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First-time director Revan Yadu is upset that actor Sivaji is taking all the credit for the success of his latest Telugu release Boochamma Boochodu (BB). He says directors also deserve some laurels. Sivaji plays the lead in Yadu-directed horror-comedy, which released in theatres on September 5. The film has been adjudged a sleeper hit.
In an interview to IANS, Revan Yadu said, "In all his recent interviews, Sivaji has been talking as though he's solely responsible for the success of the film. He didn't even care to mention my name anywhere. I'm deeply hurt by that because as a director, I deserve to be credited too."
Revan Yadu added, "I'm not an established director. People don't even know me. If Sivaji is taking away all the credit from the success, how will people even know that I directed the film? My friends have started to ask me if I really directed the film."
Yadu admits filmmaking is a 'team effort', but says there's a reason why a director is called 'captain of the ship'. He added, "It's the director's vision that gets translated into a film. I don't mean to say only the director should be credited for a film's success, but it's very important that he's recognised."
Boochamma Boochodu is a low-budget film and opened to very good response. It also features Kainaz Motiwala, Srinivas Reddy and Brahmanandam in lead roles. In his defense, Sivaji said, "If people associate the success of the film with my popularity, I can't do anything about it. Ask those people who called me to congratulate for the film's success. Why didn't they call the director? I never stopped them from calling him. I was only celebrating the success of the film and was sharing my reaction on it."