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Chitchat with Nagarjuna Akkineni

February 10, 2010

Nagarjuna Akkineni ’s Kedi is all set to release on 12 February worldwide. This film is directed the first timer Kiran. Nagarjuna organized chatchat with scribes at Annapurna studios. Here are the excerpts of Nagarjuna’s interview about Kedi -

Tell us about Kedi movie?
Kedi movie has a new screenplay and the director presented me in different style. Each and every character in Kedi is important just like in my film Shiva. Casting for the movie was done by keeping the characters in mind.

How the director did impress you with this story?
The narration style in this movie is unlike any other flashback in Telugu films. The narrative keeps changing back and forth in time.

Tell us about your role?
I am doing the role of Ramesh who is fondly called as Rummy. It is an energetic character who doesn’t think about tomorrow and enjoys today. The movie starts with a flashback of my character when he was 15 years old in Guntur. He realises that earning money is the foremost important thing in life. He travels to Hyderabad from Guntur and then to Goa. Kedi is about Ramesh’s journey and the incidents happen during this journey.

Are you a gambler in this movie?
Gambling is not my profession in this movie. The posters released at the beginning might have given you the impression. There are three cards in the pocket of Ramesh all the time. He takes those cards out and ask people to pick one of the cards and if king card is picked then it is a good sign (just like heads in toss). There will be gambling episodes in the movie only a couple of times. These gambling episodes were shot in Goa.

Is Kedi an entertaining movie?
My character is completely entertaining. There is not even a single serious scene.

Is Kedi inspired by any Hollywood movie?
There is no similarity to any Hollywood movie. Even if there is any slight inspiration, none of the scenes are in this movie have any resemblance to Hollywood movies.

Kiran penned dialogues for Yuva TV serial. What prompted you to give him feature film direction chance?
I met him during Yuva time and I liked the way he narrates subject. He worked with Prakash (K Raghavendra Rao’s son) for a year. He understands technical aspects of cinema. Direction is not a problem for him. Apart from directing the movie, he has also taken care of postproduction activities like sound-effects, rerecording and dubbing. Shooting of Kedi was over in December. Music director Sandeep Chowta has asked 25 days of time for the re-recording. The cameraman Sarvesh Murari has taken 20 days to get DI (color grading) done. Hence, the music and visuals are going to be extremely good in Kedi.

Are you taking any steps to prevent piracy of Kedi?
It is not possible to prevent online piracy. That is the reason why we are releasing it with 300 prints. We can’t get 300 genuine people to protect our prints. It is very easy to bribe some of the theatre operators to get prints for piracy. The codes on prints are not helping too. The government should treat it as a menace and give strong punishment to the pirates. Our Government is earning 14 rupees per ticket as entertainment tax. Government should also severely punish the condemned. If a pirate is caught, he is getting away with a bail by paying rupees 500.

Tell us about music?
Sandeep Chowta gave great music for my films Ninne Pelladatha, Chandralekha and Super. He scored 9 songs for Kedi. Not all songs are shot on me. Some of the songs are used for vital situations.

Tell us about Mamata Mohandas?
She did a negative role in my earlier film King. I liked her work and attitude and cast her in this movie. She is not only a glamorous actress, but also a hard-working one. She is punctual.

Tell us about Brahmanandam character?
Brahmanandam is also a kedi in this movie. He helps me at times. I call him during certain assignments and he works on commission basis. His role is a small one, but an entertaining one.

Tell us about stunt sequences?
All the stunts in this movie are natural. The re-recording effects are also good. There are no hard fights in this movie.

There is not much of a gap between Kedi and Ye Maya Chesave?
No. There will be a considerable gap between these two films. We have to keep in mind about the exams and IPL matches to while releasing the movies. Ye Maya Chesave songs are melodious and one can understand lyrics properly. There is no domination of music over lyrics in this album. Songs in this album are acting like slow poison. AR Rahman gave heart-touching music to Ye Maya Chesave.

You are doing most of your films in Kamakshi banner?
Yes. Kamakshi banner completed silver jubilee this year. My friendship with D Siva Prasad Reddy also flourished for 25 years. This banner acted as a platform for me to different roles. It is like a home banner for me.

Tell us about Naga Chaitanya’s next movie in Kamakshi banner?
Naga Chaitanya and Chandan (D Siva Prasad Reddy’s son) are good friends. They planned a big movie which will be shot in abroad for 80%. Kajal Agarwal plays female lead and Ajay Bhuyan directs it.

Why are you keeping low profile for Kedi movie?
We were busy with postproduction activities earlier. We started the publicity recently. There has been great amount of interest shown by the buyers and they asked for more prints because of the publicity. We might release the movie with more than 300 prints.

Tell us about some unforgettable moments while doing this movie?
We went to Greece to shoot a song. We went to an island called Milos over there. The population of that island is around 5000. It is a beautiful place where all the houses are painted in white color. Only windows are allowed to have colors. It is a tourist island and there will be around 2 lac people during season. We went there when it was not a tourist season. They gave us really good hospitality. When they arranged dinner for us, we completed it in few minutes. They got little tensed. They told us that we work so hard to earn our living and we should enjoy the food and relish it. It is a great truth. It is the first time a Telugu movie was shot in Milos Island.


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