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Moment to cherish:Film director Shekar Kammula being felicitated by A.U. Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana at a programme organised by Vizag Film Society in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
Moment to cherish:Film director Shekar Kammula being felicitated by A.U. Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana at a programme organised by Vizag Film Society in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Popular director Sekhar Kammula opined that a good film should have an obligation to society, have universal appeal and bear the signature of the maker.

Vizag Film Society (VFS) screened his film ‘Dollar Dreams' at the Academic Staff College of Andhra University on Saturday.

Interacting with the gathering after the meet, he said that the films of noted directors K. Viswanath, Bapu, K. Raghavendra Rao and Dasari Narayana Rao have all these elements. He described his films as his ‘voice'. “Till I complete the film it is mine, but later it becomes everybody's baby,” he said.

Mr. Shekar recalled that his father wanted him to become an IAS officer but he became a director. “I feel happy when I entered educational institutions and university.” He said that he had planned to release ‘Leader' before the elections. “I had written the script with a lot of hope of doing my bit to end corruption in society and wanted to show it to the late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy,” he said and added that the death of YSR was a mere coincidence.

When asked whether it was possible to eradicate corruption, he felt that a systematic approach and freezing of the assets of the accused immediately could go a long way in ending the menace. Long drawn legal battles would dilute the issue and shake the confidence of the public.

He described lyricist Veturi Sundararama Murthy as his guru who gave him moral support. Mr. Shekar felt there were opportunities galore in the film industry but aspirants should have a will and passion towards their work but should understand that success couldn't be achieved overnight.

Earlier, Andhra University Vice Chancellor B. Satyanarayana felicitated Mr. Shekar.

VFS president G. Ramachandrudu and secretary Narava Prakasa Rao also spoke.


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