'Love for cinema brought Chay and me together'
...says debutant director Krishna Marimuthu, who has been friends with Naga Chaitanya since childhood
Debutant filmmaker Krishna RV Marimuthu says it's love for cinema and creativity from a tender age that brought him and actor Naga Chaitanya together for the forthcoming Telugu film Yuddham Sharanam.
"Both of us have been in creative collaborations from childhood. We were in a band together. From Class 7 or 8, we have been talking about doing movies together," Krishna says, and adds that as a youngster he was more interested in music.
Eventually, Krishna took a liking to writing. "He chose acting and I started writing. I wanted to try my hand in cinema, and I ended up working as an assistant director to director Vijay. Chaitanya and I were always in touch, bouncing ideas and we were waiting for the right project to collaborate. I believe our love for cinema brought us together," he says.
Yuddham Sharanam is slated for release on Friday. Talking about the film, Krishna says it's a story of a boy-next-door and what happens when he's pushed to the edge. "What happens when a happy-go-lucky guy is forced to fight for his survival? What really got Chaitanya excited is that when his character decides to stand up for himself, he undergoes a very organic transformation. The whole process takes time and audiences will really like it," he adds.
The film also stars Lavanya Tripathi, Srikanth and Revathy. Asked if working with Chaitanya was easy because he's a close friend, Krishna says, "Friendship made things difficult for us because it means bigger responsibility. On the bright side, we could talk about things openly and address our problems easily."
"I had to remember I was working with a star, and I had to keep his image in mind. I was very conscious about this part which pushed me out of my comfort zone. Nevertheless, Chaitanya would make me feel comfortable," he adds.
Srikanth, most popular for his character roles, plays the antagonist in the film. "Since I come from a Tamil background, my knowledge about Telugu actors and their work is limited. But, I did my research and found out that Srikanth has played a few roles with negative shades, and he was terrific in them, especially where he played a corrupt cop," Krishna says.