for the story -
I listened to Jagamnta Kutumba Naadi song during Ninne
Pelladatha time (8 years back) when I was has a discourse
with Sirivennela. That song haunted me for years. Sirivennela
is like a knowledge-spreading Maha Rushi. I learn a lot from
the works of Sirivennela. When I saw the film Kal Ho Na
Ho a year back, I got immediately connected with 'Jagamanta
Kutumbam' song. I also liked the characterizations of
heroes in films like Anand (Hindi) and Bawarchi.
This story is about the man who lived forever even after he
Chakram happened -
Prabhas met me even before he selected for his debut film
Eeswar and expressed his desire to act in my direction. I
was hesitant to introduce kids related to film industry as
there are expectations built on them by fans and I can't cater
to fan's tastes with my style of filmmaking. Prabhas also
gave me a VCD and asked me to look for his work in it. He
imitated various animals and birds. I particularly liked his
action as hen. For a man of such height, aping hen is a hell
lot of task. When producers approached me with Prabhas dates,
I narrated two stories. One is Chakram and other one
is an out and out mass commercial film with Rayalaseema background
and cowboy type treatment. Prabhas opted for Chakram
I feel that three things played a major role in civilization
of man. They are fire (agni), chakram and newspaper. Everybody
knows how significant fire is. Chakram is used for transpiration.
With Chakram man roamed the entire world and discovered many
things. Newspaper made communication possible. I wanted the
film title to be Chakram. Hence the hero's name in the film
is Chakradhar. Hero is a wanderer who spread goodness and
humor in this film. Death is the ultimate tragedy. Compared
to death, all other problems are minor ones. When one cannot
stop the ultimate tragedy of death, why should we bother about
petty things? The hero preaches the world that one should
not worry about problems and enjoy the life to fullest. One
should know the value of life's contentment and cherish it.
This film shows the true value of life.
Prabhas's performance -
When we shoot performance-oriented scenes, we put certain
camera angles so as to make actor do not get exposed. We manage
in such a way that scene comes out natural. But for Prabhas,
I did not employ any of such tactics. His performance is authentic.
He can face camera with naked face and give the most difficult
performance straight looking into camera. Crowds do not accept
when hero cries on the scenes. But I can confidently say that
Prabhas is one of very few actors who would carry out tragic
performance and make crowds accept it. There are two kinds
of artists - born actors and made actors. Prabhas is both
born and made actor. Prabhas is an untimate risk taker. He
participated in a chase involving 5 Scorpio vehicles. He was
very close to ultimate danger in one of the shots of that
I was very impressed by 'endukani' song scored by Chakri in
143 film. Chakri did a wonderful job for this film. He gave
tunes to the lyrics of Jagamantha Kutumbam and Chakram songs.
For remaining songs, tunes were given first and lyric was
did he not show the death scene of hero
There is something called Alankara Sastram in ancient scriptures.
It says that we should not show certain things like death
and sex directly on the stage. I followed it and made sure
that death scene is not shown in the film.
the negative talk on Chakram -
The first day crowds consist of over enthusiastic film lovers
who expect the films the way they imagine. But all my films
have been different films. Hence it's common for first day
movie crowds to get disappointed. They spread negative talk.
But the regular movie goers like this film. It is too early
to talk about commercial range of the film. We have to wait
for 10 more days to get the real talk. But I am proud of making
'Chakram'. It gave me immense satisfaction.
AS Ravi Kumar
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Ram Gopal Varma