Deva Katta is game for experimental cinema

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Deva Katta
Deva Katta

Deva Katta movies got a cult status from the moment they were released. He is someone who isn’t afraid to step out of his comfort zone to deliver to his audience creatively new-fangled movies. And as someone who’s always aspired to pursue a career in filmmaking since his childhood, Deva Katta, serves as an inspiration to many.

The engineer-turned-filmmaker has given to the Tollywood industry unforgettable hits spun across various genres. With his most notable being Prasthanam, starring Sharvanand and veteran actor Sai Kumar, Katta is now on his way to recreate the award-winning political drama in Hindi with a stellar cast, among those is Sanjay Dutt.

In a dialogue with Tabloid Today, the American-Indian director and writer reveals more about himself.

Blockbuster debut

Armed with a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and a graduate degree from Chennai, Katta had first-hand understanding between two worlds. This, frankly, brought out the idea of his debut smash hit, Vennela. “I wanted to direct something very light-hearted and at the same time, something that came from and experiences,” says the Kadapa-born director.

Dawn of an award winner

When asked what his favourite genre to direct in was, he instantly replies, drama with a realistic action tempo. Taking his interest into directing an intense political character drama, came the award-winning creation, Prasthanam.

“Even before taking up Vennela, I wanted to position myself as a serious filmmaker,” says Katta. So he resigned from his position as a full-time engineer in the US to come to India to chase a brand new career. “My end goal has always been to be someone who delivers new and impactful content. Otherwise, there was no point quitting my profession and life in US in pursuit of it,” shares the Nandi awardee.

The recreation

As a movie that has won multiple awards, including two Filmfares, Prasthanam was a clear hit. Now the 2010 Telugu cult movie is being remade in Hindi with Sanjay Dutt, Satyajeet and Amyra Dastur. “Prasthanam is a kind of story you don’t want to mess with too much. Changing even a single thing will shake the integrity of its essence.” Having said that, he also shares that it’s a new journey on its own.

Ongoing projects

Roped in to direct Sivagami, the upcoming Netflix show based on the prequel The Rise of Sivagami, Katta explores new territories in what is expected to be a hit series on its way. Spread across three seasons, he has written and directed the screenplay mentored by SS Rajamouli. “I wanted to dive into the Bahubali world as it offered immense scope for writing and exploring filmmaking in a way I have never been exposed to,” he signs off.