On location: Comic thriller

Ali and Suja Varuni in a still from 'Alibaba Okkade Donga'  

As one enters into the spacious Ali House popularly known as Shamshabad house located on the way to the airport, one finds a shaken actor Ali confronted by an equally frightened Raghubabu. The latter who came there in disguise, lest he be identified, threatens Ali who pleads innocence. Ace cinematographer S.D. John shot this hilarious scene this past week which was conceived by writer-director Phani Prakash.

“It is a comic thriller with a surprises thrown in,” said the director taking time off from the shoot. “Ali plays the role of a sub-inspector aspirant. He comes to the city to write the examination for the post and waits for the result. Meanwhile, instead of idling away his time, he takes up a job at an automobile company. From then on the story sees twists and turns. Our hero is implicated in a theft and murder case. The irony is that he wished to become a police officer but is now portrayed as a thief. There is a local goonda (Raghubabu) who fears his name will also be dragged into the crime. He threatens Ali not to reveal his name to the police. How the hero acquits himself of all the charges against him and how he meets the heroine and falls in love with her are narrated in a light manner,” he explained.

“I am happy to announce that it is Ali’s 50th film as a hero. And he is at his hilarious best,” said Phani Prakash. The director has a penchant for comedies. His earlier work was the humorous Sundaraniki thondarekkuva. “Comedies reach out to all section of audiences and personally I like light bantered flicks. Inject a little bit of suspense element in comedies and you have a winner,” Phani Prakash said with a smile.

Talking about the heroine he said Suja, who had earlier acted in a key role in Gundello Godari, is debuting as a leading lady in Telugu films. “She has done a couple of Tamil and Malayalam movies. She is cast as an active and bubbly girl who wants to do her bit for society. She starts the ‘Lost and Found’ organisation to help people. Under peculiar circumstances she meets the hero and that sets the story towards more fun and suspense,” said the director.

The film is being pitched as a fun ride with an element of suspense. “My job is to bring its colour of joy to the audience and present the actors at their glamorous best. You will find a handsome Ali,” chipped in John.

Talking about his producer Boddeda Sivaji, the director said, “he is passionately in love with cinema and has come to this field to give clean entertainers.” Sai Karthik who shot to fame with his rendition of the popular song, ‘Mayadari Mysamma…’ is composing the music. “The songs emanate from the situations and take the story forward.”

Giribabu, Jeeva, Thanikella Bharani, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Shafi, Rallapalli and Delhi Rajeswari are among the cast. “We plan to complete the shooting by August,” signs off Phani Prakash as the unit gets ready to shoot the next sequence.

The comic caper is scheduled for release in October during Dasara celebrations.


Cast: Ali, Suja Varuni

Director: Phani Prakash Kompalla

Music: Sai Srikanth

Banner: Kamal Cine Creations

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