Not many movies pertaining to agriculture and farm problems strike a chord with audiences. But Sharwanand-starrer Sreekaram is one of the movies that portrayed the ordeals of an average Indian farmer while highlighting the trend of the educated lot gradually getting into the allied sectors.
“Yes, several issues pertaining to the farm sector have been vastly discussed in Sreekaram. It was initially a short-film that I made in 2016. Later, many of my friends advised me to make it a feature-length film. That’s how it got manifested with 14 Reels Plus company coming forward to lend support. It was a proud moment in my life as I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Megastar Chiranjeevi garu and Minister KT Rama Rao garu who appreciated the movie for its storyline during the promotional events,” director B Kishore said.
To make the sequences realistic, the production company took 40 acres for lease, cultivated crops to shoot parts of Sreekaram. “It was a challenging task for the entire unit,” he shares.
Hailing from a conservative peasant family in the interiors of the Chittoor district, Kishore first wanted to become a culinary expert and settle in the hotel management industry. The idea of incorporating the subject of farming came to his mind long back. Later, Kishore happened to meet several techies who turned out to be progressive farmers in the Telugu States and outside. “Some of them have left their jobs in the USA to take a shot at farming, we’ve plenty of them in Chittoor. And I’ve met techie-turned farmers in Visakhapatnam and from other States who changed their career paths to become successful farmers. So, I sensed a strong potential in real-life success stories which could be a full-length film,” he says.
Sharwanand has performed his role in a very settled manner, as Kishore says, “The characters played by Rao Ramesh and Saikumar have equally gained attention from audiences. I’m very pleased with the response of Sreekaram,” he said.
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