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 very long conversation with the film’s producer Yash Rangineni, who looks stylish by his looks. The stylish producer had a lot of things to say about the film. He spoke about the film, production, promotions and many more things.
Tell us about your background.
Pelli Choopulu is my first film. I am a UK citizen. I left India 25 years back. I did my MBA in London. I set up my own business of Real Estate at UK. I am also serving as the director for UK National Health Services which is one of the biggest organisations in the entire Europe. I am from Mahaboobnagar district.
Tell us about your love for films.
I love to watch a lot of films. In childhood, I acted in various plays at school. My grandfather, a Zamindaar made me act in plays every year. I always had a special interest towards films. I never took it seriously because my family had several other expectations on me. So, I left to UK for my Masters and settled there. Apart from films, I play a lot of cricket. I play for Kent League in London.
So, Are you interested in acting? You look stylish and will suit for the antagonist roles. Have you ever thought of giving it a shot?
(laughs..) Yeah, I wanted to act. But none approached me so far. If anyone approaches me with a role which suits my current looks and age, then I’ll do it.
Who approached with Pelli Choopulu script first?
Raj Kandukuri (the other producer of the film) is my good friend. He is into films from the past ten years. Every time when he come to London, we used to meet and discuss a lot of things about films. He always encouraged me to get into film production but none of the scripts I’ve come across in the past impressed me. One day, Raj suggested me to look at the script of Pelli Choopulu. I was very much impressed and spoke to Tharun Bhascker (the director of the film). Tharun gave me a narration for almost one and half hour over phone. I was listening to him on my way to work place. I was so much involved in the script that I forgot the way and took the wrong direction. He amazed me with his narration and I got confidence that this is going to work and collaborated with Raj.
What is that single point that convinced you to produce Pelli Choopulu?
It is the story that impressed me. I am connected to all the characters in the story and believed that everyone feels the same because this story happens in everyone’s home. So, that realistic approach made me to produce the film. Moreover, I have been watching the previous works of Tharun Bhascker and his Vinoothna Geetha team. He is going to have a bright future in the film industry.
Isn’t it a risk to produce a film with new comers?
Ofcourse, it is. Many of my well-wishers have been telling me not to waste my hard earned money on this Short film batch. They are right in their view but I am not convinced with them. I am sure the content of the film will get appreciations from everyone. I discarded all the advises and took a step forward for taking this risk. But the appreciations coming now proves that the risk is worth it. People who advised me not to produce the film have watched it and took their words back. I’m happy now!
Are you satisfied as a producer?
Yes. I am completely happy and satisfied that Pelli Choopulu was made by me. I am confident now to say that the film is going to become a very big hit. The film has a unique concept and the way Tharun executed it is extremely satisfactory.
How did you manage production? Wasn’t it difficult to manage things from London?
Raj was here taking care of the production activities. But I made sure that I was also informed about all the things progressing here in Hyderabad. On every working day, I was available for the team here over phone. I also planned weekend discussions over Skype. I, Raj, Tharun, PR Tanvi and other main people discussed over the shoot, the requirements and proceeded accordingly. We also have a Whatsapp group where the executive producer gives the day-to-day shoot updates. Probably, we finished this film by making maximum use of Social Media.
How did you plan budget for the film? What were your conversations/discussions like with Raj Kandukuri regarding the making of Pelli Choopulu?
Budget is very important for the film. After the project was confirmed, I and Raj called Tharun and discussed with him about budget. I and Raj allocated some extra budget to use it when money was in need in unexpected situations. Sometimes, we had to pay rent for some locations as we did not expect that in the beginning. Over all, we are happy by completing the film in less budget. Even though, we spent less on the film, we never compromised on the quality. Tharun also came up with a unique production software where everything was planned and executed perfectly. I must appreciate Tharun and his team for that.
For a new producer like you, how was the support coming in from film industry?
All I can say is that the support was tremendous. People like Suresh Babu garu, Madhura Sridhar garu and others are very co-operative. We are all overwhelmed with the support from the film industry and looking forward to make more films.
Tell us about the strategy you have been following for the film’s promotions.
Suresh Babu garu helped us a lot in the promotions of the film. His idea was to screen the film even before the film release. Initially I was worried but finally we are successful in it. Because of the good content our team delivered, our film was declared a hit by all the people who watched it in the last few days. We also received amazing response from all the people in Vijayawada too at the special show!
Tell us about the lead actors of the film!
Vijay Devarakonda was terrific as Prashanth. He already made a mark with his performance in the film Yevade Subrahmanyam. He played the character Prashanth very well in Pelli Choopulu. Even Ritu Varma also acted well. She is not a Telugu girl but still worked hard on getting her Telugu lines proper. Priyadarshi will be a major highlight in the film. All the other actors did well.
Are you producing any other films after the release of Pelli Choopulu?
I heard a couple of interesting scripts and wanted to make them but I was not shifted to India completely. I will announce my next film very soon.
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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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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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