Dil Raju, now widely known as the producer and distributor with a Midas touch speaks on his latest venture Akashamantha.
On choosing a Tamil story
This story cannot be identified with just one language. Being an emotional drama that touches the inner chords of every person, Akashamantha has an appeal irrespective of language. Prakash Raj told me the story, when I was making the film Parugu. Having liked the story, I immediately consented to make it in Telugu.
On Daddy-Daughter relationship
Our story is entirely different from similar themes dealt by films earlier. The father-daughter relationship in many films is touched in a few scenes in those films. Whereas, Akashamantha deals only with Daddy-Daughter relationship throughout the film that spans a period of twenty five years.
On the fissures of Daddy-Daughter relationship
The first man a daughter encounters soon after her birth is the father, who always feels uneasy at the prospect of another man coming into his daughter’s life.
On the importance of father roles in his films
All my films, like Kotha Bangaru Lokam, have father roles of vital importance. I believe a father figure is like a tree growing into a great institution branching off in diverse directions.
On the role of Jagapathi Babu
Though the role played by Jagapathi Babu is a cameo, it is crucial to the narration of the film. Normally, top heroes do not agree for guest roles and I am thankful to Jagapathi Babu who accepted it after listening to the film’s story.