Actor Srinivas Avasarala's passion for writing and storytelling encouraged him to don the director's hat for forthcoming Telugu romantic-comedy Oohalu Gusagusalade. He says he enjoys the storytelling process more than acting. However, he says that he doesn't like to discriminate acting from direction.
In an interview to IANS, Srinivas Avasarala told, "I've always
wished to be a director ever since I started my career as an actor.
I enjoy storytelling so much more than acting that I even
ghostwrote for two Telugu films. I wanted to control the whole
storytelling process. So when I finally found a producer, I decided
to become a director."
He added, "I can't tell if acting or directing satisfies me the
most because at the end of the day you want the audiences to be
entertained and it doesn't matter if you're an actor or director.
Maybe as a writer-director you're more responsible because
everything on the screen is yours."
Slated to release this Friday, Oohalu Gusagusalade
starring newcomers Naga Shourya and Rashi Khanna
in the leads, is based on French play Cyrrano De Bergerac.
Srinivas Avasarala said, "For most romantic comedies, the
inspiration comes from this play. My film also has the spirit of a
Allen film. I have tried to find a common ground for these two
sources of inspiration and made my film based on that."
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Srinivas' Difficulty In Finding Producer For Oohalu Gusagusalade
Srinivas Avasarala said, "It took me a while to make this film
because not many producers were willing to make this kind of movie
without stars. But thankfully, I found a producer who appreciate
cinema as a craft and didn't see it from a business
Difference Between Writing And Direction
According to Srinivas Avasarala, writing and direction is one
and the same because in both these crafts "one tries to control the
narrative". He said, "I don't see any difference in writing and
direction. What's really important in both is that what you write
should not get changed on screen and audiences should connect with
Doing OG In Low-Budget Was A Challenge
Being a first-timer, Srinivas felt making a low-budget film with
limited resources was a big challenge. He added, "Although my
producer liked my story, he wasn't convinced that I could direct.
Therefore, I had to make the film on low-budget and make use of my
limited resources wisely. A creative process can't have such
constraints but that was the challenge and I'm glad we successfully
finished the film."
Did His Acting Experience Help Him In Direction?
He's unsure if being an actor helped him in the process of
direction, but he says "being on the sets of films helped him a
lot". Srinivas said, "I don't know for sure if my acting experience
helped me in direction, but the performance of my actors has come
out very well. I strongly feel my experience on being different
films' sets helped me understand the logistics involved in the
making of a film."
Srinivas' Role In Oohalu Gusagusalade
Srinivas has also played an important role in Oohalu
Gusagusalade, which also features Rao Ramesh and Posani
Krishna Murali in important roles.