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Ready to let his dog out

This is puppy love Director Vamsi Krishna Naidu with Bhow bhai

This is puppy love Director Vamsi Krishna Naidu with Bhow bhai   | Photo Credit: DEV.KVASU@GMAIL.COM

Vamsi Krishna Naidu turns the focus on dogs in his second film

A canine became a character in the Sharwanand-starrer Express Raja. In Kittu Unnadu Jagrattha that is gearing up for release, a group of dogs form the theme. The trailer hints at Raj Tarun as ‘Bhow Bhai’ who kidnaps dogs for ransom. Director Vamsi Krishna Naidu is more than happy explaining the story behind Bhow Bhai. “You might have heard of Cow Boy. Here since the hero is a dog kidnapper and he considers himself a don, he calls himself Bhow Bhai. Kidnapping people is passe, it invites trouble and is also quite risky. Whereas, people don’t often pay attention to dogs or take them seriously. So he identifies people who are very fond of pets and kidnaps their dogs. There are sub plots involving Arbaaz Khan and Anu Emmanuel as well but I can’t reveal all that at the moment.”

After debuting with Dongaata starring Lakshmi Manchu, Vamsi took seven months to prepare this script. “I had many ideas, I just went with the flow and Anil Sunkara was ready to produce it,” he explains.

From Chennai, Vamsi was initiated into films by his father Surya Prakash, a producer. Films were not on his mind but his creative bent of mind took him to Visual Communications. In the second year of college, he felt he needed a more practical approach to the craft and discontinued studies to work as an apprentice under the well-known editor Sreekar Prasad. “After college hours I would be in the editing room and noticed that the script when shot would be different and after editing it would be totally different. The soul of a film is at the edit table and I realised that if I wanted to be a director, I should learn editing.”

He was offered an assistant director’s job with Gowtham Menon and worked with him for eight years. Apparently he helped Menon’s team spot locations in Hyderabad for Gharshana. After Ye Maya Chesave he stepped out and resolved to learn production before getting into direction. He says, “When you approach a producer with a script, the first question he asks you is ‘what is the budget’. I wanted to have a grip over production matters and worked with Vishnu Manchu’s Twenty Four Frames Factory. Dongaata was a small attempt and after that got this offer to direct Kittu Unnadu Jagrattha. ” Arbaaz Khan was roped in (he acted in Jai Chiranjeeva earlier) because the character needed international looks, had to be rich and should have a kind of sophistication, says Vamsi.

Ask him how it was working with the dogs and he laughs. “The actors would leave after their shots. Taking close ups with dogs isn’t easy. We used a lot of breeds and we selected pictures from a local contact. I always wondered how would it be to work with animals but now I know it is quite tough. I have two dogs at home. I avoided retakes with them. Every breed is different, but eventually we did a good job,” he smiles.

Vamsi feels the title is apt. Usually we read ‘Kukka undhi Jagrattha’ but ‘Kittu Unnadu Jagrattha’ means beware of the dog kidnapper. Among other ides, the director wants to make a spy thriller next. “Will go with the flow, let us see,” he shrugs.

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