Grahanam film has won Indira Gandhi National Award
for best first film. On this eve, the unit of Grahanam
arranged a screening of this film at Prasad labs followed
by a press meet. Here are the excerpts of the press
Telugu cinema into International arena - Mohana Krishna
I am a fan of Chalam and I want to take the Telugu
cinema onto national and international arena. The
credit for this award which was selected on the basis
of best debutant director goes to the entire team
of cast and crewmembers. I would like to thank Tanikella
Bharani who has taken great interest in the film and
given tremendous support.
injustice to Grahanam at National Awards - Tanikella
In an emotional speech Tanikella Bharani said, "It
had been my dream to act in an art film for the past
21 years. I am feeling really glad to be the part
of Grahanam team. There is a general notion that only
Bengali and Malayali filmmakers are capable of making
award winning art films. Mohana Krishna proved them
all by making Grahanam film in Telugu. Chalam ruled
the literary world of Andhra Pradesh for a decade
around 50 years back. But none of our Telugu filmmakers
came forward to adapt any of his stories to make films."
an interview given to Eenadu newspaper, Vanisri (a
jury member of National Awards Committee) gave a bold
statement that the entire process of awards is a farce.
She also said that Grahanam were to win best regional
Telugu film, Best director and best cinematographer
award along with Indira Gandhi Award for the first
film. But due to politics and insistence of certain
jury members with vested interest, we lost those truly
deserving awards to other films."
producers came forward to make this film not for money,
but for satisfaction of making a good film. No distributor
was interested to watch this film. The plight of art
film producers are in bad shape now. One filmmaker
ended his life through suicide for not being able
to finish his documentary on Gurajada Appa Rao due
to immense pressure from financiers. Luckily for Grahanam,
the AP Stage Government has given subsidy. Since it
also won National awards, the decks are clear now
for public release of this film. Grahanam was in docks
for over a year due to lack of buyers."
Surya said that he is proud to be associated with
National award winning films like Show and Grahanam.
Actress Jayalalitha said that this is the only film
that has given her immense job satisfaction in her
entire career. Actor Sivannarayana said that he came
from theater background and it was very difficult
to adapt the stories of Chalam for plays. He commended
the ability of Mohana Krishna in adapting Doshagunam
story to Grahanam film without losing essence.
said that Grahanam was selected for film festivals
like Seattle First Independent South Asian Film Festival
2004 and Mumbai Asian Film Festival 2004. The government
has given tax holiday to Grahanam film. This film
would be released very soon in AP.