When bathed in mist, it’s not only Nature, but even the mind gets refreshed and pleasant. That’s exactly why he chose mist as the backdrop for this feel-good love story, discloses debut director Murali Gandharv, talking about his forthcoming movie, Good Morning.
“It is the story of a young NRI from America falling in love with a traditionally brought up girl in Araku Valley. Love transcends all boundaries. For a guy who had never been attracted to any of the damsels in the West where he was born and brought up, he falls for her at first sight in a land where his roots are deeply embedded. The theme hinges on the point that pure love is driven by the heartand not merely by desire. The love story takes shape in a natural and realistic fashion and travels smoothly, giving a pleasant feel to the viewers. It is a visual treat (cinematography: Ramesh Mahesh),” says Murali Gandharv. He had worked in the industry as an assistant and associate director for several movies made by Sravanthi Movies besides working for a couple films in Kannada, a Hindi and a Bengali movie. “To learn the nuances of the job, I worked in other language films too,” he explains.
Veerat Vellanki who is cast as the young man from the Big Apple is an NRI in real life too, having been born and brought up in New Zealand while the other debutante Prakruthi who plays his sweetheart is a Telugu girl born and brought up in Kolkata. “We chose most of the other actors from the theatre. With limited characters and a fast-paced screenplay which is the live wire for the movie, I think we came up with something novel among the recent crop of celluloid love stories. Also ours is perhaps the first film to be made in over two decades, with mist as the backdrop, after Manirathnam’s Geethanjali. The entire movie was shot in Araku Valley during the early mornings and during the sunset hours. The four songs (lyrics: Mounasri Mallik) are situational and the audio has been well received,” says the debut director. Presented by Gredients Infotainments Ltd, the movie is slated for release in the coming weeks.