disappeared from the music scene 8 months back and now you
are resurfacing as an actor. How do you find this transformation?
What do you think the people would interpret it as?
do not bother what people think about it. I think about
my growth and I have every right to take a decision that
helps me grow. I think that I have reached a very good position
as a music director. And the growth rate has become stagnated.
And I feel that even if I work for another 100 years as
music director, I would at the same level. I want to do
something apart from music. Hence I am trying my hand at
acting. Though I played the main lead in 'Seenu Vasanthi
Lakshmi', I made sure that I also scored the music. People
would be curious to know how well RP would score music to
the film he is acting in compared to other films. Even after
8 months gap, people are still waiting for my album.
have no background in music before I entered the film industry.
I did not have any idea about ragas, swaras and notes. If
I do any music, it comes from my heart. Likewise, my music
travels to the hearts of listeners. The music has to be
pure and pristine. It should be heart to heart music without
any interference. There was some interference in my music
in the past because of certain people that caused my music
fail (to reach the heart of listeners) at times. 'Seenu
Vasanthi Lakshmi' music is a perfect example of heart-heart
always keep remembering my roots and past and how I struggled
to come up in life. If I see the position I am in now and
compare it with my past, I feel that I am really blessed.
The God has been very kind to me. I would like to take the
blessings positively and extend my reach in other departments
as well. When God gives to you, he keeps on giving. You
should have a check point every time and try to understand
what God wants us to do. I think God has given me the offer
'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi'. I never took a wrong step in my
life and I feel that 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi' is also a
right step. If anybody feels that I am making a wrong move
with Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi, I think they are making a mistake.
I know more about myself than anybody else.
have not taken the offer 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi' because
I wanted to become actor. I accepted the offer because I
have it in me to do justice to the blind man role in that
film. I am not doing this film because I want to do duets
with heroines in New Zealand or I want to fight 10 guys
at a time. I know what I am capable of. And God has given
me enough brains to understand what I am capable of and
what I am not!
is lot of curiosity among movie lovers about how music director
RP would have performed in acting department. I would not
disappoint any of them. I am 100% fit for the lead role.
is your goal when you came to Hyderabad to join Telugu film
I wanted to become film director. The music direction and
acting are the intermediately steps to become director.
Director is the captain of the ship. Music director is the
chief technician. Artist is the communicator. It is always
advantageous to become director with the experience of music
direction and action. I am going to direct a film after
the release of 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi'.
us about your directorial venture?
I am planning to direct an English film that would be shot
in Bay Area of USA.
did you prepare story and why USA backdrop?
had this storyline with me from many years. But I decided
upon the backdrop as USA when I visited USA last year. I
stayed in USA for a month and by observing the culture,
tradition and lifestyle of NRI's I decided to make the film
in USA. This film is going to be made in English. This film
would be having duration of around 2 hours. I am planning
to visit USA on 20th of April to do the groundwork. We are
planning to shoot from July 2004 onwards. It is going to
have very energetic and youthful story. I would be casting
all actors from USA. All the technicians would be from USA
except for the cinematographer. Jayaram Komati and Garapati
Prasad are going to produce this film on a new banner. I
would be a creative partner in that production unit.
director inspired you the most?
are very good directors. But I would not follow anybody.
I will follow the mood of the film. I like the direction
style of Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma. I like Teja's
screenplay. I like Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor. We have to
direct a film as per the demand of the script. We simply
can't follow any director's style and force it into the
film. I don't believe in plucking scenes from various movies
to insert them in our films.
climax in Malayalam original is a tragic one where the sister
of blind man gets raped. Did you follow the similar climax
for 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi'?
I can't reveal anything about the story of this film. Though
it's a remake, we made sure that we changed several parts
of the film to make it a better one. You got to see it on
big screen to know yourself.
of this film might not be very good. But I can assure you
that presentation of the film is great. Every audience would
feel that he/she has seen a good film after coming out of
the theater. This film would have pleasing photography and
smooth direction. I can assure you that Jeevi Rating would
be 4.5 for 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi'.
did you get hold of heroines in this film?
