Writer Vijayendra Prasad’s upcoming directorial venture Srivalli is set to release this Friday. The film is a scientific thriller with a love triangle.
Narrating how the seed of writing Srivalli was planted in his head, he shares, “My good friend Ramesh and I studied in Vijayawada. After I settled in Hyderabad, I didn’t meet him for many years. In 2010, on Vinayaka Chaturthi, I thought of him and decided to see him and went to Vijayawada but he was no more. His mother showed me his diary that had an entry saying he thought of me on the same day as I did! How is it possible that both of us thought of each other on the same day? My film’s subject comes from this very thought.”
The film revolves around a girl, Srivalli. “A scientist invents a telepathy machine and experiments it on her resulting in her knowing about her past life. How her life changes post that forms the story,” explains Vijayendra.
Revealing that everyone who saw the film so far never expected the twists in it, he shares that Paruchuri Gopalakrishna gave the best compliment to the film. “He enjoyed the suspense till the end. I feel like I got a PhD,” he exclaims.
His next is Tamil film Mersal directed by Atlee, for which he has written the screenplay. “At the film’s audio function, A.R. Rahman discussed a subject and asked me to develop it into a story. It’s an honour that he asked me to do it,” he says.
Talking about Manikarnika, starring Kangana Ranaut, Vijayendra says that he wrote the story only on one condition — Only if Krish directed the film. “The producers agreed as they liked Krish’s Gautamiputra Satakarni and gave the project to him. We didn’t go against history; and have done our research. The war episodes are going to be a highlight,” he explains.
About his son S.S. Rajamouli’s interest in Mahabharata, Vijayendra says that his son likes wars. “It’s possible that just for the wars he will make the film,” he mentions. The director also adds that he would like to write a sequel to the blockbuster Magadheera.