Banking on ‘Sri’ magic

Director K.S. Nageswara Rao

Director K.S. Nageswara Rao  

Director K.S. Nageswara Rao exudes confidence that his new film, ‘Srisailam’, is bound to strike a chord

He hails from Wynchipet area of One Town in Vijayawada . After schooling, he shifted to Palakollu in West Godavari district where he met director Kodi Ramakrishna.

He then shifted base to Chennai, the hub of Telugu cinema, and worked as assistant to Kodi Ramakrishna for five films.

Recognising his self-worth after his first independent directorial venture Police was declared a hit, director K.S. Nageswara Rao went on to direct two more hit films in the same year – Deva and Sambaiah. Police brought him recognition on yet another count – as the director who first launched brawny hero Srihari in the lead role.

The twosome made a hat trick prompting film-goers to sit up and take notice of their films with a strong message.

After nearly a decade, the duo is all set to strike again. Even as his new venture Srisailam hit cinema theatres on Saturday, the director is confidence personified. “The Srihari- Nageswara Rao magic is bound to work. The audience has tasted it in the past. Srisailam has a powerful social message. I don’t want to spill the beans. I want you to watch the film and pass your judgment,” he said.

Though seldom does he comes to Vijayawada, but this time around, the occasion was inescapable.

“I am here to attend the alumni association meeting of my school at One Town –the Gandhiji Municipal High School, where I studied in ninth and tenth classes.

I could not resist the temptation of meeting good old friends after a gap of nearly three decades,” he said even as his right hand kept going up, greeting his old classmates scurrying through the corridor.

“Srisailam, produced by Tadivaka Ramesh Naidu under the banner of Image Films depicts the prevailing conditions in the society.

It is all about what an individual can contribute to the society at large without expecting any favour in return,” says Rao about his new film.

Hero Srihari, known for his action-packed roles, is said to be playing the driver of a bus operating for a women’s engineering college. Rebel star Krishnam Raju and Nagendra Babu play important roles. The brawny Sri Sailam is Srihari who has Sajitha from Kerala playing opposite him in the lead. Debutant Ram Kiran is the second hero while Suhani plays his love interest.

In an age when people like to live life in the fast track, do films with loaded dialogues mouthed by an ‘unconventional’ Srihari fit the bill?

“Why not?” he counters.

“People still appreciate good cinema. My every film has a powerful message besides adequate dose of comedy, sentiment and good music. I don’t see any reason why such projects should fail,” he says.

The director in fact is looking forward to making yet another hat trick with Srihari.

He has his fingers crossed and lips whispering silent prayers.


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