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Venkatesh Maha

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June 2016

Team C/o Kancharapalem

Teams are formed when individuals with a common taste, preference, liking, and attitude come and work together for a common goal.

When I came to Kancharapalem 20 days ago with an idea of making a film in this neighbourhood, I have no idea “how to start” and “from where to start. Then I met “Murthy” the only friend and the only person that I know in this place. And he started everything. With the help of Murthy I met some of the talented people of Kancharapalem. They love cinema to the core and analyse cinema more than a professional film maker or a film critic possibly could. Some of them have even tried in the Film Industry. But as a matter of fact, they lacked the right motivation and direction required for any skilled person to make it big in the Industry. One of them even distributed some of the honest films like “Pothuraju”, “Sivaputhrudu”, “Mrugam” e.t.c. They are living exuberant life in Kancharapalem, still carrying their dreams in their bellies. I thought that this is the perfect team that I need for Project “C/o Kancharapalem”. I felt that I have landed here at the right time. I spoke with them and told my idea of making a film in their neighbourhood. They were so happy for that and accepted to support me in making this possible. Now, “I Have a Team”. Team C/o Kancharapalem.

We had a narration session yesterday at Mr. Madhu’s house. I told them the story of the film. They liked it and gave some inputs which are really valid.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success

                                                                                                                                                       -Henry Ford”

We came together and now started working together. I feel this as the first step of success.

Stay tuned to learn more about “C/o Kancharalapalem” and to travel along with me in this path of transforming my story into an astounding film. Please share this blog to help me in reaching more people. Hope you all support me in making this project successful.

 

 

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Beauty C/o Kancharapalem

Every Place has it’s own beauty. I believe the real beauty of a place lies in its people and its culture. In that case, Kancharapalem is one of the most beautiful places I have seen. This is a 120 years old neighbourhood with a great culture and diversity.

Kancharapalem is surrounded by hills on two sides, port and naval base on the other sides. The whole neighbourhood is placed in between two railway gates. More than 80 trains greet people of this place passing through the railway gates every day. Most of the houses look a bit old because 95% of families are living here since a long time and most of them are relatives. The streets here are narrow but the hearts of people are so spacious filled with love and affection. There is a ground in this neighbourhood where old people play Volley ball and Cricket with Young guys every day. This is happening since 40 years. Many people here are experienced in  theatre acting under two Theatre Groups called “Mahatma Gandhi Kala Samithi” and “Sri Gowri Kala Kendram”. These are some of the elements that  inspired me to make a film in this place. Thus the idea of “C/o Kancharapalem” took birth in my brain.

Stay tuned to learn more about “C/o Kancharapalem” and to travel along with me in this path of transforming my story into an astounding film. Please share this blog to help me in reaching more people. Hope you all support me in making this project successful.

Project C/o Kancharapalem

The life of a film maker is  pursuit of stories. Anything which moves a filmmaker or inspires him or motivates him or grabs his attention gives him a zeal to narrate it to the world through his eyes and mind. “Story ” for a filmmaker is a weapon with which he will conquer the hearts of the audience.

By the way I am Venkatesh Maha, an avid movie watcher by profession and a filmmaker by passion. After working for 5 years in the Telugu Film Industry I realised that most of the Film Makers are not here to tell stories. They make films without stories and tell stories to promote their films. Some of the film makers shamelessly say that there are “NO STORIES”and  some say that our Producers and Big Ass Stars asked us to write these kind of stories. Except some film makers rest of the film makers are here for the Celebrity Status and Millions of Money. I feel ashamed to place my name in that list of film makers. So “I HAVE DECIDED“.

In my journey of exploring stories I came across a place called Kancharapalem in Visakhapatnam. This place has a vibe that I had never experienced before. Hence, I have decided to tell one of my stories to the world using this Neighbourhood. I have named this as Project C/o Kancharapalem. “C/o Kancharapalem” is a compilation of stories that are filled with honest emotions and real life experiences. This film will be made in Kancharapalem, in its backdrop, with its People as actors and filled with its originality.

Stay tuned to learn more about “C/o Kancharapalem” and to travel along with me in this path of transforming my story into an astounding film. Please share this blog to help me in reaching more people. Hope you all support me in making this project successful.

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