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Ravi Kiran Kola, author and showrunner of Vishwak Sen-starrer ‘Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam’, on the making of the household drama

Ravi Kiran Kola, author and showrunner of Vishwak Sen-starrer ‘Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam’, on the making of the household drama

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Ravi Kiran Kola, the author and showrunner of ‘Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam’ is all for life like, entertaining tales

Ravi Kiran Kola, the author and showrunner of ‘Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam’ is all for life like, entertaining tales

Ravi Kiran Kola’s left forearm bears an ambigram tattoo ‘Director’ (the font permits it to be learn in two instructions). He bought inked even earlier than he debuted as a author and director with the Telugu movie Raja Vaaru Rani Gaaru ( RVRG, 2019). Again then, he had written his last B.Tech exams and arrived in Hyderabad from East Godavari, decided to make it within the movie business. Now in his fifth 12 months in Hyderabad, he’s basking within the suggestions for Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam, which was launched on Friday.

Ravi has penned the story, screenplay and dialogues and was additionally the showrunner of the movie, whereas his pal Vidya Sagar Chinta, who was the cinematographer for RVRG, directed it. Ravi elaborates: “The idea of a showrunner is new to Telugu cinema, although a number of Telugu net collection have explored it. A showrunner envisions and oversees each side of a mission, whereas the director executes it. It turned out to be extra time consuming than directing.”

Requested why he didn’t direct the movie, Ravi says he has been engaged on an bold political drama and wished to dedicate extra time to that

Homegrown tales

His debut movie was an ode to his village Bhadravaram and surrounding areas in Yeleswaram mandal, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. Ashoka Vanam… can be set in East Godavari and pits a household from the area with one other household from Suryapet, Telangana: “I’m aware that each one my tales shouldn’t originate from East Godavari; I don’t need to get slotted. Nonetheless, I are likely to get many story concepts from that area.”

Ever because the movie’s launch, Ravi has been receiving calls from his native city, with individuals stating that they may see elements of themselves within the supporting characters within the household drama.

The concept of Ashoka Vanam… emerged through the first lockdown when Ravi got here throughout a information article a couple of household from Odisha that arrived in Andhra Pradesh for a marriage and needed to prolong their keep because the lockdown was imposed. “I questioned what would occur if two households, one from Telangana and one from Andhra Pradesh, had been caught in such a state of affairs. The primary story is about Arjun (Vishwak Sen) and the 2 feminine leads Rukshar Dhillon and Ritika Nayak.”

Vishwak Sen and Rukshar Dhillon in ‘Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam’

Vishwak Sen and Rukshar Dhillon in ‘Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam’

The concept of the protagonist being 30+, single and underneath stress to get married, got here from observing individuals identified to him. One in every of Ravi’s mates who was earlier tasked to direct the movie went by means of an identical state of affairs, together with his household insisting that he get married directly and quit the chance of course: “I couldn’t perceive why they thought directing a movie would hinder his marriage plans. He turned 30 and his household was specific that his marriage ceremony shouldn’t be delayed. I used to be indignant and channelled a few of that within the dialogues.”

Gender sensitivity

Cloaked in comedy, Ashoka Vanam… highlights a bunch of points. Ravi mentions that he’s conscious of the skewed gender ratio in some castes in his native area: “Because of the short-sighted practices (corresponding to feminine foeticide) in earlier days, some communities battle to discover a bride. I do know cases the place the boys go for women from totally different communities and likewise give items and cash to her household.”

A vital scene involving Vidya Sivalenka (the groom’s sister) and the dialog that follows, stresses on the significance of a woman little one. Ravi provides, “We tried to weave in different points into the story by means of the 2 main ladies — the youthful sister’s dream for monetary independence and profession objectives and the older sister stating the caste prejudice her dad and mom nurtured. Arjun’s telephonic conversations together with his ex, Zarina, additionally underline the spiritual variations that may have come of their method.”

Discovering a proficient supporting solid and getting them to vibe collectively by means of casual workshops was a key issue for the household drama populated with quite a lot of characters: “I used to enact every character with their peculiar traits to the producers. In order that they insisted I discover actors who can pull it off.”

To look the a part of a 33-year-old male protagonist who will not be match, is insecure and considerably aware of his appears, Vishwak Sen placed on a number of kilos. Ravi remembers how he forbid Vishwak from hitting the gymnasium: “Vishwak is a promising actor and star materials. We made him eat extra. Steadily he took it upon himself to let go of his groomed look and costume down. He was a sport.”

Preserve it actual

Ashoka Vanam… was filmed between the COVID-19 waves and turned out to be a brand new studying expertise for Ravi, Vidya Sagar and the crew: “We had filmed RVRG like an indie crew, capturing at odd hours with restricted assets. By way of this movie, I learnt about regulated working hours and the idea of name sheets.”

Ravi has 4 scripts prepared, ready to be made into characteristic movies and net collection. He used the pandemic downtime to put in writing: “I need to narrate tales that really feel genuine, no matter be the style. I like to put in writing life like, flawed characters.”

If a handful of Telugu movies in recent times — Care of Kancharapalem, Cinema Bandi, Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya, Center Class Melodies and Mallesham for instance — have stayed true to hyper native milieus, Ravi causes that the newer tribe of administrators are desirous to dismiss the notion that Telugu cinema can not make movies which can be genuine and lived-in, in contrast to Malayalam cinema: “We’re all out to show that we are able to narrate tales which can be near actuality and make them entertaining. I work together with individuals, loads, to learn about their lives.”

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