“I mortgaged my apartment to produce this film”
Filmmaker Rajesh Touchriver’s film, Na Bangaru Thalli (My Dearest Daughter), won the Best Feature Film Award at the prestigious Trinity International Film Festival in Michigan in September this year even before it has released. Such recognition comes for a Telugu film after more than two decades. Q How did you decide upon the theme for Na Bangaru Thalli? A. We hear about trafficking everywhere. You open a newspaper any day and there is always something on crime against women. Besides, my wife Dr Sunitha Krishnan who has been working towards the cause, has shared a lot of stories. I chose one story. People need to be sensitised about such issues. Q. Tell us something about the making of the film. A. Although it remains true to the issue, it is made in a commercial format rather than like an art film and is suitable for the whole family to view together. Shantanu Moitra of 3 Idiots did a couple of songs and background score besides Tamil and Malayalam music director Sharad. Since no producers were interested much in a film like this, I mortgaged my apartment and produced it myself. Q. What are you working on next? A. I’m working on a trilingual film in English, Telugu and Malayalam called Blue, which is about issues revolving around youth in metro cities.