The lush green meadows opposite the famous leg garden in Ramoji Film City was chosen by director Ramana Mogili to film a romantic duet on the lead pair Varun Sandesh and Haripriya for the upcoming entertainer, Ee Varsham Sakshiga produced by B. Obul Subbareddy and Srinivas Chavakula.
There, one finds choreographer Devi Kishore talking to the lead actors. Cinematographer Mohanchand focused the camera on the actors and the director sat before the monitor screen. As he orders for the shot to be taken, the song, ‘ Nee navvu taaralle merusthundala …’ (Lyric: Balaji) is played and the actors put in steps composed by the choreographer.
“An incident makes the hero happy and he sings this duet with the heroine to express his joy. Incidentally, it is the only duet we have in the movie,” smiles Ramana who is making his first feature film in Telugu after having directed a couple of successful films in Bhojpuri.
“It is about lovers, how they should be and how they should not be. I am confident that the way the lovers express their love to each other gives a fresh feel to the audience. It also tells the consequence that follow, if the lovers do not express their love at the right time. Basically an out and out entertainer, the hero is in search of a job in the city and the heroine comes to the city from her village to attend a friend’s marriage. The two meet in a train and sparks fly setting the tone for a light entertainer. During their journey, they realise that life is not all smooth sailing. The last 20minutes take the story to a curious turn sustaining audience interest,” said the director.
Most of the movie was shot at RFC, using its rich locations, including the train set. Haling from Upparapeta village in Srikakulam district, Ramana is an avid movie buff and staged plays during his student days.
This passion led him to Hyderabad and worked as a co-director for a few films before directing his first movie, Kiladi No.1 in Bhojpuri with popular Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav in the lead. Incidentally, it was Dinesh who got Ramana the assignment after watching him work as a co-director for one of his Bhojpuri films made in Hyderabad. Kiladi No.1 ran well and so did his second Bhojpuri film, Mard No.1 with Manoj Tiwari as the hero. Both the movies were produced by B. Obul Subbareddy, so naturally when the producer decided to make his first Telugu movie, he chose Ramana to direct it.
“There is a link between the heroine’s character and the rain and hence the title,” says Ramana. The lead pair is supported by senior actors Chalapati Rao and Delhi Rajeswari (the heroine’s parents in the movie) and Kasi Viswanath and Hema (the hero’s parents). Jeeva plays the main villain with ‘Prabhas’ Sreenu as his assistant. The comic group includes Sivareddy, Raghava, Venu, Chandra and Dhanraj and Chitti,” concludes Ramana Mogili.
The movie is slated for release in November.
m. l. narasimham
EE VARSHAM SAKSHIGA
Cast:Varun Sandesh, Haripriya
Screenplay, Director:Ramana Mogili
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