There is no hidden formula to write a great film script. If one would come across ‘Kotha Poradu’ web series that is being streamed on OTT platform ‘aha’, one could understand how simple and morbid lives can be woven into enchanting narratives. With a handful of new faces, ‘Kotha Poradu’ got connected with Telangana audiences when it hit OTT platform during the lockdown period and instantly the web series received praise from people.
Warangal-born Anvesh Michael had no clue how his story would shape up when he made rough draft of the script observing the lives of children on the streets of Monda market in Hyderabad. Even while working as investigator in the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Anvesh used to constantly come across the sights of children selling electronic goods in Besant Nagar in Chennai.
“Stories are aplenty if one would carefully observe people within our geographical and cultural spheres. I felt local content has always been the theme of Tamil cinema. So why not a Telugu film, I pondered. I made a sketchy narrative of ‘Kotha Poradu’ before even narrating it to anyone. A story that should relate to my people back home,” says Anvesh.
Anvesh gave up his Central government job before he seriously considered giving visual form to his story ‘Kotha Poradu’. Rather than faithfully adhering to the regular structure and template in moviemaking, Anvesh explored options to experiment with new faces to get the desired output. “When I could not get Telugu producers of my taste, I had decided to cast new faces Sudhakar Reddy, Raj Tirandasu, Sai Prasanna. Characters in ‘Kotha Poradu’ demanded raw and rustic look of Telangana culture. The idea was to tell a neat story of morbid lives of rural villages — a drunkard man whose death leaves a surmountable debt in the family. His son Raju comes to the city only to find the harsh reality of life. He resorts to theft and ganja-selling in the process. And how he gets into films, another world of fantasy, he never ever dreamt of. The conscious effort is to make ‘Kotha Poradu’ a realistic-yet-interesting visual narrative,” he says.
For Anvesh, playing the lead character Raju was an arduous task besides directing the web series and improvising the script. “We shot in Brahmanapalli village and other hamlets near Pochampalli location. With the support of our crew and assistant director, we executed the project well. But the previous incident of I being rejected for a Telangana film propelled me to direct and handle ‘Kotha Poradu’ perfectly. I had also penned two songs ‘Notla Beedilu Vettandi’ and ‘Ayithava Ayithava Hero’ besides managing all three other crafts, it gave me immense happiness,” he admits.
Anvesh has two other projects in hand. One is a story of Marathi-Telangana connection. “It’s political and dark period fictional film which is based on incidents happened during the ’80s. It touches the layers of Buddhism and Christianity. And how the caste transformation changed the lives of tribals. And the other one is about Warangal-based rowdy which is crime genre,” he says before signing off.
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