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A 90-year-old ‘character’ in Nani’s next

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SASHIDHAR ADIVI
Published Mar 4, 2022, 11:30 pm IST
Updated Mar 4, 2022, 11:30 pm IST
Latha Naidu, Production Designer
 Latha Naidu, Production Designer

Nani’s upcoming Ante Sundaraniki, a romantic drama directed by Vivek Athreya, has special backdrops, particularly a 90-year-old house which has been given a makeover.

The film’s production designer Latha Naidu says Nani plays a Brahmin guy, and they wanted a house which looks authentic. They found the vintage house at West Marredpally in Hyderabad after a three-month search.

“The director, the cinematographer (Niketh Bommireddy) and I brainstormed to understand what a Brahmin house should look like. We were looking for a house with a big front yard, high ceilings, rooms set one behind another, and a distinctive style of windows and doors. We eventually found a suitable one, which we were told was built 90 years ago,” says Latha.

One of the rooms of the house that has artefacts and photo frames reflecting the desired culture

She used her own childhood memories and inputs from the director to create the desired effect.  (Latha said was raised in a Brahmin locality in Bengaluru, and studied in a Brahmin school, so she had a good idea of what was needed.)

“I had ideas about the colour palate, the artefacts, curtains and furniture, etc., even elements like ceramic pickle jars. I knew how the exteriors should look. We believed that the house could be modified for our needs,” she adds. She saw the house as a blank canvas, and repainted it multiple times to suit the film’s aesthetics.