Chat Kuntal doesn't let his passion for films blind him to reality, that's how he managed to make a film during college vacations
The 35 something Kuntal or Kuntaleswar Rao sounds very endearing when he confesses to have lied to the media and others that his forthcoming movie Ma oollo o sari Yemjarigindhante had cost him Rs. 70 lakhs when he actually wrapped it up in Rs. 20 lakhs. “Otherwise people won't watch it or the media will not cover it; it was imperative for me to blow up the figure to keep pace with the high budget movies that cost anywhere between 30 - 40 crores,” he reveals about the project that is due for release in November.
Kuntal is an M.Sc gold medalist from the Osmania University and teaches chemistry at Narayana College in Dilshuknagar.
The producer cum actor has made this movie in 18 days during the holidays without missing out on his classes and surprised his students and friends. The man from Visakhapatnam believes education doesn't mean reading books alone and the theory classes confined to the classrooms. He wanted to prove that education would be complete by bringing out at least one aspect of his personality in him. He says, “My first venture was a 30 minute short film on pollution called Ganga which won an award at the Vijayawada Short Film festival this year. I produced and acted in it and my friend Chandu directed it, it cost us Rs 35,000. Chandu has an impressive track record, he made O Chinna Prayatnam . Now he has directed this movie that has me as the producer and actor.”
Ma oollo o sari yemjarigindhante is a two-hour movie made with non-actors from Rajahmundry, Ravulapalem and Amalapuram. The heroine Sirisri is a college student from Hyderabad.
The story is based on an incident that takes place in a village and till the end, it keeps the audience guessing as to whether it is a crime or a comedy. Kuntal says, “Our films are urban and semi-urban in nature these days, but this one has pure Telugu language and culture reflected in it. The songs are very pleasant and the humour is all natural and situational, nothing forced. None of the artistes needed more than a single take and the film consumed was just 48 cans. I actually wanted to hold a workshop for the actors but my college students needed me.”
Y. Sunita Chowdhary