Filmmaker Praveen Sattaru, currently awaiting the release of Telugu anthology film Chandamama Kathalu, left high-paying job in the US and returned to India to chase his filmmaking dream. He says that the film industry is not a place to get rich because most people face losses in this business.
In 2011, he made his Telugu directorial debut with Life Before Wedding (LBW). A year later, he made Telugu romantic-drama Routine Love Story. Both the films failed to rake in the moolah. "It's a myth that people get rich in film industry, because it's not a place to make money. Ninety-nine percent of people lose money in cinema. Who says it's easy to make money here? I want to ask them what the success mantra is?" Praveen told IANS.
"I was making more money in the US than I have been in the last four years. I'm not here to make money and if I wanted to make money, I wouldn't have returned to India," he said. When quizzed about what he learned from his failures, the director said, "I have realised if you're making a simple love story, people would come and watch it only if there's a star in it. This was my biggest learning."
Praveen's third directorial Chandamama Kathalu, due for an April 25 release, is touted to be Telugu cinema's first anthology film. He wants to give audience a "captivating experience" through the film. "My debut film was semi-anthology and it was received well. Based on the response to that film, I decided to make 'Chandamama Kathalu'. I wanted to give the audience a higher experience than my previous films," he said. Continue to read Praveen Sattaru's interview in the slideshow.