Veteran producer Dil Raju produced 32 films in his career span of 17 years. He has been to Goa after his production F2 received rare honor at IFFI. Here are the excerpts from his interview which he gave to a leading daily in which he speaks about his future plans and how Telugu audience changed in the recent times:
F2 was a commercial hit and getting an honor for the film in IFFI makes things more memorable. IFFI completed 50 years recently and apart from NTR’s 1969 film Varakatnam, F2 is the only film from Telugu selected for IFFI. The film was screened in a multiplex screen on November 22th and it will be screened in the famous Miramar beach on November 27th.
Telugu audience changed a lot and I am going with their taste. Apart from family entertainers, we are in plans to produce films of different genres to impress the audience of all sections. All the finalized scripts are re-checked currently because of which some of our future projects got delayed.
The teaser of Mahesh Babu’s Sarileru Neekevvaru is getting terrific response. It will be an Anil Ravipudi film filled with fun, action and emotions. Mahesh Babu is returning back to masses with Sarileru Neekevvaru. The film releases for Sankranthi 2020.
Producers Guild had to intervene about the release dates of Sarileru Neekevvaru and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. As both of them are big-budget films, we wanted to avoid clash. Sarileru Neekevvaru releases on January 11th and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo releases on January 12th.
We are in plans to release 96 remake on February 7th. Sharwanand and Samantha are the lead actors. Nani and Sudheer Babu starrer ‘V’ will release on March 25th for Ugadi.
2020 will be quite special for me. I have been in plans to make my debut into Hindi which is coming true with Jersey remake. Also, producing a film with Pawan Kalyan has been my long-time dream. It is turning true with Pink remake.
Sriram Venu will direct Pink remake. Pawan Kalyan is yet to finalize his dates. The pre-production work of the film is currently going on.
2017 happened to be one of the memorable years for our production house. We scored six blockbusters in a row that year. SVC will have more than six releases next year.
I have worked with all the top and young actors of Telugu cinema except Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna. I am in plans to team up with them soon. The hunt for the right scripts is currently on.
I had to walk out of Indian 2 due to various reasons. If I find the right scripts, I am ready to produce films in any language.
Indian audience are in love with OTT content which is the latest trend. We are in talks for a couple of web series which will be announced next year. Regional content plays a crucial role in the coming years for sure.