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Forward of their movie Color Photograph, pals Sandeep Raj and Suhas share their journey from making one-minute movies to discovering a foothold in Telugu cinema

Actor Suhas and director Sandeep Raj grew up in Vijayawada, in close by localities. However they didn’t know one another till the love for cinema introduced them collectively in Hyderabad, years later. The Telugu movie Color Photograph, which is able to stream on Aha from October 23, marks Sandeep’s debut as director and Suhas’s first because the protagonist.

Color Photograph turns its gaze on color, class and caste variations that are available in the way in which of romance between the characters performed by Suhas and Chandini Chowdary. The story begins in 1997 in a semi-urban state of affairs and the movie was shot in locales close to Vijayawada.

Metaphor of societal hypocrisy

  • Speaking about actor Sunil because the antagonist, Sandeep says, “Think about giving a human kind to the hypocrisy of the mother and father and society that stand between the lead characters. Sunil’s position embodies these hypocrisies.”

“I like movies that replicate a area’s tradition,” says Sandeep. A Telugu movie buff, he additionally seems to be out for different language movies that seize region-specific ethos, “just like the Tamil movies made by Vetrimaran, or the Malayalam movie Kumbalangi Nights.”

When the movie’s co-producer Sai Rajesh outlined the story of an introverted dark-skinned man falling in love with a fair-skinned, clever younger girl and needed to handle class and caste variations, Sandeep beloved the thought and wrote the screenplay. “Within the 25 days I spent writing, I visualised locales that will make the movie look genuine. The Machilipatnam seashore and Krishna College constructing are some locations the place time appears to face nonetheless,” says Sandeep.

Setting the story within the late 90s, earlier than the cell phone growth, helped Sandeep discover the craving of the 2 lead characters: “Through the lockdown, many people stayed linked by means of video calls. Think about the 90s. If mother and father opposed a boy assembly a lady, they wouldn’t be capable of work together even when they lived in adjoining lanes,” says Sandeep.

Suhas, Sandeep Raj and Chandini Chowdary

Video path to cinema

Comedy has been Suhas’ forte; he shot into the limelight in 2015 by means of his YouTube movies after which collaborated with Sandeep to develop video content material for Chai Bisket web site and YouTube channel.

Sandeep and Suhas started with comedy. “We first needed individuals to look at our content material. As soon as we constructed a considerable subscriber base, we explored different genres,” remembers Suhas.

Earlier than his stint with Chai Bisket, when pursuing B.Sc Pc Science in Vijayawada, Suhas enacted one-act performs, memes and skits. He then moved to Hyderabad and tried his luck within the films, in useless: “I beloved cricket and cinema as a toddler. In school, I additionally choreographed dance performances and thought I might be a choreographer in cinema. I found my love for appearing later.”

Sandeep’s focus was on drama and cultural actions throughout his B.Tech days and he was an enormous fan of S S Rajamouli. On a whim, he arrived in Hyderabad and auditioned for Baahubali in 2013. “I used to be simply 21 and didn’t match the invoice of a well-built man that the Baahubali group was on the lookout for,” he remembers.

Nonetheless, his humorous posts on Fb received observed by Chai Bisket web site. “They needed me to jot down and have been prepared to pay, so I took it up. We started with one-minute movies and slowly elevated the length. Our movies grew to become in style,” remembers Sandeep.

Second of recognition

A turning level for each Suhas and Sandeep was their brief movie Athiti, which went viral. The Telugu movie trade took discover.

Suhas was provided character roles with a contact of comedy. He started with Padi Padi Leche Manasu, however with Majili he received observed. A number of movies adopted — Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, Pricey Comrade, and extra just lately Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya.

In the meantime, Sandeep received writing alternatives. He has co-written the screenplay of the forthcoming movie Aakashavani with director Ashwin Gangaraju, and penned the dialogues for Nagesh Kukunoor’s Telugu movie Good Luck Sakhi.

Sunil and Sandeep Raj on the sets of Colour Photo

Sandeep and Suhas’s collaboration for Color Photograph occurred on the insistence of Sai Rajesh: “He mentioned Suhas can be apt because the hero. I hadn’t considered my pal as a hero till then,” Sandeep confesses.

Suhas was jittery. He was doing properly as a comic book actor and the cash was first rate too: “I used to be scared that I’ll lose alternatives making an attempt my luck because the hero,” he says.

He and his spouse went on a brief journey to Tirupati. Considering on the Tirumala hills, Suhas determined to make the leap: “I took a danger transferring to Hyderabad from Vijayawada, why not take one other danger with this movie? Extra importantly, I beloved the story,” Suhas causes.

Suhas is counting down days for the digital launch and Sandeep is keen that the movie reaches a large viewers: “It could have been nice to have a theatrical launch. However given the state of affairs, I would like individuals to look at this intense story wherever they’re, with out the concern of COVID-19 in a crowded setting,” says Sandeep.