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Director Ram Vamsi Krishna: The India House Is a Love Story- Cinema express

Director Ram Vamsi Krishna: The India House Is a Love Story

The debut director talks to CE about his upcoming film

Published: 29th May 2023
Director Ram Vamsi Krishna: The India House Is a Love Story

The India House, an upcoming project starring Nikhil Siddhartha was announced on Sunday, with a poster and a promotional video. The film made news for a host of reasons. The film is presented by Ram Charan and his banner V Mega Pictures, while it is produced by Abhishek Aggarwal Arts. The film reunites Nikhil with his Kartikeya 2 co-star Anupam Kher. With the release of Kartikeya 2, the upcoming Garry BH directorial Spy (based on the life of Subhash Chandra Bose) and now, The India House, Nikhil is fast cementing his position in the Telugu film industry as the go-to star for films that lean right on the political spectrum. The India House was also notably announced on the 114th birth anniversary of Independence era politician and Hindutva activist Veer Savarkar.

Talking to CE about the inception of The India House, his debut directorial, Ram Vamsi Krishna says, “I am a graduate of IIT Bombay, following which I went to work in Bangalore as a river modeller. You learn a lot about cities and how they are impacted by rains and water bodies in this line of work. I worked with UK consultancies where we did river modelling in London, which is when I invariably ended up learning a lot about the city.  I also stumbled upon this particular story of a building called the India House, seven years ago. It was a forgotten story, waiting to be told.”

The India House was a student hostel that existed in the Cromwell Avenue of North London from 1905 to 1910, the location also doubled up as a hub for revolutionaries. They also ran a newspaper called The Indian Sociologist, which also makes a brief appearance in the promotional video. Ram however clarifies that the visuals of a burning building as seen in the aforementioned video is a metaphor, to symbolise the incendiary nature of the activities that transpired in that time and place.”

Reflecting on the increase in the number of 'patriotic' films, Ram says, “India is at a juncture where we are going back to our roots, and how! In order to take pride in where we came from, it is imperative that we know our history well. I want my film to show the glory of our ancestors to the present generation. Our freedom fighters did a lot of work in London, the way they operated is unbelievable. That said, I want my film to be entertaining. The India House, at its heart, is a love story. There are also strong elements of action and drama that I hope will resonate well with the audience.”

The India House is in the last leg of its pre-production, and the team is on the hunt for a female lead. “The heroine of the film is a very significant character, we are looking for the best fit. In addition to London and India, we are also planning to shoot the film in Budapest.” signs off Ram.

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