Manasa Hima Varsha is the name that film industry is currently discussing about. The young and beautiful actress who made her debut with star director Maruthi’s “Romance” is now awaiting the release of Nara Rohith’s “Appatlo Okkadunndevadu” in which she played a Naxalite. Manasa recently grabbed her debut award for Kannada film Mrugashira! Manasa is quite excited about the way her career is shaping up in South. From playing a regular glamorous role to a de-glam naxalite role, she gets candid about her career with Cinebucket.
How did Appatlo Okkadundevadu happen?
It was my best buddy Pawan Sadhineni (director of Prema Ishq Kaadal & Savitri) who called me up on an winter morning to tell me about this role! I wasn’t much keen to accept it. The main reason in showing no interest in the role was that it not being a love interest to the lead. It was only after 2-3 long conversations with lyricist Krishna Chaitanya and Pawan, I finally went to meet the film’s director Sagar Chandra. In a few minutes after hearing the narration, I agreed to do the role. That’s how it happened!
What kind of role was that in Appatlo Okkadunedevadu?
Coming to my role, you will have all nods to my decision once you watch me on screen! I play AHALYA in the film and I urged each one on the set to call me by my character name but not Manasa. Such was the impact it had on me and I have it deep in my skin yet! I play a mettlesome naxalite chief commander fighting for a particular cause, which you have to know after watching the film. I have a special song in the film which was penned by popular lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja Garu.
Why did you choose to act in a role that has limited screen presence?
Of all the roles I would do in my career, major part sums up to what my fellow audience would want to see me as. But there will be few one life-time roles, be it small or big that I would do for my own satisfaction as an artist! One such would be playing AHALYA in Appatlo Okkadeundevadu with which I am taking a pitch! I am immensely happy to choose such role and I am happy with my decision now.
Tell us about your Love for Dance and the appreciations you received for your performance at CineMAA 2016 awards event.
Dance has been my personification in simple words (laughs). People lately recognised me more for my dance and loved that too! My journey into films started with a dance reality show in Maa Network. And years later, going back to the same floor but with a different identity is something jubilant! It was after couple of years that I was seen back on screen and that really turned happy for people who follow me! I think I should keep doing this from time to time.
What made you act in Short Film ‘Joke’?
Firstly I congratulate Nandu for his directorial debut which he has lived up exceptionally well. It was Geetha Madhuri who called me about “Joke” and made sure I was into this by hook or by crook! Once again, I had my own speculations of what it would turn like, but never lost my utmost faith on Nandu. He has his vision right, which he carried out from the scripting to the execution. He has taken a lot of care in making “Joke.” Every appreciation he has been getting today is worth it all. Finally, all his efforts paid off!
How did people receive you in ‘Joke’.
Nandu has shown me as a gorgeous young lad that I started loving myself so much! There have been so many messages from many eminent personalities praising my performance, and looks! I could count this as my till day best extract. I feel so good, and also like to tell on this regard that, “The artist always remain the same, but it’s the technicians who bring out the best in them.”
I occasionally sign commercials in Tamil and Kannada languages! I haven’t ventured completely into endorsing but yes I will take my baby steps into that too!
Tell us about the survival in the film industry as an actress.
Touch Chesi Chudu Villain Freddy In Conversation With Cinebucket
Freddy Dharuwala is the Indian Bollywood model who turned actor. The theatre artist has been a part of a lot of interesting Bollywood movies and he is now making his Telugu debut with the film Touch Chesi Choodu. Touch Chesi Choodu stars Ravi Teja, Rashi Khanna and Seerat Kapoor in the lead roles. Freddy is very excited about his first Telugu Telugu film and Cine Bucket has caught up interviewing him during the promotions of the movie.
Tell us about your background?
I am from modelling background. I used to visit Hyderabad frequently and I am model. Later, I made my debut in Bollywood and constantly scored film opportunities.
How did you get the chance in the film Touch Chesi Choodu?
While working for my Bollywood film, the director Vikram Sirikonda approached me with this role. I met him and he narrated me the role I liked it and immediately accepted to be a part of this project.
Tell us about working with Ravi Teja.
Ravi Teja Garu is a fun loving person who is very much energetic on the sets. He is hardworking and is ever inspiring. I had a really great time working with him on the film sets. I will cherish the memory of working with him.
What was the initial thought when you were approached for this Telugu film.
Initially, I was very much happy when I was told that I am going to do a Telugu film. I always wanted to be a part of Telugu movie industry and finally, it happened with Touch Chesi Choodu.
Did you find any difference in the working styles between Telugu and Hindi industries?
I do not find any such differences. All I believe is that actor should not be limited to languages. I find that the Telugu films are a bit more in terms of commercial values and mass masala entertainers. I always wanted to be a part of such films and finally, Touch Chesi Choodu is helping me to realise my dream.
Tell us about the film’s producers.
The film’s producers are very patient and comfortable to work with. They have treated me very well and did not show any difference in south actor and north actor. I am happy to be working with their production.
Any memorable experiences from the sets?
All I could remember was the chase sequence that took place with me and Ravi Teja Garu. We shot it in the beautiful city Pondicherry and both of us had a great time. We had to run for almost 2-3 km and the chase has come out well. I had a great time that day working with Ravi Teja Garu.
How flexible is it working down the south?
I feel so good to be working in the south film industry. I want to be part of more films down south. I am eagerly looking forward to grabbing more offers after the release of this movie.
Have you been approached by other Telugu film producers?
As of now, no one has approached me but I am hoping that Touch Chesi Choodu will open new opportunities for me.
What are the Final words about Touch Chesi Choodu?
The film is surely going to be interesting action entertainer which will have a lot of fun. Don’t miss it.
Journey of Making a Successful Crowd Funding Film VASHAM : Interview with Director Challa Srikanth
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.
1. What is Vasham from your POV?
2. Did you work anywhere in the past?
3. What is so special about this film?
4. How did you convince yourself to go ahead to initiate crowd funding for the film?
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.
6. How did you see this entire journey of Vasham?
7. Tell us about the experiences that you had from starting the project to till date.
9. What do you think are the highlights of the film?
10. How tough is it to make a film in Telugu without any support or background?
11. How important is it to convince the distributors and how did you manage that?
12. With your experience so far, what do you tell the budding filmmakers?
13. What are your upcoming projects?
14. What is the word that you would like to give for the audiences who are coming to see the film.
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