With the invitation of the AP government, famous Telugu filmmaker Jagarlamudi Krish along with art director Anand Sai are set to work with the renowned British architecture firm ‘Foster and Brothers’ in designing Amaravati, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh.
It will be interesting to see the combined efforts of Indian filmmakers and British architects as ‘Foster and Partners’ have been appointed as the Master Architect for the project.
"The CM has asked us to contact Krish, so we will take inputs and suggestions from him and also Sai," Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana said.
Earlier, ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ director SS Rajamouli, who has extensive experience in working with historical movies, was also roped in for his contribution towards conceptualisation.
The state government conducted an international competition seeking designs for the capital in 2015 and had earlier picked Japan's Maki and Associates' "models" in March last. Subsequently, Maki was dumped and ‘Foster and Partners’ was appointed last month.
It is noteworthy that both the directors have worked extensively with epic movies giving them an edge in the field of ancient architectural design. While Rajamouli’s film ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ is set to be released in April this year, Krish’s ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’ was released a few days back.
It seems Chief Minister Naidu was impressed with the latter’s work when he watched the film on January 12. Incidentally, Krish’s movie also stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Chandrababu's brother-in-law and TDP MLA.
Similarly, Anand Sai is the son of art director B Chellam who has worked extensively in Telugu films. Sai has worked as an art director for many popular Telugu films like Indra, Badrinath, Yamadonga and is now serving the Telangana government on its ambitious Yadadri temple town project. His debut movie was ‘Tholi Prema’ with superstar Pawan Kalyan.
Meanwhile, Foster and Partners -- who already held one round of talks with the Bahubali director on the design aspects -- is expected to submit a "rough draft" design of Amaravati to the CRDA on January 25. Foster is charging Rs 67 crore for the design work.
To its credit, London-based Foster has designed iconic structures like the 50 UN Plaza, Singapore Supreme Court, Imperial War Museum (UK), Century Tower (Japan), the Ireo City (Gurugram), Cyber Port (China), Bloomberg headquarters (UK), The Index (UAE), International Airport (Kuwait), to name a few.
Top Indian architect Hafiz Contractor is also partnering with Foster in designing two "iconic structures" -- the High Court and the Legislature Complex -- apart from the master plan for the 900-acre core capital area.
(With Agency Inputs)