Interview with Mahesh Surapaneni about Kathalo Rajakumari
You are at > Interviews >
Follow Us

13 September 2017

Mahesh Surapaneni is the young director of the upcoming ‘pure love story’ featuring Nara Rohit, Namitha Pramod and Naga Shourya. He is confident that Kathalo Rajakumari is a good film which will engage the audiences. Mahesh talks to Idlebrain about the film and more.

What is Kathalo Rajakumari about?
Every man has a rajakumari in their life. It could be his mother, wife, sister, or any key woman. This is what the film is about. Namitha Pramod plays the female protagonist and she has a strong role. She is a popular Malayalam actress who’s done about 20 films. I was actually very particular about casting a Mallu girl in this film because Mallu girls are very expressive; take Asin, Nayanthara or Nazriya for example. And since this film is a love story and love stories have two important roles, i.e. two protagonists, I needed a very good actress. Now that the film is completed I can surely say that she is one of the biggest assets of this film.

Coming to the rest, in 90% of the film Rohit’s character is villainous. Him and the actress have nothing in common. She is a simple independent girl who takes life as it comes. The story revolves around how these two childhood friends relate to each other and the situation in which they meet later in life. The film itself is set in a hill station back drop. Naga Shourya plays another vital role in the film. He is present during a phase in the film with a movie backdrop and also during the climax. Although his role is about 25 minutes in the film, he is part of a major decision making process and becomes the game changer.

In your movie it seems that the female protagonist is treated with much respect. Do you think women today enjoy the same respect in real life?
In my opinion things are getting better but many things need to improve. There are still a lot of things happening in this world which we don't want happening to women. There is much disrespect and a sense of authority that men feel they have on women, which should change. But if we look at work, there are many crafts where women are excelling so there is good as well. Whether men respect women depends a lot on how we are brought up and the culture around us.

When did you decide to enter the film industry?
I was born in Vijayawada which is pretty much the hub of cinema fanatics. Cinema pichi! I was also one of them but I did not think about working in it earlier. I only got interested during my bachelors. Then my parents asked me to finish my post graduation and then do what I wanted. My parents had their insecurities and fears but they never stopped me from doing what I wanted. So once I finished my Engineering I went to the US to do my post grad in Mechanical Engineering. When I came back I started assisting Teja garu.

Tell us about your experiences with him.
Those one and a half years were the toughest for me. He’s a perfectionist so we always have to be on our toes. During that time I learnt all the nuances of filmmaking. After that I assisted Kona Venkat garu and Paruchuri Venkateshwar Rao garu in writing. And then I worked in the creative side at Vijayanti Production, writing and working on ads. I was with them for a couple of years and was even meant to do a movie with them. Unfortunately it didn’t happen so I decided to do a concept oriented medium budget film and narrated it to Rohit. I worked on developing that story for two to three months before approaching him. I wanted to do something he didn’t do before. He has always done family oriented or more serious action films so I thought of writing a pure love story.

What helped you make the decision to pursue your passion?
Right from childhood I’ve been very independent in my decision making. I think a 100% of the credit for that goes to my schooling. I studied at Siddhartha Public School where we had time for everything. We had time for education, sport, and extracurricular activities. I was very fortunate to study there because I was taught not to follow but to lead there.

So how long was it since you entered the film industry to when you directed this film?
The whole thing took four years.

Did you know Rohit earlier?
No, when I narrated the script to him was the first time I met him.

How is your relationship with Rohit now?
Rohit is fantastic. Although we only got in touch regarding the film, now he is a very good friend. We spend a lot of time together. Since we stay in opposite lanes it also makes it easy to meet each other. And even though Shourya did the film for Rohit, during the filming process he has also become a very good friend.

What are your expectations for the film?
I am certain that we made a good film and I'm not revenue oriented so I’m not worried about box office as much.

Who is our favourite hero?

And favourite actress?
Nayanthara in the South and Shraddha Kapoor in Bollywood.

Has any director influenced you a lot?
Personally I really like two directors who have very contrasting styles of filmmaking. Mani Ratnam and Raghavendra Rao. I really enjoy the flamboyance in the later’s films and how he treats commercial cinema. In Bollywood I find it wonderful to watch the visual extravaganza in Karan Johar’s films.

