A different reverie
A tete-e-tete with filmmaker Sekhar Kammula on his forthcoming Telugu crossover flick
SEKHAR KAMMULA is a happy man. His eight-year dream Anand, a film based on his MFA thesis, (Howard University, Washington DC) a romantic comedy, is set to unfold on the celluloid shortly. Co produced by NFDC and Amigos creation, the Telugu crossover flick from Kammula will be hitting the silver screen this month. "The USP of Anand is its universality and the fact that Telugu movies can cross borders," he says.
Unlike his first flick Dollar Dreams, set in the peak of the IT boom, Anand is a hatke affair feels Sekhar. "Dollar Dreams was an issue based film, Anand has a romantic heart. Dollar Dreams was a real life story, here we romanticised real life -- gave it a dream like feel. Further, Anand is a bigger movie in terms of logistics. It took 100 shooting days, with takes in both Hindi and Telugu, we are planning for a pan India release after the Telugu film screening," says Sekhar.
So what is Anand all about? "It's like a good cup of hot coffee on a cold winter morning. People are running. There is a rush. Take a pause and feel good about your life is the storyline," he says, about the film, a contemporary urban love story, with Raja (Appudapudu, Vijayam) and Kamillinee Mukherjee (Phir Milenge) in lead roles, the former also the romantic protagonist, Anand, in the flick.
Finding mushy settings around the twin cities for this `film with a heart' meant shooting at daybreak not forgetting the artificial rains, special lights and coming up with sets that were simple yet inspiring. "Places like Switzerland can make any frame dream like. The challenge was finding such places around the twin cities and we did. You wont believe that they are in Hyderabad," he says. Further the team worked on the music aspect of the flick, background score and songs.
"Music is the unique thing that differentiates us from Hollywood. The songs are melodious, composed by Radha Krishnan, who has a strong classical background and rich in the lyrical content written by the veteran Veturi Sundararamamurthy. All songs have real montages while Charumati I love you is a dream sequence," he says.
Unlike the double entendre and bawdy lyrics of the contemporary film songs often whistled by the lout at the street corner, one can take a breather and listen to simpler realities, vedi vedi pakoda, gasa gasala kougilintha and cheruvaina... dooramaina anandamena, in the songs. Also, the overall score is a fusion of raga and orchestration, of folk and pop, based on ragas sankarabharanam, saaranga, kalyani, gambhiranata, thilang, and saraswati with a generous helping of techno, synthesisers and saxophone.
And for the artistes Lucky Ali does a Charumati I love you, and Shreya Goshal croons a mellifluous Telisi telisi along with other sing along tracks. Hariharan and Chitra come together to sing ballads Yamunatheeram and Yedaloganam.
"You can't stop good music. I expect the same thing with the movie. We plan to send Anand for festivals, it depends on the dates. We hope it would be a refreshing fare for the jury and audience alike," says Sekhar.
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