Hyderabad: Featuring Viraj Ashwin in the lead role, ‘Manasanamaha’, a Telugu short-film has entered the Oscars qualification race. Produced by Gajjala Shilpa, ‘Manasanamaha’ was made available for streaming on YouTube last year and ever since, it has won 900 international and regional awards. The voting for ‘Manasanamaha’s Oscars qualification will start from December 10.
“When I thought of presenting a love story with a novel idea, the concept of a reverse screenplay came to my mind. Using this method of filmmaking at that point in time was challenging. The fact that ‘Manasanamaha’ won hundreds of awards is encouraging. I hope our short-film wins the Oscars voting on December 10. I will be working on a feature film soon,” said director Deepak Reddy.
Actor Viraj Aswhin said, “When Deepak first narrated the story, I didn’t know if he could bring the story to life on-screen. But after seeing the output, I understood his vision. Gautham Menon released the short-film in Tamil and ‘KGF’ producers did the honours in Kannada. The short-film won 900 awards. Qualifying for the Oscars race is a positive feeling.”
Drishika Chander, who played the female lead, said, “‘Manasanamaha’ is my first film and all the appreciation that we’re receiving is overwhelming. It was really challenging working on the short-film.”