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"dESa bhAshalaMdu telugu lessa" - tuLuva rAju SrI kRshNadEvarAya
Telugu is the sweetest among all languages of the Land - Great Tuluva Emperor Sri Krishnadeva Raya, 16th Century

తెలుగు మాట...తేనె ఊట
TELUGU...a language sweeter than honey

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"TELUGU - Italian of the East" - Niccolo Da Conti, 15th Century


"సుందర తెలుంగిళ్ పాటిసైతు" - శ్రీ సుబ్రహ్మణ్య భారతి
"suMdara teluMgiL paaTisaitu" - SrI subrahmaNya bhArati
Let us sing in Sweet Telugu - Tamil poet Sri Subrahmanya Bharati, 20th Century

Friday, February 23, 2007

Telugu filmmaker gets Golden Bear award at 2007 Berlin Film Festival

K.V.S. Madhav

Non-resident Telugu's maiden film wins top award at film festival


ON A HIGH: Rajnesh Domalpalle receiving the `Golden Bear' award for his film `Vanaja' at the Berlin Film Festival. Actress Mamatha Bhukya is also seen.


HYDERABAD: A non-resident Telugu who shuttles between Hyderabad and New York, రజనేష్ దోమలపల్లె (Rajnesh Domalpalle), has won the coveted Golden Bear award at the 2007 edition of the Berlin Film Festival for his Telugu film వనజ (Vanaja).

The film about a poor girl's passion for classical dance won the big prize in the Best First Feature Award category. "For any independent film to succeed, a 100 miracles need to happen and we are grateful it happened for us. I was shocked when the award was announced. To be appreciated by connoisseurs of cinema at Berlin was a real high."

The Chennai-born, IIT Chennai alumnus grew up in different districts of Andhra Pradesh thanks to his civil engineer father who worked on various dam sites, before heading for the Big Apple.

He worked in the IT Mecca of Silicon Valley before taking to film studies at Columbia University, New York in 2004. In fact, the script of `Vanaja' was his thesis for the Master's programme.

Love for writing

Rajnesh says his love for writing drew him into films and "writing is the greatest challenge in making a good film."

The film's making was a hard learning curve. It has no trained performers but first timers whom he roped by giving a newspaper ad for household helps!

"Telugu cinema is star-driven and my film needed real people not shampooed heroines in stilettos. The ploy was to have newcomers to make it as real as it can get."

He attributes the film's critical acclaim and completion amidst all odds to a crew that believed in making an independent film was `worth pouring lifeblood into, and a cast that was nervous yet raring to go. This sent us sailing'.

The film sailed far and wide, be it Berlin or Toronto, but not to the land of Telugus. "Making a film in this genre is hard and distribution even tougher. With no takers here, we plan to release it in the US this May and hopefully by the year-end here," says Rajnesh, a trained `Veena' player and Carnatic vocalist.

For now, he is soaking himself in the melody of acclaim his maiden venture has composed the world over awaiting it to reach the commonest of the commoners.

Courtesy: The Hindu



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