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Journey of #PelliChoopulu : Lyricist Shreshta Interview

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The makers of “Pelli Choopulu” are very much happy for the response they are getting for their film. Pelli Choopulu released on 29th July. The film’s cast and crew were busy in interacting with media as part of the post-release promotions of the film. Today, Cinebucket had a conversation with the film’s lyricist Shreshta. She penned the beautiful melodies “Chinuku Thaake” and “Merise” in the audio album scored by Vivek Sagar. Check out her interview!

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Tell us about your Education Background?

My native is Mancherial. I did my B.Com., LL.B at Osmania University.

How did you develop interest in writing?

From my Tenth standard, I started writing small poems. I am a person who is very sensitive. I used to express my feelings through my writings about several things that happen around us. Later I penned a lot of Devotional songs. My grandfather Panchadhara Venkata Kishan garu, who was a school teacher recognised the skill in me and encouraged me a lot to write. Slowly, I developed my skill and tried writing songs for films. There is a huge impact of my grandfather on my career. He wanted to see my name on big screen and I am living his dream today! Without his encouragement and motivation, this was impossible.

Who gave you the first opportunity?

Director Sunil Kumar Reddy garu gave me the first opportunity. I wrote all the songs in his film Oka Romantic Crime Katha. They roped me in for one song and after getting impressed with my work, they asked me to write all the songs in the album.

What are the other films you worked for?

I worked for the films like Ko Ante Koti, Jabardasth, Courier Boy Kalyan and few others. I wrote songs in 8 films. Pelli Choopulu was my 9th film.

How did you get the opportunity to work for Pelli Choopulu?

For my own reasons, I took a gap from writing after Jabardasth. Ko Ante Koti director Anish garu who acted in Pelli Choopulu suggested me to director Tharun Bhascker garu and music director Vivek Sagar garu. Later, Vivek garu approached me and offered me the opportunity to work for the project.

Tell us about the discussions you had with Tharun Bhascker while writing the songs?

I wrote the songs after the film’s shoot was completed. The director gave me the tunes after showing the film. He asked me to write lyrics in sync with the visuals they have shot. It was quite challenging for me. But Tharun Bhascker is a person with clarity. He is very clear about what he wanted. He clearly explained me the song situation and made me know what he wanted. He made the process simpler.

Have you faced any difficulty while writing the lyrics?

It was a bit difficult to write lyrics after the completion of shoot. But I tried my best to express the feelings in sync with the visuals. Today, I am very happy with the response getting for my songs. While watching the film for the first time, I was sure that it is going to become a hit. The same way, I predicted that Chinuku Thaake would be an instant chart buster as it has that romantic feel. Writing Chinuku Thaake was a bit easy for me but Merise Merise was difficult as I should express the feelings of both the lead actors and should also convey the feelings of the the guy’s father. I enjoyed writing for both the tunes and was happy with the feedback.

Tell us about the music director Vivek Sagar?

He is also very clear about what he wanted. He is a down-to-earth personality. Vivek garu gave me the freedom to pen down my own expressions. He gave me the time and never hurried me. One more thing is that he received the final copy of my work only after I get paid. Usually, such things wont happen in the industry. In this aspect, I must also thank my producers Raj garu and Yash garu.

Tell us about the encouragement from the film industry.

Survival in the film industry is honestly a difficult thing. Especially for females, it is more difficult. But there are people like Anish garu, Madhura Sridhar Reddy garu, Raj Kandukuri garu who are always there to encourage me. Madhura Sridhar garu has always supported me and kept on motivating me every time when I faced ups and downs in the career. Today, I am happy that I worked for Pelli Choopulu and the audio was released through his Madhura audio company.

Any Best Compliments For Your work in Pelli Choopulu?

From the beginning of my career, people like Vennelakanti garu and actor Bhanuchander garu constantly gave me feedback. For this particular film, actor Sudhakar Komakula garu’s compliments boosted me a lot. Soon after listening to the audio, he genuinely praised me and gave me the right confidence. Also, music director Vivek Sagar’s mom liked Chinuku Thake song and made me listen the song in her voice. That was one best moment I remember and I feel so blessed.

How are you enjoying the response?

Everyone in Pelli Choopulu team has worked with honesty by giving mutual respect to one another. It’s the most decent and highly ethical team I have ever met! One more thing is that I received Best Lyricist award for Ko Ante Koti from the hands of Dr. Ramanaidu garu. Today this film was distributed by Ramanaidu garu’s production house and I feel very happy to be a part of it. I am enjoying the response and feel great when people are complimenting me.

