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'Cinema gives me a high'

Hari Yeleti (inset pic) will be the latest to join the debutante director brigade with his Telugu film -- Ankith, Pallavi & Friends (AP&F).

Hari chucked his PhD in hardware in USA and entered cinema as he feels there is a raconteur within him. A few courses in a film school and a bit of writing and director Hari was born.

Before starting his debut film, Hari also wrote a column Ticket to Fame on Now, Hari is all charged about his AP&F and shares notes about it.

What attracted you to cinema?

When I was doing my PhD in Digital Signal Processing, I realized that I could not make much of a difference to the world as I am not Einstein. This led me to cinema. I started reading some books on cinema and got hooked.

I never though I would make movies. I was just looking for an avenue and film was the channel. I took some film courses at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. I also read a lot. For the course I had a two-minute shot film which I ended up doing a 30-minute one!

Have you turned a full-fledged filmmaker now?

Hopefully I won't go back to hardware. Cinema and working with actors gives me a high.

Text: Radhika Rajamani

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