The theatre person, actor opens up on his latest release helmed by Ashwin Gangaraju
Aakashavaani was one of the many Telugu releases that made it to OTT and theatres this weekend. Directed by Ashwin Gangaraju, the film, streaming on Sony LIV, features Vinay Varma, Samuthirakani, Mime Madhu, Teja Kakumanu in the lead roles. The film opened to mixed reviews everywhere, but most of them had special words of praise for the original story and experimental narration. Vinay Varma, hours before the film release, shared his memories of shooting for the film on Facebook.
"This film has been a long journey for most actors. Shooting in difficult terrain for 60 days, the entire cast and crew literally sweated it out and often got drenched too in the summer showers. The trying conditions tested and stretched them, but none gave up on Ashwin Gangaraju's dream. There was a time when the film, after shooting 90% of it, was put on hold for reasons undisclosed. Rumours flew thick and fast. But there's a secret buried deep within, to which only Ashwin is privy. It was his confidence in me, in himself, his narrative that kept the embers burning. And his dream eventually materialising," he said.
Applauding Suresh Ragutu's 'exceptional' camera work, he conveyed his gratitude to the costume designers Geetha Gautham and Shilpa Gns for coming up with an attire that helped him elevate his performance. "I've never been dressed up so exquisitely for a role. Production Designer Mohan Bingi's sets on locations have "never seen this before" feel. Creating a village amidst the jungles of Paderu is a no mean task. My real privilege was giving life to the words of the great Saimadhav Burra (garu). Many were goosebumps moments for me while performing," Vinay Varma added.
He also thanked his co-actors Seshukumar, Teja Kakumanu, Mime Madhu, Anthony, Abhinay Shukla, Akashavani Prabhu, for being a constant source of support. Some of Vinay Varma's major releases were Naandhi, Zombie Reddy. He'll next be seen in Venkatesh, Meena-starrer Drushyam 2 as a cop. The film is directed by Jeethu Joseph.