Hyderabad: Telugu cinema saw a period that produced films with rich tapestry of tradition and culture till the ’90s. From director Jandhyala to legendary filmmaker K Vishwanath, filmmakers brought in paradigm shift when they started visualising stories that can be told through traditional dance forms.
Director Revanth Korukonda’s upcoming movie ‘Natyam’ is based on a classical dance form. The movie, which is hitting the screens on Friday, features Sandhya Raju in the lead while Kamal Kamaraju plays a key role.
After deep research and years of study, Revanth came up to tell the story of the art form on silver screen. “Movies of B Vittalacharya and other classics that have come later had a very deep impact on audiences compared to the present Hollywood superhero flicks. Stories based on Indian mythologies have been entertaining audiences for a very long time,” says the director.
“Similarly,” he adds, “Narrating stories through various dance forms was in practice for the past one millennium. Classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi convey a range of emotions. They are as much about story-telling mediums as aesthetics. Dance-based story-telling can influence the viewer. So, the film has originated from the love that I have for classical dance.”
Revanth happened to collaborate with Sandhya Raju, a Kuchipudi dancer from the city, for a short-film initially. “Later, we thought we could work on a feature-length film on the subject which we both are passionate about. ‘Natyam’ is not a mere story that is told through a dance form. No! It has all the elements of suspense, fun and other ingredients that a movie needs,” he adds.
‘Natyam’ is about a girl who went on to become a dance exponent after wading through challenges that were thrown at her since childhood. “The girl is inspired by the story told to her by her guru. The emotions in the story keep inspiring her at every stage and the ladder that she climbs. She dispels superstition in the village by choosing dance as her medium,” shares the director.