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Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Is Ready To Do Another Film With Us: Mahendra Nath Kondla

“Varalakshmi garu heard the story, and as any new producer looking for a safe bet, her involvement assured me by 50%.”

Producer Mahendranath Kundla Discusses “Sabari” and Future Projects

Q: Tell us about your background. What led you to get into movies?

A: Our family is from Guntur. I went to America for a job and worked there for several years. I have consultancies and businesses. But no matter where I was professionally, I’ve always been interested in cinema since childhood. That’s what brought me to the industry.

Q: How did “Sabari” come about?

A: Varalakshmi Sarathkumar is the main reason for making this movie. My director pitched the story when I was considering my first film. I loved it and decided to move forward. Varalakshmi garu had already heard the story, and as any new producer looking for a safe bet, her involvement assured me by 50%.

Q: Describe your experience working with Varalakshmi Sarathkumar on “Sabari.”

A: It was wonderful. She’s a fantastic artist, and many people don’t know how supportive she is towards producers. She never asked for additional pay and actively participated in budget discussions. In fact, she expressed her willingness to do another film with me, which is very encouraging.

Q: What drew you to this particular story?

A: The mother-daughter relationship and emotions are central to the film. It’s a theme that connects with everyone, in every household. We believe a well-told story resonates with audiences, and “Sabari” is a psychological thriller based on a mother’s quest for her child. It explores these emotions in a unique way.

Q: Weren’t you apprehensive about making your first film in five languages?

A: It did seem a bit risky. However, I’ve always been a risk-taker. Starting a business in America a week after landing a job is a testament to that! They say “no risk, no reward,” and I believe in taking calculated risks to achieve success. Though I was new to interacting with distributors in Kannada, Malayalam, and Tamil, everything is on track.

Q: Is “Sabari” releasing on the same day in all languages?

A: Yes, it’s a simultaneous release! I’m handling the distribution myself. We have actors from other languages alongside the Telugu cast. Gopisunder has composed some excellent music and background score, making this a film that will be appreciated by audiences across languages.mahendranathstill

Q: Can you elaborate on the action sequences in the movie?

A: The action sequences are integrated seamlessly into the story. It’s not a commercial film where fights are forced in for entertainment value. The director has crafted a compelling narrative, and Varalakshmi put in a lot of effort for the action scenes.

Q: How was your overall experience as a first-time producer?

A: Every new producer faces challenges. We had our share of minor difficulties, but we overcame them. Like everyone else, I love cinema, but I had no prior connections in the industry. Despite the challenges, I’m proud to have made this film. While there were no major issues, every producer encountered minor problems. It’s part of the job, and I’m prepared to work hard. After all, I’ve been working long hours since childhood.

Q: There have been rumors about the budget. Can you shed some light on that?

A: Yes, the budget is higher than some might expect. However, I don’t believe in comparing budgets between different projects. Stopping halfway through a task isn’t an option. Budgetary concerns shouldn’t compromise delivering a good film to the audience. My focus is on quality, and I never regretted entering the industry.

Q: What are your upcoming projects?

A: I’m currently producing my second film, which stars Varun Sandesh. It’s also my pleasure to be involved in another project featuring Bigg Boss star Amardeep and Surekha Vani’s daughter Supreeta.

Q: Do you have any aspirations to direct or act in the future?

A: No, I have no such thoughts. If one of my directors asks me to do a small comedic role, I might consider it, but acting isn’t my profession. When I started producing, my sole focus was on building the film.

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