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Journey of Making a Successful Crowd Funding Film VASHAM : Interview with Director Challa Srikanth

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Vasham is the first ever crowd funded science thriller made in Indian film industry. Challa Srikanth is the director of this film. He is very much successful in completing this project in limited budget. Vasham is gearing up for a release on August 4th in theaters.

Here is what the director of Vasham, Challa Srikanth have to say about his crowd funding film Vasham. He shared many interesting things about the journey of vasham and the process of crowd funding.

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1. What is Vasham from your POV?

Vasham for me is two things, first is my love for movies, I wanted to tell a different story , a straight pure story..interlinking the concept of science and ancient spiritual knowledge. And two , my  first experiment in crowdfunding in telugu market, to understand the business perspective and I am sure I will make few more even if I work with production houses in future.
 

2. Did you work anywhere in the past?

My first film is a Hinglish feature ‘Song of Life’ I made in my college, and then I worked in pre production for ‘Minugurulu’ and then for a couple of years in Suresh productions and as a co-writer for Chandamama kathalu.
 

3. What is so special about this film?

We have very few films discussing science and philosophy, so the concept is something very fresh, I hope it reaches the students and personally first film is always special though it is very tough.
 

4. How did you convince yourself to go ahead to initiate crowd funding for the film?

This is the toughest question, and believe it or not, I just got this idea in a minute ,  but I could see the long persistent efforts I need to keep though and also the possibility of finishing it. I am very happy my investors really made this happen!!!
 

5. Tell us about how did the crowd funding idea start and tell us the entire process that you have gone through in attaining the funds.

It is the story, that actually made me to crowdfund the film, After finishing the first draft I really wanted to see the story on screen, because I liked what I read, so that gave the Idea, lets reveal some part of it and make people curious, they will also be a part of it!! 
 
Then came the idea of creating a platform, we decided to keep a website where people can download the script, names of the investors were also mentioned there, smallest ticket being 2.5 , and one lakh for producers Tag!!
 
Slowly we tried to spread the word, we got 10K script downloads, it started with friends and new people also joined slowly
 
They are all very good friends now, irrespective of the result most of them want to stay for my future projects as well. Must say I am lucky!!
 

6. How did you see this entire journey of Vasham?

2 and half years of efforts ( with no income!! ) Believe me I cant do this again ( the amount of effort ) , but this will be with me all my life, learnt a lot about film making, people .. Work teaches you the best lessons I think
 

7. Tell us about the experiences that you had from starting the project to till date.

a) Learning the craft of film making, nothing beats that! the experience cant be bought in any other way!
 
b) The joy of completing the task, this is the best experience, we shot everyday as planned.. the planning the Team put in is awesome.. and luck is also there, no rains, or any other natures obstacles came on our way..
 
While dubbing one guy fell sick for two months, I wondered how lucky I was , i can get it dubbed by someone else but cant shoot without him!
 
c) Handling people, almost 120 people invested in the project, I tried my best to update everyone, Heard no complaints from anyone!!
 
d) Finding my cinematographer is like a miracle, He messaged me once , I completely forgot about it but when he messaged again i checked his works and wondered how come no one knows about him when he can show such good showreels!! Then I came to know he worked for Anil mehta camera department, he even worked with Majid Majidi for ‘Beyond the Clouds’ after completing Vasham
 

9. What do you think are the highlights of the film?

Climax!! , BGM and the set up is very fresh..  
 

10. How tough is it to make a film in Telugu without any support or background?

It was very tough for me, my first film is releasing after working for 8 years in Industry.. But then I know enough talented people who are seniors to me and yet to get a chance!
 

11. How important is it to convince the distributors and how did you manage that?

I am lucky in this case, My manager, executive producer became such a close friend, that he handled all the stuff, else it would have been a very big struggle. I owe him a lot for releasing this film.
 

12. With your experience so far, what do you tell the budding filmmakers?

Honestly I am just a starter and I just started to work for my next project.. but working here for some 8 years, I have few points to add, 1) Just don’t enter for name and money, the percentage is very less, And I know many talented guys waiting for a chance and are struggling to survive 2) And you will meet real insensitive people, Someone said” Your father doesn’t raise you right” and one more said ” Had he been my son I would have thrashed him”.. As much as you feel like thrashing this scum, you simply have to smile and try to escape and of course not to mention those free suggestions from absolute outsiders.. 3) Hard work, you should be ready to work hard, sometimes days together.. there wont be fixed timings, Imagine watching a product hundreds of times , and the release issues, unless you have great patience and man management skills you cant survive!!!..and hell yeah stay away from people who just keep blabbering without doing anything.. If you are fine with all this.. then think of choosing this career
 

13. What are your upcoming projects?

I am eagerly waiting to find a producer to work on a commercial film and in parallel I am working on another crowd invested project , 400 slots each slot worth 1Lakh to make a Chak-de type movie with cricket back drop.. I am a big fan of sports movies!!
 

