The query ‘what if?’ could make our creativeness run wild and maybe spark a narrative worthy of a giant display screen expertise. Vi Anand, author and director of the Telugu thriller Ooru Peru Bhairavakona, which releases in theatres on February 16, traces the origin of the movie’s story concept to his engineering days when he travelled by Yercaud Specific from Chennai to Erode, his hometown. “I awakened at night time to search out that the prepare had stopped in the midst of nowhere. All the pieces was darkish after I regarded out of the window. Then, I noticed faint lights, fireworks and heard the sound of drums from a distance. I gathered that there could possibly be some festivities in a distant village. I used to be curious in regards to the village, its individuals and the midnight festivities. I additionally questioned, what if I get down from the prepare and go to the place?” In Ooru Peru…, actor Sundeep Kishan performs a personality who visits one such village and learns, to his shock, that the individuals have been ready for him.
The movie is Anand’s second collaboration with Sundeep Kishan after Tiger, the 2015 Telugu motion drama. Throughout this interview at his workplace in Hyderabad, Anand recollects the ‘what if?’ that triggered Tiger. “I used to be using my bike and on that day, I used to be not carrying my pockets or ID playing cards. A thought crossed my thoughts that if I had been to satisfy with an accident, nobody would know who I’m. I instructed myself that in such an eventuality, I ought to shortly blurt out my spouse’s cellphone quantity so that somebody can contact her. It’s a scary thought but it surely made me write a narrative.” In Tiger, the cellphone quantity revealed by Rahul Ravindran who meets with an accident paves means for the story.
Publish Tiger, Anand and Sundeep had grow to be mates and confidantes and sometimes bounced concepts off one another. “He’s upfront and tells me when he thinks I’ve not written effectively sufficient. That suggestions has at all times helped,” says Anand.
Not a daily hero
The director shared just a few story concepts with Sundeep in 2020. The actor appreciated Ooru Peru… since he had not been a part of a supernatural fantasy drama. “His character, Basavalingam, just isn’t a simple hero. He has stolen jewelry and is on the run, there are gray shades to his character,” says Anand. Because the story developed and each Anand and Sundeep had been eager to make it into a movie, their widespread buddy, Rajesh Danda, said his curiosity in producing it and launched the manufacturing firm, Hasya Films. The movie went on flooring in February 2022.
The fictional village Bhairavakona is situated amid forests and Anand conceptualised it such that it’s steeped in thriller and rituals. A few of Anand’s earlier movies too have had the fantasy aspect — Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada, for example. He recollects being fascinated by ideas of demise and afterlife for years. “I consider in previous life and have been interested by what occurs after demise and the journey of the soul to achieve salvation or to the following start. That made me learn Garuda Puranam. On this movie, we took the inventive liberty to weave a narrative stating that 4 pages of the guide have gone lacking and what that may result in.”
As soon as Anand writes a narrative, he shares it along with his spouse, his older son who’s now 14 and shut mates who weigh in and supply their suggestions. He gauges their reactions to see if his tales curiosity them. He says Ooru Peru… has components of magical realism. Having learn books reminiscent of Many Lives Many Masters on previous lives, he additionally mentions Piranesi as one amongst his favourites.
Ask Anand how he visualises fantasy dramas for the big display screen and he says he goes with the circulation and doesn’t overthink as soon as the plot factors, conflicts and characters are delineated. “I make issues troublesome for Basavalingam on this movie in order that the viewers is invested in his journey to see how he rises above all of the hurdles. As his endurance is examined, it is going to be fascinating to see how his character evolves.” Anand provides that Ooru Peru… might need just a few jumpscares however stays within the entertaining, family-friendly zone.
Ooru Peru… will launch solely in Telugu and going by its reception, it could be dubbed in Tamil and Hindi. Rising up in Tamil Nadu and later shifting to Hyderabad, Anand observes that the aesthetics and grammar of Telugu cinema is completely different from that of Tamil, though a number of dubbed movies have discovered takers in each areas. “The dialogue supply, scene development and drama are completely different. Only a few movies might be made concurrently in each languages.” Trying again at his earlier movies, he says his expertise of working in Tamil (Appuchi Gramam) in addition to Telugu made him perceive the variations required to have interaction the viewers. “Tiger was important for me in that sense. Abburi Ravi wrote the dialogues and I understood how he knew the heartbeat of the Telugu viewers. After I directed my first movie Hrudayam Ekkadunnadi (2014), I didn’t know the best way to write for a Telugu movie.”
After the discharge of Ooru Peru…, Anand will start engaged on a movie starring Nikhil Siddhartha and there are two extra fantasy dramas within the pipeline.