April 25, 2009, Y. Sunita Chowdhary
Raj Pippala, director of Bonni sounds modest, sometimes excited and at times he is really child like. There is no mask. This young man from Los Angeles had been into ad film making in India for a couple of years, but it is only since the past two years, he seriously was ready to embark on a journey to direct films. He had four scripts on hand when he met Sumant and all of a sudden his movie set rolling. He owes it to the collaborative effort of the unit and the hero's instant liking to the subject.
He agrees that in this industry it either takes a very long time to judge a script or very fast to arrive at a conclusion. Apparently he met up with Sumant at a gym and they got talking about the movie. Raj who always wanted to make music videos, short films and features says he was inspired the quirkiness of the subject and wanted this to be narrated with a different point of view in all sincerity. The director appears intelligent and very cool, not afraid to show his exuberance for the debut project.
He revels in pure escapist commercial cinema and believes in sharing it with the audience, he adds, "if my mainstream commercial film can take you away from your problems then I'm a happy man." Sumant's work had seldom been aggressive, so how is this action film turning up to be?
The director explains that the film will be anything except bland, Sumant has potential and he will certain degree of it in this film. There will be some action, lighter moments.: Gogula's music, Kriti's freshness will be an asset. Kriti he adds had a half page dialogue to emote and that he says is her testament to her wanting to make things work. About the nice poster, Raj says the heroine glancing out of the window is part of the journey in the story. He finally hopes that the 'fresh' talk the film has raked up sustains long after the film's release.