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    I have a fascination towards Telugu: Bala

    Tuesday, October 17, 2006
    Balakrishna Reddy, popular as ''Bala'', is basically a software engineer, has a fair inclination towards films. Though he got an opportunity to work in Hollywood flicks, he refused those offers as he wanted to be a Telugu hero and wish to work in Telugu films. He made his debut appearance in ''Relax'', a film that was produced by some non-resident Indians. Now, his second film ''Bala'' is ready to hit the screen on October 20. Indiaglitz spoke to this budding hero.

    Over to Bala…

    Hi Bala! Tell us about your family…

    My father is an agriculturist and my mom is a housewife. I have two sisters. I am basically a software engineer. Ours is a nice and sweet family. All of us are very happy. I love my sisters and they too love me. All of us love our parents.

    How come you are into films when you were a software engineer?

    My life is moving smoothly as a software engineer. But right from my childhood, I love movies. I thought of becoming a film artiste and revealed my ambition to one of my sisters. She has a family friend in the Hollywood, who was a music director there. She suggested my name to him and one day they invited me for lunch and gave an offer to work in a film. But I did not like doing a film there. I want to do in one of the Indian films and also very particular to enter the film industry in Hyderabad. Then I got an opportunity in 'Relax', which was produced by some NRIs. My journey into the film industry had started like that.

    Tell us about your second film 'Bala'…

    It is a mass, fiction and love story. Almost all the love stories would be similar. But in this film, the lovers make their love fruitful with the help and acceptance of their elders. However, the heroine's character, the other characters in her family, and the entire story would run in a different perspective and backdrop. There is an interesting point in the film and had good commercial values. Basically it is a love story that runs as a full-time entertainer. We are very sure that 'Bala' would get compliments from every quarter.

    What about your co-artistes in this film?

    The film's hero Bala's character would be quite good. Not only the hero's character, but all the other characters were also etched well. Heroine Shilpa is glamorous and at the same time, she had shown good performance. Her character was also molded well on the celluloid. In addition, senior artistes like Giribabu and Sivaparvathi stood as an asset for our film. Above all, the granny character played by Vadivukkarasi would remain as a highlight in the entire film. We spent around Rs 1 lakh for her makeup every day. Not one, but all the characters in the film had their own identity and everyone gave their best.

    How was your director…

    The director of the film is Govind Varah. Whatever you talk about him would be very less because he is not only the director but also a writer. He is holding the departments of dialogues, story and direction. Whenever a change is needed in the scene, he is just sitting in a corner of the set and making the necessary changes then and there. He is really a hard worker. He wanted to make the film a super hit at any cost and is doing the job with commitment. The film also came out well as expected. What he revealed as the story was exactly molded on the celluloid. Definitely this film would earn him 10 more films as director.

    What about your producer?

    PV Ramesh Raju is the producer of this film. He entered the film industry only with a view to bring out a good movie. He has a good taste and has no ambition on profits. He has several medical colleges and lots of properties. He did not come to the industry only to earn money. He helped the film to come out richly in each and every frame and never compromised at any time. "Leave the profits or losses aside, we should bring out a good film" is his theme and he encouraged everyone in the unit and brought out the film. Really he is great.

    Regarding other technicians…

    When it comes to other technicians… Though we struggled hard and gave excellent performance it is the technicians who have to reflect it on the screen. Cameraman Sivakumar worked hard and portrayed us doubly glamorous on the screen. Choreographer Vidya directed all the songs well, and three of them have come out extremely well. Likewise, art director Nandu made the sets look glamorous. Above all it is Marthand K Venkatesh, who used all his experience and expertise in editing the film. Right from the light boy to the director/producer, everyone worked very sincerely to make the film a big hit.

    You have not revealed anything about music…

    Oh… I forgot to mention about music. These days, the success of a film depends on the music and once the audio was proved a hit, the film is said to have scored 50 marks. There was a good response to the music. Everyone is enjoying the music well and is giving compliments. Those compliments should reach Valisha and Sandeep who gave such a melodious music. The music director’s duo worked for four to five films earlier. Of them, one Kannada film 'Monalisa' is a very big musical hit. As there was good demand for the audio, we have also released audio CDs recently. There are six songs in the film and of them three were melody-based and three are mass songs. I thank them for giving a melodious music.

    What are the other highlights of the film?

    There are so many highlights in the film. Of them story is like a backbone and it has love as its backdrop. The story runs with the backdrop of Araku, Rajahmundry and Hyderabad. We shot the film in very good locations. When it comes to characters, the role played by 'Vadivukkarasi' would be a highlight.

    There are so many releases during this Diwali. Do you think that you can win over others?

    Yes, it is true. Several big films are slated for release now. But it is not important. Here there won't be any differences how big or small the film is. The theatres could attract the audiences if the storyline is good and attractive. Nothing more than that.

    What kind of films did you want to do in future?

    Right from the beginning I like Ramgopal Varma. I liked the way he directs a film and his style of taking. I wish my films should have a similar taking.

    What are your future plans?

    We are planning one more film with director E Nivas, who had directed my debut film. We will reveal all the details very soon.

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