“I am happy to work with Srinivas Avasarala and I can’t do a much better film than PAPA” – Naga Shourya at the teaser launch
Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi (PAPA) is Srinivas Avasarala’s comeback film with his trademark comedy, emotion, and classical touches. This is the third film of Naga Shourya under Srinivas Avasarala’s direction. So, expectations are sky-high. Their previous outings Oohalu Gusagusalade and Jyo Achyutananda are hilarious and tug at the heartstrings. PAPA also brings Naga Shourya and Malavika Nair together for the second time. The cute pairing, the looks, and the sparkling chemistry shall be the highlight of the film. The makers released the official teaser for the film today.
*About the launch event:*
The teaser launch is graced by cast and crew members Naga Shourya, Malavika Nair, Srinivas Avasarala, Shreyas, Kiran, Kalyani Malik, Sri Vidya, Sowmya, Abhishek, Sunil Kumar, Bhaskarabatla, Lakshmi Bhupal, and others.
Cinematographer Sunil Kumar said it’s a dream come true to work with director Srinivas Avasarala. Shreyas of Dasari productions thanked the team for their efforts. Editor Kiran wanted to be crisp and said thanks in a funny way.
Music director Kalyani Malik said, “I feel privileged to get any Srinivas Avasarala films. The songs I composed for his films always came out well. You’ll definitely love all the songs of PAPA. 50% of the credit goes to singers and lyric writers”.
Lyric writer Bhaskarabatla praised the director for the literature values in the film. Then about Kayani Malik on great music for the film. Another lyric writer Lakshmi Bhupal compared Srinivas Avasarala and Kalyani Malik combo with that of Vamsi and Ilaiyaraja. “There are great songs in the movie, and I too contributed to the lyrics”, he added.
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Director Srinivas Avasarala put forward an interesting thing about PAPA. He remarked, “We planned to make the film in collaboration with inputs from the cast and crew. We tried to make it more conversational. Sound is recorded on sets and most of the lines are impromptu. Everyone on the stage are my collaborators”. That makes PAPA a first-of-its-kind film made with a collaborative effort in terms of scripting the film.
Malavika Nair thanked everyone and said, “I began my journey in 2016 and thanks to all the supporters and well-wishers on the stage. PAPA is Sanjay and Anupama’s love story. There are highs and lows in the film. So, watch and enjoy it”.
*Hero Naga Shourya sharing his experience:*
Naga Shourya grabbed a lion’s share of the speeches as he spoke to the end. He said, “I am happy to get a good launch from Srinivas Avasarala back in those days, and now I have done 23 films. No one else can recreate the magic of Avasarala. And I can’t do a much better film than PAPA. Thanks to editor Kiran who travelled to London and showed us the edits. Lakshmi Bhupal is more like a family now and supported me in my journey. Bhaskarabatla’s songs are always hits in my films. Kalyani Malik took all the songs to next level. Cinematographer Sunil shot beautiful frames in a minimalistic way. Malavika has an amazing screen presence and always love to work with her”.
*About the teaser:*
PAPA teaser is replete with classical music composed by Kalyani Malik. The humming in the middle adds more weight to the proceedings. The whole experience can be termed as a musical journey where the characters experience different shades of friendship and love. Kalyani Malik and Srinivas Avasarala combination shall meet everyone’s expectation and touch every soul.
Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi seems to revolve around the characters of Naga Shourya and Malavika and their beautiful love story. They can be seen in three stages of their lives and how their bonding strengthens over time. All this has Avasarala’s wacky touches with characters uttering funny lines.
PAPA celebrates the magic of love and audience shall experience a real and raw love story like never before. PAPA is produced by T. G. Vishwa Prasad, Padmaja Dasari, People Media Factory in association with Dasari creations. It’s co-produced by Vivek Kuchibotla. The film is gearing up for a big release on March 17 as Ugadi special.
The cast of PAPA includes Naga Shaurya, Malvika Nair, Srinivas Avasarala, Megha Chowdhury, Ashok Kumar, Abhishek Maharshi, Sri Vidya, Varanasi Soumya Chalamcharla, Harini Rao, Arjun Prasad, and others. Srinivas Avasarala penned the story, screenplay, dialogues, and directed the film. The movie is shot beautifully by Sunil Kumar Nama, who is the DOP. Music is composed by Kalyani Malik and Vivek Sagar did one song (Kafeefi). Kiran Ganti edited the film and Azmat Ansari (UK), John Murphy (UK), and Ramakrishna are the art directors. Sujith Kumar Kolli is the film’s Executive producer and Lyrics for the film are by Bhaskarabhatla, Lakshmi Bhupala, Kittu Vissapragada. The dances are choreographed by Raghu, Yash, Riyaz, Chau, and Gule.