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Chitchat with Allari Ravi Babu
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November 29, 2007

Ad film maker, artist and director Ravi Babu is all set to release his latest film 'Anasuya', a suspense thriller with Bhumika Chawla in the main role. Anasuya received great appreciations at the theatrical trailer. Here is an exclusive interview of with Allari Ravi Babu -

What went wrong with your earlier film Party?
Party belongs to slapstick genre. We packaged it with bright colors and plastic expressions. Very few people over here like these kinds of films. But Party film got tremendous appreciation on TV when it was aired.

What is Anasuya all about?
Anasuya belongs to action/thriller/drama genre. There is suspense element involved in story and narration. The story revolves around a girl Anasuya, who is intelligent. She approaches a TV channel for the job of journalist and gets a challenging assignment on the day one and executes it in a brilliant way. She becomes superstar in the media with her first assignment. She will be then picked up for another important assignment for which she has to operate under cover. She becomes the focal point of the story, which she was supposed to expose. The entire story of the film is about how she gets into that whirlpool and comes out of it unscathed.

Who did cinematography for this film?
Whoever watched the rushes were impressed with the cinematographer. He is a veteran called Sudhakar Reddy who did over 60 films in the past. He gets the most brownie points for his work in this film. He has done tremendous job.

Tell us about the lighting and texture of the film?
We had to do away with standard lights. We used special accent lights, new bulbs and fixtures and made the best use of color temperature. We created the cold effect we generally see in Hollywood flicks by controlling the temperature of light, background colors, costumes and make up of the actors.

Tell us about music?
We recorded three songs before commencing of the film shooting. But after starting the shooting we dropped one song. There will be one background number and a half item song (1 and half minute duration). I did not want the songs in this film to obstruct the narration and spoil the mood of the film. But there is excellent use of background score, sound effects and sound design. Sekhar Chandra (son of cinematographer Hari Anumolu) composed music. He gave matured music.

Tell us about Bhumika Chawla?
I was a co-artist in Satyabhama film in which she has done the title role. I wanted her to do the role of that is done by Nikhita now. After listening to the story she said that she wanted to do the title role. We considered Kamalinee Mukherjee for the title role, but the project got delayed and Kamalinee accepted other films. I consulted Suresh Babu and we together decided to go with Bhumika Chawla. We also informed Kamalinee about the same and she is happy with it.

Bhumika has done very soft roles so far. And the character of Aansuya is a multifaceted. Once she understood the character, she got into the skin of it. She gave tremendous performance by displaying wide spectrum of emotions. I have a feeling that she is going to win the best actress award with this film.

Bhumika got married during your film shoot and do you think it is risky for your film?
Bhumika did not do any glamorous role in this film. We did not expose her in Anasuya. Once you come to watch the film you see Anasuya character, but not Mrs. Bhumika Thakur.

What is your role in this film?
I am the surprise element in this film. I am doing a full length role of a professor in a medical college. So far I have done roles with comedy touch. For the first time, I am doing a psychologically disturbed character.

What are the roles of Ankita and Nikhita in the film?
Ankita did a cameo. She appears in opening scene of the film. Nikhita comes in second half and did a role of 20 minute footage. The entire story revolves around her character.

Why do you keep changing genres of your films?
I never made any back-to-back films of same genre. This film is a thriller with good feel and drama built in it.

What is the involvement of Suresh Babu?
We are producing this film together with equal investments. Initially he was skeptical about the story. But he got convinced over a period of time. He suggested some screenplay changes after watching the double positive. We readjusted the screenplay and it worked.

What is the budget of the film?
The budget could be anywhere between 2.5 crore to 3 crores. We executed the film very quickly. We shot the film in 54 working days in 60 locations. We exposed 75000 feet of negative. The final cut is around 12000 feet which translates into 2 hour and 10 minutes of run time.

How is the response to the trailer?
It is tremendous. We released 50 trailers in theaters. We would be releasing 50 more trailers in the second bunch.

When are you going to release Anasuya?
We are aiming at 14 December.

What is your next project?
My next film is going to be produced by Ramoji Film City, titled 'Maa Athoka Deyyam'. It is a family drama comedy with an element of fantasy. I have many more projects lined up. I will execute them one by one.

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