-Maya Nelluri

vijay jeedigunta

About Maya Nelluri: Writer, Artist, and Make-up & Hair Professional; but first and foremost - Telugu Cinema Addict! Previous work experience includes Styling for films and photo shoots featuring Shriya Saran, Rana, Saina Nehwal, Nani and many more. Also worked as Associate Editor for SouthScope and Copy Editor for Channel 6 among others.
Twitter: @mayanelluri

Other Interviews

Krishna Marimuthu (director)
Yakub Ali (director)
Raj & DK (directosr)
Sandeep Reddy Vanga (director)
Mahi V Raghav (director)
Taapsee (actress)
Hanu Raghavapudi (director)
Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas (actor)
Krishna Vamsi (director)
Sekhar Kammula (director)
Catherine Tresa (actress)
Shiva Nirvana (director)
Harish Shankar (director)
Pattabhi R. Chilukuri (director)
Anand Ranga (director)
Mohan Krishna Indraganti (director)
Adivi Sesh (actor)
Vamsy (director)
Sumanth Ashwin (actor)
Anisha Ambrose (actress)
Sudheer Varma (director)
Ritu Varma (actress)
Rahul (actor)
Srinivas Avasarala (actor)
Pritesh Depala (CEO of Phars Films)
KK Senthil Kumar (director)
Sreenu Vaitla (director)
Varun Tej (actor)
Nischay Niyogi (stylist)
Lavanya Tripathi (actress)
Anup Rubense (music actor)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Raj Tarun (actor)
Vamsi Krishna (director)
Vijay Devarakonda (actor)
Sai Dharam Tej (actor)
Rana (actor)
Satish Vegesna (director)
Shriya Saran (actress)
Devi Sri Prasad (music director)
Sree Vishnu (actor)
Kruthika Jayakumar (actress)
Punarnavi (actress)
Ram Gopal Varma (director)
Vishal (actor)
Ram Charan (actor)
Saloni (actor)
Ram Charan (actor)
Poorna (actress)
Sivakarthikeyan (actor)
Nikhil (actor)
Nandita Swetha (actress)
Hebah Patel (actress)
Allari Naresh (actor)
Sumanth (actor)
Manjima Mohan (actress)
Karthi (actor)
Rajeevan (Art director)
Trisha (actress)
Kalyan Ram (actor)
Puri Jagannadh (director)
Jagapathi Babu (actor)
Prakash Raj (actor)
Priyamani (actress)
Ram (actor)
Raashi Khanna (actress)
Virinchi Varma (director)
Nani Majnu by Jeevi (actor)
Nani Majnu by Maya Nelluri (actor)
Nagarjuna (actor)
Kriti kharbanda (actress)
Srinivas Avasarala (actor)
Nara Rohit (actor)
NTR (actor)
Koratala Siva (director)
Allu Sirish (actor)
Venkatesh (actor)
Chandrasekhar Yeleti (director)
Vijay Devarakonda (actor)
Ramaraju (director)
Nani- Gentleman (actor)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Nithin (actor)
S Radha Krishna (China Babu) (producer)
Mahesh Babu (actor)
Suriya (actor)
Boyapati Srinu (director)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Manoj Manchu (actor)
Nandini Reddy (director)
Adivi Sesh (actor)
Satish Kasetty (director)
Bellamkonda Srinivas (actor)
Bheemaneni Srinivasa Rao (director)
Sharwanand (actor)
Nagarjuna (actor)
NTR (actor)
Merlapaka Gandhi (director)
Sravanthi Ravi Kishore (producer)
Sudheer Babu (actor)
Allari Naresh (actor)
Gopichand (actor)
Varun Tej (actor)
Sampath Nandi (director)
Nanditha (actress)
Nikhil (actor)
Anushka (actress)
R. Rathnavelu (cinematographer)
Swathi (actress)
Chinnababu (producer)
Raaja Kiran (director)
Naveen Chandra (actor)
Ohmkar (director)
Kalyan Ram (actor)
GV Prakash Kumar (actor)
Varun Tej (actor)
Sreenu Vaitla (director)
Ram Charan (actor)
Nani (actor)
Teja (director)
Vishnu Manchu (actor)
Deva Katta (director)
Maruthi (director)
Bunny Vasu (producer)
Ravi Teja (actor)
Mahesh Babu (actor)
