Deepak Reddy’s short film may win awards now, but first it won many hearts. The 16-minute romantic film that was released in lockdown already has close to 500k views on YouTube. Not only did the Telugu audience love the film, it was even reviewed by popular YouTubers Jaby Koay and Achara Kirk.
Manasanamaha means salutations to the mind. Written and directed by Deepak, the plotline of the film is about how a young man recounts three relationships from his past. The three women in his life signify three seasons — winter, spring and monsoon. The twist is that the story is told in reverse. “I feel romance is the most stereotyped genre. So I wanted to come up with an unconventional love story… Something people can connect to. I wanted the narration to be unique so the story of the film runs backward and makes you feel nostalgic,” explains Deepak, adding that he is already in talks with producers to turn it into a full-length feature film.
The short film was made in five days back in 2018 but Deepak was preoccupied with other commitments. With everyone in quarantine right now, the filmmaker thought it would be the right time to release it as a demo to his feature film. “Winning at the Los Angeles-based Independent Short Awards and even at the White Unicorn International Film Festival, made me really happy. I even got appreciative messages from Anushka Shetty, Rashmika Mandanna, Krish, Sundeep Kishan and many others,” shares Deepak, who studied Master’s in Engineering from University of Houston.
Manasanamaha is streaming on Kala Mediaworks’ YouTube channel and stars Viraj Ashwin, Drishika Chander, Valli Raghvender, Prithvi Sharma and Bunny Abhiran.