International movie 'Love Lies And Seeta', made under Movie Depot banner is going to release in India on May 18th. The censor recently cleared the movie with 'A' certificate. The producers would have loved to get a U/A certificate, but they are not fighting the decision of the censor board.
"Our main aim to release the movie in India and not to create any stir because of any issue. We respect the censor board's decision and will go forward with the release on May 18th," says Chandra Pemmaraju, director.
On a lighter note he jokingly quips, "And I thought I was making a PG-13 movie." The lead cast of the movie Melanie Kannokada and Lavrenti Lopes are also in India to promote the movie.
This world cinema movie is a new-age romantic comedy set in New York and revolves around the idea of love, friendship and Seeta in particular. "The idea was simple - to make the first of its kind - fun, young urban romantic comedy in an extremely low budget yet with international standards. The movie took a year and half to make. I enjoyed the process of writing the story as well as making the movie, and I hope the Indian audience will like the movie as much as I liked making it," says Chandra.
Shot in 50+ different locations in just 28 days, using the revolutionary red camera, the film is shot completely in Manhattan and Brooklyn NY with an ensemble cast of Indian - American and American actors, the movie aims to appeals to the hipster generation of moviegoers as well as all the audience who love cinema. The movie is completely funded by Film Enthusiasts, and stars Melanie Kannokada who has been Former Miss India USA and has acted in hit American TV Series Rules of Engagement, Arjun Gupta who has acted in American TV series Nurse Jackie, Lavrenti Lopes who has acted in American Film Sub-Hysteria and Desperate Endeavors, Michael Derek who acted in 'As the World Turns', Leah Kavita, Caroline Korale, Daniel Wilkinson who acted in 'Hotel Chelsea', 'Rob Byrnes' and 'Aaron Katter' in key roles. The movie is supported by various investors based all over US and India, and a core team consisting of Chaitanya Chitta, Gaurav Panchal, Raju Penmatcha - all US based corporate/business professionals.
Chandra Pemmaraju is a film writer, producer and director of Indian origin based out of New York. He has written produced and directed 'May Beetle', 'Kissing Miss Jones' and worked in the screenplay department, production management and as first assistant director/2nd unit director for film 'Life Camera Action', which is currently in various film festivals and received accolades and awards. The movie is distributed by Cinemax Motion Pictures in India.