'My films reflect my thoughts'
..says director Krishna Vamsi, who likes to speak his mind, and shares some thoughts on his upcoming
Nakshatram, his personal life and more in a free-wheeling chat with CE
Director Krishna Vamsi’s Nakshatram is gearing up for release this weekend. The film starring a host of stars like Sundeep Kishan, Regina, Sai Dharam Tej and Pragya Jaiswal among others depict the issues faced by cops and highlights their life beneath the uniform.
“Nakshatram is an emotional film that is told from the police department’s perspective. People are scared of cops, and they hate them despite their service and remarkable sacrifice. The film will inculcate respect for policemen and will change the perspective of those who always crib about their work and blame them for any incident in the society,” says the filmmaker, adding, “I was passing by a junction and noticed a constable regulate traffic under the sun. The policemen stand for long hours battling vehicle fumes and heavy traffic. That incident has inspired me to make Nakshatram.”
Krishna Vamsi is one director who always likes to tap various genres and strike a balance between conventional and unconventional stories. “I prefer to show something new with each of my films. I’m no saint to guide people. Rather, I’m a responsible human being and my films reflect my thought process. Some of my films were successful and some weren’t, but my thoughts get better by the day. Once my film releases, I will try analysing the reactions of the audience and try not to repeat those mistakes in my next projects.”
Will Nakshatram reflect his thoughts? “People don’t feel social responsibility and are losing their integrity. A portion of the film also touches upon arms trafficking and how some people are taking law and order into their hands. The film is based on contemporary issues which are rampant in the country. I’m confident that I have made a good film and the story will make a positive impact on the audience.”
The maverick director has garnered a reputation for getting the best from his actors. But, the humble person that he is, Krishna Vamsi doesn’t like to take credit for it. “I’m no K Vishwanath or Ram Gopal Varma. I’m still a learner. It’s my job to identify their potential and get the job done accordingly.”
The Mahatma director has forayed into Bollywood and directed Shakti: The Power (2002). And is he considering any offer there as of now? “I think I belong here (Tollywood). As Telugu cinema is going places and the market is growing by leaps and bounds, I’m planning to direct a multilingual soon. I’m yet to conceive a universal storyline though. If I get one, I will narrate the film completely from our (Telugu) perspective.”
The 55-year-old director says he is not comfortable casting his wife, Ramya Krishnan, in his films, and says working with her is a personal issue. “She is my wife and the mother of my son. Neither can she treat me as a director nor can I see her as an actor. I don’t have the shabby thought of cashing in on her fame post the success of Baahubali by casting her in my films. I don’t like to direct her now, but in the future, if I feel only she can pull off a character in any of my films, I will think about it,” explains the director, known for speaking his mind.
So, does criticism bother KV? “I never took the praise seriously, so there is no point taking the criticism also seriously. I don’t have time to think about what people think of me. Because I am busy with my work,” shares the director with a satirical sense of humour.
On his son’s debut, the director says, “He is just 12 and it’s up to him what he wants to do and I will be happy with whatever his decision is. As of now, he is playful and likes to watch Telugu, Hindi and English films.”