M. L. NARASIMHAM
D. Ramanaidu’s next movie hits the big screen in August.
Passing by unsung heroes from light boys to unit hands, we reached the shooting spot at Ramanaidu Studios in Nanakramguda. The sprawling floor wore a new look much different to the earlier one we saw some months ago covering another shoot. This one looked much grandeur, richer, spacious and comfy too, thanks to art director B. Venkateswara Rao who modified the earlier set by 60 per cent to suit Kausalya Supraja Rama produced by veteran D. Ramanaidu under his Sri Suresh Productions banner.
Director Surya Prasad is talking to lead actors Srikanth, Charmme and Kota Srinivasa Rao while cinematographer Prathap V. Kumar is checking the light. The mood is one of bonhomie. When the camera rolls and the three seasoned actors perform, it gets revealed Kota Srinivasa Rao owns a software company where Sri Ram (Srikanth), who is a software engineer, works. The boss’s daughter, Supraja (Charmme), and he fall in love. She has the courage to tell her dad but he does not have the guts to tell his boss that he is in love with his daughter. As the camera rolls, Kota welcomes Srikanth while Charmme throws her cute smile.
We recall that it was Surya Prasad who introduced Charmme to Telugu films in Neeke Manasichanu. Interestingly, Srikanth starred in the film, too. She has shown glimpses of promise as a performer in the film. “She is a natural actress and proved her mettle in her very first film. The only difference I found in her now is that she has slimmed down considerably,” compliments the director. Srikanth is a special friend, known to him since the days he worked as an assistant director with K. Raghavendra Rao. “For this film, I am indebted first to Ramanaidu garu and then to Srikanth,” he says.
We turn to the actors while Surya Prasad checks their performance on the monitor. A veteran at transforming into the character he plays, Kota Srinivasa Rao looks every inch a dignified businessman. He makes Srikanth comfortable and tells him that he knew his mind and agrees to give his daughter in marriage to him.
The words come as a pleasant surprise to our hero. The shyness on his face is replaced now by a joyous smile as the camera captures his emotions. Charmme is all delighted.
Charmme has an elder sister, Kausalya (played by Gowri Munjal). Though she is missing on the sets, as the other heroine she has a key role to play, too.
The top comedians of the industry, right from Brahmanandam to Hema, are also in the cast to add pep up the proceedings. The director informs that by July 2 the schedule will come to a close, with three out of the five songs (music by Koti) to be shot at a foreign location on the two heroines and the hero.
A few days of the talkie part, including the climax, are to be shot.
As the customary details are being reeled out, in enters legendary producer D. Ramanaidu. Though postponing his directorial debut, he has been mostly present on the sets. He usually plays a cameo in most of his productions. The director has not yet written a role for him (he smiles), but who knows, we will just have to wait for the climax for his Hitchcock-like onscreen presence. The movie is slated for an August release.