R. Narayanamurthy always makes films about social causes, with him donning the role of producer, director, actor and writer across his 29 films.
The filmmaker is now coming up with a film titled Dandakaranyam, based on the problems faced by the Adivasis in the Dandakaranya forest.
“The forest spreads across nearly 12 states and there are many natural resources in this forest. The government has taken over the forest and is giving it to corporates and private firms for the natural resources, even though the Adivasis have some constitutional rights to live on these natural resources,” he says.
The film’s main character is based on Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, the Naxalite who was killed in an encounter in 2011 in West Bengal.
“In this war many innocent people, police and Naxalites, lost their lives. So my film appeals to the government to make peace in Dandakaranya,” says Narayanamurthy.
He adds that he is planning to release the film — which was shot at Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border and in Madhya Pradesh and Telangana — will release in the third week of March....