Priya Vadlamani in a dual role, Vikas Vasishta, Vishwak Sen and Chaitanya Rao in the Telugu movie ‘Mukhachitram’

Priya Vadlamani in a twin role, Vikas Vasishta, Vishwak Sen and Chaitanya Rao within the Telugu film ‘Mukhachitram’
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What if director Ok Balachander’s 1981 Telugu movie 47 Rojulu (47 Natkal in Tamil), starring Chiranjeevi and Jayaprada, had a up to date soul sequel with the feminine protagonist in search of revenge? Sandeep Raj who has written the story, screenplay and dialogues for the brand new Telugu film Mukhachitram, which will launch in theatres on December 9, had that inspiration whereas engaged on the script.

Sandeep’s earlier movie, Colour Photo, which he co-wrote and directed, gained the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2020. Sandeep wrote Mukhachitram throughout the pandemic and produced it together with his brother Pradeep. Directed by Gangadhar, the movie options Vishwak Sen in a transient half as a lawyer, and the first solid contains Vikas Vasishta, Priya Vadalamani, Chaitanya Rao and Ayesha Khan.

“After Colour Photo, I wrote one other script that is ready to go on flooring and will contain a large manufacturing home and a well-known actor. I had written Mukhachitram based mostly on two true incidents, one of which is about a face transplant. The movie additionally offers with one other subject, which I feel will be a surprise issue,” says Sandeep, once we meet for this interview at a cafe in Hyderabad.

Sandeep Raj and director Gangadhar on the sets of ‘Mukhachitram’

Sandeep Raj and director Gangadhar on the units of ‘Mukhachitram’
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The story of Mukhachitram, says Sandeep, occurs in 2020 and finds closure on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021, and raises a lesser-addressed subject regarding girls’s security. “Everything that occurs within the story till then — the romance, Vikas as a plastic surgeon — builds as much as that twist.”

He reveals that he wrote two endings for Mukhachitram, similar to he had for Colour Photo. A pathos ending was chosen for Colour Photo since he and his staff felt that may be the pure development for a story during which the protagonists are thrown aside by caste and class divisions. Colour Photo streamed straight on Aha throughout the pandemic and went on to be the most well-liked Telugu movie on the platform to this point. For Mukhachitram, Sandeep says he selected an ending that will depart the viewers with a smile. “There are two twists within the story; be careful for the small last twist. The first half is intentionally slow-paced, however the payoffs within the later parts will be well worth the wait.” 

Sandeep zeroed in on Vikas Vasishta after watching him within the Telugu indie movie Cinema Bandi and signed Priya Vadlamani, who has a few movies to her credit score. He is assured that the movie will be a career-defining one for her: “She has a twin role; I wanted somebody who can carry out properly. For the second role, she has to seem up to date and get into the sneakers of one other character after a face transplant. For this, she went by way of dental surgical procedure to align a tooth.”

Vikas Vasishta and Priya Vadlamani

Vikas Vasishta and Priya Vadlamani
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The face transplant portion of the story, Sandeep explains, is impressed by a true incident involving an accident sufferer. “We took the assistance of a physician at Deccan Hospital who had performed a face transplant; he defined the process to us and helped us depict that portion with some authenticity.”

Vishwak Sen’s involvement within the courtroom drama occurred by likelihood. The actor had come as a chief visitor to launch the teaser of Mukhachitram. By then, the staff had accomplished 70% of the movie. “He listened to our story and needed to be a half of the trigger that the movie highlights. By night, he grew to become a staff member.” Mukhachitram additionally sees Sandeep collaborating once more with music composer Kaala Bhairava, whom he has identified for the reason that days of the quick movie, The Athidi. “We share a nice rapport and he understands exactly what I would like.”

The preliminary plan was to take Mukhachitram to OTT platforms for a direct launch. However, most platforms had modified their programming plan post-lockdowns and have been hesitant to take up a movie with no large names within the lead solid. 

The Mukhachitram staff was uncertain of their subsequent transfer. The word-of-mouth publicity and success of the latest Telugu horror drama Masooda gave them the arrogance to go for a theatrical launch. “After Colour Photo’s nationwide award, folks solely know the brilliant facet of our recognition and the felicitation by Chiranjeevi garu. The floor actuality for anybody making movies with out stars is powerful. But we’re assured that we are able to make a mark.”

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