A group of film enthusiasts came together to make a short film and showcase that indie cinema is a viable option.
Indie films in Telugu are a rare commodity, although few people had made an earnest attempt to bring alive their vision on to the big screen in the past. Now, a new production house Telugu Indepedent cinema (TIC), comprising film enthusiasts and film aspirants has come up with a 30 minute long short film titled Edari Varsham – The Desert Rain. Based on Devarakonda Balagangadhar Tilak’s Telugu short story Oori Chivara Illu, the short film, starring Raghu Kunche and Swapna, has been directed by Kathi Mahesh Kumar. “ Nobody is out here to compete with mainstream cinema. Even if we think, we can’t. All we aspire is to create a window of opportunity of our own for our own kind,” says Mahesh Kumar. TIC began as a Facebook group and a year later, when Mahesh and couple of his friends wanted to make a short film, the entire group supported him open-heartedly.
“As a co-operative production house, we decided to pool in resources. People invested anywhere between `1000 to `40,000 and we raised about `2.5 lakhs,” Mahesh adds. TIC believes in collaboration between film enthusiasts. Right from scripting to production, everything was done with the help of the members of the community. Edari Varsham is going to be screened at Prasad Labs today at 6 PM and it’ll be screened at several film festivals.
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