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Journey of #PelliChoopulu : Heroine Ritu Varma Interview

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The makers of “Pelli Choopulu” are very much busy with the promotions. The film is releasing on 29th July. The film’s cast and crew were busy in interacting with media. Today, Cinebucket had a conversation with the film’s leading lady Ritu Varma. She spoke about the film, acting, promotions and many more things. Check it out!

Journey of PelliChoopulu Heroine Ritu varma Interview

How did Pelli Choopulu happen?

The film’s director Tharun and I worked in the past for the short film “Anukokunda.” So, he always had me in mind for the role Chitra. I love to work with Tharun because I know he comes with a unique concept every time. I completely trusted him that he would make a different film. That’s how it happened.

Any similarities between Ritu & Chitra?

I think there are a lot. When Tharun narrated me the script and my role, I was easily connected to it. I think a lot of girls will definitely find a connection with Chitra as they see themselves in her. Chitra is very well planned, determined and strong woman who had big plans. We see such girls around us too. When it comes to me, I don’t plan much in life. I never thought of becoming an actress as it just happened. But if I take up something, I’m very organised, dedicated and focused.

How is Pelli Choopulu different from your previous films?

It is a fresh story. The film is about a guy who is an aspiring chef and a girl who is an aspiring business-woman. The characters in the film were portrayed in a different manner. The film has all the elements that will impress any kind of audiences. The way my role was designed is also completely different.

Did you learn anything from the character in the film?

Yes, that’s from Prashanth character. He is very passionate about what he wanted to do. I liked that role.

Any fun incidents from the sets?

There are plenty. Tharun is a like a standout comedian. He cranks a lot of jokes and is good at pulling legs. It was fun shooting for the film.

You look very simple and beautiful in the film. You are different in Pelli Choopulu when compared with your on-screen look from the previous films. How did this happen? Was it a planned thing?

Many complimented me for the same. I think the dressing was different in the film when compared with my previous films. There wasn’t much make up and even the clothes were simple. I look like a girl-next-door and I honestly feel that the girls these days are living like that. All credit goes to Tharun because he made sure that people get connected to my character very well. Even in my real life, I don’t dress-up much while going out. I love to stay simple.

There was no dubbing for the film as the film was shot in sync sound. We heard you have put extra effort to work on your lines. Tell us about that?

As we made the film in sync sound, we could not take a lot of takes. I tried my best to deliver my lines properly. Even though I dubbed for my previous films, I am not a huge fan of the process as it appears artificial for me. It is not very easy to recreate the same situation and emotion once again.

Is there any challenging/tough scene in the film?

There is a scene which is very close to my heart. The emotional scene between Chitra and her father is my favourite. I’m very attached to my father and not a girl who gets emotional very easily. Generally, I use glycerine for the emotional scenes but especially for this particular scene, I avoided it. The dialogues are so natural and beautiful that tears started rolling down. automatically.

The film was screened to so many people before the release. What were your feelings like when you came across the idea?

Frankly speaking, I was very tensed about this strategy but happy now that it worked for us. I hadn’t watched the film till last Sunday but before that many people started calling me and appreciating me. I usually had the habit to watch the film on the release day but I was so much tempted to see it before the release. I took my parents also to the film. I have been watching their reactions for all the scenes and they are very proud of watching the other side of me in the film. My mom and dad thoroughly enjoyed Pelli Choopulu.

What’s the best compliment you’ve received so far?

I’ve received many. Everyone is genuinely spreading the good word about the film. I was always sure that the film will come out as a good film. I was confident about the talent and work of Tharun. But the response that is coming out currently was unbelievable that Tharun was also surprised. We are enjoying it.

Tell us about sharing screen with Vijay and acting in Tharun’s direction.

Vijay is a great actor. While performing, he reacts very naturally and I could only see Prashanth in him. We wanted to make every scene better with our performance. Tharun is a person who doesn’t force an actor to perform in a particular way. He gives us freedom and for an actor, that is very important.

Tell us about the Producers.

Kudos to both Raj sir and Yash sir. Without them, this could not have been possible. Both the producers made us feel comfortable and treated us like their family. They gave a lot of freedom to the director and all the other technicians. With Suresh Babu sir coming on board, the film has reached to the next level.

Are you satisfied with your career as an actress?

Yes, I am very happy with what I have done so far. I am really glad to be a part of some very good films which are not regular types. I acted in films like Prema Ishq Kaadal, Yevade Subrahmanyam and now Pelli Choopulu. All these films gave me a lot of satisfaction.

What are your upcoming projects?

I haven’t signed anything yet. I’m getting a lot of offers but I am just waiting for the release of my film. I will be more careful in selecting the scripts from now.

Team #CineBucket wishes a great success to Ritu Varma and the entire team of #Pelli Choopulu.

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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