Film production company Sanghamitra Arts, whose maiden venture was the 2011 flick Panja, is now back with Arey Rey. Sai Kumar Tikka debuts as director in the movie which has Abhijit (of Sekhar Kammula’s Life is Beautiful fame) in the lead.
While Panja didn’t do well at the box office, the banner’s second film Alias Janaki also did not draw the crowds. The disappointments have not deterred gutsy producer Neelima Tirumalasetty, an NRI.
“I am sure I have learnt from my mistakes and confident that team Arey Rey will come up with a good product. We have canned a short schedule, even without confirming the female lead yet,” she had said recently. Next in line will be a psychological thriller with Sekhar Suri (of A Film by Aravind fame) wielding the megaphone.
“He is currently busy with Guns of Banaras, his Hindi debut. Once that is done, we hope to start work on the thriller,” Neelima says, oozing confidence.
RGV will be RGV
When Ram Gopal Varma’s Rowdy, starring Manchu Mohan Babu and son Vishnu opened to full screens, including 50 multiplexes this Friday, it turned out to be a family get-together of sorts.
“Fans of my dad will really be happy. Although he has never really been off the scene, he has not done a movie for a while, so Rowdy is surely welcome,” said Lakshmi Manchu.
Interestingly, RGV was in attendance too at Prasads’ Multiplex. In tow were his band of eyes-full-of-hope and brains-full-of-creativity assistant directors.
When a scribe asked the director about where certain scenes were shot, he casually replied, “in and around Anantapur and Chittoor districts”, before sauntering away.
A film aficionado, who was obviously in the know of things, couldn’t stop himself.
“Sir, everything, except one fight sequence, was filmed at Ramoji Film City. The fight in a crowded colony with narrow bylanes was shot at Ameerpet,” he quipped, leaving the reporter wondering why RGV did not admit the truth.