chat Director Devi Prasad is working on light hearted entertainers to meet audience expectations
“Most people think that it is easy to direct a remake; it is not. While remaking a film from another language, the filmmaker has to keep in mind the nativity factor, the sensitivities of home grown audience and rework the script accordingly,” says Devi Prasad who has successfully tackled both original subjects as well as remakes from other languages into Telugu.
The soft spoken director has the rare distinction of handling a direct film ( Kevvu Keka ) and a remake, ( Mr. Pellikoduku ) simultaneously. Both films are slated for release shortly.
A Hindi remake
Mega Super Good Films, Mr. Pellikoduku starring Sunil and Isha Chawla in the lead is remade from the Hindi hit, Tanu Weds Manu . “But we only took the central point and reworked on the story with new situations brought in. It is totally a new screenplay and close to our Telugu nativity. I would like to emphasise that it is not a comedy movie, yet entertaining,” smiles Devi Prasad.
“Sunil is a good dancer, so his dancing prowess is fully utilisedw with peppy tunes from S.A. Rajkumar. Though he is popular for his humour in movies, he can play any emotion with ease, and takes to the character he plays with all seriousness. A very talented actor at that,” he adds.
“I have directed six movies till now. Most of them are humour-oriented. So the audience may expect such fare from me. Kevvu Keka is one such movie. In Mr. Pellikoduku there is scope to showcase varied emotions. The hero lands in India from U.S.A. in search of a bride.
In one such pelli choopulu , he sees a girl and what happens between them at that time lead to emotional upheavals. As the situations unravel, the story takes interesting twists and turns. Without disturbing the seriousness of the story, we coated it with light bantered entertainment,” says Devi. As a filmmaker he would like to attempt different genres like his guru Kodi Ramakrishna.
“I do not want to restrict myself to a particular kind of movies. On a personal note, like any creative filmmaker, I would like to experiment with new ideas. But the thing is that a few genres like say action films or tragedies are liked by few. On the other hand omedies are favourites with many. I believe in giving what the audience wants. Even if I experiment with cinema, I never let down my audience who expect their money’s worth of entertainment. Mr. Pellikoduku is one such,” signs off Devi Prasad.
I do not want to restrict myself to a particular kind of movies