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Feel-good concept Padmapriya and Sharwanand in a still from the film.
Feel-good concept Padmapriya and Sharwanand in a still from the film.

M.L. NARASIMHAM

Chandra Siddhartha’s ‘Andari Bandhuvaya’ focuses on family bonds and relationships.

Recession brought in a lot of gloom. But maverick filmmaker Chandra Siddhartha saw a silver lining to it, like fostering family ties like in olden days. He narrates the concept over phone and invited us to watch the shooting of his new film, Andari Bandhuvaya, at Pochampally, Nalgonda district.

By the time we reached Pochampally after a long drive it was early morning. The quiet village, famous for its hand-woven saris, wore a festive look. It was a picture of bonhomie as even the villager participated in the proceedings.

When we entered a handloom weaver’s house, which was the chosen location to film a crucial scene, Chandra Siddhartha was in conversion with cinematographer Jayakrishna Gummadi. Senior actor Naresh, up and coming hero Sharwanand and heroine Padmapriya were waiting for the camera to roll.

When the shoot commenced finally, Naresh limped reeling in pain. The camera focuses on his expression. According to the film, when he was about to attend a marriage in the village, he was bitten by a scorpion. Sharwanand, enacting the role of his son, rushes towards him. Naresh is treated. In the next sequence, Naresh asks his family members to attend the marriage as the muhurat is nearing. The large looms in one of the rooms indicated that he is a handloom weaver.

After a brief break, the next scene is shot. The villagers swarm his house. By then they learn why Naresh is unable to attend the wedding. They are concerned since they look at him as a patriarch of the village. Even the bride and bridegroom with their families rush to his house. The village is like an extended family to him. Without his presence and blessings no auspicious rituals take place. To everybody’s joy, the bridegroom ties the knot in Naresh’s presence. The young couple seeks his blessings.

Now Jayakrishna pans the camera on the awestruck Padmapriya. “It is a city-based subject interspersed with happennings in the rural backdrop,” says Chandra Siddhartha.” The protagonist (Sharwanand) is a good Samaritan, a quality that he imbibed from his father. But he differs with him on certain issues. The heroine’s life revolves around her nuclear family living in the big city. She is completely self-centered and does not think beyond her family. This scene is a revelation for her when she watches the entire village coming to Naresh’s house and performing a marriage. She understands the importance of relationships.”

The director says the central theme is revolved around her character. “After Gamyam, this film gives Sharwanand another good opportunity to exploit his talent.”

Chandra Siddhartha promises this will be a heart warming and film. “It is not a tear jerker, mind you,” he smiles. He signs off and it is pack-up time too.

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