It took me three years to come back and tell you a
story. But trust me; I have been narrating this tale to myself, every single
day, for the last three years. There’s nogreater joy than waking up to the uncertainty
of starting with a blank page, a pencil and a cup of coffee, with my head
phones on and getting lost, trying to find a story that wants to find a voice
‘Paathshala’ shook me to the core, it did take me down
for 5 days but by the sixth day, I was back to writing another story, hoping I
would get another opportunity to narrate it.
This definitely could not have happened without the
support of Vijay Chilla and ShashiDevireddy – my producers. My story would’ve
been lost, left in a well-bound book without them. Thank you for the trust you
have shown and the opportunity you have provided me with. I will always be
grateful for it. Vijay, you have been an incredible producer and a friend, as
passionate about filmmaking as I am. I truly hope we have more stories to tell
and more opportunities to work together in the future.
TaapseePannu, I just have two words for you – “THANK
YOU” You have been way too generous and nice to me. You are incredible as a
human being and I have never met anyone like you in the 10 years of my career
(Film making). If I ever go to war, I would want you by my side. You are and
always will be my favourite person to work with.
Srinivas Reddy, Vennela Kishore, Ramesh, Shankar,
Rajeev Kanakala – a big thank you to you all. The characters you have played
would not have come alive without you. Much better than what’s been written.
And last but not the least; the story would’ve been
incomplete without my crew – Shravan (Editor), K Sachin and Hariharan, Kannan
and Anish (DOP). Rakeshmahankali for the
unconditional support. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart; it was a
joy collaborating with you to tell this tale.
story of ‘Anando Brahma’ has officially been told and I have to let go, no
matter how much I love it. In a few hours from now, the story will be out in
the world, for the audience to love or hate it. I feel anxious, but there’s no
fear anymore, because we have done everything we could. Despite its success or
failure, whatever the result might be, I will be out there again in a few days
with a blank page, a pencil and a cup of coffee, with my head phones on, in
search of another story to tell.