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Sunil: 'My Next Film Is On Gurram Jashuva'
Fighting for a caste free society was the great leader ‘Periyar Ramaswamy Naicker’ and even the film was also titled after his name. This came in Tamil and it got dubbed into Telugu under the banner of Nag Enterprises. This is being brought by producer P Sunil. This has Satyaraj, Khushbu, Kaikala Satyanarayana in the lead roles while the director is Gnanarajasekhar IAS. The film was released recently throughout AP in 28 prints and here are few details of the talk with producer Sunil.
 
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Sunil. I am from Vijayawada. Since my father was a production manager, I have been brought up in Chennai maximum. I worked with Anand cine services as cameraman for nearly 15 years.
 
Under whom did you work in the camera department?
I have worked with the famous cameramen V R Swamy and Jeeva for many films.
 
What is the reason behind becoming a producer instead of working with V R Swamy?
I worked as an assistant for few films in the start. Though I worked as a cameraman in many serials, I realized that sustaining in a field which has more than 100 people. Though there are different reasons, out of 100 only 10 take money in lakhs while the remaining 90 take money in thousands. At a time when I was in a dilemma as to what decision has to be taken, I saw the English film ‘Ambedkar’. I decided to get it to Telugu and got it dubbed. Though it didn’t run commercially at the start, due to the different publicity, places like Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Ongole, Coastal areas showed good response. That gave me a lot of satisfaction. People came in tractors to watch the film. Like that, with ‘Ambedkar’s inspiration I got into ‘Periyar’.
 
All know Ambekar but not many in Telugu know Periyar Ramaswamy.
You are right. Periyar Ramaswamy has worked hard to bring about a caste free society in Tamilnadu. He was the one who established the party ‘Dravida Kazhagam’ and even today that party has got a lot of importance. This is a universal subject and Katthi Padmarao has given wonderful dialogues for the first time. Even today, his speeches get good response.
 
What did you like in the film?
Many things, the roles by Satyaraj, Khushbu, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Jyothirmayee were very likeable. Ravi Shankar gave life to the character of Satyaraj with his voice. He gave an excellent voice over right from a 25 year old to a 95 year old.
 
About songs:
The songs are very good. Noted people like Goreti Venkanna, Vandemataram Srinivas, Jaiveer have written them.
 
Any thoughts on making a straight Telugu film?
Very soon, I will be doing a film on ‘Narayana Guru’ then I will be taking up a straight Telugu movie on the history of the great Gurram Jashuva.
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