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Actor-writer K L Prasad directs his first feature film titled ‘An Indian Love Story’

On the sets of ‘An Indian Love Story’

On the sets of ‘An Indian Love Story’

It take a lot of grit and gumption to achieve one’s dream and who else can be a better example than screenwriter K L Prasad. The actor and writer who will soon turn 70 has no qualms of having waited 40 years to direct his first movie.

An Indian Love Story, which he has written and directed, was recently screened for a small gathering at Prasad Labs, Hyderabad, and one was taken by surprise at the refreshing content. Neither did the film boast of great technicians nor big stars but as he promised, the audience couldn’t take their eyes off the screen, hooked to the way the story unfolded.

The film stars Pragati from Anantapur who is trained at New York’s Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institure and Vikram Shiva, who trained at National School of Drama, New Delhi. They are talents to watch out for.

K L Prasad is still wondering if he needs to go for a theatrical release or sell the film to a digital streaming platform. The film opens with a quote by Maya Angelou that says there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. In the film, a director named Gautam is about to release his first film and he is under a lot of last-minute stress like the censoring of the film and promotions. Added to this, his wife Radhika demands divorce and asks him to sign the papers immediately. She doesn’t want to wait, but he asks her to spend just one day with him and take a final decision.

K L Prasad

K L Prasad

Through their dialogues we learn he was once a poor student leader, a firebrand who stood up for the poor. The women in college loved his qualities and Radhika was one of them. She now questions his duplicity, hypocrisy and talks of his transformation to a director of item songs who is throwing shallow, meaningless stories at people for his survival. Gautam somehow convinces her to spend one day with him. What happens next? The issues that they talk, debate, agree and disagree on reveal layers and each of them is a revelation.

“It is a low budget film and we cast highly talented actors. It took 32 years to direct one film with my money. I had done a short film earlier and this feature film is of two hours and six minutes. Most producers weren’t ready to invest on this because they had different ideas. I have followed world cinema for over 40 years. I wanted to do something people have not touched on so far,” says Prasad, who had earlier written dialogues for films such as Magadu, Yemandi Aavidocchindi, and Seetaratnamgari Abbayi .

His last film as a writer was Nacchavule and he did a commendable job as an actor in Vedam . Currently he teaches screenplay in Telugu University as visiting faculty.

An Indian Love Story, with only three characters, takes a realistic approach. Apart from the lead pair, there is an elderly character. Prasad shares, “Fifteen days ago, I showed the film to a trial audience; after the screening, there was an interesting discussion and ruthless comments. Fifty people from different walks of life came and though they initially said they can’t stay till the end, they sat glued to their seats.”


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