Saturday, October 11, 2014

A love letter to life for these 30 years!!!

I generally dont count numbers.. I dont know why.. but this '30' sounds very special to me.. I think I am slowly getting 

better in the journey I took up... and especially I am at peace with myself.. till my 10th I was too serious and then .. for 

some years I was like.. what the hell am I doing.. after that I know I wanna be a film maker but Clearing exams was my first 

target.. Back in college  my goal was set.. but I was too restless.. and in my job days I was too easy going but the 

restlessness was always there.. and after that It was a struggle.. struggle for survival.. ofcourse it is still there.. but 

time taught me lessons and I am at my best mentally ( I hope I get better ).. I learnt what to forget and what it takes to 

move ahead..

As usual.. negatives first and positives next!

Many ask me, dude you are in neck tight debts, you didnt save a buck and you dont have a house and no chances of marriage.. 

but the point is they are not my troubles.. they are your POV of life troubles, I think mine were different.. I had my 

troubles and doubts.. but I also found that this things might go wrong , it took a long time to understand the concept about 

just concentrate on the work.  It isnt about win and loss.. its about moving earth and heaven to make things happpen.

but I do have few serious regrets!

1) I should have run after a girl back in school days..and something like, you know someone reporting about me at home .. but 

nothing like this ever happened.. damn it.. I was too serious then!.. no adventures at all! 

2) I should have played more cricket.. praying.. I wish I could  do atleast few years before I get too old!

3) Wasted time on people who really doesnt matter.. But then they teach you the real lessons..

Apart from that.. I am at peace with myself!

lets get to the best part..

1) I have an excellent family.. I am not saying they encourage me at everything.. but they finally end up supporting me what 

ever I

2) I had the pleasure of meeting few excellent people.. Friends (crazy guys.. crazy talks.. spent discussing nonsense stuff 

many nights).. my teachers,professors , colleagues.. strangers.. everyone gave me something and added something to my life!!

3) Books.. now without them I must say I would be incomplete.. harry  potter.. oliver twist,, david copperfield... always 

transport me to childhood!.. LOTR pumps adrenaline!.. 1984 , animal farm.. these ideas blew me away!!.. three musketeers 

stirred romance and adventure in me!!.. Aaah.. I can write pages here!!

4) Movies: When everyone are busy preparing for semesters.. I am busy counting the films I watched.. When I watched 

Sankarabharanam.. I went speechless.. Mani ratnam's 'Dalapati'.. was my oh my good stuff for years.. and finally when I 

watched 'Cast Away'.. I was like.. there is a world I never knew before!!

Motorcycle diaries.. 'pather panchali'... every film I saw .. I moved closer to films and visual medium!!...
 Love of my life!!

5) Music: You simply cant live without it.. I had the pleasure of watching few excellent works.. painting of ravi varma.. 

they still haunt me.. Spic macay in college.. I used to sit at the last in the auditorium.. all alone and let the music sink 

into me!.. few wonderful dance performances!!.. Aaw the beauties of life!!

6) Travel.. again I need to thank my father, he introduced me to travel and again he introduced me to Himalayas!!..  lush 

green mountains and waterfalls...I had the pleasure of visiting 20 states in India.. and yeah I visited a foreign country too 

(Nepal).. beautiful place..

7) Food : I experiment everything.. and strictly veggie stuff after I converted into a veggie!

8) Trees, forests, lonely walks, moon , sun rise .. sunset!

I cant say it was great all the time.. but It was really great..

Thanking everyone who were a part of it in making it beautiful!!

keep rockin
3 cheers

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Telugu new wave cinemas???

I hear few comments like, that was a good attempt , but audience didnt receive it well... They quote 'Orange' or 1 'nenkkadine'.. n co!!

But Lets talk about the problem of setting up a story and weird characterizations in movies!!

( I am ofcourse not speaking about those 40 crore budget films, ( Yevadu, rabhasa, power stuff)..I cant even think of anything about those films.. they are outright loud and things go as they like.. lets say Amen right away..)

The thing is I am all open for a good cinema, so when I got few good references, I tried to watch this movie 'Orange' yesterday!!

The basic problem with the movie is.. He tried to take a subtle emotion and tried to shout it aloud.. Love is a personal emotion you dont shout.

anyways.. I spared ten minutes.. and believe me that is the time you set a tone to your story.. and I stopped atching it further..

The opening scene .. where ' Hero keeps drawing paint on Heroine to forget her, and Heroines father comes and tells the goons if the guy doesn't love he must be kicked and a fight starts.. ofcourse hero hits everyone and then Police come and a policeman tries to understands the hero and tries to talk it out with him!!'..

This is itself is loud, and so atleast handling it in a subtle way will atleast make .. Take thattathin marayathu.. we open with a guy in a police station.. and police ask him about the story..and you tell yourself this character is really true!!

But in this movie, he placed in a foreign country.. and hero will be speaking in telugu.. Heroines father comes and begins to speak in telugu.. finally a  police officer comes and speaks in telugu... and he outright finds this interesting  and tries to find the truth..Thats so weird.. If you dont love someone, you wont shout like that around the world.. with unknown policemen..

The story doesnt need a foreign country there, as a fact it is a hindrance to the story.. Imagine few telugu guys walking around and speaking in telugu among foreigners.. this is more distracting than a typical set up.. so you spent more money just to show off!!

When you are taking a story.. if  you dont want to make an experiment.. take something usual and work in usual way no problem.

if you are taking up something that is new, stick to it, adding commercial stuff to it neither satisfies a guy who  loves movies nor guys who want masala.. only few people end up watching it.. and then you keep saying I tried something new but audience didnt accept.. my question did you stay loyal to the story at all first??

The bad thing is , now producers who are ready to spend 40 crores knowing that it is not neccesary then will think twice to invest on a project that is honest!!..

These kind of attempts in a way kill new genre cinema!!

One more film I quote is '1' nenokkadine..I hear few guys saying that it is a master piece and we didnt appeaciate it.. This film really starts well actually.. but then repeated dialogues, and weird acting from the doctor, policemen take us away from the story.. An item song is the final nail in the coffin.. and again a weird character of Posani in UK kills the flow!!

WHy do you create weird chracters that jump away from the flow.. when you are attemting a psychological thriller??..

Bramhanandam's , posani 's wont work if you are trying new stuff!!

Take soodhu kavvum.. you just stick to the characters from the start and you laugh and cry with them..

The thing is .. we dont have proper films with proper research ... nor we have have sensible films either.. Watching Banglore days.. made me wonder.. what a beauty malayalam industry is..

The logic is simple, you need a proper script first.. only then  star power will add value.. if you want a star power.. plz dont try something new.. this will kill the oppurtunities for the coming years.. and producers will blame audience that they are not ready to watch new movies!!

 Dulquer Salman, Nazriya nazim, Nivin Pauly... these guys are amazing in all the movies I have seen... This is what stardom is!! High time TFI learn from them!!..

Keep rockin
3 cheers
Challa Srikanth