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The Rediff Interview
'No heroine is versatile in India today'
October 24, 2008
Telugu film director Mohankrishna Indraganti was in his element during a Rediff Chat on Wednesday. The filmmaker, who struck gold with his first film Grahanam, and later on with Maya Bazaar and Ashta Chamma, chatted about his films and why making a comedy is serious work.
For those who missed the entertaining chat, here's what transpired:
Mohankrishna Indraganti says, Hi there
VK asked, Again, My heartiest wishes and congratulations to your triumph! Its not just your victory ut I feel its all ours! Being our classmate and school mate, we are lucky to have you! God Bless you! Do good films!
asminox asked, Are you in any way related to Sri Hanumacchastri
Ravindra asked, Hi...I swa the Movie 'Ashta Chemma'.really nice movie.U r direction is so good.I would like to see ur movie with Victory Venky.I hope you both can make a good combo.
nalinikanth asked, hi mohan i like very much i watch your thremovies grahanam is superb plese to make challam Mydanam
Hanu asked, Hi MohanKrishna, Ashta Chemma ni chaala baaga enjoy chesanu. Thanks for giving such a good movie. I've a question. What do u think are the main qualities that one should have to become a good director ?
RaghavendraTanikella asked, Hi Krishna, This is Raghavendra Tanikella. We are close friends(MY PARENTS INFORMMED ME) at the age of 4-5 years that time our families lived at Vijayawada (Krishna lanka).I am happy to see you as good director. All the best for ur future projects.
suresh asked, hi mohan
Kodanda asked, Do you give breaks in ur movies based on talent or based on recomendations
srinivas asked, hi ur movie is very good what is ur next project
directorteja asked, With Ashta Chamma doin 50 days strong..R u worried about Director Teja's Keka releasin 2moro will stop the cinema's successful run. i m ravi from vizag.
vinod asked, Hi Mohan. I am a software engineer by profession. I am doing fairly well in my career. But the only thing I want to do is making films. I have written 3 script which I want to make into a movie. how do i go about it. I have no contacts anywhere in the movie industry. I have no idea how to go about this...
sharma asked, Hi.Sir, I swa the Movie 'Ashta Chemma' with you in Rajahmundry. you have offered cool drink also....Really graeat feeling......i had with you, up to intervell i did not come to know you are the direcotor .....really nice feeling, and movie. U r direction is so good. Sharma.
saipradeepMaddali asked, Hi Mohan.. i like ur way of direction.. did u worked as assistant for any other director? what is your native place?
VK asked, You know what? One Lady from Dallas, Texas is seriously considering marrying you! He is the neighour to "PillowIsland"! Ok, you may get confused whatthe heck "PillowIsland" might be! Its a true translation of telugu word "TalagadaDeevi" ! Hu Hu Hu Ha Ha Ha!
VK asked, Hi Mohan : How is life treating you?
sridhar asked, what motivated you to do a film on a subject like grahanam..Bcos in this commercial world many people back off from such subjects....is it for awrads or for personal satisfaction...
moxie asked, halooo indragani
BHarat asked, Hi, Krishna Though i am north indian and do not watch telugu movies but I saw grahanam on recommendation of rachakonda vidya sagar it was excellent. Perhaps You should give a hand to hindi movies well.
balachandra asked, Hi this is balachandra from IIT Kharagpur, just saying HI to you
ramanjaneyulu asked, Hello Sir, Are u interested any working with any Star? I personally feel Nagarjuna [Images] will perfectly suit with your story ideas.
Kranti asked, hi Mohankrishna,congrats for a hit film.its really nice to see only telugu film(all telugu technicians and actors etc) for the first time i think.never seen such before.
saipradeepMaddali asked, Hi whos your favourite director????
ujwal asked, Aamir Khan [Images] and u have nominated for the same award how d u feel?
svkrishna asked, Hi mohankrishna.What kind/type of story qualifies for a movie in your opinion?
