundaka'. That's
my philosophy of the life. Enjoy your stay as a guest on planet
here for the Part - 1 of the interview