Hyderabad: Actress-turned-producer Lakshmi Manchu has revealed that water was the biggest challenge in her forthcoming Telugu romantic-drama Gundello Godari, which is set against the backdrop of 1986 Godavari floods. The Telugu producer says that her film unit has used nearly 50 cameras to shoot this much-hyped and most-awaited movie.
In an interview IANS, Lakshmi Manchu said, "Since the story is set during the 1986 floods, we had to use lots of water. We used 40 acres of land next to Godavari, where we saved water in tanks for the shoot. It was extremely challenging to shoot in the flowing water. Water was our biggest challenge in the making of the film."
Meanwhile, Lakshmi Manchu revealed that her team has used 50 cameras to capture various scenes for Gundello Godari. The producer added, "We used as many as 50 cameras to capture the flowing water. Since the story is based on true events, we spent close to six months researching before the start of regular shooting of the film."
The film tracks the story of four characters that are in a way connected to each other during the floods.
"Even though the story is based on true events, the romantic angle was fictionalised. The film revolves around four key characters and narrates what happened to them during this catastrophe," she said.
When asked about how much of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) has been used in the film Gundello Godari, Lakshmi Manchu said, "We had to use about 30 minutes CGI to enhance most of the scenes that were captured live. For instance, we recreated the flood scene on sets by allowing the water stored to flow through the village which was created for the film."
The film was originally scheduled to release last year. Queried why the delay in release, Lakshmi Manchu said, "We wanted a good theatrical release. Since big releases such as Vishwaroopam was stalled in controversy, we didn't want to take chances, and therefore, waited for the right moment."
Debutante Kumar Nagendra has directed the film Gundello Godari.
Gundello Godari features Sundeep Kishan, Aadhi Pinisetty, Tapsee Pannu and Lakshmi in lead roles.
Gundello Godari stars Ravi Babu, Suja Varunee, Mumaith Khan, Ramesh and a few others in supporting roles.
Illayaraja has composed music for the film Gundello Godari, which has become big hit.
Cinematographer MR Palanikumaar has cranked the camera for Gundello Godari.
Gundello Godari will release worldwide in Telugu this Friday.
Maranthen Mannithen, the Tamil version of Gundello Godari is scheduled to release March 23.