Interview : Nandini Reddy – There are seven primary characters in Anni Manchi Sakunamule
Published on May 17, 2023 5:12 pm IST

Young actor Santosh Sobhan’s Anni Manchi Sakunamule, helmed by Nandini Reddy, is up for a grand release tomorrow. Malvika Nair is the leading lady. Micky J Meyer composed the tunes. This family entertainer has an ensemble cast of Sowcar Janaki, Rajendra Prasad, Gauthami, Rao Ramesh, Naresh, Vennela Kishore, Vasuki, Ramya Subramanian, and Anju Alvika Naik in vital roles. Priyanka Dutt produced the movie. Ahead of the release, we had a brief interaction with Nandini Reddy, and here is the transcript.


As a filmmaker, is it a challenge for you to showcase something novel in family entertainers?

There are seven primary characters in Anni Manchi Sakunamule. Along with Santosh and Malvika, other characters also have prominence. You will get to see a lot more about these characters. I like stories in which everything is connected to each other, but they are very difficult to write.


If you give more detailing to family entertainers, there is a high risk that the movie might turn out to be boring. What’s your take on this?

I didn’t waste a single scene. Apart from giving detailing, I made sure that the pace of the film is up. I tried to introduce the characters in an interesting and entertaining manner. All the elements are set up in the first half, while their payoffs will be in the second half.


Post Covid audiences’ tastes and preferences changed. So did you make any changes to the script?

We never get satisfied, and we keep working on improvising the story. We were working on this plot even before Oh Baby. So that evolvement kept happening, and yes, we made many changes to the story.


There was a talk that a big hero wanted to do this film. Is it true?

No, it isn’t true. Nobody ever asked me to include action or fights. We gave the narration. But they had other reasons for not doing the film, and no one asked me to add action elements. Fights won’t fit into this script.


Can you tell us a few words about Mickey J Meyer?

He is the soul of the film. Before starting the movie, I told him that there are no superstars in it except him. This is the first time in my life I went ahead with the story without caring about other factors. I wanted to do justice to the story. There won’t be heavy dialogues in the climax.


Do you have any pressure, as the production banner has a solid track record?

When four batsmen score centuries, obviously, there would be a lot of pressure on the next batter. There was pressure, but going by the response from whoever has seen the film, I am feeling cool.

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