Thirty and nonetheless single? A query typically confronted by men and women who haven’t conformed to societal norms is the focus of the new Telugu film Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (BR). Written and directed by first-timer Srikanth Nagothi, the film starring Naveen Chandra and Salony Luthra will stream on Aha from July 3.
Going by his remark of his two older sisters and his feminine buddies, Srikanth says “Girls have a lot of fun when you just let them be.” He factors out that ladies who’re single at 30 have it harder than males. “She’s considered to have been ‘left out’ from the marriage scenario,” he says. Srikanth labored in the IT sector however his coronary heart was in filmmaking. He tried his hand at brief movies and did storyboarding for advert shoots. When he determined to take the plunge into characteristic movies, he started writing a romance drama discussing the ‘30 and single’ matter.
BR started like an unbiased film and Srikanth felt it might befit the net house: “I wanted to cast actors who would appear realistic in their parts and narrate the story without box office constraints,” he says.
He wrote the story from the girl’s perspective, attempting to think about how a powerful, unbiased girl would navigate societal pressures quickly after a break-up, when she’s pushing 30.
Fun but accountable
BR unfolds in a company workplace in Hyderabad, with Salony as Bhanumathi and Naveen as Ramakrishna who strikes to Hyderabd from Tenali. “They are extremely different from each other,” provides Srikanth.
He was drawn by Salony’s selection of movies — Tamil movies Sarabham and Oliyum Oliyum, American movies Forbidden and Turned Out, amongst others. “She’s an NSD (National School of Drama) graduate and I liked her approach to acting,” he says.
Salony had simply accomplished Turned Out and was on the lookout for “a light-hearted yet socially responsible film after the heavy duty ones” she had accomplished. She remembers being awed by the materials given to her: “I asked Srikanth who had written it; I was spellbound that a male writer could read a woman’s mind so well,” she says.
This is her first Telugu film and she or he says, “It’s our way of telling the girls out there that it’s okay to take your time. Marriage should happen when you feel confident about taking that step. I liked Bhanumathi’s characterisation — she’s educated, modern, values self respect and is culturally rooted.”
An unlikely selection
Naveen’s casting occurred by probability, says Srikanth. He and Naveen met by means of their health club coach. Srikanth had been on the lookout for an actor who may play a small-town man in his 30s, getting acquainted with the company world in Hyderabad. “Once Naveen asked me what I am working on and I narrated the outline of the story. The next morning he called and said he’s interested in playing Ramakrishna. I was hesitant since I felt he might be too masculine for that part. At the same time, it was reassuring that a well known actor like him believed in my story,” says Srikanth.
Naveen laughs recalling the preliminary conversations. “Srikanth was looking for someone who’s good hearted but not conventionally good looking. He had to be slightly bald, have a paunch…”
With Naveen stepping in, the film went by means of some modifications. Hours of discussions adopted, for days. “Typically, one tends to show a rural guy wearing spectacles and sporting well-oiled hair. We changed things a bit. Instead of my beard, I opted for a stubble. And I wear a ‘bottu’ (kumkum). That worked,” says Naveen.
The bodily attributes apart, Naveen needed to suppose and act like a small-town man, which he says wasn’t that straightforward to crack. “Ramakrishna doesn’t have big dreams. If he can earn enough to support his parents and save some money to get married, he’s happy. And he has this cheerful vibe about him,” says the actor. Adding authenticity to his character have been the garments handpicked by Srikanth, in ₹200 to ₹300 vary. BR occurred when Naveen was additionally engaged on Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava, Devadas and Evaru.
When BR was practically performed, producer Sharrath Marar provided to current the film, says Srikanth: “Through him we were able to connect to Allu Arvind and the Aha deal worked out,” he says.
A camaraderie of filmmakers additionally occurred at the submit manufacturing studio, when Srikanth and Ravikanth Perepu (whose Krishna and his Leela will additionally stream on OTT quickly) noticed one another’s work. “I was struggling to find an editor who would approach my film from a slightly unconventional point of view. Ravikanth offered to edit the film. It’s been a good journey so far,” sums up Srikanth.