M. L. NARASIMHAM
`Miss Anara' is based on the real life story of Miss Jammu Anara Gupta.
A young woman is being interrogated by a female sub-inspector in the presence of her senior. The conversation reveals that the woman has been kept in custody for the past week, but they are still not able to extract the statement they want. The frustrated police officer now uses force, and finally the victim has to make a `confession.' Director V. Deepak Kumar was filming the traumatic scene at the police station set at Ramanaidu Studios for Vijay Cine Creation's Miss Anara, produced by Soma Vijay Prakash. The film is based on the real life story of Miss Jammu, Anara Gupta, who made headlines a couple of years back for wrong reasons - sleaze and sin. "What makes the film interesting is that Anara herself is reliving the role. Gupta is perhaps the second person to act in her own life story after Sudha Chandran. Of course, the trauma and travails they encountered are of two different natures," says production controller Nayeem. Comparisons apart, Anara hates to relive her past as is evident on the sets. The lesion clearly shows on her face as if she is facing the situation one more time. To add to that Telengana Sakunthala as the sub-inspector and Mukesh Tiwari, the circle inspector, live their part too to the hilt. Cinematographer Amar changes the lens to capture Anara's morbid look from a close angle. "We are sticking to the story as told by Anara Gupta and written by K. K. Yadav, the Hindi version's producer. Being a model Gupta's aim is to make it big in films. She is such a sensitive person that at times she breaks down recollecting the incident, but recovers soon to face the camera. The film traces her life from childhood to college days to winning the Ms. Jammu title and the aftermath. It is by now well known that she was falsely implicated in the blue film racket and kept under custody for 11 days without filing an FIR. But the forensic lab at Hyderabad declared that she did not figure in the CDs. But before that she was forced to make a confession. Even her mother and three brothers were taken into custody. Our aim is to show how innocent persons are being victimised. Here is a poignant tale of a young woman who faced a trial for the crime she has not committed but fought for justice. Ultimately, she came out triumphant. The film touches the heartstrings of audience. We were careful not to project much on the sleaze side of the story. It is the truth and nothing but the truth that ultimately mattes. Anara's triumph tells the truth," explains Deepak, a DFT graduate, who was an assistant to Ram Gopal Varma and a roommate of Puri Jagannadh and Chandra Siddardha. The film has a hero too. Amith Rao plays Anara's collegemate and boyfriend. D. Venkatewsara Rao has composed the five songs - two duets, a picnic song, a background song while she undergoes the torture in custody and a pathos song. Smitha Jayakar plays the role of her mother. "Anara is like water poured into a glass. It is easy to mould her to any emotion," says the director. Anyway she is not new to acting, Anara had acted in a television serial Sulegti Rahen. "The locations were Jammu, Mahabaleshwar and Hyderabad. The reels will unspool in the theatres next month," smiles a confident Nayeem.