In your previous films audience has seen you as a lover boy, mass hero and action hero, how can we see you in ganesh?
Ganesh is a totally different film and I will look very fresh. In fact, it is all about freshness. It is almost like matching the age and enthusiasm of kids, who number 26 in this film.
Is there any relation between old film Ganesh(venkatesh) and in this film?
Not at all. Though it is an old title it is a totally different film and has no resemblance to the one Venkatesh garu starred in. It is a nice love story and is going to be the cutest love story ever with 26 kids.
Tell us about the charcter of ganesh?
Ganesh is a software engineer. Like the divine Lord Ganesha, known for removing obstacles in one’s life, the character basically projects a person who is ready to help even strangers when asked for. In fact, the entire storyline revolves around Ganesh, from being my name to scenes with Brahmanandam garu, the kids, the villain and the fact that the climax will be amid backdrop of Vinayaka Chavithi led to the name of the film. We did try to look for a different name but after looking at all these reasons we thought that that ‘Ganesh’ would be apt.
Tell us about the heroine Kajal Agarwal?
Kajal brought a lot of freshness to this film. It is basically a character that has a lot of variations and requires one to get fully involved to be able to do justice to it and she has done a great job.
How was working with 26 kids? Share your experience.
It was fun all along and I think it is once in a life time experience to work with 26 kids for around 86 days. Especially, it took us eleven days and two nights to shoot the song ‘Chalo Chalo Re’ before we finally completed it on the night of the thirteenth. It is a once in a life time experience to work with the kids and I am really lucky to be a part of this film.
Tell us about the director?
Luckily, I always had that rapport and chemistry with all the directors that I had worked with and this film is no different. As far as the success of it is concerned, the audience will understand it once they watch the film on the screen. Again, director Saravanan is a guy who tried to project me in a different way than the usual comedy that people began to associate me with after ‘Ready’ and ‘Maska’. After watching the film, the audience will get a feel that yes; Ram can make us cry too.
Tell us about the music director and music?
Again, we were looking for freshness and Micky J. Meyer was the choice. He is a great music director and has got a fantastic music sense. The songs are really fresh and for the first time, Micky has composed some fast numbers apart from his soothing melodies for this film. Music is that aspect of a film that hits the market before the film and gives an idea of what the film is all about and the fact that the music is a big hit is only going to enhance the experience of watching the film. I think Micky has delivered more that what we have expected of him.
Music is out and it is a grand hit, there was one song ‘Ele Ele’ which was a big hit. Can u tell us about the song?
As far as the music is concerned, all the credit goes to Micky. He has done a wonderful job. In fact, it was Micky himself who took all the pains to find the girl who has the voice to sing ‘Ele Ele’. I mean the voice, when we heard the tune for the first time, we thought it was terrific. A lot of people think that the voice was created with some kind of instrument because it blends so perfectly with the music. It is so haunting and I think that really worked for that song.
Any interesting incidents happened while shoot?
A lot of incidents really. I mean with 26 kids, brats really, you got to get loads of fun on the sets. It was like we never wanted to listen to the word ‘pack up’. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and God, these kids are superfast. I mean I felt that I was a really good boy in my childhood. When one of these kids isn’t ready for the shoot, there is no point in bribing them with a chocolate, because he would end up showing you two. So, I made it a point to stack chocolates and chips of all kinds and brands in my box because you never know what they are going to prefer. When I had to change their mood, I would do so in true cinematic style by taking them to my room and asking them to choose from a lavish spread of chocolates. Soon, it was like, whenever I call, the kids would have delicious chocolates on their minds. They were pampered very much and I think their parents will have a tough time afterwards.
Tell us about the technicians?
Though a love story, the film is technically sound. We have used a lot of graphics and after watching the film, people will understand the reason behind those graphics. A lot of big names worked for the film like Peter Hanes master, Hari Anumolu garu and the likes.
This film is from your home banner, can u tell us about the production valves and money investment?
We have never given a thought to the costs. All we looked for was the grandeur and the look and feel and for a love story the feel factor is extremely important. Uncle, as the producer, especially was very particular about the look and grandeur and it shows in the film. I will tell you an example. According to the story, the Hero and Heroine are required to pay a visit to someone’s place on the outskirts of Hyderabad and are supposed to take shelter from rain under a tree while returning. Normally, people would have shot the scene on the outskirts of Hyderabad itself. This film being a love story, we wanted to make the scene more dramatic and so went up all the way to ‘Araku’ for the shot. We shot it under a huge tree against a backdrop of beautiful mountains and whole look and feel of the shot is enhanced quite a bit. It almost feels like the surroundings are made for the purpose. Such is the care that we have taken, never once bothering about the costs.
Who designed your hair style?
Hair style is done by a new guy named Ram. Again, the storyline with all the kids requires me to look a lot fresh and younger, in fact, younger than ever. We never wanted the character to look a father or uncle to those kids. It should be in sync with their age. It should be young and I and my director had a lot of sittings over the look of my character in this film. So, credit goes to my director also.
How will you compare Ganesh with your previous films?
I really don’t like to compare my films. All I would look for is more variation and make sure that I do films that offer much scope and variation. Again, this is a very fresh film with all those kids. Kids, just trying to be kids and not trying to deliver mature lines and all that. It will be a lot of fun watching them on the screen and am sure it will make the audiences laugh.