Seenu Vaitla's joy knew no boundaries. The director is extremely thrilled and all excited about his latest release Dookudu (starring Mahesh Babu) scripting new Telugu cinema records. Let's catch up with Srinu Vaitla who talks about Dookudu and shares some of his insights on the this super hit movie.
Congrats Seenu Vaitla on the super success of Dookudu
Seenu Vaitla: Thank you!
Your feelings on Dookudu Setting New Tollywood records
I'm thrilled and never celebrated this much. All my previous films are on one side and Dookudu is on the other side. In fact, I never spoke non-stop on my mobile this much since my mobile is constantly ringing. I was very excited when I heard about Dookudu breaking records and the first day collections. Its very difficult to explain the feelings since there are so many great things happening at the same time. Cant ask for anything more!
Do you have any Predetermined notions before the start of this movie
Yes! We don’t want to compromise on anything. This is what me and Mahesh decided before commencing this project. We really are poised to make something really big and we are confident about the script and I'm very happy we've done that.
Dookudu is a Typical Seenu Vaitla's script. What's your say!
All my movies have lot of characters. The script consists of a multi-layered characters with sub-plots although it is wee bit confusing. I worked on this script for around 9 months and my dialogue writers helped me a lot in framing the characters. This makes things easy for me to write the screenplay and do justice to the multiple characters
About Brahmanandam and MS Narayana's Sattire
Its not a satire. Generally, so many aspiring come to me asking for chances. They bring show reel alongside and showcase to me and sometimes its really funny to see some of the shades. This has inspired me to write a character for MS Narayana in the movie as someone who is interested to become a hero. And Brahmi did a great job on the Padma Sri, a character that is bigger than my previous films. I create unique names and characters (like Chicago Subba Rao, McDowells Murthy, etc) since it becomes easy for people to remember.
How could Dookudu script managed to have all commercial elements
Yes! Any blockbuster needs sentiments, emotions, action, suspense, etc. All these ingredients are in a settled way in Dookudu to make it a blockbuster. The script itself is tightly knitted to ensure that scope for all these elements.
Father – Son Sentiment Worked Well?
When we were searching for the artiste to play father character, it was Mahesh Babu who recommended Prakas Raj and we have okayed it immediately. I think the father-son philosophy worked well in the movie.
How could you cast Samantha in this movie, considering her height besides Mahesh
I've seen Ye Maaya Chesave and Samantha has done a great job. I knew Mahesh Babu and Samantha's on-screen chemistry would touch and go but I'm looking for ana ctress who can act naturally and I thought she was apt for the role. Moreover, before anyone commented, I myself made Mahesh utter dialogues like 'Nee size enti... Naa size enti”.
Why Parvathi Melton for the item song
Firstly, I don’t want to do an item song, instead, I want to do an old classic song like Helen who was the most popular vamp of that era. Helen had performed in scores of item numbers in such popular movies. So I want to shoot a song that has classic touch and appeal, and I thought Parvathi Melton was fit the bill.
Dialogues are the real highlight
To me, creating situation is my strength and as such it is difficult to write dialogue for my timing. After discussing with my writers, I finally write dialogues on my own. Kona Venkat is terrific writer and I took his help in penning down heroism dialogues.
On the criticism about the length of the movie.
Well, as long as people are entertained, movie's length doesn’t matter. There's lot of drama and comedy people are enjoying and so I don’t think length would be a problem.