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A man of many talents

Posted April 19th, 2017, 12:57 PM IST

A man of many talents

When software professional Chandragiri Subbu created a comic video in which he recited a poetic monologue on the miracles of the laptop in traditional pujari attire and tone, the online world sat up and took notice.

He went on to do more videos and short films, while writing and acting in an ongoing web series on Facebook — Athadu Aame, which garnered over five lakh views in less than two days of its broadcast. The pujari video opened up new opportunities for Subbu. “Director Ram Mohan was impressed with it and asked me to audition for the film Uyyala Jampala. I went along with a friend, Naveen Nayak and while it didn’t work out for me, Naveen went on to work on the film as an assistant director. He is one of the only four members on the web series team, and does all the editing,” says Subbu, adding that his other short film, Taanu Nenu, where he played the character of six-pack pujari, has also got many views. Interestingly, though Subbu has done only about 20 videos so far, each of them has become a hit with those who enjoy a good dose of Telugu comedy.

Subbu says his web series started out with no expectations. “A Facebook page called Yetakaram Venkat Rao asked me to host my videos on their channel since they already had a decent following, so I grabbed the opportunity. Athadu Aame is about the silly fights that married couples have. I didn’t think it would do so well but the idea was unexplored. When I explained the concept to my colleagues, they too wanted in. The actress in the series, Swati Nuti, is my colleague while Vaitahavya worked previously as a cinematographer for Naruda Donaruda. All of us are passionate about films but we’re still strugglers, so our combination worked out well,” shares Subbu.

About the challenges that the team faced, he says, “We hardly have any budget, so we shoot within the house. Since it is just one location and two characters, the script needs to be gripping.”

One of the ingenious methods that the team has come up with is to dub their videos in the car. “One day, I casually recorded a song in the car and found that it had very good acoustics. We thought ‘why not dub in the car itself?’ So, after midnight when it is quiet, we get into the car in the parking lot and dub. My friend Amrutha, who has dubbed for Swati in the series, has been great and this method was so good that we didn’t think of going to the studio,” he adds.

The fitness freak and part-time singer has several achievements to his credit. In 2009, Subbu appeared on the TV show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. In 2015, he got into filmmaking, mingling with the likes of V.V. Vinayak and playing a lead role in a short film, LoveA, that he directed. He has also been a finalist on 91.1 FM’s Navvula Don and appeared in the TV reality show Tollywood Fungama.

Subbu, who has worked with director Raghavendra Rao for a film on chain snatching, hopes to make it big one day and turn acting into his full-time career.