International Film Festival in Goa from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2
It does not happen often, but when it does, it only reinforces filmmakers here that Telugu film does have the punch required to gain critical acclaim and attract viewers. That is the story of ‘Prasthanam', the second offering of director Deva Katta, which turned the spotlight of fame on itself, getting a place in the Indian Panorama section at the forthcoming International Film Festival in Goa.
Surprisingly, the US-returned director who calls himself a ‘guerilla' filmmaker, coming in without a background and from a foreign land and the lead star, Sharwanand of ‘Gamyam' fame do not sport airs about their achievement. Instead, they are thankful to God that ‘Prasthanam' managed to make people who matter in a competitive industry sit up and watch.
“We are glad that the doors of critical acclaim have now been opened and that more audiences, specially those in other countries will get to watch ‘Prasthanam'. For a filmmaker, that is the ultimate and we have the satisfaction of having made a good film,” says Deva Katta. He hastens to add that his debut film, ‘Vennela' also he attracted more than a fair deal of attention.
Ask Sharwanand if he expected the film to get this kind of recognition and he quips, “We do not specifically hope for awards. All our energies are focussed only on getting out a good film for only then will all the other goodies follow.”
Sharwanand says that since the beginning he always wanted to make sure about the script being narrated to him.
“A script is the soul and the prime saleable point of a film. Other contributory factors like a good cast and crew come next,” he says.
The last film that found a place in Indian Panorama was the Rajendra Prasad-starrer ‘Mee Sreyobhilasi' directed by Eshwar Reddy and released in December 2007. In all, 26 feature and 19 non-feature films were selected for screening in the Indian Panorama section at Goa between November 23 and December 2.