February 24, 2013 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
"I don't want to be branded for making only a particular genre of films. I've made a thriller, a family drama and my next will be an action story," says director Ramakrishna Macchakanti who made Diary with Sivaji and Shraddha Das a few years back. He has worked for 28 films as an assistant director and is now back with Pelli Pustakam that deals with marriages between consanguineous cousins.
Has he made it a main theme? "I am not dealing with the biological aspects and its repercussions, I am only saying it is a misconception that children born to all such cousins have some deformity or the other. It can happen to anyone. I am focusing on the love angle," he says with clarity.
Within 20 minutes after the film opens, the cousins aged 19 and 22 get married and the grandfather gifts them a flat to live. The entire film deals with the problems they face and how maturity dawns upon them. Bapu's song in Pelli Pustakam is used frame to frame. Ramakrishna says, "We had the rights. They didn't agree for a remix and told us they wouldn't mind if the song on Rajendra Prasad and Divya Vani is picturised as it is on Rahul Ravindran and Niti Taylor. We have seen stories on married couples played by middle-aged Jagapati Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Aamani, Priyamani, etc., but not a young couple."
He adds, "If consanguineous cousins marry there is friendship but no love. Marriage happens not through formalities but true meeting of minds and heart (sic) but parents think otherwise. It is an entertainment based story wherein the grandfather thinks problems in marriages arise due to family background, extended relations and history, etc., and is very sure that a relationship within a family keeps the couple strong and the relationship going."
The director avers that Pelli Pustakam is a tried and a tested title and has a success and Bapu attached to it. The film was shot in Hyderabad and Anantapur and songs were canned in Bangkok. Niti Taylor (of Mem Vayasuku Vacham fame) and Rahul (of Andala Rakshasi fame) played sad, morose roles in their respective films but here both of them are full of beans. The film releases in April after the tenth and intermediate exams.