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Suryadevara’s tryst with English writing

Writer Suryadevara in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

Writer Suryadevara in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: G. Ramakrishna   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

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The popular Telugu author with 107 novels to his credit has already come out with two works in English and is working on releasing two more English novels next year

Penning most novels in Telugu is his acclaim, but not content, Suryadevara Ram Mohan Rao has already come out with two works in English. And he is working on releasing two more English novels next year.

The popular Telugu author with 107 novels to his credit in a writing career that span nearly three decades is also looking at possibilities of his maiden English novel ‘The Enemy of Mankind’ adopted for a movie by Hollywood.

“Some story promoters from Hollywood have liked the novel which is science fiction genre with genetics as backdrop and are on the job of promoting it for a movie. I am waiting for a response from them,” he says.

Mr. Rao’s second English novel ‘The Dictator of the Dark’ was released this month and it narrates the tale of a hero who gets framed while trying to expose frauds at the high level. “The plot is racy and spread out at global level,” he says.

The 56-year-old author was bitten by the writing bug in 1985 when he was working with the AP Dairy Development Corporation. His first novel ‘Model’ was serialised in a daily newspaper and deciding to take up writing full time, he quit the job in 1989.

“Since then, I have been into novels apart from assignments for movies in the form of story, screenplay and dialogues. I worked for more than 45 films,” Mr. Rao says.

He fondly remembers the good old days of Telugu fiction writing when he picked up the pen and avers, “Then it was a Yandamuri Veerendranath and Malladi Krishnamurthy wave and people were really hooked to reading. Sadly, passion for reading lost out to television serials”.

From stories that oozed romance to plots laced with suspense to narratives set with historic backdrops, he has done all. “I think the younger generation is slowly moving towards reading. Orders for reprint of my several novels I feel, is a testimony to that,” adds Mr. Suryadevara Ram Mohan Rao.

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