Director Venkatesh Maha opts for crowdfunding for his new Telugu film ‘Marmaanuvu’

Director Venkatesh Maha opts for crowdfunding for his new Telugu movie ‘Marmaanuvu’

Venkatesh Maha, director of Telugu movies Care of Kancharapalem and Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya, has opted to take the crowdfunding route for his third function movie, Marmaanuvu. He made the announcement just lately on social media, stating that crowdfunding would assist him make the movie in an unbiased method. He additionally put out a video delineating his journey in cinema, from his teenagers as a theatre actor to directing brief movies and at last full-length options. The movie’s web site,, reveals a number of pages from the script. Maha describes Marmaanuvu as “a psychological thriller with magical realism, with the tone of a darkish comedy.” The crowdfunding marketing campaign to boost ₹6.5 crore opened on September 7.

The first few pages of the script of Marmanuvvu (a reputation Venkatesh Maha coined by bringing collectively two Telugu phrases — marmam and anuvu, denoting thriller and atom) introduces readers to a mansion named Bhuvanayalam, in 1991. A wall has a number of pictures of the Bhuvanam clan. While most pictures present the household completely poised befitting their aristocratic background, one {photograph} stands out. One night time, eerie occasions happen that may pique the curiosity of the reader. 

Maha explains that ₹6.5 crore is the prerequisite for making the movie. “We can lower corners on a number of different areas equivalent to remuneration, for occasion, however we’d like this quantity to execute the mission. Once we increase enough funds, we are going to start pre-production.”

A couple of crowdfunded Indian movies

Shyam Benegal’s Hindi movie Manthan, for which 50000 farmers contributed ₹2 every.

Lucia, Kannada, directed by Pawan Kumar

Manu, Telugu, by Phanindra Narisetti

An Insignificant Man by Anand Gandhi

Baskar Hazarika’s Assamese movie Kothanodi

Abhay Kumar’s documentary Placebo 

Rajat Kapoor’s Hindi movie Rk/Rkay

Through the ‘be a part of us’ option on the Marmaanuvu web site, his group has acquired greater than 500 mails from movie fanatics who’ve expressed curiosity to crowdfund the mission. “We plan to audition actors for totally different roles. I want to herald proficient theatre actors. For the fundamental character, we are going to want an excellent actor and if actors who’re already in the business categorical curiosity, we’re open to that option as effectively,” says Maha.

For these questioning why somebody like Maha who has directed two function movies, one brief in an anthology (Modern Love Hyderabad) and in addition acted in a number of mainstream Telugu movies, would discover it troublesome to discover a producer who would again his imaginative and prescient, the director says, “Such struggles are frequent for artistes. I’ve no complaints in opposition to anybody in the business.”

The crowdfunding portal additionally mentions ‘perks and rewards’ for those that intend to contribute bigger quantities. “We can have one-on-one discussions with them about their expectations with the mission and see how we are able to collaborate.”

Marnaanuvu will probably be an entertainer, says Maha, and provides that he is not going to let anybody down. “I don’t imply solely those that pitch in with the funds, but in addition the film-loving viewers.”

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