‘1940 lo oka gramam' release soon

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A winner:Actor Sri Ramya, director Narasimha Nandi and actor Baladitya at a press conference in Vijayawada on Thursday.
A winner:Actor Sri Ramya, director Narasimha Nandi and actor Baladitya at a press conference in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

The film has walked away with three Nandi awards

The male and female lead actors and the director of the film feted

They are confident of winning rewards from the audience too

VIJAYAWADA: The national award winning Telugu film ‘1940 lo oka gramam' is all set to hit the silver screen across the State.

“Arrangements are being made to release the film in the third or fourth week of March and we are expecting good response from the audience,” said Narasimha Nandi, director of the film, on Thursday, speaking to the media on the occasion of a felicitation organised for the film unit by the city-based Sri Krishnadevaraya Film Study Centre.

The film study centre, founded by Jayalakshmi Rayalu in memory of her husband and ardent lover of good cinema, Inguva Sri Krishnadevarayalu, screened the film and later felicitated Baladitya and Sri Ramya, the male and female lead actors, and Mr. Narasimha at Film Chamber Hall.

Hard work

“The movie is a result of my four-year-long hard work. Based on Gudipati Venkata Chalam's short story ‘Naayudupilla', I developed the story for the film,” said Mr. Narasimha, who hails from the city.

The director said that he had taken one long year to prepare the script and two years to shoot the film. “I tried for a year to release the film in theatres, but no distributor came forward,” he recalled.

After winning three Nandi awards from the State government – Best National Integration Film, Best Character Artiste for Mukku Raju and Best Jury Award for Sri Ramya – the film won the Best Regional Feature Film award in the recently announced 56 {+t} {+h} national film awards.

“These awards have inspired me to continue the making of such message-oriented films. But, I wish to make films in future with a blend of artistic and commercial values,” Mr. Narasimha said, even while admitting that the balancing act was not so simple.

Recollecting the making of his directorial debut, Mr. Narasimha said that utmost care was taken in photography (Muralimohan Reddy) and music (Saket Sairam) so as to present the archetypal Indian village of 1940. “Besides using Hindustani tunes for background score, we have taken care of costumes and makeup too,” he said.

Baladitya and Sri Ramya expressed happiness over the film getting “all its dues” in the form of awards. “We are confident that we will win rewards from the audience too,” they said.

Ms. Jayalakshmi Rayalu said she was happy to felicitate the unit of a good film on the death anniversary of her husband and film lover the late Rayalu. “By encouraging such films, we will get an opportunity to watch many more of them in the future,” she said.



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