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Chitchat with Dil Raju about Bommarillu
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Kalyani Malik

June 12, 2006 met with the hit producer Dil Raju at the sets of his latest film Bommarillu at Nanakram Guda. After producing three consecutive blockbusters Dil, Arya and Bhadra, he is currently producing Bommarillu (Siddardha & Genelia) and Munna (Prabhas & Ileana). Here are the excerpts of the brief chitchat -

What is the reason behind choosing the title Bommarillu?
We considered many titles and were confused about which title to select. That is when I got an invitation for the audio function of YVS Chowdary’s Devadasu. Banner of YVS Chowdary home production is ‘Bommarillu Vaari’. Suddenly it stuck to me that this title suits our subject very well. Bommarillu title also suggests that this film is a family flick. There are lots of youth elements in this film and we justified it with the tagline ‘Love Makes Life Beautiful’.

What is the genre of Bommarillu?
Bommarillu is a good love story. It is a hilarious entertainer with under current feel. This film is going to be very contrast compared to three films I produced in the past. I am hoping that this film will become the biggest hit on our banner if things go as per our plan.

What is the progress of Bommarillu?
85% of the shooting is completed so far. We are planning to release the audio in this month end and the film in July.

Tell us about the debutant director Bhaskar?
Bhaskar and Sukumar worked as associates for Editor Mohan’s films. Bhaskar also worked in direction department for Arya film. I observed his prowess while making Arya and I gave him an offer.

Bhaskar is a fantastic director. He prepared a subject for NTR and we planned a film earlier. But due to some situations, it did not go to floors. Bhaskar prepared a full-bound script that is liked by NTR. Most probably that film is going to be my next venture after Munna.

We heard that you interfere a lot in filmmaking?
I will let you stay in sets of my film for seven days. You observe and tell me if it is called interference or involvement. Since I made films mostly with debutants, there is lot of opportunity for me to involve in filmmaking from the script level.

What is the reason behind casting Siddardha?
Only two heroes can suit the hero character in this film. These heroes are Allu Arjun and Siddardha. I made Arya with Allu Arjun and I am going to do another film very soon. Hence I decided to go for Siddardha.

What is the character of Prakash Raj?
Prakash Raj and Jayasudha are playing parents to hero Siddardh.

Where did you shoot Bommarillu?
Hyderabad, Kakinada and Germany (songs).

Tell us about Bommarillu music?
All songs in this film are situational. Devi Sri Prasad composed great music. I hope this film will be hatrick hit music by Devi Sri Prasad on this banner after Arya and Bhadra. There is lot of scope for music in this film.

You have been doing films with new directors. Do you have any plans for going big directors?
I have got the dates of Surender Reddy, VV Vinayak and Puri Jagan. Though I would be making films with these big directors in the future, my first priority will always be the subject.

What are your new commitments for Nizam distribution?
I bought the rights of Pokiri, Godavari and Ashok. Pokiri is creating all time records. And all records of Pokiri are genuine and authentic. Pokiri became the first big Telugu film to reap the advantage of new tax system. The second 50 days run of Pokiri will have smooth sailing because of a pro-tax system. And we have many of 50 days centers getting converted into 100 days centers because of this.

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