Ahead of the films release today, director Rathinam Krishna speaks to the Hyderabadi media about the gap between his previous film and Rules Ranjann, his first choice for the project, and more.
PNS | Hyderabad
Rules Ranjann, starring Kiran Abbavaram and Neha Sshetty in the lead roles, has finally hit theaters today. Directed by Rathinam Krishna, the film is bankrolled by Vemuri Murali Krishna and Divyang Lavania under the banner Star Light Entertainment Pvt Ltd. After that, the leads shared some interesting insights from the film, and today we have its director, Rathinam Krishna, speaks to the media here in the city.
Beginning with, the director shares that he does love to make, produce, and direct the films, and has quite a few number of projects in hand, but needs a proper cast to kick off. Though being the son of a renowned producer AM Rathnam, he shares, “I’ve always had this in my mind that why would anyone give me an opportunity to direct a film? Movie-making opportunities haven’t come. Because I have my own production. If I tell a story to actors, they might sometimes place an obligation stating that only I have to bankroll the film. because our home banner won’t look into the budget much. Our aim is always to bring out the best. So other houses get calculative and make their moves accordingly. People would eventually come to us to produce films in most cases. So for me, production and direction are two major responsibilities to handle.”
Apart from this, he has been occupied with his production banner. He goes on to reveal that he was supposed to make a film with Ajith over 10 years ago. However, he was quite caught up with producing few projects, including Arrambam, Yenthavadu Gaani, and Vedalam.
So does that mean we are going to see much of his produced films now? Well, he says, “It will certainly be there. Being a filmmaker myself, I would know which portions of the story has a lag, and where is it actually falling short. I first appreciate the filmmakers who approach me, and I slowly try to tell them about the changes. Some would be hellbent on what they want and how their film wants to be. For example, Arrambam director Vishnuvardhan faced defeat at the Telugu box office with Panja. When he came to us, he took inputs from my father. We had proper discussions and roped in good writers. We went on to the sets with the inputs of my father. And we scored a hit at the Tamil box office.”
Would you believe if we say that with Rules Ranjann, he was on the verge of losing his hope? Well, that is what he says. “I made this film as my last one. I was on the verge of losing hope. I know what audiences are seeking nowadays. When we had shown the preview of Oxygen, a section of reviewers and audiences had enjoyed the comedy part but when it came to the technical or say the serious plot, they found it lapse. I understood that a film has to be one hundred percent entertaining only then it would strike a chord with audiences. The first half of Rules Ranjann appeals to class audiences and the second half for the mass audiences.”
Initially, Kiran was not the first choice of the director for the film. Then who was it? “Frankly speaking, I have become a fan of Naveen Polishetty after watching Jathi Ratnalu. I tried many tito approach him the script of Rules Ranjann script, since it would aptly suit him. I am not sure whether he is aware of it. However, Kiran was suggested by one of my friend and his film SR Kalyanamadapam was also a hit. So when we arranged a meeting, Kiran sat hestitatingly, but he didn’t show any signs of impatience. That’s when I understood that he has got connected with the story. And then we materialized the script into a full-length film.”
Now, one might wonder if AM Rathnam had watched the film or not? But the Oxygen director shares that he did not watch the final film, and has been someone who doesn’t really interfere with what Rathinam does. In fact, it was only during the pooja ceremony that he met Kiran.
He seems to be a staunch follower of astrology, and we also came to know that he has a personal astrologer accompanying him. So, what’s the prediction for Rules Ranjann. Well, he laughs out and says, “It’s not a cricket match to give prediction. However, astrology certainly works as a therapy. You sometimes feel low because things may not work as you expect them to. Astrology gives you some respite and positive motivation to think positively. The whole team believes in astrology, in fact. So far, it has augured well. I hope Rules Ranjann receives good reviews.”