Tharun Bhascker Dhassyam recounts how he and his team made a film in 48 hours and won
Love happens in the most unexpected of ways. Perhaps, a chance encounter with a man at a party can spark few feelings, there is no way to tell. Telling this very story of serendipity and love, Vinoothna Geetha's team, Tharun Bhascker Dhassyam, Upendra Varma, Praneet and Ranjith Kumar won the 48-hour film project recently. This gang in their 20s is clear about one thing — that they want to tell good stories.
The team was given a prop, a dialogue and a theme and they had to work around it and make a film in 48 hours. “We found it challenging and almost like a puzzle to crack” says Tharun. He adds that, in all the short films and corporate films they have made so far, they never meddled with the idea of romance and love. “Romantic films are usually quite predictable but you still watch them because they have the ability to charm. We wanted the audience to laugh during some scenes and smile during some,” he says. The idea was locked in on a car ride in the Hyderabad traffic. The story and script has been written by Tharun while Praneet Maddiraala contributed through rewriting and editing of the script, while Upendra and Ranjith looked after the pre-production work.
Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, Anukokunda is a story of the beginning of love that begins in a foggy nightclub over a long conversation and takes off from the memories of the conversations, as the love slowly emerges and takes the characters by surprise. Tharun says that the casting happened in minutes. “We were under time pressure and we asked Ritu Varma and Kireeti to be a part of it. While Ritu was worried she'd ruin the film, I was thinking the same in my head,” he laughs and clarifies that he is indeed kidding. “For all the worrying, Kirti did win the best actress award at the event,” he adds.
The Vinoothna Geetha team, mostly engineer-turned-film-makers say they are ready to enter the world of feature film-making. Currently working on a feature film, Tharun says, “The scope is pretty big right now. Films like Ee Rojullo are doing well, which means that there is an audience willing to watch content driven films and we want to that. Better yet, it has opened up a whole new viable business model. We have zeroed in on a couple of stories and we should get into production in a couple of months.”
Their film careers might not have been as serendipitous as their films but turning their hobby into profession is certainly doing them good. The film has been chosen to compete with films from 100 other cities across the world and if they win it, internationally, Cannes could be the next stop.