Koratala Siva (director)
Mahesh Babu (actor)
Kalyan Koduri (music composer)
Allari Naresh (actor)
Anil Sunkara (producer)
Prabhas - Baahubali (actor)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Yogesh (director)
Srinivas Raga (director)
Lagadapati Sridhar (producer)
Sai Kiran Adiv
i (director)
Nara Rohit (actor)
Raj Madiraju (director)
Gopichand Malineni (director)
Sudheer Babu (actor)
Lakshmi Mancu (actress)
Ravi Babu (director & actor)
Nani (actor)
Pradeep Nandan (actor)
Nikhil - Surya Vs Surya (actor)
Havish (actor)
Madalasa Sharma (actress)
Varun Sandesh (actor)
Madhura Sreedhar (producer)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Nikitha Reddy (producer)
Suhir Ponncchamy (director)
Aadi (actor)
Rajesh Touchriver(director)
Dasari Narayana Rao (director)
Sai Dharam Tej (actor)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Allari Naresh (actor)
Sai Korrapati (producer)
Mahi V Raghav (director)
Ram Charan - GAV (actor)
Chiranjeevi- 2014 (actor)
Lagadapati Sreedhar (producer)
Aadi (actor)
Neelakanta (director)
VV Vinayak (director)
Venkatesh (actor)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Anil Jason Guduru (director)
Srinivas Avasarala (director/actor)
Prakash Raj (actor)
Nagarjuna (actor)
Gangaraju Gunnam (producer & director)
Aadi (actor)
Raja Sekhar (actor)
Allu Sirish (actor)
Sekhar Kammula (director)
Charmme (actress)
Sai Rajesh (director)
CV Kumar (producer)
Krishna Madhav (actor)
Tirthankar Das (producer, director, music director)
Raj Pippalla (director)
Raja Goutham (actor)
Nani (actor)
Vaani Kapoor (actress)
Veena Ghantasala (singer - dubbing artist)
Puri Jagannadh (director)
Ayodhya Kumar (director)
Sumanth (actor)
Sukumar (director)
Ram mohan (producer)
Melanie kannokada (actress)
Venkat (actor)
Sundeep kishan (actor)
Nagarjuna (actor)
Vishnu Manchu (actor)
Singeetam Srinivasa Rao (director)
Lagadapati Sridhar Sirisha (producer)
Sesh Adivi (director)
Sai Kiran Adivi (producer)
Mohana Krishna Indraganti (Director)
Kalyani Koduri (music director)
Eesha (actress)
Sushanth (actor)
Kalyanram Om (actor)
Chandra Sekhar Yeleti (Director)
Gopichand (actor)
Ramaraju (Director)
Gopichand Malineni (Director)
Anil Sunkara (Director)
Allu Arjun (Actor)
Raj - DK (Director)
Ashok G (Director)
Nagarjuna (Actor)
Venkatesh (Actor)
Boyapati Sreenu (Director)
Sirish (Actor)
Nithin (Actor)
Nikhil (Actor)
Pratap Kolagatla (producer)
Govardhan Krishna (director)
Madhura Sreedhar (director)
KS Rama Rao (producer)
Lakshmi Manchu (actress)
Sunil (actor)
Vikram (Race/Manasara) (actor)
Nandini Reddy (director)
Prabhas (actor)
Koratala Siva (director)
Mahesh Babu (actor)
Bommarillu Bhaskar (director)
Sharwanand (actor)
Kajal Agarwal (actress)
Samantha (actress)
Gowtam Menon (director)
Rana Daggubati (actor)
Krish (director)
Praveen Sattaru (director)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Vishnu Manchu (actor)
Ravi Babu (director)
Sekhar Kammula (director)
Amala Akkineni (actress)
Ajay Bhuyan (director)
Nagarjuna (actor)
Allu Arjun (actor)
Trivikram (director)
Jr. SVR (actor)
Kranthi Madhav (actor)
Lakshmi Manchu (producer)
• Life is beautiful actors: Abhijeet | Sudhakar Komakula | Naveen | Vijay Devarakonda | Kaushik | Zara | Sriram
Sai Korrapati (producer)
Harish Shankar (director)
Sravanthi Ravi Kishore (producer)
SKN (producer)
Teja (director)
Sampath Nandi (director)
Manoj Manchu (actor)

