“I mort­gaged my apart­ment to pro­duce this film”

India Today - - SIMPLY HYDERABAD BUZZ - By Mona Ramavat

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.

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