Indraganti Mohan Krishna's first film Grahanam, won him the Indira Gandhi National Award for best debut director. He also won the Gollapudi Srinivas Award and the Nandi Award.
But his next film Maya Bazar didn't fare too well.
Now, he is back with Ashta Chamma, the romantic Telugu comedy releasing on September 5 starring Swati (of Danger, Adavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule and the Tamil film Subramaniapuram), Bhargavi (a television actor) and two newcomers, Nani and Srini Avasarala.
What's unique about he movie is that the production house has launched the Ashta Chamma game on CD, mobile and online board game formats prior to it's release.
Radhika Rajamani presents Mohankrishna's take on Ashta Chamma:
Have you scripted Ashta Chamma yourself? What is it about?
I am a huge fan of Oscar Wilde. Long ago I read his play The Importance of Being Earnest. When I started to write Ashta Chamma, I thought of taking just the central idea. Then I created more characters to suit my environment. Ashta Chamma is a layered film though not a complex one.
I was happy the film works at many levels -- it's a comedy of errors, comedy of manners, it's tongue-in-cheek and contemporary in terms of humour.
When I started to write, I found there is no heroine who is quirky, eccentric, yet adorable and desirable. So I wanted to create a story around this crazy, idiosyncratic girl. In that sense it's a heroine-centric film and a departure from Wilde. Also, I had to people the film with more characters.
Essentially Ashta Chamma is a romantic comedy -- the story of four quirky people in love -- all have a funny past and they are interesting lovable creatures who are silly but unabashed about being silly.
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