us about your background?
I was working for Anjana Productions as an executive producer
right from Bavagaru Bagunara to Gudumba Shankar.
I had an experience of around 10 years in production. I am
also a relative (brother in law) of Naga Babu.
did 10 - The Strangers come into being?
The director Rajesh Touchriver who had earlier made a film
"In the name of Buddha" is a close friend
of mine. He has worked in the art department for our film
Bavagaru Bagunara and he told me this script. As he
is a student of London school of Drama and has been actively
into arts, he used to tell me different kind of scripts. During
which time he told me a small story line and after Gudumba
Shankar I was free and we worked on the script of this
What can an audience expect from this film?
It is a Tantrik thriller and has a lot of suspense in the
story line. It is basically a story of 10 different kinds
of strangers coming together on a rainy night at a resort
on the outskirts of the town and then the story picks up pace.
One by one the people keep getting bumped off and it is a
basic, 'Who did it?' kind of a movie.
story line of the film sounds very similar to an English film
Identity and recently released Hindi film Khamoshh
Actually even Khamoshh has drawn its inspiration
from an English film called Identity. We have taken
an English play as an inspiration, which was taken as base
for Identity film.
nativity be a problem for the film?
No, it is a very simple thriller and suspense oriented film.
The story is about a psychotic killer. We have taken the necessary
precautions related to nativity problems.
it true that the film is going to be released in other languages
and not only in Telugu?
Yes the film will be released in more than one language.
It is being made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. But it will be
released in Telugu first and on April 29. Then we will release
the other versions. In Telugu we are releasing with just 15-20
prints that is because we are planning to cater mostly to
the multi-plex kind of crowds.
is the budget of the film?
People will not believe even if I told them, the film was
complete with a budget of Rs. 45 Lakhs and that includes the
film in all the three languages. So comparing it with Khamoshh..
would be wrong as that film was made with a big budget of
Rs. 7-8 Crores.
is the star cast of 10 - The strangers?
That is the best part of the film except for Nagbabu as a
criminal, Nasar as a Psychiatrist and Brahmaji, the remaining
cast is strangers. Jyothirmayee - an award winning actress
from Malayalam - is also doing a crucial role.
Ashish Vidyarthi supposed to do the role played by Nasar?
Yes, that is right but due to some problems with the dates
we were unable to take him. But Nasar is one of the finest
actors that we have so there was no trouble in taking him.
long did the shooting of the film take place and where was
The whole film was shot in just 21 days and it was shot mostly
in Rock Castle, Hyderabad in night times. The whole film is
going to last for just under two hours.
could you manage with a film in three languages with such
a low budget?
We never went back on the technical values of the film. They
are just as good as the remaining films. We were able to cut
down on costs, as there are no big stars except a few mentioned
earlier. And we suck to the script as it was; we went into
shooting with the whole script prepared and ready for action.
And as the stars were only small actors we got them to rehearse
a few days before shooting, so most of the scenes were single
takes and that saved a lot on raw film. And hence a low budget
was it working with the director?
When he told me the story it sounded very simple and dull,
but when he brought it onto celluloid it turned out to be
something that I had not expected. His style of narration
is totally different and we had a problem as he is basically
a malyali and language was a barrier. Listening to the script
of his earlier film also I was impressed by him.
about the music of the film?
There is only one song in the film and Subi Francis who has
earlier worked on a few private albums has provided the music
for it. The background score was provided by Rajamani who
had earlier worked for "In the name of Buddha".
Background is the main feel of the film and provides for the
suspense in the film.
are your future plans?
Nothing much I am sticking with Anjana Productions and we
will be doing a film with Allu Arjun and Puri Jaganath as
the director. We have been discussing this for a long time
but Puri is busy with Nagarjuna's film and it will be complete
by May end and then in June this film will start. This film
would be the next venture of Allu Arjun after Bunny.
Anjana productions planning a film with Chiranjeevi and Puri
Yes for a long time we were planning a film with Puri Jagan.
The first time around we were not able to fix up a good story
and the next time Chiranjeevi was busy with another movie
so the idea was put aside for a few days. This has been going
on for a long time and we will most probably do it some time
in the near future.
is your preference in films? Which would like to produce more
small or big films?
I like all kind of movie, let them be comedies, thrillers,
suspense or what ever. And personally I prefer to make small
films because this gives the producer a lot of control over
the whole process of production. All the money spent in one
day can be easily accounted for.
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