Director Srinivas Raju is excited about his third outing Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna, what he calls a family entertainer, releasing this New Year.
Though it is considered a remake of Telugu film Geethanjali, Raju says says there’s a twist to it. Three years ago, it was he who put director Raj Kiran in touch with the writer, we hear.
“I actually heard this story from the writer three years ago, before it was made into the Telugu flick.” But his second film Shivam kept him busy for a long time, he says. The script for the 2014 Telugu release, Kiran’s directorial debut, was penned by Kona Venkat.
“The writer couldn’t wait for me so I referred my friend to him. That’s how Geethanjali happened. Later, I took up where I had left off to make the film in Kannada. I had no intention to remake Geethanjali.”
The director, who debuted with Dandupalya, was fascinated by a subject that blends horror and comedy. “This is something new, and I really enjoyed directing the film. That this is not
your regular entertainer thrilled me,” he says.
Komal and Priyamani, who play the lead pair, mirrored his sentiment when they heard the story, he says.
“The known is not as exciting, and I love challenges. Not many subjects allow you to blend horror and comedy. So this story gave me a great opportunity. As it unfolds, it’s very unpredictable, and will keep the audience hooked till the end.”
What response does he hope for from the audience? “My intention is to entertain, and I will succeed if the audience accept the film. If not, I will be happy I tried something new,” he says.
Up next from Srinivas Raju is a sequel to Dandupalya, for which he is awaiting Pooja Gandhi to emerge from the Bigg Boss House. “I will also start Nati Koli once I finalise the star cast,” he signs off.
My intention is to entertain, and I will succeed if the audience accept the film. If not, I will be happy I tried something new Srinivas raju, Director