Lights On Start Sound. Camera. Clap. Action. Om Namo Venkatesaya, Welcome to KRR Classroom. In the last episode for my quiz, many people have given their comments. In that quiz, the people who are close are, Ashok Chakravarthy Naresh Sravan Kumar. But the closest answer was given by Aishwarya from the US. But 100% answer which I thought was, When a person wants to become a director, he has to make a decision whether he wants to make an art film for awards or a commercial film for money. But one shouldn’t confuse his career and try to mix both of them together. Today Our topic is, The precautions to take before narrating story to a star! My first picture is Babu, it is the first time I have seen my name as a director on card, is that picture. Hero was Shoban Babu, who was in his form then, and 3 top heroines- Vani Sri Lakshmi Aruna Irani We made the film with high budget. we created huge sets and best music. Though the picture was released and though we got appreciation for the picture and making. It didn’t become as successful as we expected. finally, it remained as an average movie. After that, my second movie was a small budget starring Murali Mohan and Jaya Sudha as hero-heroines, and the picture’s name was ‘Jyothi’. Jyothi picture received good appreciation and it also received Nandi award. but it also remained as an average picture. So till then, I had 2 films experience. Unexpectedly, I got a great opportunity. Those 3 letters paved Golden path to my cine career. One day when I was deciding whether my 3rd film should be a commercial film or an award film, That day, Satya Chitra banner producers came to me and asked me to do direct a film with NTR as the lead. I was in shock and at first, I did not believe. I asked them whether they told NTR about this. They said that he agreed as soon as we told him your name. That’s it! The responsibility on my shoulder had increased. At that time only NTR was 54 years. A student role would not suit him and it won’t look good if he plays as a lover boy. So, what kind of story will be apt? Those days we used to stay in Madras, but immediately I went to Andhra, and watched his old and new movies. At that time what I observed was, whenever NTR was seen on screen for the first time, fans would give Aarti and break coconuts. But whenever songs were playing, the audience were used to become relaxed and calm. or they used to go out for smoking cigarette. During that season, the audience were crazy for Nageshwara Rao garu’s songs and steps. So, I was wondering how to change NTR’s plus into double plus? and how to change the minus point into plus point? By just seeing him only, the audience used to break coconuts and give aarti to NTR. So, I was wondering what would happen if he was seen on an Elephant. If he has to enter on an Elephant, he should stay in Forest and on top of that he had never played any role related to forest background. That’s all fine! But what kind of role should he do? If he plays as a Tarzan, it won’t suit his personality. So I wondered what if he plays as a forest officer? It will suit him and also will look dignified. The role of a forest officer is perfect. But we have to remember one important thing. We shouldn’t fix to any idea as soon as it strikes us. We should calculate all the advantages and disadvantages that come with the idea. If he plays as a forest officer the disadvantage is that, he can’t romance or sing songs with the heroine. and if that’s not there, it is not a commercial formula. So, I thought how would it be if I first write the villain’s character? Generally, what are the stereotypical things do villains do in forests? They usually smuggle Red Sandalwood, Animal skin, Elephant’s ivory and kill the forest officers who stop them. So, that’s why, in the first half, NTR’s character had followed the commercial formula of romancing, singing with heroines and fighting. And so before interval, I decided that it will look dramatic to reveal to the villain that the hero is a forest officer. Let’s come to the actual story. How will the hero climb the elephant? Basically when a new person enters the forest, the elephants will definitely attack him. So what did I do is, I made the villains trap the baby elephants and kidnap them. Then the hero fights and saves the baby elephants in the movie. Let’s look at what happened next. So when Rama Rao garu was seen on the elephant, the audience in the auditorium were continuously cheering, whistling and were showering with flowers. In this way, I turn plus into double plus. After that let’s come to the minus point, the song. I decided to make the song’s lead scene interesting so that the audience won’t relax during the song. So, while the heroine was going to meet the hero, she falls in a small pond and her saree gets wet. So before hero comes, she tries to dry the saree. Some songs become hit, some become super hit but only some songs will create history. So this song is the one which created history. For the first time in the Indian cinema history, it is for this song that the audience have showered with money in the theater. So in this way, we created double impact with introduction sequence and made the songs plus. In this way, we have covered all the commercial elements. But still something was missing. Because the legendary actor had played various roles in many movies before. He has played various historical roles, mythological roles. so I wanted to do something similar to that in this movie also. But the movie is of forest background, that’s why there was a song in the movie describing the greatness of tribal community and in that song I made sure NTR is seen in various roles which he had never played before. I made him portray Ekalavyudu role in the same song