Hyderabad: A short film ‘Manase Namaha’ directed by a Hyderabad-based youth has got entry into 2022 Oscar Awards in California. A heart touching love story with a duration of 16 minutes, ‘Manase Namaha’ has already bagged several awards, according to its director Deepak Reddy.
An engineering student from Hyderabad, Deepak Reddy, while doing his masters at Houston University, took to film making, his passion.
‘Manase Namaha’ became the world’s highest number of awards winning short film, said Reddy.
“The existing Guinness Book of World Record for a short film for the highest number of awards is for one which won 382 international awards, whereas our ‘Manase Namaha’ has bagged close to thousand awards. It is already a world record, only the organisers have to award the certificates. This short film has been appreciated by many stalwarts in the film fraternity including director Goutham Vasudev Menon, Rashmika Mandanna and Anushka Shetty.
The movie is a satiric explanation of a youth, who faces the tantrums of his girlfriend. A love story that revolves between Surya and Chaitra, showcases the director’s approach to make it an entertaining piece of work.
Awards so far won by the short film include WorldFest Houston in Texas, Catalina Film Festival in California, Garden State Film festival in New jersey, Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, BAFTA qualified in Wales, Crystal Palace Film Festival in London, Harlem International Film Festival in New York, Oxford Film Festival in London and Long Island Film Expo in New York.
Speaking to this correspondent, Deepak Reddy said, “I was fascinated by cinema, I grew up watching cinema, but my family was not willing to allow me to venture into this field. After completing my engineering graduation, I went to Houston University to pursue post graduation. After completing my course, I got a chance to work as an apprentice for a Telugu movie, a movie unit which had a portion to shoot in the US. Since the crew strength was less, I worked for them, during which I realised my inner calling. I am meant for movie making and I tossed my certificates in a can and started working on this project. Now I am doing pre-production of a feature length movie, and a bigger production house is producing this.” Deepak said.