Young director Venkatesh Maha is debuting with a critically acclaimed film, titled C/o Kancharapalem. The film is up for theatrical release tomorrow. On this occasion, we had a brief chat session with him. Here is the transcript.
Q) How did you get the thought of making this film in such a realistic manner?
A) I started my film career as a set boy in 2009. Later, I worked as an AD for various films and TV shows which helped me gain a lot of experience. While in search of movie offers, one day, I casual went to my friend’s place called Kancharapalem in Vizag. Soon after going there, I got the idea of making a film about the day-to-day lifestyles and started developing the script by keenly watching people in that area. That is the main reason behind the realistic appeal of the film.
Q) Is it true that you came to industry to become an actor?
A) Yes. I had acted in small character roles in many films. As I said, I even worked as a set boy and did many small works to fulfill my financial needs. Many people around me did not believe when I said I wanted to become a director. But I always had a gut feeling that I will prove myself one day.
Q) You made this film with all newcomers, Did you face any troubles while shooting?
A) No. The entire shoot went on smoothly without any disturbances. In fact, directing newcomers is quite an easy job as they have immense passion and dedication towards their work.
Q) As per the private screenings talk, the film is carrying super positive reports. What is your feeling now?
A) I’m very happy to witness all the celebrities and film critics who watched the film appreciating my work. I’m eagerly waiting for the general audience’s response.
Q) Those who have watched the film are showering praises on Raju’s character. Tell us about it?
A) The main theme of the film came out from that character only. Later, I developed the rest of the story. Subba Rao, who portrayed Raju, has done a brilliant job.
Q) What are your future plans?
A) I am going to the US to pursue a film course related to VFX. As of now, that is the only plan.