which he never did before. But the reason why I wanted to show him in Lord Ram’s avatar is because I had a wish. Though Anna garu (NTR) had portrayed many avatars like that of Krishna, Ram and Venkateshwara Swami before we have seen in many movies in the same avatars. But I never saw him directly and I wanted to see him with my own eyes in Ram’s avatar and shoot it as the last scene and when it gets done, I wanted to touch his feet for blessing. As planned, after the last shot is done, the whole unit along with me has touched his feet. Even he also felt very emotional. So while he was getting into his car after the shoot, he said “I have spent 40 days in the forest with you brother, it is green memory in my life”. This compliment which he has given me is like an Oscar award to me. I will always be indebted to him forever. He is an important reason behind my success and also for the position I am in now. So in this way, when have to make a film with a hero who has stardom, you have to keep all these elements in mind. That when you can create records. In this way, Adavi Ramudu is the first movie which has proved that even a telugu movie can collect that much revenue. In that way, Adavi Ramudu movie created history! You must be wondering why we talking about only one film when it is KRR Classroom, Practicality in Direction? Take this only like a lesson or chapter in practicality in direction. Now, I will tell you one important thing which I know. If you want to Learn direction, techniques are not the only thing you should be know. Along with technique, you should also know another important thing, what will impress your audience and what won’t impress them. How can we know that? After the picture you directed becomes a hit, gets appreciation from audience and the industry, and everyone had showered with compliments. we shouldn’t fly high because of the compliments. Instead we should go home, Put all the flower bouquets that you received on a table and watch them. Start analyzing yourself, Ask yourself what is the reason for this movie to become such a great success. This is an important thing for practicality in direction. Let’s link this point Adavi Ramudu movie that created history. There are 2 ways, for which we can say that a movie is commercial hit. The first type- When the movie is watched only once by the audience and if the movie gets more revenue than the budget invested. then that movie is considered a commercial hit. The second type- When the audience watch the movie repeatedly for 3 or 4 times and when the movie brings record breaking collections, that time the movie has created history. In that way, if I do self analyses for the legendary movie ‘Adavi Ramudu’, If you see it has a story line, it is a thin line and has a hit formula. It would have remained just like a hit cinema. According to me, the reason why the movie could collect that much is because, the audience could get connected to the 3 great songs in the movie. Let’s see how the audience got connected to these 3 songs. This song is not just a song, there is a social issue behind this song. When the people living there were feeling inferior about their tribe, the hero reminds them of all the great personalities who belonged to the tribe. For example, the great Valmiki, who wrote Ramayana, belongs to their tribe, Ekalavyudu, who self-trained himself is from the same tribe. Sabari, the great devotee of the Rama is also from the same tribe. In this way, the song reminded the tribe about all the great personalities and it stood as an inspiration to many. A police officer came to me and said that the song, ‘Krushi Vunte Manushulu Rushulu Avtaru’ from Adavi Ramudu is the reason why I became an officer. This song that inspired many,
created history and remained special forever. Coming to the 2nd song- ‘Aaresukoboyi’ Musically, the song became a huge hit and lyrics became super hit. Along with that Jaya Prada’s glamour was a big plus. Not only that, the main attraction of the song is when Rama Rao garu was folding the saree, and gracefully dancing to the light steps, at that time, the audience were continuously whistling and showering with money. And coming to the 3rd song- ‘Kokilamma Pelliki’ This is the last song in the movie and
the whole song was shot in forest. We thought of having huge sets, many dancers and have dress changes for at least one song. But when the whole movie was shot in forest and if we have these changes suddenly, it will create mental jerk among the audience. That’s why we used the nature and showed leaves in golden and silver colors. and instead of dancers, we used deer, birds, rabbits and baby elephants. All these together have bought beauty to the song and it was enjoyed by all. In this way, these 3 songs have stood as the highlights and were the reasons for the movie to be super hit. As a teacher of KRR Classroom, let’s see how much marks do I give to these songs. For ‘Krushivunte Manushulu Rushulu avtaru’ I will give 99 marks on 100. For ‘Aareshuko’ song, I will give 99 marks. and for ‘Kokilamma Pelliki’, I will give 99 marks on 100. I gave these 3 songs 99 on 100 because, the first song inspired the elders, second song, was enjoyed by the youth, and the kids were jumping with joy for the 3rd song. ‘Adavi Ramudu’ could create a history like this, is because, it was liked by all age-groups. So, that is my self-analysis. Now, as a teacher I have an exam for you all!! If you have to give marks for these 3 songs, how many marks would you give? Not only this, there is another reason behind the grand success and to
give the movie a 100 on 100. Guess that answer and comment in the section below. In the next lesson, let’s discuss whether the answer I imagined and the guess you made is same or not.