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Director Krishna Vijay explores the life of a nightcrawler in 'Tippara Meesam'


Actor Sree Vishnu essays the role of a DJ in this outing

In a departure from the light hearted roles he has played so far, actor Sree Vishnu will be seen in a slightly intense character in Tippara Meesam, expected to release in the second week of November. The movie is directed by L Krishna Vijay who is also a producer of Sree Vishnu’s earlier films Appatlo Okkadundevadu and Needhi Nadhi Oke Kadha.

Krishna Vijay is an architect who gave up his full time job in L&T and directed Asura starring Nara Rohith. After producing the said movies, he wrote a story of a DJ and titled it Tippara Meesam. With some people telling him that the title Asura had negative vibes, he chose a positive name for this story. Krishna Vijay terms Tippara Meesam as an action drama with family emotion. “It is not about a hero hitting 100 people but it has reference to every common man who flaunts that one moment of pride when he does some good deed. Tippara Meesam denotes the twirling of a moustache after doing something noteworthy; in this story, a youth does something that his people can be proud of.”

Ready for the camera Actor Sree Vishnu, director Krishna Vijay

Ready for the camera Actor Sree Vishnu, director Krishna Vijay  

Elaborating on Sree Vishnu’s character of a DJ, Krishna says, “He is used to a nightlife. Since childhood he is used to bad friendships and is vagabond. He lands himself in a complicated situation; how he comes out of it forms the rest of the story. He even abandons his mother and gradually, there is transformation.”

On his part, Sree Vishnu reveals that he enjoys listening to different kinds of music and had a great time playing this role. He put on eight kilograms to show his lethargic and complacent night lifestyle. And to look the part, he dressed like a DJ and wore funky accessories. The actor says, “He (the DJ character) plays a spoilt kid and is always eating, drinking and leading a sedentary life. He sleeps through the day. I never comb my hair for any film and here too I followed the same, I didn’t use make up at all. My mannerisms are a bit different.”

The actor adds that care was taken to ensure that the nightclub music will not alienate any section of the audience. “There is a bit of action and my look has two variations. After shooting with the beard and moustache, I got back to my normal self in the rest of the story,” Sree Vishnu explains. He had never been influenced by the characters he played but for this one, he felt awkward doing it. For the first few days, he found the role a tad negative… having to be rude with his on-screen mother and people around him. The DJ, he says, is accustomed to betting and his body language also shows visible change, “The pre-interval sequence and climax are to be watched out for, especially the 15 minutes of climax that unfolds without dialogues.”

Meanwhile, director Krishna says Tippara Meesam touches upon a few illegal and adventurous games being played in pubs and discos. The romance doesn’t occupy a large portion of the story. He recalls, “I had written the story after having observing my friends who work as DJs. This title came up after completing the story.”

The Two hour-30minute story was shot in Hyderabad over 50 days. “Amidst the dark games, we see the transformation in the DJ that spans five or six years. He even goes to prison,” says Krishna.

Most of the film’s technicians are new — cinematographer Sid who’s from the Ramanaidu Film School and art director Sharmila. Music is by Suresh Bobbilli who gave the background score for Apatlo Okkadundevadu and music and background score for Needi Nadhi Oke Kadha.

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