14. What is the word that you would like to give for the audiences who are coming to see the film.

Love!!!
 
Watch the film in your nearest theaters on August 4th. Encourage small films and help many more to come. Wishing the entire team of Vasham for a great success.
 
Here is the trailer of Vasham.

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Interview: Rahman Is My User Manual of Life says ‘Neeve’ composer Phani Kalyan

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Phani Kalyan: Until some time back, no one knew him, but now, he became a part of our lives in the form of music on our playlists with the song Neeve/Neeye/Neene. Phani Kalyan is the music director for this trilingual popular dance video song directed by Gomtesh! The young music composer is celebrating his birthday today, and Cinebucket caught him for a conversation where he revealed about his life and his music.

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(laughs) No! Not at all. But I’m loving the attention and special love coming in. It’s a great feeling.

CB: ‘Neeve’ is a big hit. Did the compliments end?

 

No! They didn’t end; I get at least 3-4 messages and comments daily about Neeve’, and the shares also haven’t stopped yet. And these comments are my daily dose of motivation.
 
CB: What is the best compliment you received for ‘Neeve’ so far?
 
Every compliment is special for me, but I was surprised to see comments coming from people who don’t understand the language! People from USA and Italy are showering me with compliments, and it feels good! A funny comment was that a girl proposed to a guy getting inspired from ‘Neeve’. Another person said, “As soon as I watched ‘Neeve’ I became deaf and blind, started to feel that I am a part of this beautiful nature. That’s what a piece of art makes a person completely lost and found.”
 
Many film industry personalities from the five South Indian states have shared, acknowledged the video. That itself is a huge compliment for me, and I jumped with joy when SS Rajamouli garu tweeted about my work! All these things give a lot of happiness.
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CB: What is your Guru AR Rahman’s reaction for ‘Neeve’?
 
I emailed him the video song, and he replied saying, “Fantastic” along with best wishes.
 
CB: What is AR Rahman’s impact on you?
 
He’s like my user manual of life. His music is the only reason for me to take music as a career.
 
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CB: How do you look at the success of ‘Neeve’?
 
It indeed boosted my confidence to the next level. ‘Neeve’ success is very humbling to our whole team. Now, I’m looking forward to many more interesting and exciting videos. I’m sure every video will impress the music lovers as much as ‘Neeve’ did.
 
CB: How is life going now after the super success of ‘Neeve’?
 
My attitude towards life has changed completely. I became more confident and positive. I am getting to meet different artists and people from the industry.
 
CB: What is music to you?
 
Music is the only escape from the mundane life. Music heals, music comforts the soul. Music is everything.
 
CB: Tell us about your ‘Chandamama’ music video.
 
‘Chandamama’ is the music video I worked on, after ‘Neeve.’ 
 
CB: There must be many Neeve’s in your tune bank. When are you going to bring them all?.
 
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Very soon. I am currently working on a new music video.
 
CB: Are you ready to work with ‘Youtube’ talents?
 
Yes. Any aspiring directors, cinematographers who have some out of the box ideas for music videos and want to collaborate can reach me.
 
CB: Success is followed by movie offers in the film industry. Has any approached you after ‘Neeve’?
 
Yes, many did. I have signed two films already but will reveal the complete details once the producers make it official.
 
CB: Tell us about the support you received from social media users.
 
The only big support is from social media. Many online portals and Facebook pages wrote articles and helped the song reach the wider audience. My sincere and heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone who shared and cared.
 
CB: Are you going to continue working for music videos?
 
Yes. My plan is to release a new music video every month apart from making music for movies.
 
CB: Here’s wishing you a happy birthday and all the best for the future works!
 
Thank You. 🙂

How To Reach Phani Kalyan

Facebook: Phani Kalyan || PK Music

Twitter: Phani Kalyan

Youtube: Phani Kalyan

Any aspiring directors, cinematographers who have some out of the box ideas for music videos and want to collaborate can reach Phani Kalyan on [email protected]

Interviewed by: Rayarao Sriram

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