On a parallel movement
G. Narayana Rao is gearing up to take his "Ide Nijam" to the people
A scene from "Ide Nijam"
WHILE MAKING a mainstream commercial film is considered big business, a film for children is seen as supporting a cause - a cause highlighting their issues. Unfortunately not many filmmakers share this concern and hence shy away from making children-oriented films. The few films, which are made, never see the daylight. G. Narayan Rao, who has always promoted and was involved with the Telugu parallel cinema, is an optimistic man now. He is all set to take his film Ide Nijam to the people. Directed by B. Lenin, Ide Nijam (Rekkai in Tamil) created waves during the International Children film Festival in 2003. One of the actors, N. Madhan Kumar, won V. Santharam's Best Child Actor award the same year. "I am not interested in awards. I want to take my film to the people and that will be my mission for the next year," says Narayan Rao. Fifty per cent of the film's proceeds will be spent on orphaned children's education.
Ide Nijam is the story of three characters belonging to three generations - a young boy Malli (Madhan Kumar), his grandmother Ademma (M.S. Visalakshi) and middle-aged Rangaiah (G. Narayan Rao). The story revolves round the heart-warming relationship these three share apart from presenting young Malli -- who symbolises purity and honesty as against the corrupt and evil world -- as a hope of the future.
Narayana Rao's father G. D. Prasada Rao established Navayuga Films way back in 1947. Growing up in an atmosphere, which offered him enough exposure to films, Narayana Rao set his sights firmly on art and cinema from his youth. Armed with a diploma in Theatre Arts from Natya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad, he headed for Chennai, the Mecca of south Indian cinema. A batch mate of Rajnikanth at SIFCC Chennai, Narayan Rao made his debut in films with the Tamil superstar, in K. Balchander's Anthuleni Katha in 1976, for which he was awarded the AP Nandi award. He rose to fame with a lead role in Mrinal Sen's Okavuri Katha. Many films later he produced Devanthakudu and Yamudiki Mogudu, both starring Chiranjeevi and Vijayashanti and tasted success. A regular on most of the TV serials on all channels, Narayana Rao is portraying the role of Andrew in soon-to-be-released Padmalaya's Shanti Sandesham.
While the producer in him is weighing the pro and cons of new ventures, the actor in him is being satiated by the varied roles he gets to portray. "I am basically an actor, and I shall continue to take up interesting roles," he says. While lauding the fresh talent in the industry, which is giving a new identity to Telugu cinema, the seasoned artiste cautions against amateur attempts. "People with no experience and grasp of cinema are making films, which might prove expensive to the industry in the long run," he says. A genuine concern thatand Narayana Rao doesn't mind sharing his expertise in filmmaking and acting with aspirants. For the moment though, it is Ide Nijam and that's the truth!
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