Cinematographer-director K V Guhan discusses his new Telugu film ‘Highway’ starring Anand Deverakonda and Abhishek Banerjee 

Cinematographer-director K V Guhan discusses his new Telugu film ‘Highway’ starring Anand Deverakonda and Abhishek Banerjee 

The multihyphenate K V Guhan, who juggles obligations as cinematographer, author and director, believes that individuals cross paths for a motive and sure conferences can change the course of 1’s life. His new Telugu film, Highway, which can stream on Aha Telugu from August 19, is a psychological thriller that explores what occurs when key characters of the story cross paths on a freeway and undergo a life-changing expertise.

“The story entails a nonetheless photographer (Anand Deverakonda), an harmless younger girl (Manasa Radhakrishnan), a prison (Abhishek Banerjee) and a police officer (Saiyami Kher). This is one among the experimental, concept-driven tales I had written throughout the pandemic,” Guhan explains. His earlier directorial mission WWW (streaming on Sony LIV) touched upon cybercrime and previous to that, Guhan gained appreciation for the thriller 118 starring Kalyan Ram, Nivetha Thomas and Shalini Pandey.

These concept-oriented thrillers stemmed from his curiosity to place forth tales which are common. “The language and places will change in keeping with a area, however the crux of 118 or WWW or Highway can work wherever,” he causes.

K V Guhan

K V Guhan
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For his new film, the makers have been conscious that the title would possibly make film lovers recall director Imtiaz Ali’s Hindi film Highway starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda. Guhan causes that no different title would have been apt for his story A place to begin for the story thought stemmed from Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men. “As I developed the story, I realised there’s potential to make viewers curious to know what occurs to the characters throughout their journey.”

Both WWW and Highway have been conceptualised for digital streaming. Guhan says the digital medium provides a writer-director freedom to discover new ideas with out having to pander to the field workplace: “There is lots of freedom in having the ability to narrate a narrative with no templated strategy. However, the framework is smaller and there are funds constraints.” 

Guhan roped in Anand Deverakonda when he learnt that the actor was on the lookout for tales with completely different ideas: “His brother Vijay (Deverakonda) is a large star, whereas Anand is eager to have his personal id.”

Abhishek Banerjee was Guhan’s first option to play the psychopath killer, ever since he noticed his efficiency in the internet collection Paatal Lok

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: “I used to be eager to introduce Abhishek to Telugu cinema and fortunately, he favored the story and agreed.” 

Highway was filmed on the highways close to Hyderabad, Araku Valley and Chikmagalur in roughly 40 days. In his writing course of, Guhan says he was acutely aware of creating the characters have an emotional join with viewers. “International movies can have a serial killer or a psychopath character and say that he’s simply wired that approach due to a chemical imbalance. I wasn’t certain if such a proof would work right here. So I wrote Abhishek’s character giving some quantity of reasoning to point out what makes him the approach he’s.” 

Guhan had earlier directed the Tamil film Inidhu Inidhu, an adaptation of the Telugu film Happy Days. In all his directorial tasks, he took on obligations of cinematography, and writing the story and screenplay. He says this multitasking is feasible when the scale of the film shouldn’t be too giant. “For a bigger film, I might want to delegate the cinematography to another person. For a smaller film, it’s simpler for me to deal with the digicam since I do know the imaginative and prescient with what I wrote the film.”

In the preliminary years of his profession, Guhan learnt the ropes of modifying at Minbimbangal, a subsidiary of Kavithalayaa Productions, Chennai. The modifying talent units labored to his benefit when he turned director. “My filming is exact and I’ve a very good understanding of the frames. This is feasible as a result of I spent 4 years at the modifying desk. At Minbimbangal, I interacted with FTII (Film and Television Institute of India, Pune) alumni and it modified the course of my considering. I feel I’m able to work on experimental tales due to the publicity I obtained via my FTII pals.”

On the different hand, Guhan has labored as a cinematographer for a number of mainstream movies. He started by helping P C Sreeram and later was on board for Athadu, Dookudu, Aagadu, the Hindi model of Khushi and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, amongst different movies: “I’ve had the better of each worlds, experimental movies in addition to mainstream ventures.”

In the pipeline is one other directorial mission starring Kalyan Ram.

(Highway streams on Aha from August 19)

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