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REAL TREAT `Pagale Vennela' is a romantic comedy worth watching.
REAL TREAT `Pagale Vennela' is a romantic comedy worth watching.

M. L. NARASIMHAM

`Pagale Vennela' is a romantic story that is bound to have you in splits.

Postproduction is as vital for a movie as the shooting part. And the background score not only keeps the tempo, but can even cover if there are any flaws. Anna Audio Lab near Peddamma gudi is the scene of action for C.V. Movies (P) Ltd's romantic comedy, Pagale Vennela, written, produced and directed by C.V. Reddy. Music director `Vandemataram' Srinivas is at the console conducting the rerecording for the film. The director is sitting next to him, watching the scenes on the monitor as the music is being fed into the digital sound track in perfect sync with the picture. "We have completed the talkie portions and are into postproduction with rerecording, DTS mixing and special effects been done simultaneously here and at Ramoji Film City," says the producer-director. The song shoot is taking place in Thailand, he adds. "Of the five songs in the film, four are being filmed now in various locations in Thailand, while I am monitoring the postproduction activities here." One look at the monitor revealed the scene where Sunil takes on Mada Venkateswara Rao, while the hero looks with amusement at a café. The heroine too joins him later. It was shot at Ramanaidu studios, Nanakramguda, in a specially created set. "It is a restaurant set where Sunil works as a supplier. Mada, a customer, picks up some row with him. Hero Siva Balaji comes to the place to have a cup of coffee. He is in a depressed mood, as his hopes were dashed. He observes the wordy dual between the two and breaks into laughter. This eases his tension. Mythili who rushes to to be by his side, was surprised to see the hero in a pleasant mood. Siva Balaji tells her about the comic fight between the Sunil and Mada and she too laughs," explains Reddy. Instead of him Relangi Narasimha Rao, an expert at making comedies has supervised the scene. "It is basically a romantic comedy. There is equal importance given to comedy, along with the love story that has subtle emotions. Relangi Narasimha Rao's name is synonymous with comedies. If he handles that part, I am sure we have a winner. So I requested him to direct the comedy scenes which I have conceived in the script," says Reddy. A look at the monitor screen, we see a battalion of humour actors — Brahmanandam, Venumadhav, M.S. Narayana, Raghubabu, Thanikella Bharani, Mallikarjuna Rao, A.V.S., Kondavalasa, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam and Jayaprakash Reddy appear on the screen in different scenes and together. "Siva Balaji is an employee of Brahmanandam. The hero, like many youngsters, dreams of falling in love with a beautiful girl and marry her. He has one more wish too — to spend his honeymoon at a foreign locale. He falls in love with Mythili, marries her and is all set to fulfil his other dream of a honeymoon abroad. As the couple are about to travel, there comes a turn in the story and what happens next and whether he has fulfilled his wish and how has to be seen on the big screen. The incidents that follow are hilarious and it is sure worth one's money," says a smiling C.V. Reddy.He reveals at the end with a note of melancholy. "I wrote this story five years ago. During the shooting of Shwethanaagu, I narrated it to Soundarya. She liked it so much that she agreed to direct the film. Now I had to do it myself." Reddy plans to release the film in the first week of December.


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