Have you ever wondered where writers get their ideas? Or what is involved in getting a film produced? Some writers choose to write about writing and sometimes it can be interesting. Many critics and viewers have noted a superior dialogue for this movie. It seems natural to take liberties, but the film claims "based on almost true stories."
The plot is about four friends who while in college made a short film, but since then have gone their separate ways. United by an interest in making films they get together and coincidentally are approached by an attractive promotions woman Shirley who uncovers their background and interests. Vivek had written and directed short films. Karthik was managing a club and had been promised his own club if he would marry the boss's daughter. Kaushik wanted to be an actor, but was dubbing for films. Uppa was a wedding photographer. All of them had worked on Vivek's short film. Shirley steers them to a short film contest held in Goa. The topics are assigned by lottery and Vivek draws romance which after a breakup he won't do. Then later out of desperation he relents. They recruit a few local actors including Shirley.
Short films are ignored by many, but they are a training ground for future feature film makers. The 4 friends take on different tasks, writing directing, acting, camera, editing, music, etc. The script changes after many discussions to make a more effective film.
The weird title translates to " What Happened to this City?"
Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam was both director and writer and one suspects he has undergone many of the trials depicted in his second feature. He graduated from the New York Film Academy. After a few shorts, (one of which was shown at Cannes) his first feature was "Pelli Choopulu" (2016) which received awards for feature and script. This film was his second feature. His wife Latta worked on production and costume design for his first two features.
D. Suresh Babu was the producer. Noted for "Eega" (2012), "Drushyam II" (2014)
Vivek Sagar wrote the music. An earlier film was "Pelli Choopula (2016). He has been a playback singer.
Niketh Bommi was the cinematographer. Earlier films include "Soorarai Pottru" (2020).
Ravi Teja Girijala was the editor. Other films include "Pelli Choopulu" (2016), and "C/O Kancharapalem" (2018).
Vishwak Sen played Vivek. He has also directed one film.
Sai Sushanth Reddy played Karthik in his first film.
Abhinav Gomatam played Kaushik He went on to do "Shyam Singha Roy" (2021).
Anisha Ambrose played Shirley.
Vijay Deerakonda made a cameo appearance in the same year as "Arjun Reddy" (2018). "Pelli Choopula" (2016) was an early boost to his career. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2019/09/arjun-reddy-and-kabir-singh.html
The viewer can think of this as a buddy movie or a road movie, but I think of it as a writer's movie.
Another recently viewed movie giving a perspective from another writer. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/05/home-comedic-clash-of-generations.html