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Chitchat with Puri Jagan

August 20, 2007

Puri Jagan who introduced his brother Sairam Shankar as a hero with his 143 film is coming out with a second venture with him again 'Hello Premistara' directed by Raj Kumar. This film is all set to release on 30 August. Puri Jagan met scribes today for a brief chitchat. Here are the excerpts -

What is the reason for producing this film?
Dil Raju sent me the director Raj Kumar for a narration. I loved the story. He narrated it with lot of clarity. Dil Raju wanted to make a film with Sairam Shankar. But he could not do it alone because of his other commitments. That is the reason why we decided to produce it jointly.

How different is this love story compared to other love flicks?
It is a nice story. Hero works in a mobile network company called Airtalk. Heroine works as an anchor in a TV program called 'Hello Premistara'. That is the reason why we have chosen Hello Premistara as the title. This story will be new.

You worked with Sairam Shankar for 143. Do you see any improvement in him as an actor since then?
He matured himself as an actor. He would improve more if he does a few more flicks.

How important is music for this film?
Chakri scored wonderful music. Earlier also there were lots of musical hits in our combination. Music will play a big role in the success of this film. The audio generated good response. 'Ninna Monna Yedalo levu' is my personal favorite.

Did you give any suggestion to director Raj Kumar?
I told him that Sairam Shankar is not a big hero. Hence asked him to complete the movie in adequate footage.

Is there any importance to the comedy in this film?
This film would provide a lot of entertainment. Brahmanandam, Ali, Mallikharjuna, MS Narayana and Sunil are doing humor oriented roles.

What kind of roles you want to see Sairam Shankar in?
Sairam is suitable for rough characters.

Do you think it would help Sairam because he happens to be your brother?
I think it only helps for the first show on the first day. After that it is up to the quality of the film.

Have you seen Hello Premistara film?
Yes. It came out very well. There will be terrific comedy and it is the integral part of the story. Songs are also picturized well.

What can we expect in a film that is coming from the producers of Bommarillu and Pokiri?
It will be a good film. But it is unreasonable to expect something extraordinary because it is coming from us.

Tell us about heroine Sheila?
Sheila is a Telugu girl and we are seeing a Telugu girl acting as heroine in Telugu films after a long gap. She did very well. Impressed by her work, Dil Raju cast her as heroine in his film with Allu Arjun as hero.

Will Sairam Shankar settle as hero with this film?
I am sure that this film will be a plus for him and he will establish himself as hero. Even if it fails, I would do another film for him

Directors are becoming heroes. Do you want to become a hero?
There is a hero in every director. There is a director in every hero. But it will be in the best of film industry's interest, if heroes remain as heroes and directors remain as directors.

Do you think there is scarcity of stories in Telugu? How do you update yourself?
It is not proper to discuss about this topic. I stopped watching Telugu films 16 years back. I watch Hollywood flicks and prepare stories based on them.

Do you want to make films like Missamma and Gundamma Katha?
I want to do pure realistic cinema. I would make such a film if time permits.

You would continue doing big films or you direct small films too?
I got recognition through my small budget films. Hence I would continue directing small films at regular intervals.

Will you do a film with Pawan Kalyan?
I want to do it. But we are not getting the right story.

Tell us about Chiruta?
Talkie part is over. Shooting of 3 songs is pending. The audio will be released directly into market this month. We will release the film in the next month.

What is your future project?
My next film will have Prabhas as hero.

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