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Ninnu Kori is the most emotional film in Nani’s career: Shiva Nirvana

Debutant director Shiva Nirvana, in an interview to HT, explains why Ninnu Kori is special and how his long-time desire to work with Nani finally got fulfilled.

regional movies Updated: Jul 06, 2017 16:29 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Ninnu Kori,Nani,Nivetha Thomas
Ninnu Kori stars Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aadi in lead roles.

When debutant director Shiva Nirvana talks about this week’s Telugu release Ninnu Kori, you could sense how dear the project is to him. Of course, every film is special to its director but Shiva, without mincing words, explains why the film is special and how his long-time desire to work with Nani finally got fulfilled.

Excerpts from the interview:

Going by the trailer and the title, one could easily presume that this is a triangular love story. Is that what it is?

It isn’t a triangular love story. It’s a film about the emotional conflict between the lead characters. While the story revolves around the three lead characters -- Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aadi -- the focus is more on the conflict between them, on the drama, and on their lives. Audiences travel with these characters as the story shifts from Vizag to Delhi and then to San Francisco.

The emotional part is quite evident in the trailer which I presume is just a glimpse of what the film has to offer. Is it intensely emotional?

I think this is Nani’s most emotional film. But it’s not a sad film. It has a great scope for comedy, but it’s not forced to make audiences laugh. We have not included separate comedy track just for the sake of entertainment. Each character has an emotional and fun side. We have explored both the sides and that’s what makes the story easily relatable.

At the pre-release event, you said you developed a strong emotional bond with Nani through the course of the shoot. Could you elaborate?

It’s been my long time desire to work with Nani, and I have, at different stages in the last few years, envisioned a story for him. Even while working as an assistant director, I tried to meet him and pitch stories. Over the years, I must have planned four to five stories with him. A lot of first time directors want to work with Nani because he gives prime importance to the story over anything. The emotional bond developed the day I met him to pitch the story. It was just a two-minute interaction but both of us connected instantly. He took an immediate liking to the story and asked for full narration.

Ninnu Kori is a film about the emotional conflict between the lead characters.

Was working with Nani more exciting than you expected since you have for long wished for it?

He is someone who wants his stories to work. He cares about other characters in a story. After I narrated the script, he suggested that I give equal importance to the characters of Nivetha and Aadi which is a very rare quality. He wants a film to work on the whole and he believes that it’s essential the spotlight shines on all the important characters and just on the hero. He’s very committed. Every day after we pack up, he’d come and ask me if everything was ok and whether I was happy with the output.

You chose Aadi to play one of the lead characters. He played a villain in his last Telugu outing Sarrainodu.

Aadi is known to embrace any character without hesitation. He has done that in the past with his films Mirugam and Aravaan. He surprised everybody with his performance as a stylish villain in Sarrainodu, and it worked with the masses. I think audiences will like his character in Ninnu Kori even more because it’s different.

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First Published: Jul 06, 2017 16:22 IST