Off the beaten track

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Off the beaten track

It is passion for cinema that drove IT professional Sreesha Belakvaadi to quit a cosy job and step into filmmaking.

A voarcious reader of subjects related to psychology, occult, philosophy and how the subconscious mind works, Sreesha wanted his first project to have all these elements and yet be commercially viable.

Sreesha has in fact managed to achieve all this and more in his first offering ‘Mojo’ which released on Friday.

The film made news and bagged several prestigious awards even before its release. It does well to draw one’s attention to how a gripping story can be told in an experimental format and still appeal to masses.

“The story is a mix of mystery and horror but it does not follow the typical format of filmmaking. I didn’t want the film to be typecast. Most of the actors have a strong background in theatre. This is because I wanted actors who can absorb the story and interpret the character the way I wanted it,” explains Sreesha.

Talking more about the film, Sreesha says that the two central characters of the film — Manu, who plays a photo journalist and Anusha, who essays the role of a psychiatrist — appear in a natural way.

“The idea is to give a realistic touch to the characters. I wanted people to relate to the characters and understand the story,” he adds.

‘Mojo’ has been screened at some of the most prestigious film festivals across the globe. The story, script, dialogues and direction is by Sreesha, who began working on this project in 2015.

“I took my time to develop the story and I have conceived every character after a lot of thought. Many people asked me if I worked on the film expecting to win awards. I just tell them that all I wanted to do was to make a product that will appeal to a global audience,” adds Sreesha.

He says that he has spent almost two years on this project.

“I wouldn’t have been able to complete the project without the support and encouragement from my wife Shanthi, daughter Pramiti and my mother Vasudha,” he adds.

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