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Exclusive Interview With Manasa Hima Varsha by Cinebucket



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.

Manasa PC Vikram Jammula

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.

Manasa At CineMAA

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’.

Manasa 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.”

Manasa looks good in this and not the other is something correlated to what I said in the previous statement! I am treasuring “Joke” as my show reel indeed.
How happy are you for your debut award for the film ‘Mrugashira’?
Manasa Best Actress Award
Yes, I recently received the Best Debut actress award for my Kannada movie Mrugashira! That was one precious moment to be appreciated by Dasari Narayana Rao Garu and Allu Arvind Garu, at my very first step! It really means so much. Every morning I wake up to see it in my room and it reminds me that I am here in a place, where thousands still aspire to and I have my responsibility to keep it up to strive better each day!
Tell us about your journey with Commercials?

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.


I always stay up in my own fears and float up with a happy face. It’s quite confusing but that’s how I usually be! Ever since I came into films, I’ve always had my set of A-Z plan. If there is no work, the cycle never stops and it goes back to A. We need to posses a lot of perseverance and mental strength! Each has to fight their own battle to survive this huge battle ground and the minute you start accepting your decline is your real countdown! So, rather being dubious of the whole idea, I’m marching ahead with what little I have in kit. I only see that hard work and honesty never has put anyone down. As long as I am with those two qualities, I don’t think I will have much to fret of. Stick on to what you are good at and believe in yourself, it will take you places is what I believe.
What are your upcoming projects?
I have a movie that I am doting inks with Abhishek Pictures. Not much that I can talk about it right now but the details will come into picture soon. Also I have a signed a Kannada movie which will go on floors next month.
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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.

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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.

vasham director challa srikanth interview

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.

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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