(Please note: Making a film is perhaps one of the toughest jobs you’ll ever come across. Every filmmaker struggles a lot for the project’s success. Filmmakers put their lives, time and money at stake for a film’s success. Every one has their own version of how much effort they had put in while making a film. And this is ours. I am not exaggerating or trying to boast about myself through this article. I am honestly trying to brief our struggle and experiences while working on Dhookudu. What you read here is actually a simple version of our efforts. All of us had great moments and some very hard moments while finalizing the scripts for our films. I am trying my best to make you understand our efforts. Please avoid giving advices while commenting. Already, we have too many people for that. I request you to read the full article and tweet questions to me my dear friends. I don’t want to hurt any one with my articles. I want to make things easy to wannabe writers and make you understand the logic behind every commercial film. I wasted my valuable time knowing many things for the sake of experience. If my articles help at least one person on this earth then my purpose is served. That is my sole aim and intention of writing these articles. So please don’t misinterpret the lines I have written and publish the material in wrong way. Thanks for your positive feedback. Good day.)
About How Dhookudu Film Started-part 3
Before going to Mahabhaleswar, Sreenu Vaitla and the producers listened to several subjects from many contemporary writers. Some Tamil writers and several upcoming and established Telugu film writers also narrated subjects to them. I too recommended & referred few people (writers) to producers. However, they did not find the right subject and content that they were expecting for their project. After all this process ,we finalised a line and went to Mahabhaleswar.
We reached Mahabhaleswar, Panchagani area and stayed at a guest house for a week. It’s a beautiful location and I loved that place.
I worked on the script for 5 days and narrated first version of first half, apart from giving an over all idea of second half script. Sreenu garu liked it and for few days we discussed and wrote scenes for first half. We were happy with the way the script was shaping up.
In the film’s first half, I developed a lengthy train episode which was set in North India.
Back in 2004, Sreenu Vaitla did a fantastic train episode in his film, VENKY which was very energetic, hilarious and memorable.Young students and youth who had similar experiences in their train journeys connected quite well to that train episode. Sreenu Vaitla got great respect and become very popular as a director after that. (Vaitla ji’s fan following started with the alcohol scene on terrace in ANANDHAM. That scene got excellent reaction from the audience. Of course, many liked SONTHAM’s M.S.Narayana photo session sequence & Sunil, Telangana Sakuntala’s track too). After the success of SANTOSHAM (I was the film’s writer) I got an offer from Sreenu vaitla to work for VENKY as a screenplay writer. It was my first film with Vaitla ji and I loved the way he picturised the train track in VENKY.
Coming back to the train episode in Dookudu, I tried my best to avoid the similarities when I first narrated but later in our discussions we realized that it had shaped up like Venky part 2. We enjoyed our discussions a lot while doing that.
Then we came back to Hyderabad after visiting Shirdi Sai Baba.
Sreenu Vaitla then narrated the story graph to our producers.They liked the story & humour but felt the train episode was similar to the sequence in Venky.
The problem was, after listening to the story, they realized that it wasn’t the kind of story they were expecting for Mahesh Babu. They were hesitating to tell us about it. One day Gopichand Achanta conveyed his feelings to me. I understood his intention. On the other hand, the time we were spending on each subject, our energies & creativity was almost going waste.
At that point of time , NAMO VENKATESA finished 100 days in around 10 centres or so. Around this time the producers organised a 100 days function at Jayabheri club. Many exhibitors,distributors and well wishers came to the function.They told us that they were expecting big business from Mahesh Babu’s film due to the craze for Mahesh Babu-Sreenu Vaitla’s combination and the masala factor. Whatever may be the thing, our director said that we should work on another fresh subject.
There were quite a few reasons for this decision. Sreenu ji had his doubts on whether people would receive the train episode well without comparing that with the train sequence in Venky or not. And he was also worried about the film as a whole as he wanted a good second half and a good climax. But personally,I had full confidence on the script we had developed. And I really believed that I could deliver a good script after taking a gap of few days.
Finally this subject of a love story based in North India was dropped.We stopped discussing further on this subject.
Started searching for another new subject in APRIL END 2010.