January 22, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Tweet The posters of his debut film Andala Rakshasi on the FaceBook are already generating interest, the film is scheduled for release next month. Hanu Raghavapudi, the creator of this movie has also written the dialogues, ask him if there is any influence of his mentor Chandrasekhar Yeleti he comes up with a firm no. "Yeleti taught me about cinema in particular not his kind of cinema."
Ever since Hanumanthu came to Hyderabad he has been working with Yeleti, it's been nine years now. Driven by an ambition to become a director, Hanumanthu studied B.com in Kothagudem and realised he doesn't have the mind set to do a nine to five job or take errands.
He came over to Yeleti and traveled with him. The director observed him and assigned him a job for the serial Amrutam and the latter learnt the technique of filmmaking; He even exposed him to world cinema and Hanumanthu did a short film I Am Famous on Super 16 format that was screened in International Film Festivals. The experience gave him confidence to move ahead to doing a feature film.
Hanumanthu quips, "The film is ready and it is about my understanding of love. It is set against a 1992 backdrop and has all newcomers Navin, Rahul and Lavanya. The film is about humanity and love which is a universal concept. There is no negative character at all.
Rakshasi is a negative term but when a prefix 'andala' is added to it the meaning changes entirely. The expression becomes an appreciation. It's an apt title for me but if I have to clearly define the title I would take two hours and I prefer you watch the film instead. The film has been shot in Munnar and Hyderabad, the story is the USP and the dialogues have been written by me."
The two hour film which is schedule for release in February has been shot in Hyderabad and Munnar and has Pragati and CVL playing important roles.