Hyderabad: To adapt a novel into a film of feature length, there’s always a doubt that lingers in filmmakers while conveying the right meaning with all necessary elements. Krish Jagarlamudi’s upcoming film ‘Konda Polam’ is about the myriad hues of people residing in forests, their suffering, struggle and self-discovery. It’s an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Sannapu Reddy Venkata Rami Reddy.
“Books and cinema are two different mediums. The space is such that it provides the writer with an unlimited canvas. Shepherds forming in a group of 20, usually take their herds for grazing to hilly pastures following a drought. On my way to Ahobilam temple, the very sight of watching them on hilly areas was so wonderful. But I had never thought of a possible story on shepherds though. After reading ‘Konda Polam’ novel, for the first time, I felt there is a prospective story in hand to dig deep,” he says.
Starring Panja Vaishnav Tej and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead, ‘Konda Polam’ is scheduled to hit on Friday this week. Krish had to face several hurdles after he decided to turn the novel into a film. “We initially planned to shoot in a forest near Goa. We thought of creating a quarantine bubble for crew and cast, however, officials didn’t give us permission. We then shifted the plan to Vikarabad forest,” he said.
The director also had to add a romantic track with a character named Obulamma, played by Rakul Preet. “Konda Polam’ novel has a brilliant plot. But, to make it more filmy, I brought Obulamma into it. Later, I needed a character who makes it big on the national stage from a rural background. I did that with a young lad Ravindranath from the forest, a UPSC topper whose parents are illiterate. The forest is his teacher. The author also helped us with necessary tweaks and add ons while also writing dialogues in Rayalaseema slang,” said Krish.