This week’s release, Paddehuli, is producer M Ramesh Reddy’s third project under his banner, Tejaswini Enterprises, after Uppu Huli Khara (UHK) and Naaticharami. “Technically, I would call Paddehuli my second film, because I only lent the banner name to Naaticharami. As with UHK, in which we introduced a few newcomers, Paddehuli also will be a launchpad, albeit this time around for the son of veteran producer K Manju, who is a dear friend,” says Ramesh.
A contractor by profession, Ramesh’s keen interest in movies is what got him to launch his banner. His motto, he says, is to make good entertainers with a socially-relevant message. “ Paddehuli has multiple angles — father-son relationship, a love story, and the hero’s pursuit of happiness, which is music. But the bigger question that it throws at audiences is which of these ought to be more important. Should you follow what your parents tell you? Should love be above all? Or should your career goals be foremost? The intensity of the subject and the answers it offers is what drew me to this film,” he explains.
As has been his practice, Ramesh stayed away from the film set as far as possible, giving his creative team a free hand to execute the script. “What helped was that Manju filled in as producer on the set,” laughs Ramesh, adding that the film will be released across 170-plus halls in the state.