open letter to Teja by Venkat Ranga Reddy Ravula
pradeep vallur. I live in Dallas, Texas and I'm a student of NY
Film Academy. I did my masters in CS and I'm a network designer.
It was good to read your interview. I really admire the way you
worked your way UP with sheer hard work and determination. And we
are thankful that you dispelled the myths of star power.
But I'm sorry to say that the same cant be said about the movies
that you made so far. "chitram" at best can be termed
as a 'c' grade and cheap film, and I'm not talking abt the budget
of the movie, but the quality. And "Nuvvu-Nenu" is a PATHETIC
movie, frankly. Its sheer luck. But the camera work and the songs
are BRILLIANT. The heroine looks a good prospect, but the less we
talk abt udaykiran , the better it is. The only scene which was
very well shot in the movie was when the hero comes to heroine's
place while she goes to mumbai in search of him. The chasing scene
when the hero runs with the stab wounds on his body and the background
music at that point are really good. It only tells me ONE THING.
THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE of making good movies. A mediocre director
like B.Gopal or a Krishna Reddy can never make such scenes. The
scenes have no innovativeness whatsoever. I read in your interview
that your approach was different. come on, cut the crap, other than
RP's excellent music, there's NOTHING, NOTHING that even comes closer
to being termed as NOVEL or NEW. Well you are right when u say that
critics dissect the film and don't view it as a whole. But here,
in my case I'm not a critic, I love movies, good movies. Basically
there are two types of movies, one - totally mass, like B.Gopal,
David Dhawan, etc etc. Their films become huge hits, but they are
outright meaningless movies, and they dont talk abt their film being
new and different and stuff like that. I appreciate them , they
are not trying to fake something. The other kind- is good movies
made by directors who don't really care abt the commercial value,
and make movies that have a coherence and a consistency and quality
work associated with them. Films by Varma, Mani, Farhan Akhtar and
Aditya Chopra fall in that category. I think you must first decide
which school you are going to join first. Dont make B.Gopal quality
movies and talk as if they are of Varma quality. call a spade a
And Teja gaaru, this opinion is shared by many people I've met.
You have the talent, but your work so far has been very mediocre.
We hope that u make films that are as high in quality as your photography.
Hoping to see u make some very good movies for all of us die-hard
fans of Telugu Films.
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