take on Soggadu?
It is a simple love story; the boy and girl are in love and
face troubles. It is how they solve the problems and deal
with their love. The movie has come out really well and has
come out exactly the way I imagined it when I penned down
the script. The whole shooting was well planned and executed
so there were no major changes in the script and it came out
the story taking shape in Central Park New York?
Not that is not the case the story was in my head for a long
time. It was only that Parachuri Venkateshwara Rao and I met
when we were in New York. And both of us had the time to discuss
the story and we were able to bring in more and added a lot
more and prepared the script.
the rumors that the film had been changing hands from producer
That rumor is not totally wrong, first it was with D Suresh
Babu and we were ready to start work on it. But due to his
(Suresh Babu's) involvement in politics and elections he was
not able to give as much time to the production. So, then
Mohan Babu approached me and asked if he could produce the
film and I was ready, but unfortunately even he was involved
in his own productions and was not able to take up the project.
It so happened that Suresh Babu was free and he asked to continue
the production of the film. And here it is.
juggle in the heroes was also rumored?
It so happened that Tarun was the first choice, and we wanted
to shoot during the monsoons last year. But unfortunately
Tarun was tied down with other films and was not able to free
himself till the end of monsoon so the film was delayed. But
I am happy that I got to do the film with him, as he was the
first choice for the role.
after all this what is the USP of the film?
It has to be the innovativeness and the newness that one can
feel while watching the film. People will enjoy the three
hours that they will spend in the theatre while watching this
film. The story has a lot of twists and turns and laughs and
tears, but it is the locales, the narration, the script and
the music that are the USP of the film. Actually in this film's
case it cannot be called Unique Selling Point, it has
to be Unique Selling Package.
Tarun and Aarthi Agarwal
issue, was there something between them?
It is nothing but a lie or a rumor that the media has created.
I have been watching them for the past few months on and off
the sets of Soggadu. They are good friends of mine
and are through professionals, I never felt during the shooting
that there was something between them. They were very professionals
and all that about their love affair is nothing but trash
created by the media.
first film Allari was a big success, and then came
Ammayulu-Abbayulu, which was a dud at the box office.
With Ammayulu-Abbayulu I wanted to cater to a certain
kind of audience who were interested in the American Pie
sort of movies. But it was only them who saw and the film
proved a failure with other audience. But this genre of films
will be liked and appreciated soon and I will be really happy
the day that happens.
picturisation is very unique in all his films?
Any song should be to the mood, and I usually try to depict
the mood of the characters through the songs. It is not like
you cut and the lead pair is in Switzerland singing a duet.
The colors and visuals in the songs help me to portray the
mood of the characters in the best way possible. Not only
the film but the songs also help me to communicate with the
asked about the rumor that Subash Chandra Bose was
offered to him under Suresh Productions?
I think there is some kind of mistake. The film was never
offered to me and anyway the film is being made under Vyjayanthi
Arts banner so there is no truth in this rumor either.
of those who have a hit' is what is working for the directors?
That is not true everyone here is to show and prove his or
her talent. I am also here just to do that I am here to show
people that I can do good films and I am not here to sell
success. Just cause one film does not do well that doesn't
mean that I am not good.
pundits say, 'Music is 50% of the film's success'?
That is a joke that I am not able to digest. I seriously want
to meet all the so-called trade pundits who say that music
is 50% of the film's success. Because my last film Ammayulu-Abbayulu
was musically successful but the film was a washout. So there
is no sense in saying that what ever be the content of the
film, music will make it a hit.
is Ravi Babu feeling right now?
Well I am anxiously waiting for the release of the film and
for the first show to go off well with the audience liking
it. There should be no delays or problems with the projection
of the film. Whether a success or failure that will be looked
into later. I just want the show to go on with out a glitch
Nothing I will be sleeping for a month or two and then when
I wake up I will think of what I want to do. The last few
days of hectic schedules have taken its toll on me and I am
that he ends the interview and walks out to find out if the
tapes are ready or not. And he is back to being his nervous
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