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Journey of #PelliChoopulu : Actor Priyadarshi Interview

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The makers of “Pelli Choopulu” are very much happy for the response they are getting for their film. Pelli Choopulu released on 29th July. The film’s cast and crew were busy in interacting with media as part of the post-release promotions of the film. Today, Cinebucket had a conversation with the actor who stood as a major highlight of the film. He is Priyadarshi who played Kaushik character in the film. He spoke about the film, acting, promotions and many more things. Check it out!

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Tell us about your background.

From my childhood, films are my passion. There is always something about cinema which moved me. I’ve seen the society first through films. I studied at University of Hyderabad and acted in few films before Pelli Choopulu. I worked at Pixelloid for almost one and half year. I always wanted to assist for films but I decided to learn work before that and started acting in short films. So far, I did 15 short films in the last five years. I am inclined towards literature.

Saagara Sangamam changed my life. The film changed the way I am thinking about films. People like K Balachander and K Viswanath are a huge inspiration to me.

What are the films you acted in before Pelli Choopulu?

My first film was Bypass Road LMD Colony. After that, I acted in films like Bangaaru paadham, Nirvaana, Vircenti Ferrer (Spanish Film), Bommala Ramaram and Terror. I acted in Ghazi which is yet to release.

How did you meet Tharun Bhascker?

I met Tharun Bhascker through common friends. I, Tanvi and Praneeth studied at University of Hyderabad. They knew Tharun Bhascker and introduced me to Tharun Bhascker. I met him for a short film Junun in 2012. Since then, I am travelling with him though we did not work together in the past.

Tell us about your Journey with Pelli Choopulu?

Tharun had the habit of sending his scripts to his close friends and seeks genuine feedback. He asks the detailed review of every single aspect in the script. He sent it to me too. When the auditions started for the film, Praneeth called me and asked me to give it a shot. I went there and auditioned for the role Kaushik. They liked it and that’s how I was roped into the film.

What was running through your mind when you were selected for the Kaushik role ?

Honestly speaking, when I got selected for this hero’s friend role, I took it casually. Before joining the sets, I never imagined that the role would generate such good comedy. Once we started the shoot also, we never thought that people will enjoy it. I was confident that people will laugh for Naa Chavu Nenu Chastha Scene and Cricket Scene. I was clueless in the entire process about how people would react/receive my role.

Tharun said that Kaushik role was inspired from his real life. Tell us about that.

Yes, Kaushik is one of Tharun’s real life friends. He designed this character keeping him in mind. I also knew Kaushik. He is very energetic and brings out comedy in our gang so effortlessly. Usually I observe a lot of people. I study how different people react to different situations. I depend a lot on director. Tharun gave me a lot of suggestions in playing the character. All those helped me to perform well. Tharun chooses his actors very carefully and he is a genius.

Any simlarities between Kaushik and Priyadarshi?

No! Kaushik and Darshi are completely different.

Have you predicted this response while shooting for the film? Reveal us the best compliments you received so far for your role.

Every process after the shoot is a surprise to me. From the Trailer Launch to the Audio launch and then the film release, the response is unbelievable. I knew that our film will receive appreciations but this was completely unexpected.

Ravi Teja garu, Rana garu called me yesterday and appreciated me for the performance. I could not believe all this. Venkatesh garu after watching the performance said “You did a very good performance.” It is all new to me. I am taking time to digest all these but the fact is that I am enjoying it completely.

Moreover, the response on social media is amazing. The troll pages are sharing the dialogues of mine with memes and it is generating a huge buzz too. I am very happy!

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What is the response from your parents?

I am very happy with the response from my parents. Usually my father tells me the negative points. But after watching the film, he patted me on my shoulder and I could understand everything. My mother had tears in eyes after watching the film. Both of them are very much happy.

Tell us about the Producers of the film.

Both Raj Kandukuri sir and Yash sir are very co-operative in the entire journey. They gave us a lot of freedom. Both of them are visionary people who are equally passionate about cinema like us. They understood our passion and invested on us. They valued our work and they took the film to the next level. Without both of them, this could not be possible. Even today after the release, they are working hard promoting the film. I’m happy and lucky to be associated with this project and working with them.

Share your experience while working with Abhay and Vijay on sets.

That was absolute fun. We had a great time shooting for the film. On the last day of shoot, on a fun note, I said Tharun that I’ll skip the shoot for the day so that the shoot will get extended and everyone of us could meet again. We all enjoyed the entire process of shoot.

Tell us about the director of the film

Tharun has utmost clarity about what he wants and he was sure about what he was making. This boosted confidence levels of everyone in the team. His confidence levels are amazing and he always welcomed improvisations. It was fun working with him and at the same time, it was a great learning experience for me as an actor.

“Naa Chavu Nenu Chastha..” scene is a major highlight in Pelli Choopulu. Tell us about the on-location experience while you were shooting for the scene.

Tharun just explained me the scene and gave me the dialogue. I wanted to be expressive but Tharun wanted me to perform in a flat manner. Tharun said that my timing was very good and I need to deliver it in a simple way not being very expressive. He also gave me several other suggestions. We had a rehearsal before going for a take. I delivered it in single take but Tharun could not okay it as everyone on the sets were laughing. We had to do it thrice because every time I complete the dialogue, people around me were laughing. But while performing the scene, I was pretty confident that people will surely enjoy the scene in the theatres.

For this particular scene, I must mention about my co-star Anish Kuruvilla. Anish is a great performer. He reacted very naturally through out the scene and because of him creating that atmosphere, I did it perfectly. On a whole, that’s a team effort.

What are the roles you are looking for in the future?

I wanted to play all kinds of roles. I wanted to get recognised as a good character artist.

How was the response for Pelli Choopulu after the release?

The response made me happy and satisfied. All the hard work we did paid off today. From the preview shows, we received a lot of appreciations and today after the release, common audiences also started praising us. People are calling me Kaushik and I feel great about that. I feel that the responsibility on me increased after Pelli Choopulu.

What are your upcoming films?

I am waiting for the release of Bommala Ramaram and Ghazi

Also Read :

Pelli Choopulu Review

Director Tharun Bhascker Interview : Journey of Pelli Choopulu

Heroine Ritu Varma Interview : Journey of Pelli Choopulu

Producer Raj Kandukuri Interview : Journey of Pelli Choopulu

Producer Yash Rangineni Interview : Journey of Pelli Choopulu

Actor Abhay Interview : Journey of Pelli Choopulu

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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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