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Krishna Chaitanya

Krishna Chaitanya  

Lyricist-turned director Krishna Chaitanya believes light entertainers are accepted more by audience

One says ‘Chal Mohan Ranga’, while prodding someone encouragingly to move ahead, says Krishna Chaitanya as he gears up for his second directorial release with that title this Thursday. As he returns with Nithiin and Megha Akash, he appears a lot more cool and confident.

When a writer becomes a director, obviously there will be a difference in the way the dialogues are written; that clearly visible in Rowdy Fellow, his maiden film. “I tried my best with Rowdy Fellow. Producers and actors treated me with respect, media encouraged me. Yet, when I am asked why the film didn’t do well at the box office despite being a good film, I have no answer. I’ve come to be known as a sensible filmmaker after the release. Before and after its release, Nithiin told me he would work with me; A..Aa was just about to go on floors at that time. That’s when I got my script ready,” he says.

After watching Rowdy Fellow, director Trivikram Srinivas asked the budding lyricist-turned-director if he’d like to work with him. Krishna Chaitanya was floored. Trivikram Srinivas gave him the story idea and they travelled, developing it over three months, and luckily Krishna Chaitanya had enough time to put all his thoughts together. He doesn’t spill many details about the plot; he merely says, “It is about a simple boy next door who meets a girl, they split and meet again. Mohan Ranga is the hero whose dream is to go the United States and then he meets Megha. I believe to write a simple story is a difficult thing; this is a very ordinary story. Our daily life is about tackling each other’s egos, we live in an artificial world. Simplicity is a practice and if we make it a habit, it will make you stand out from the rest. This will be a fun story that will bring everyone together and give them a good time.”

He adds, “Nithiin has matured as an actor and brings enough fun quotient to the screen. Even today I meet lot of people who still nurture dreams to go to America. Every family has at least one member settled there, in my family, all my cousins live there. The heroine, Megha Subramaniam is studying masters in the US. We shot the film in New Jersey, New York, Miami for 35 days.”

As for writing for the film, he shares, “I did not write songs this time, when others write for my film, they bring a new perspective to it. I wanted that freshness as I had been working on the script for so long. I have written screenplay and dialogues though.”

Though Krishna Chaitanya does not write lyrics for his films, he will continue as a lyricist for others and simultaneously direct movies. Once he gets done with Chal Mohan Ranga promotions, he wants to focus on writing songs for Sudheer Verma-Sharwanand film and a Trivikram movie too. Writing lyrics he says just takes a couple of days whereas a film is a one year process for which he requires enough space and time.

As for his directorial debut with a serious film, he recollects, “Dasari (Narayana Rao) said nuvvu nalugu years mundhu teesesaav (You have made it four years early). After a few years audience will watch more such films. Because of social media, people have exposure to world cinema and will be lot more accepting.”

As if in explanation of his shift to entertainers, he says already Data Analytics indicate that throughout the world, people are tilting towards joyful films and rest of the genres follow. Telugu cinema is undergoing a lot of change; people are lapping up anything new — bio-pics, concept stories, raw and rustic films — which is a very good sign. Now there is more scope for young talent to come up with fresh ideas.

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