Interview : Krish – No one could have played Satakarni better than Balayya
Published on Jan 9, 2017 7:35 pm IST

Krish is one director who is very emotional with his films. His new film, Gautamiputra Satakarni is up for a release this 12th and on this occasion, we met him for a detailed interview. Let’s see what he has to say.

What made you do a film on Satakarni who is hardly known?

Yes ! as he is hardly known, I felt the need to make a film about his greatness and showcase what our ancient Telugu leaders did for us.

What kind of research went into the film?

There was a lot of research that went in for over three years. I met so many well read guys and studied so much about the king and his greatness. Even though there was not too much to gather, I made the film with whatever I collected and believed.

Was Balakrishna in mind during the time you wrote the script?

Yes! the day I started writing the script, the only person who came to mind was Balayya Babu. If he would have rejected the film, I would not have made it this soon.

How did you manage to convince him for the film?

I clearly remember the day I met Balakrishna. He told me that I should wrap up the story in sharp one hour. The moment I started narrating the story, I clearly saw a changed body language in him which made me feel that he is surely liking whatever I was narrating. After that, I did not stop and narrated the film for two hours and by the end of it, he okayed the film right away.

How did you manage to wrap up the film so quickly?

Everything was prepared in detail from the day one. I clearly remember sitting with my team and working on what scene should be shot and where. What costumes will be worn and which dialogues will be told and by whom. All this was planned so well that we never looked back at any stage of the film. Even the release date was blocked long back and I worked on the film with the caption dream project with a deadline.

Why deadline?

Our budgets were limited and I had to manage everything swiftly. There was no scope for error and I had to cater to my market, financiers and all sorts of things and this was only possible only if I had a deadline in mind.

Comparison between Baahubali and Satakarni?

Both the films are poles apart. Baahubali is a fantasy and took a lot of time. Whereas my film is original history and I cannot play around with the story or set up. My film has more drama which should be told in a gripping manner.

About Rajamouli appreciating the trailer?

In fact, many do not know that Rajamouli gave me one of the best advice for the film. After I narrated him the entire story, the only thing he told me was to use fewer graphics and VFX work. This, he said would decrease a lot of time in post-production and would keep everything natural.

Working with Balakrishna?

I had a terrific time working with Balakrishna. I probably feel that he is the only actor who could have probably done the role of Satakarni. His dedication levels were so terrific that most of the stunts that you see in the film are done by him without any dupe. The way he has spoken his dialogues, fought the war scenes and brought a grand look to the film will be a huge sight for the audience.

Fight between two films in social media?

Nowadays, things have become so disappointing that every tom dick and harry is commenting about the stars. Before talking such harshly on these platforms one should look at themselves and see what they have achieved in life before targeting anyone.


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