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Journey of #PelliChoopulu : Director Tharun Bhascker Interview

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Tharun Bhascker Dhassyam who is famous for the short films Anukokunda and Sainma is making his directional debut with the film Pelli Choopulu. The film stars Vijay Devarakonda and Ritu Varma in the lead roles. Very recently the audio of the film scored by Vivek Sagar was launched at Hyderabad which is getting appreciations from music listeners.

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The film is releasing on July 29th 2016. The promotions of the film are in full swing right now. The film unit screened the film for some test audiences. On a hectic day, at the end of the final screening on Sunday, Cinebucket caught Tharun Bhascker Dhassyam for a candid interview where he revealed about his journey into films, journey of Pelli Choopulu and many more things.

Why did you choose Pelli Choopulu as your debut film?

I wanted to make my debut with a different subject and worked on some too! But nothing looks like really happening. I wanted to entertain the audiences honestly and took up this subject. Pelli Choopulu is about real life characters. Rom-Com films always get attention and thats how I chose Pelli Choopulu for my debut.

How did Pelli Choopulu start?

Once I have my script ready, I approached many producers but I got confidence only after Raj sir (Raj Kandukuri) came on board. Both Raj Kandukuri sir and Yash sir believed in me and my young team. They gave us the freedom to make the film. Altogether, it’s a team effort and we are confident about the film doing well.

How did you select your actors?

Ritu Varma is the first choice for Chitra role and for Prashanth role, I approached many actors. After Raj sir involved in the project, he along with Yash sir gave us freedom in choosing the actors. The only actor who was in my mind that time was Vijay Devarakonda. That’s how we roped him in. Vijay is a very good actor. Vijay has a potential to become Vijay Sethupathi of Telugu Cinema.

There are always strong characters in your films. Every single character will be registered with the audiences. How do you manage writing such strong characters? Where do you get inspiration from?

I observe people in real life and portray them through my characters. I’m a big fan of Mani Ratnam and while writing one of the college scenes in the film, I accidentally penned something which is similar to a scene from his film Mounaragam. Later, I realized it. I loved watching his films and was impressed with the way he design characters. Mani Ratnam inspires me a lot. Character Prashanth is personification of Heart and Chitra is personification of mind.

Did you expect that the trailer will get a massive response?

From the beginning, I knew that people are going to love our work but this response is amazing and we are happy about it.

The dialogues in the trailer got good response and how do you manage to evoke humour with so simple dialogues?

The conversations and dialogues in our film are very simple. We don’t want to make it dramatic but wanted it to be natural so that people can easily get connected to them. Like how we talk to our father at home or friends outside, the same way the characters in the film also converse. We brought in the real life conversations into the film.

Tell us about the making of the film in Sync Sound.

Sanjay and Varun should be given credit for Sync Sound and they are the actual stars of the film. They took so much risk in completing the film in sync sound. Getting the sound feed from the sets is the major advantage of this technique. I could have easily discarded this and opted for Dubbing but both of them worked hard and made it work well. I must thank both Sanjay and Varun for this.

Any interesting experiences on the sets of Pelli Choopulu?

On one day, while we were travelling in the truck, the brake failed suddenly and it became tough for us to stop the truck. Luckily we escaped from hitting a person and another vehicle and managed to stop it. While everyone of us were so tensed, Vijay was laughing out. That was one incident I remember well. Also, travelling from one place to another place and shifting the equipment was a bit difficult for us. But all of us thoroughly enjoyed the process of film making.

How well did you understand Telugu audiences? Are you sure that they are going to make the film a big hit?

Frankly speaking, I did not let that thought come into my mind. If I start thinking about that I had to make many compromises while writing the script. Already we have a theory that there are A class audiences, B class audiences and C class audiences and people say that a particular film will do well only with particular section of audiences alone. But no one can actually predict the success of the film. All I decided to make a film in honest way. Telling a story honestly is the best way to impress the audiences.

How many days did you take to complete the film?

We wrapped up the entire film in 32 days. The producers have gave us freedom in making which helped us to work happily and the output is satisfactory.

What’s next?

After the release of Pelli Choopulu, I wanted to make a short film. I don’t want a tag like Short film maker or Feature Film maker but wanted to remain as a film maker.

Pelli Choopulu is releasing on this friday. Dont miss it.

Also Read : Producer Raj Kandukuri Interview : Journey of Pelli Choopulu

We wish the entire team of #PelliChoopulu a grand success. Here is the #CineBucket Logo in #Pellichoopulu style

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Touch Chesi Chudu Villain Freddy In Conversation With Cinebucket

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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

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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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