I went to Mumbai. And got hold of Navnith through STANS
agency. Priya is a Hyderabad-based Telugu girl. She is ex-Miss
AP. She is a friend of me for a long time. We have been
asking her to act in films since Chitram days. She kept
on refusing. She acted in this film because I am making
my debut as an actor. Both these heroines did a good job.
film Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi and your friend Teja's Jai are
releasing in the same weekend. Is there any cold war between
Incidentally, lyricist Kula Sekhar decides the auspicious
dates (muhurtaalu) for us. He suggested the same dates for
both Jai and Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi. He feels that our films
would run well if they release on those dates. The summer
season would welcome 2-3 hits a time. I also have a selfish
reason. The overflows of Jai film would visit the theaters
playing Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi. When films of Teja and RP
are releasing, people tend to compare how our films are
doing. In order to compare, all the movie lovers would watch
both the films. In the process, Teja would not lose anything.
But I would definitely gain more than what I would have
got if this film were released separately.
the first time a music director other than RP Patnaik is
scoring for any Teja's film. How do you rate the songs of
Jai (scored by Anoop)?
did not like '123' song in the audio album. I immensely
liked 'Yenni Aasalo Chinni Gundelo' song. Everyday I hum
that song. I personally feel that Anoop has shown only 2%
of talent he possess through 'Jai' album. That's probably
due to situational constraints in the script. Audio of Jai
may not be very good. But it is not bad either. There is
an expectation for the audio of Teja's films and Jai could
only reach those expectations partly. Anoop is capable of
doing a much better music. Checkout the music of 'Nijam'!
It's a serious film and there is no scope for music in Nijam.
Likewise, there might be some script constraints for Anoop
to score music. I also feel that There is also much time
gap for Jai in between the release of the audio and the
have your movie release in 15 days time. Do you feel tensed?
I don't have any tensions. I am very sure that this film
is going to run well.
is the budget of this film?
Rs. 2 crores.
are your target audience when you make music?
Kids are my target. Kids have amazing ability to grasp and
embrace nice music. If kids like a song, everybody would
us about the music in 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi'?
All songs in this film are situational. No song is a forced
one. All the songs would have happy notes. But, in the film
all these songs have right emotions and make you feel very
lovers in AP recognize you by face as you have given several
stage shows and appeared many times on TV. Don't you think,
people tend to see music director RP in Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi
than seeing the blind man?
I guess that conflict would be there for the first 5 minutes
of the film. After that they would be engulfed into the
mood of the film and see the character 'Seenu'.
us about the director E Srinivas?
He is one among our friends. Unfortunate, rather fortunately,
his debut film 'Kothaga Vundi' was stalled. He is a very
us the opening scene of this film?
The film starts with 10 second darkness (black screen).
After 10 seconds, there would be a voice over saying, you
are feeling irritated for a 10-second darkness. What would
be the plight of blind men who live their entire lives in
darkness? 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi' story belongs to one
of those blind men.
are acting as blind man in this film. Actor Chiranjeevi
has established 'Chiranjeevi Eye Bank' to server blind people.
Did you meet him regarding this film?
members of the team who worked for 'Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi'
are going to donate eyes to 'Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust'.
While doing this film, lots of our team members started
realizing the pain a blind man goes through. When I informed
this to Chiranjeevi, he felt really happy. At the same time,
I don't want to use this deed to promote my film. It's a
personal and emotional cause and we want it to be a private
the film becomes hit, I want to go to people and request
them to donate the eyes. Again, I would not like to use
this tour to promote my film. I would do it individually
as a responsibility.
is the difference you feel between the last year's birthday
and this year's birthday?
I was over-burdened with music work for the last year birthday.
Time used to control me at that time. And now I can control
the time. Even if I score music for outsiders in the future,
I make sure that I have sufficient control on my time.
here for exhaustive 1st interview of RP.
along with visitors of idlebrain.com, wish RP Patnaik a
great birthday and wish that he would be a successful actor
and director when he celebrates his birthday next year!