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Interview: Rahman Is My User Manual of Life says ‘Neeve’ composer Phani Kalyan



Phani Kalyan: Until some time back, no one knew him, but now, he became a part of our lives in the form of music on our playlists with the song Neeve/Neeye/Neene. Phani Kalyan is the music director for this trilingual popular dance video song directed by Gomtesh! The young music composer is celebrating his birthday today, and Cinebucket caught him for a conversation where he revealed about his life and his music.

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(laughs) No! Not at all. But I’m loving the attention and special love coming in. It’s a great feeling.

CB: ‘Neeve’ is a big hit. Did the compliments end?


No! They didn’t end; I get at least 3-4 messages and comments daily about Neeve’, and the shares also haven’t stopped yet. And these comments are my daily dose of motivation.
CB: What is the best compliment you received for ‘Neeve’ so far?
Every compliment is special for me, but I was surprised to see comments coming from people who don’t understand the language! People from USA and Italy are showering me with compliments, and it feels good! A funny comment was that a girl proposed to a guy getting inspired from ‘Neeve’. Another person said, “As soon as I watched ‘Neeve’ I became deaf and blind, started to feel that I am a part of this beautiful nature. That’s what a piece of art makes a person completely lost and found.”
Many film industry personalities from the five South Indian states have shared, acknowledged the video. That itself is a huge compliment for me, and I jumped with joy when SS Rajamouli garu tweeted about my work! All these things give a lot of happiness.
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CB: What is your Guru AR Rahman’s reaction for ‘Neeve’?
I emailed him the video song, and he replied saying, “Fantastic” along with best wishes.
CB: What is AR Rahman’s impact on you?
He’s like my user manual of life. His music is the only reason for me to take music as a career.
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CB: How do you look at the success of ‘Neeve’?
It indeed boosted my confidence to the next level. ‘Neeve’ success is very humbling to our whole team. Now, I’m looking forward to many more interesting and exciting videos. I’m sure every video will impress the music lovers as much as ‘Neeve’ did.
CB: How is life going now after the super success of ‘Neeve’?
My attitude towards life has changed completely. I became more confident and positive. I am getting to meet different artists and people from the industry.
CB: What is music to you?
Music is the only escape from the mundane life. Music heals, music comforts the soul. Music is everything.
CB: Tell us about your ‘Chandamama’ music video.
‘Chandamama’ is the music video I worked on, after ‘Neeve.’ 
CB: There must be many Neeve’s in your tune bank. When are you going to bring them all?.
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Very soon. I am currently working on a new music video.
CB: Are you ready to work with ‘Youtube’ talents?
Yes. Any aspiring directors, cinematographers who have some out of the box ideas for music videos and want to collaborate can reach me.
CB: Success is followed by movie offers in the film industry. Has any approached you after ‘Neeve’?
Yes, many did. I have signed two films already but will reveal the complete details once the producers make it official.
CB: Tell us about the support you received from social media users.
The only big support is from social media. Many online portals and Facebook pages wrote articles and helped the song reach the wider audience. My sincere and heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone who shared and cared.
CB: Are you going to continue working for music videos?
Yes. My plan is to release a new music video every month apart from making music for movies.
CB: Here’s wishing you a happy birthday and all the best for the future works!
Thank You. 🙂

How To Reach Phani Kalyan

Facebook: Phani Kalyan || PK Music

Twitter: Phani Kalyan

Youtube: Phani Kalyan

Any aspiring directors, cinematographers who have some out of the box ideas for music videos and want to collaborate can reach Phani Kalyan on

Interviewed by: Rayarao Sriram

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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.

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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.

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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