Tanikella asked, Raghavendra Kumar Tanikella- My nick name-Babilli
Anil asked, Does that mean A talented guy cannot come to you without a Reco
ramkumar asked, hi mohan , after asta chama , iam expecting another family move
phanisurya asked, Hi mohan krishna.. My question is that why are we unable to meet international standards?
saipradeepMaddali asked, Can we expect any commercial movie from you? or you will go with cool movies as karan johar and adi chopra..etc
Mohankrishna Indraganti answers, There are no art or commercial movies. Movies are art. So either it's good or bad.
moghal asked, You say Kurosawa is god to you...but so does every director... Is there any influence of him on your cinema...?
sridhar_v1 asked, Hi Mohankrishana garu, i have seen ur "grahanam"way back in 2006,but i have't seen ur later movies. grahanam has impressed me a lot because of the story and the way u picturised it.keep going .all the best
ivak asked, Chalam maidaanam; Vaddera Chandi das Anukshanikam - ee renditlo meeru denni darshakatvam vahinchadaaniki ishtapadataaru? Enduku?
hyd_dir asked, Hi...Who are your favorite film makers in Indian cinema and Hollywood ?
akash asked, pls answer my question who according to you is the most versatile heroine in india today
Hanu asked, Hi Mohan, Do you think formal education in film making helps ? Did it help you ?
Rambabu asked, why did you chose "Rambabu" for the AstaChemma?
casanova asked, Hi Krishna..watched the movie grahanam..felt proub to be a fellow andhraite and indian
SekharC asked, Hi Mohan, Congratulations,AC is cool. Your direction is superb. I must say your choice of actors is very good and Nani and Srini are exceptional and swati is good as always. Please do not change your style to suit so called big heroes.hoping to see many more entertainers from you!
Narendar asked, Hello Mohan, Congratulations on the success of AC. I liked it, very much enjoyable. What is your opinion on adopting our very own telugu novels? Why dont you throw some light in that area. I guess our ppl have forgotten our telugu lit.
VK asked, I have not seen Grahanm until now just because you never sent me a DVD!This is one o fmy count less requests!
NTRSastry asked, The female-lead accepts to marry the male-lead only after confirming that his original name is Mahesh.. And the female-lead's aunt gives a nod only after knowing that the guys is a rich man. It's just a story, but don't you think you could have come up with a better ending?
Mohankrishna Indraganti answers, The movie is a farce. the story is an unreal over the top comment on fan-following and the subsequent craziness! A story can have many endings. That was the ending I liked the most!
moghal asked, If you were to remake this movie in Hindi...would you go with an all newcomer cast or for established actors..?
Sasank asked, you said david fincher was one of your fav directors, so do u have any plans of making psychological thrillers like him
balasundar asked, Hai On the awards you have received which you feel the best?
kameshwari asked, Your Maya Bazaar was flop. were u not worried at that time. Why do you pefer commercial movies and why not movies like grahanam or any realastic movie?
lalith asked, Ashta chemma is a good entertainer. Do you have any similar projects in pipeline ?
Sandesh asked, Mohan gaaru stick with the casting you prefer in ur further films....dont go for commercial heroes...they will destroy the theme in the film..Please dont do that
daggumati asked, Why can't you try Amaravathi kadalu as a TV serial,same what happened for malgudi days
Kranti asked, are you doing anything about the film piracy?
NTRSastry asked, Well, you say your film is a satire on fandom. If that's your intention, you could have created an imaginary super-star just for the film. I heard many people say the film is nothing if not for Mahesh Babu [Images]. You relied on the same fandom to fill your pockets.. How do you justify that?
daggumati asked, what is your favourite novel in telugu
praveenhotha asked, mayabazar was good, but i felt that the title should have been something else. Ppl expected a lot , probably becos of the title. what is ur say?
padmavathi01 asked, indrangathiiii garu.... naku oka hi chepandi
shiva asked, Dear Mohan garu, Everyone say it is difficult to enter Telugu Film Industry without any reco. So, can you please tell the way for a person without any reco and having interesting themes
Lavanyaswati asked, Mohaaaannnn I luved ashta chamma, u rock!! cant wait for ur next film!! avi avi
srixtreme asked, y r u deviating ur path from classical movies when u proved ur self in that?
Lavanyaswati asked, Mohan u didnt answer my question :( everyone is praising u that u casted an all telugu cast.. but how do u feel? I mean is language an issue? or talent even bigger??
Ashi asked, Hi Mohan...As you used Mahesh name in ur film AC Do you have any plans of making a film with Mahesh Babu in future ??
Koteswara Rao asked, Who is your favourite actor
Ashi asked, Hi Mohan. Your take on your films looks like very professional. Did you do any course like DFT in institutes like PUNE film institute ??
Mohankrishna Indraganti says, Hi people, it was great talking to you all. Thank you for your appreciation and criticism as well! Hope you will react in the same manner for my future projects too! See you all! Bye!
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