on location Raviteja returns in a new avatar in ‘Mirapakai', produced by first-timer Ramesh Puppla

T he best is yet to come from the vibrant hero, felt first-time producer Ramesh Puppla. He roped in writer-director Harish Shankar to present the energetic Raviteja from a new dimension in Mirapakai. The unit has just returned from Switzerland and Austria after filming two songs on the hero and the two heroines, Richa Gangopadhyay and Deeksha Seth. After a day's rest, the unit is back to shooting a few patchwork shots on Raviteja and Deeksha at Annapurna Studios. While Harish, cinematographer Ramprasad and the lead pair were engaged in the shoot, producer Ramesh Puppala gave insight into his ambitious project.

“The audience have seen the pulsating vigour in Raviteja and enjoyed his mark of humour and action till now. Retaining that part, this film takes his acting prowess to the next level. He is more vibrant. There is huge span in the story for varied expressions and emoting from him and other main characters. The story is set in the urban milieu. Prakash Raj is cast as a mafia don based at Bangkok. His scenes, and the thrilling climax with him, Raviteja and Deeksha were shot for a fortnight in Bangkok. Kota Srinivasa Rao plays the local don. Nagababu plays a police officer stationed at Delhi and the scenes were shot in actual locations.” He kept Raviteja's character under wraps.

“If I reveal anything that takes the charm away. Who he is, why he has to take on these dons, one in a foreign soil and the other a local construction giant, is suspense for now. The film has all the ingredients of a sure fire box office hit – comic entertainment from Raviteja in the company of Sunil, Ali and Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, and fast-paced action opposite the dons and their henchmen Ajay and Supreet. When you have two heroines, you can expect a scintillating love story. It is a well packaged entertainer with lively score from Thaman Ghantasala.”

According to Ramesh, inspired by the success of his producer friend Venkat (R.R. Movie Makers), he entered the field without much knowledge about filmmaking. But he said he was lucky to have wonderful actors like Raviteja and Prakash Raj and director Harish, who literally took the project as their own and worked on it. “At first I was apprehensive but the tension was gone after a couple of days as the unit worked as if it is their own film. Now we are completing the shooting part two days ahead of schedule. I thoroughly enjoyed this job,” he guffaws.

He said Raviteja came up with the title. “We were discussing the title and then all of a sudden Ravitheja said why not Mirapakai. The title suits the lead character and the story. Also though it is hot, without a mirapakai no wholesome meal is complete. That explains the nature of our film, a wholesome entertainer,” he signs off.

Mirapakai is to hit the marquee in the last week of December.

m l narasimham

Mirapakai Cast: Ravitheja, Richa Gangopadhyay, Deeksha, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Naga Babu, Chandra Mohan, Rao Ramesh, Brahmaji. Director: Harish Shankar Music: Thaman Ghantasala Banner: Yellow Flowers