January 15, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Tweet Debutant Nani Krishna was always fascinated about Krishna Devaraya. He read many books and learnt all the minute details about him, but what appealed to him was the king's contribution to arts and culture. The B.Com graduate from Palakollu came to the industry in 1999 and worked as an assistant director to Sana Yadi Reddy, Ravi C. Kumar and recently as a co-director to GV for Ranga The Donga.
Nani Krishna says, "I initially prepared a violent story and approached Srikanth asking him to play the lead role, he said violence in totality might not appeal to people, asked me to return with a story that has material good and neat enough to engage a complete family. I then took this story and he immediately liked it..it's a socio fantasy Devaraya and the tagline is 'an untold story of Krishna Devaraya'.
The director adds, "Krishna Devaraya brings to our mind his court and courtiers..there are his admirers and also his detractors. He is a lover of arts, stubborn, strong willed and also has a soft corner for farmers. We picked up his negative traits and weaved fiction around it.
There is this man who wants to accomplish his unfinished work years ago left by Krishnadevaraya so we introduce Srikanth as a useless feudal Lord to provide thorough entertainment and in the second half of the story, the king comes alive. Here we deal as to why the king needs to come to the earth after so many years."
The graphics ranging to 26 minutes is touted to be extraordinary and the introduction scene of 'Ammavaru' in five images will surely grab the audiences' attention avers the director. The tussle between Bahmani Sultans and Krishna Devaraya has been canned in slow motion in Wise Cameras.
Nani Krishna says the film apart from providing entertainment also educates, Telugu people should know the history of the king, he quips. Major part of the film was shot in Palakollu, Nacharam Studios, Ghatkesar. The language will be partly colloquial and partly bookish, the people on the whole will be able to comprehend.
Newcomers Vidisha and Meenakshi Dixit are playing Srikanth's love interests. The director signs off, "People loved Srikant as Lakshmana in Srirama Rajyam. After NTR and Balakrishna, he is the only one who can pull of mythological roles with ease. Srikanth as Srikrishna Devaraya will rock. The film is scheduled for April release."