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Versatility: A new trend among directors these days
By Sreya Sunil

"Only as high as I reach can I grow, Only as far as I seek can I go, Only as deep as I look can I see, Only as much as I dream can I be" said somebody. These words effectively sum up the enthusiasm and effervescence of a whole bunch of young and enthusiastic directors entering the dreamy world of Tollywood these days. They wanna reach greater heights. They wanna seek fame by treading unconquered territories. They wanna look beyond their dreams for their dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions. From 'wanna-be' to 'busy-bee', these new directors are reaching their flowery destinations with a lilting buzz to extract honey and spread their own flavor of savory syrup in the hearts of cinegoers.

Change is inevitable (except from a vending machine, adds a humor lover). Gone are the days when directors were surrounded by a team of storywriter, screenplay writer and a dialogue writer. While most of the directors have already been writing their own screenplays (since a long time) apart from directing movies, a new trend that is conspicuous among most of the directors these days is - they providing story and dialogues to their movies apart from heading the screenplay and direction departments. Being multi-faceted seems to be the order of the day. Being versatile sure is the ruling factor today.

Young and popular directors like Teja (Chitram, Family Circus, Nuvvu Nenu, Jayam and Nijam (in production)) and Poori Jagannath (Badri, Bachi, Itlu Sravani Subramanyam and Idiot (in production)) give story, dialogues and screenplay to all their ventures apart from being at the helm of directing their movies. Debutantes like Kasi Viswanath (Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu), Dasaradh (Santosham) and highly successful story-cum-dialogue writer Trivikram Srinivas (Nuvve Kavali, Nuvvu Naaku Nachhav, Chirunavvutho etc.), who is the recent one to be bit by the direction bug, are some of the others who believe in directing their own stories and also writing their own dialogues.

If the above directors pen their own dialogues for their movies, directors like Krishna Vamsi (Gulabi, Ninne Pelladatha, Sindhooram, Chandralekha, Anthapuram, Samudram, Murari), YVS Choudhary (Sree Seetha Ramula Kalyanam Chootamu Rarandi, Yuvaraju, Seetaramaraju, Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo), Karunakaran (Tholiprema, Yuvakudu, Vasu), Seenu Vytla (Nee Kosam, Aanandam), VV Vinayak (Aadi), Raghu Raj (Kalusukovalani), Shekar Suri (Adrustam), John (Preminchedi Endukamma, Neeto), who steer the story, screenplay and direction departments, are depending on other dialogue writers like, successful and reliable Paruchuri brothers, Ramana Chintapally, Trivikram, Marudhuri Raja and relatively new dialogue writers like Vakkantham Vamsy, Viswanath, Mohan Vamsi, Vijaya Kumar, for dialogues.

Apart from our very own directors, eminently successful directors of Bollywood, with blockbusters to their credit, like Sooraj Barjatya (Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon (in production)), Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein, Na Jaane Pyar Kaise Ho Gaya (in production)), Karan Johar (Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) and Farhan Akhtar (Dil Chahta Hain) who provide story, dialogues and screenplay to their movies, are also a source of inspiration to the thousands of aspiring and talented movie buffs with multiple talents, waiting to enter the film industry.

Most of the directors entering the industry these days have a couple of stories ready with them. Some inspired, some copied and some of them, their own creative work. Once they get hold of a producer and a hero, some extra talented directors start working on the dialogues while the others find refuge with popular dialogue writers. Translating their story into a gripping screenplay is by no means a Herculean task for these eager-to-prove-themselves aspirants. So once they are all set, they enter the bandwagon as the captain of the ship curious to go on a cruise taking the audience with them. Some of them sail successfully while some others sink like Titanic taking all of us down with their sloppy product. But one thing which is undeniable is, with their multiple talents these versatile directors are not only giving the storywriters and dialogue writers a run for their money by barging into their fields but they are also putting the 'so-called' veterans of direction in quandary.

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