us about your background?
I am born in Narakoduru, a small village near Tenali in Guntur
district. Narakoduru has a long history in making of stage
artists. If Narakoduru's population was 2000 at that time,
1000 of them used to be stage artists. I completed my graduation
in JKC College, Guntur. JKC College supported me a lot financially
and encouraged me to hone my skills in extracurricular activities.
I won statewide competitions by representing JKC college.
joined Telugu film industry as an assistant to director Sagar
in 1994 for "Amma Donga" film. Since then I worked
with him for 10 years. In between, I worked for Seenu Vytla's
film "Neekosam". I wrote for a film titled 'Athanu'
with Sai Kumar. I also worked as a writer for music director
Chakravarthy directed TV serial 'Dondu Donde'.
got my first break as a director with "Manasutho"
in 2002. That film was an outright flop. I did not get disappointed
and worked positively for developing another script. I got
a chance to direct "Yagnam" and it was a big hit.
Later on I got many offers from almost all prestigious banners.
have you taken so much gap after making a hit like Yagnam?
I am working on few more scripts. I learn from my each film
and strive to do better in future films. I want to direct
a film which would become a bigger hit than "Yagnam".
Hence this break!
is your next project?
I am going to direct a film for Ambika Arts banner. This film
would star a 'top hero' of Telugu film industry. This film
would be launched in a few days. I would give complete details
about the film with the cast and crew.
heard that Ravindra Reddy (relative of CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy)
signed you as director for a film with a princely hero in
It is true that Ravindra Reddy garu signed me as director.
This film also has a big hero in the main lead. I will also
be making a film for my mentor Sagar very soon. He gave my
livelihood and treated me like a son.
seem to be going for big heroes after success of Yagam. How
do you handle the demands you face?
When it comes to handling heroes, there is no difference in
big and small. Each and every hero wants to act in a successful
film. All directors start their venture with the intention
of making a blockbuster. When our aim is to deliver a blockbuster,
everybody tends to chip in one's suggestions. And if it helps
in making the film better, I would not mind implementing them.
I have positive attitude towards filmmaking and I am never
driven by my ego. Hence I do not foresee any problem in handling
you got offers from prestigious banners, why are you doing
a film for Ambika Arts which is relatively less known?
Ambika Krishna offered me a film after I made the flop of
"Manasutho". I am a man with moral values. Hence
I convinced other producers about this commitment.
makes a director click?
I look into the story first. A good story must be told and
presented in an interesting style with neat screenplay. The
director should have complete grip on the proceedings of the
film. He also should have complete knowledge on 24 crafts
of filmmaking so that he could use the help of these crafts
in an efficient way.
kinds of films do like?
I like films with lots of emotions. I like all Subhash Ghai's
films as those films are driven by in-depth emotions.
seem to be having bad taste when it comes to heroines?
I cast Aditi Govitrikar (Manasutho) and Sameera Benarjee (Yagnam)
in the past. I will take care of this aspect for my future
a director delivers a hit for a reputed banner, the producer
is given more credit than director. Did you have a similar
experience for Yagnam?
What you said is true. But after watching "Yagnam",
one could see the signature of director in film's taking and
narration. If 1st half is a complete class film, the second
half turned out to be an out-and-out faction film. "Yagnam"
has put a stop to all faction films. After "Yagnam",
nobody would come forward to do faction films. Since the producers
saw the work of the director, I was able to get so many offers.
But at the same time, I cannot take the entire credit. The
producer Pokuri Babu Rao has a fair share of credit in its
is being remade in Tamil now with Satya Raj's son as hero.
compare filmmaking to gambling. How do you respond to it?
How can you compare filmmaking to gambling? Filmmaking is
a creative art that gives entertainment to the millions of
people. Film stars became CM's of states. Filmmaking is a
business that needs creative manpower. Every filmmaker wants
to make good films, but fail in the process. It does not mean
that filmmaking is gambling.
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