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    'Okkadunnadu' will be the career best for Gopichand, says Cherry

    Thursday, December 21, 2006
    Chiranjeevi popular as Cherry had worked as executive producer for successful films like ''Chatrapati and Vikramarkudu''. He turned a producer now and is making a film ''Okkadunnadu'' with Gopichand as hero. Indiaglitz had met this enterprising producer for a chat about his first venture ''Okkadunnadu''. Here are the excerpts

    Tell us about your entry into the film industry

    I worked as executive producer for 'Chatrapati' directed by Rajamouli with Prabhas as hero and 'Vikramarkudu' with Raviteja as hero under the same director. Now I turned a producer and is making a debut with 'Okkadunnadu'.

    How did the subject come to you?

    Director Chandu knows more about it. In fact, he prepared the subject an year ago by putting lots of efforts. When I thought of turning a producer, he narrated that storyline to me. I liked it very much and decided to produce it. The subject has come out in a superb way. Immediately I okayed the story and launched the project.

    Will you please brief the story for our readers

    The film runs with Mumbai in its backdrop. The hero's character reflects that there is someone who could do wonders. Several films came on the Telugu screen with Mumbai as its backdrop. But this film is not like that. It has a different screenplay and attractive to all classes of audiences. Everyone who watches this film would agree to this. The story and its movement would be very good than the earlier films done by Chandu. We are sure that the subject would be better than all the films in Chandu as well as Gopichand's film careers.

    Tell us about the hero's character in this film?

    It is an ultimate film for Gopichand. The body language of Gopichand in this film would be quite different than all the earlier films he did so far. Though it is a mass hero's role, Gopichand did not do one such character earlier. I am very confident to give this statement. One thing is very much sure that this film would place Gopichand in a high range as hero in his film career.

    What about the film's progress?

    So far we have completed 75% of the film shooting. We will complete the talkie part shooting by the end of this month. We will finish the canning of songs by next month. We are planning to release the film on February 9. We had already started the re-recording process from December 20. We are planning two of the songs abroad. The film was shot in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Another speciality of our film is that noted Bollywood director Mahesh Manjrekar is playing a role in our film.

    What is Mahesh Manjrekar's role in this movie?

    When we are thinking about a rich man's character belonging to a rich family in Mumbai, we thought that Mahesh Manjrekar would be apt for the role. We worked hard to get his dates. I am very happy that he agreed to perform a role in a Telugu film.

    Tell us about the songs in this film?

    MM Keeravani gave melodious tunes to all the songs in the film. We are planning to release the audio on January 15. They will be made available in the market by January 18. Meanwhile, three more songs are yet to be choreographed for the film. Of them, one song would be an item song and Agastya is expected to shake her legs. Two more will be canned on heroine Neha Jhulka.

    What about other technicians?

    We have chosen three fight masters for action scenes in this film. You will understand why we took a decision to employ different action choreographers after watching the action part in the film. However, our film has no chases but we will be choreographing the action scenes in a sequence.

    Tell us about director Chandrasekhar Yeleti

    Chandu is a hard worker. Though he directed two films earlier, they did not do well commercially, but he personally earned a good name as a director with a good taste. But this time, we planed properly and wanted to bring out a commercial hit film. That is the reason we are making this film as a commercial film. However, the film would be clean without any scope for obscenity.

    How far did you involve in direction?

    I just don't involve in direction department. I worked as an executive producer for Chatrapati and Vikramarkudu. So I took the responsibility of execution the film in an effective way. When it comes to this film, I am the producer and hence I am looking after production alone. Moreover, there is no need for the involvement of any others especially when the film is being directed by Chandu.

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