Gunasekhar’s 3D Historical Stereoscopic “Rudramadevi” is all set to release tomorrow. This film was made on a huge budget scale of 80 cr and stars Allu Arjun, Daggubati Rana, Krishnam Raju, Prakash and of course Anushka Shetty in the title role.
With this film becoming the talk of the town for its making efforts, the whole team are expecting a positive result out of this one. Let’s read into the experiences of main players of this historic film.
Gunasekhar (Director): With his film releasing tomorrow after a long wait of three years, Gunasekhar is expecting a positive result, in his words ‘normal delivery’.
Guansekhar says “I am quite confident about Rudramadevi’s result. Though many have tried to do sezieren, failed to do so. I want a normal delivery.
I had to go through a lot while producing such film. Brought everything I sold everything I had, but I didn’t stop trying to make this film rich and magnificent. I wasn’t satisfied with a small budget to such historic genre, had plans of making it in 3D so as to reach the audience more effectively. During the initial stages, I didn’t get any producers for this film. With having no option, I jumped into the production of my film. The reason behind me producing and spending such money is that I believed in the story, as I believed the story my whole team believed in me which made me do Rudramadevi.
India isn’t a market for 3D, especially ours is a regional market. But Rudrmadevi made me to take such decision. My plan of making this film was in 2004, as the technology wasn’t much supportive at that time, I dropped the attempt. After “Avatar” the technology that I intended was available. Since 2010, I started the script work and finalised it in 2012. I had no choice than Anushka for Rudrmadevi and first approached her with this script. She agreed immediately and laid the first stone for fulfilling my dream.
Not just in the recent times but from past four to five years had many sleepless nights. Studying about the character of Rudramadevi, Gonaganna Reddy, Chalukya Veera Bhadra made me enthusiastic. All these characters have a unique identity during their times. I even lost sleep thinking about the film, characterisation, budget, VFX effects. At last quite happy that I made what I dreamt of.
I have to thank Allu Arjun especially. Rudramadevi made Allu Arjun to do Gonaganna Reddy. It was his call to do this ‘Robin Hood’ kind of character. His addition to the film had boosted my confidence. He didn’t take any remuneration and did this character knowing its value. With his face value, I was able to bring some money from financiers and put it in the film. If I fail with this one, once again I’ll try to make a better film, but won’t stop trying.
Stylish Star Allu Arjun has a unique character called “Gona Ganna Reddy” in this film. The character is rumoured of a Robin Hood kind of character. He says that “Rudramadevi is once in a lifetime opportunity.
Anushka is a normal heroine, but in Rudhramadevi she is the hero. Can’t imagine Rudramadevi without Anushka. It was my honour to work with great technicians like Padma Shri Thota Tharani, Editor and National Award Winner Sreekar Prasad, Musical Maestro Ilayaraja, lyricist Sri Vennla Sita Ram Shastry and Camera Men Ajay Vincent.
The reasons for me doing this film are three 1.)I love Telugu Cinema. I am a fan of my Telugu Cinema. I always appreciate every time Telugu Cinema climbs a step.
2.) I respect Woman: It’s very hard to be a Woman. I did this film knowing that I am not the hero, but a character. I did this film knowing that it is female oriented film and strongly support that.
3.) For my Director Gunashekar: I know what’s Gunashekar is all about. He is a man born only for cinema. I have done a film with, it didn’t work at the box-office, but given a chance I will once again work for him.”
Rana: Daggubati Rana is playing the character of Chalukya Veerabhadra. His experience on Rudramadevi “They are many actors like Krishnam Raju, Allu Arjun and myself, but the hero of Rudhramadevi is Anushka. If anyone asks me who Rama is, my answer would be NTR. Ask me who Alluri Sita Ram Raju is, my answer is Super Star Krishna. And ask me who is Rudramadevi, my answer will be Anushka.
Rudramadevi is the character that can be justified only by her (Anushka). It is a tailor-made character for Anushka.
I know Gunashekar since seven years. He and no one can only make such film. I thank Guna garu for such opportunity. I am fortunate to do this film for which Maestro Ilayaraja has composed music.
Anushka: Anushka Shetty plays the title role of Rudramadevi. In her words “I have to thank Gunashekar for doing Rudramadevi with me. Can’t imagine better film than this with such technicians working for it.
Gunasekhar has worked hard and made this film with blood and bones. This film should be a success at least for his sake. My co-stars Rana and Allu Arjun are close friends in real life, but played something quite opposite in this film.
One mustn’t watch this film only for entertainment purpose. This film has a slot of history that most of us don’t know.