These days, short films have become great paths for aspiring directors and actors to enter the filmdom. In the same way, debutant Jayashankarr too has turned into a film director for Paperboy.
Produced by director Sampath Nandi, Paperboy stars Santosh Sobhan, Majnu fame Priya Shri and Tanya Hope as the leads. When asked about the directorial offer, Jayashankarr said, “Impressed with my short films, director Sampath Nandi and the film’s executive producer Murali Mamilla have given me the opportunity of directing Paperboy.”
Jayashankarr has made six short films so far, among which Half Girlfriend and The God Must Be Crazy have gone viral on the social networking platforms. He also revealed that all his short films possess over two crore cumulative viewership.
Started in June 2017, Paperboy has nearly completed 60 per cent of its shooting. The Happy Ending short filmmaker, who hails from Karimnagar, says about the USP of his film: “Paperboy is an emotionally-rich love drama and the title itself suggests how its backdrop is a different one.”
“Our film offers newness in storytelling and screenplay. The characterisation of the hero is going to be a different one, while the female lead character will be a strong one,” he further added.
As a debutant, has Jayashankarr encountered any hurdles in filmmaking till now?
“No. Though the making of a feature film is kind of different compared to short filmmaking, I haven’t faced any big challenge thanks to the great support from my team. In fact, the inputs of Sampath Nandi and the cinematographer Soundararajan have helped in getting good output,” Jayashankarr said.
Predominantly shot in Hyderabad, the team of Paperboy is going to Mumbai, Pune and Goa in the next schedule to shoot the remaining 10 days’ talkie part. The film features the music of Bheems Ceciroleo and the makers are yet to film four songs. Asked if he has any plans for his second film, Jayashankarr said that he has a script ready, and it is going to be a crowd-funded movie.