The staff behind sci-fi Telugu flick ‘Bombhaat’, talk about their try at making a low-budget, lighthearted movie in an unusual style
Actors Sai Sushanth Reddy and Simran Choudary choose Steven Spielberg’s E.T (1982) as considered one of their favorite science fiction movies. Sushanth and director Raghavendra Varma Indukuri additionally fondly recall watching the Telugu movie Aditya 369 (1991), directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. “Watching it as a child, I thought it was so cool because people spoke Telugu in a science film, not English,” Sushanth laughs. The trio talked about science fiction and making it entertaining and accessible to non-nerdy viewers, forward of their Telugu movie Bombhaat which can start streaming on December three on Amazon Prime Video.
The director reckons that Aditya 369 was an inspiration to make an entertaining science movie for present-day viewers: “Time travel was a unique concept back then and Aditya 369 explained it in a way that everyone could understand,” he causes.
Director Raghavendra Varma
Written by Akshay Poola, Bombhaat was filmed in 2019 and several other titles have been thought of. “We initially thought of ‘Baby’ but couldn’t register it. We considered several names and then finalised the colloquial Telangana expression ‘Bombhaat’ which is an expression for ‘super’. We thought Bombhaat would have a ‘mass connect’,” says Raghavendra.
In Bombhaat, Sushanth’s character offers with a spate of unhealthy luck and takes the assistance of Simran, a humanoid, to win over Chandini Chowdary. Simran and Sushanth earlier starred within the buddy flick Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi (ENE, 2018).
After ENE, Sushanth was supplied rom-coms however says he opted to attend and discover a narrative that’s not usually informed in Telugu cinema. “I am like a regular college guy but a bit silly considering that when I meet a humanoid, I take her help to win over someone else.” Unlike his earlier movie the place he spoke in a Hyderabadi Telangana dialect, he caught to a impartial Telugu dialect to attraction to each Andhra and Telangana viewers on this movie.
Antariksham 9000 KMPH (2018) was the current science fiction, an area journey, from Telugu cinema: “That was a serious science film with stars and a bigger budget; ours is a fun film,” vouch Raghavendra and Sushanth. Raghavendra additionally cites an Alfred Hitchcock quote to state that drama begins the place logic ends: “One shouldn’t expect logic in our film.”
As far as mainstream Indian masala movies go, a robotic with feelings would instantly draw references to Rajinikanth’s Chitti in Shankar’s Endhiran and 2.0. The gender change aside, the director vouches that Simran’s humanoid characterisation is vastly completely different. “She would probably be the next version of Chitti,” he says, including, “Many would know how the humanoid Sophia rejected actor Will Smith [on a date]. I found that interesting.”
Simran will get to do motion sequences within the movie and says that was straightforward, on condition that she’s a basketball participant, a health fanatic and a classical dancer: “The tricky part was understanding what emotions to highlight and what to underplay as a humanoid. We discussed a lot and then I knew how to strike the balance between playing a woman and a robot.”
The movie additionally offers with the trope of excellent scientist Vs the evil: “In the broad sense of good Vs. evil battle, it is a predictable drama, but one that will be a lot of fun,” guarantees Raghavendra, who considers veteran Telugu filmmaker Raghavendra Rao his guru. Incidentally, the movie is offered by Rao.
Bombhaat streams from December three on Amazon Prime Video.