With his film Arundhathi becoming the first runaway hit of 2009, Shyam Prasad Reddy is proud to be its producer. According to trade pundits, this film eventually become the biggest grosser ever, even beating the record of Pokiri.
Here are some thoughts of Shyam Prasad Reddy on his work and on the film Arundhathi.
On the success of Arundhathi:
It is over 13 years that my film has been declared a hit, that is my last successful film was Ammoru. With the success of Arundhathi, I feel all the hard work I put in has paid off.
On the plus and minus of Arundhathi:
I never watch any of my films. Though we meticulously plan the film, I leave it to the director to look into the plus points and minus points. I am so critical of my films, if I watch them, I can never finish a film. I feel I can improve upon one point or the other.
On the importance of heroine in Arundhathi:
I believe that woman is the Stree Shakti and all my films are woman oriented. Take the films Talambralu, Ahuthi, Ammoru and now Arundhathi…all are woman oriented with the heroine in the driving seat.
On interfering with direction:
No, I never interfere with direction or any other department. I believe that film making is concerted effort of all the people involved. I discuss every issue with everyone concerned particularly the director, cameraman, editor, music director, writer and the special effects chief. Any film is the result of cumulative effort of all those who are contributing to it.
On future ventures:
I am busy with dubbing Arundhathi in Tamil. Songs recording is in the process. Next I am thinking of remaking it in Hindi as mere dubbing may create nativity problems. There will be some basic yet profound changes in the Hindi version. However, there is still some time for the Hindi remake. Let the Tamil version release first.
Yes, trends are changing. Very talented new-comers are hogging the limelight. The time to think differently has arrived. You can’t go by the formula of introductory song, interval bang, four fights, six songs and climax fight. Those days are gone.
If we make films which cannot be easily imagined or predicted by the audience then we can get international recognition. With the excellent technician pool in Tollywood and an excellent story telling abilities, Telugu cinema is not far from getting an Oscar.