While people are now particular that no film should criticise any caste, creed or religion, making a film that talks about issues at the borders of two different States, situations and cultural differences among the people there, needs a lot of knowledge and courage. The director has to write the script of the film it in such a way that it doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
Especially when it’s a debut director, he has to make the film with a lot of care and that’s what Venky Kudumula has done for his debut film Chalo, which is hitting the screens this Friday.
Venky hails from Khammam, studied Commercial Agricultural Business Management and worked as an assistant director with Teja for Neku Naku Dash Dash. He later worked for films like Jaadoogadu, Thoofan and Trivikram’s A Aa.
“Shourya and I have become best friends with Jaadoogadu. Our bond has become very strong as days passed by and both of us have decided to work on a film. After a lot of discussions, we decided to make a crime comedy. But, somehow, I wanted to show the original side of Shourya on-screen. He is hyper energetic and so we decided to look for such stories where his energy can elevate it,” said the director.
Chalo is about a border that separates Andhra and Tamil Nadu. The situation in the two villages on the border borders on hatred among people and the story deals with how Shourya gets into trouble by entering into a wrong village. In between is their college life, love story and the connection of the heroine with the village.
When asked about what inspired him from writing the story, Venky said that it was something he picked up from his real-life. “From my village which is in Bhadradri now, Andhra Pradesh is just two kilometres away. I almost live near the border. So, I chose the storyline from there, changed the States and developed it into a film script,” he added.
Rashmika Mandanna, the Kannada budding actor is making her Telugu debut with this film. When Venky visited Chennai to meet his friend, he watched Kirrik Party and that’s when he decided top rope her in for this movie. “At the same time, even Naga Shourya called me and said that Rashmika is his choice. I was surprised that both of us have thought of the same heroine,” he added.
Venky made it clear that the film will neither praise nor criticise any of the Telugu and Tamil speaking people. “Chalo is an entertainment-based film which can be watched by all categories of audience,” he added.