‘Yuvarajyam' is about four youngsters going back to their roots in the age of recession.
The spacious grounds of Acharya Nagarjuna University situated between Vijayawada and Guntur, is the scene of action for the unit of Veera Sanker Silver Screens to shoot some key dramatic portions that include a song for, Yuvarajyam directed by Veera Sanker. Besides introducing a bunch of talented actors and technicians, he is also producing the movie along with Haroon H.S. of Aasara Nirman India Ltd. the film's presenter.
Lead actors – Aravind, Raj Kalyan, Rachana Malhotra, all debutants along with Rupa Kaur wait for the shoot to commence while debut cinematographer Muzeer, an erstwhile associate of Chota K. Naidu is engaged in a discussion with the director. A posse of other major actors- Venkat, Krishnudu, Srinivasa Reddy, M.S. Narayana, Krishna Bhagwan and Rao Ramesh are also spotted on location. Hundreds of youngsters wait for their turn to join the song sequence. The song is played. It is an emotional one, making an appeal to the youth to return to their roots.
The story is set between 2007 and 2009 when the country witnessed both the boom and the gloom in IT and realty sectors, thus affecting the lifestyles of many youngsters. “In this background, the four protagonists in my theme – Aravind, Raj Kalyan, Rachana Malhotra and Rupa Kaur inspired by a village sarpanch (played by Rao Ramesh) set on a course to rural India to work not only for their living but also to save the cultural heritage and traditions. There is a lot of work waiting for them in rural India.
A young techie, a roommate of one of the protagonists commits suicide after losing a lucrative job. The protagonist's brother, a village sarpanch says to his brother and his friends that recession is only for the Western countries and not for a culturally rich India. He invites them to serve in the villages. He says the boom may bust but bhoomi (land) will not let them down. He infuses confidence and new ideas into them.” Veera Sanker gave an insight into the theme. It is in this context this song (written by debut lyricist Rehman and composed by debut music director Murarijiyar) finds a place in the story.
The song Pudami Vaakili Marichaava Nestham is played. The camera focuses on the lead actors and then pans on the huge crowd. The song will be filmed in two more colleges in Vijayawada before winding up the schedule.
“As the village Sarpanch has said, the last hope for them is their native soil. So they come to the village. But what if the last hope is also lost?” He keeps us guessing and then continues. “It is my humble attempt to showcase the grit and determination of our youth to fight against all odds to protect our culture and traditions and to pass it on to the generation next. The film also talks about generating rural employment.” The final schedule commences in Kakinada on December 7 to film the climax part.
Interestingly Venkat plays a negative role for the first time in his career. Rachana Malhotra is the daughter of Hindi film director Naresh Malhotra (Ye Dillagi fame). Rupa Kaur has done a couple of films before. Six music directors- Raj, Ghantadi Krishna, Siva Kakani, Kannada music directors Mano Murthy and Gurukiran besides Murari composed the six songs from the film.
“It is an enjoyable film with all the commercial elements with a subtle message for the youth,” promises Veera Sanker. Yuvarajyam has a subtitle – ‘Bitter Voice of the burning hearts' and slated for a January release.