Kiran Meegada (director)
Amala Paul (actress)
Siddharth (actor)
YVS Chowdary (producer)
Nagarjuna (actor)
Sesh Adivi (actor)
Prasad V Potluri (poducer)
Krishna Vamsi (director)
Seenu Vytla (director)
Rana (actor)
Dil Raju (producer)
KL Damodar Prasad (producer)
Veerabhadram (director)
Varun Sandesh (actor)
Sai Kumar (actor)
Praveen Sattaru (director)
Vishnu (actor)
Dil Raju (producer)
N Shankar (director)
Nandini Reddy (director)
Ravi Babu (director)
Kalyan Ram (actor)
Bharat Thankur (producer)
Saloni (actress)
SS Rajamouli (director)
Madhura Sreedhar (director)
Sundeep Kishan (actor)
Satya Tatineni (director)
Nani (actor)
Lakshmi Manchu (producer)
Manoj Manchu (actor)
Aditya Babu (actor)
Chandra Siddhartha (director)
Ram (actor)
Deva Katta (director)
Ruby Parihar (actress)
Anita Galler (actress)
Priya Anand (actress)
Shruti (actress)
Arun Singaraju (director)
Naga Chaitanya (actor)
Suman Pathuri (director)
Sekhar Kammula (director)
Richa Gangopadhyay (Actress)
Seenu Vytla (Director)
Krishna Vamsi (Director)
Srikanth (Actor)
Sravanthi Ravi Kishore (Producer)
Ram (Actor)
Chaitanya Dantuluri (Actor)
Chakri Toleti (Director)
Nara Rohith (Actor)
Senthil Kumar (Cinematographer)
Ram Gopal Varma (Director)
Anand Ranga (Director)
Marthand K Shankar (Director)
Siddharth (Actor)
Raj Pippalla (Director)
Nani (Actor)
Deva Katta (Director)
Raj & DK (Directors)
Surya (Actor)
Shraddha Das (Actress)
Mahesh Shankar (Music director)
Lakshmi Manchu (Actress)
Siddharth (Actor)
Sushant (Actor)
Sharwanand (Actor)
Jagapati Babu (Actor)
JD Chakri (Director)
Tamanna (Actress)
Kishore Kumar (Director)
Rahjul Nambiar (Visual Effects Supervisor)
Deepa Chander (Cosumes designer)
Anushka (Actress)
Hari Charan Prasad (Director)
Colors Swati (Actress)
P Ravi Shankar (Dubbing artist)
Anushka (Actress)
Sonia (Actress)
Usha (singer)
Anish Kuruvilla (Director)
Gowtam Menon (Director)
Genelia (Actress)
Kamal Kamaraju (Actor)
Kishore (Actor)
Harsha Reddy (Director n producer)
Bindu Madhavi (Actress)
Shweta Basu Prasad (Actress)
Dil Raju (Actor)
Santhi Chandra (Actor)
Teja (Director n producer)
Jeevi (Critic)
Lakshmikanth Chenna (Director)
Manoj Manchu (Actor)
Ajay Sastri (Director)
Sekhar Kmmula (Producer)
Ravi Krishna (Actor)
Sunitha (Playback singer)
VN Aditya (Diector & Producer)
Nallamalupu Bujji (Producer)
Uday Kiran (Actor)
Chandra Sekhar (Actor)
Raahul (Actor)
Dil Raju (Producer)
Gopichand (Actor)
Siva (Souryam director)
Venkatesh (Actor)
Mamata Mohandas (Actress)
Lakshmi Lahari (Actress)
Ramesh Varma (Director)
Samudra (Director)
Yogesh (Director)
Neha Thota (Child actress)
Srinivas Avasarala (Actor)
Uday Kiran (Actor)
Kanmani (Director)
Ram Gopal Varma (Director)
PG Vinda (Cinematographer)
Madan (Director)
Bhavana (Heroine)
Bhargava (Producer)
Hari Yelleti (Director)
Krishnudu (Actor)
Kishore Ganji (Producer)
Ram Mohan (Producer)
Salim Panda (Actor)
Surekha Vani (Actress)
Manjari Fadniz (Actress)
Vishal (Actor)
A Raja Sekhar (Director)
Sridevi (Actress)
Sayaji Shinde (Actor)
Viswa Tej (Actor)
Geetha Madhuri (Playback Singer)
Namitha (Actress)
Sneha Ullal (Actress)
Prem Kumar Patra (Producer)
GV Prakash (Music director)
Mohana Krishna Indraganti (Director)
Bharat (Child actor)
Malini Dasari (Cinematographer)
Rama Jogaiah Sastry (Lyricist)
Venkat (Hero)
Uday Kiran (Hero)
Sharwanand (Hero)
Ram (Hero)
Aditi Sharma (Heroine)
Nagur Babu (Mano) (Singer)
Sekhar Suri (Director)
Sindhu Menon (Heroine)
Vinu Thomas (Music director)
Nihal (Music director & Singer)
Nitin (Hero)
Smita (Pop singer)
Sonal Chauhan (Actress)
Raghu Kunche (Singer)
Udaya Bhanu (Anchor)
Meher Ramesh (Director)
Rao Ramesh (Actor)
Gopi Mohan (Writer)
Ajay Sastri (Director)
Vara Mullapudi (Director)
Bhumika Chawla (Actress)
Jagapati Babu (Actor)
Vijay C Kumar (Cinematographer)
Sekhar Kammula (Director)
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright 1999 - 2017 All rights reserved