Acclaimed Telugu film ‘Minugurulu’ screened in US marking 10th anniversary of release

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‘Minugurulu’ won multiple Nandi Awards and international awards

The 2014 film ‘Minugurulu’, starring Ashish Vidyarthi, Suhasini Maniratnam, Raghubir Yadav and Deepak Saroj, is directed by Ayodhyakumar Krishnamsetty. Marking the 10th anniversary of its release, the social problem film was recently screened in the US.

Upon its release, several film industry stalwarts came out in support of the film and encouraged it. Megastar Chiranjeevi, at that time, said that the film stays true to both artistic and commercial values. Legendary director Dasari Narayana Rao, ‘Pushpa’ maker Sukumar, classy filmmaker Sekhar Kammula, and Oscar-winning lyricist Chandrabose, among others, praised the film’s sensibilities.

Speaking on the occasion, Krishnamsetty said, “When the film was released in 2014, social media was not widely used. Had it been released today, social media users would have bombarded everyone with celebrity takes about the movie. This is a drama driven by research about the reality faced by underprivileged blind kids. Nothing shown in the film is an exaggeration.”

“At a time when movies’ shelf life doesn’t last even a few weeks, ‘Minugurulu’ has lived on for a decade,” another speaker said.

A guest who was present at the screening said that the film’s tenderness and treatment are compelling. “Whatever has been shown in the film is reality as it is. So many NGOs are trying to reach out to vision-impaired kids through philanthropy,” a guest added.

About ‘MINUGURULU’:

The was officially selected for GOLDEN ELEPHANT at the 18th International Children’s Film Festival. It was also selected for the India International Disability Film Festival and other International Film Festivals. Minugurulu has won BEST INDIAN CINEAMA at the 9th Bengaluru International Children’s Film Festival. The movie was one among the 323 other films that were competing for the 2014 OSCARS including the 2014 Best Picture Category at the Oscars awards. We are proud to say that our Minugurulu script is preserved in the OSCAR library’s permanent core collection.

The film’s star cast also comprises prominent actors including Ashish Vidyarthi, Raghuvir Yadav and Suhasini Maniratnam and is supported by international crew and technicians. We released the film in 2014 January, and the film has got a very good response. National media like The Hindu and Times Of India have given high ratings for this film.

About director Ayodhyakumar Krishnamsetty:

Ayodhyakumar Krishnamsetty is a talented and accomplished filmmaker whose work has been recognized both nationally and internationally. He studied filmmaking at the prestigious Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon and worked in the OPB television channel in the USA. He has directed and produced mainstream Indian movies, several award-winning short films and documentaries. His award-winning movie ‘Minugurulu’ won many state-level awards (7 Nandi Awards) in 2014.

‘Minugurulu’ won the BEST INDIAN CINEMA Award at the 9th Bengaluru International Children’s Film Festival. The movie was one among the 323 other films that were competing for the 2014 OSCARS, including the 2014 Best Picture Category at the Oscars awards. Its script is preserved in the OSCAR library’s permanent core collection. His film ’24 Kisses’ is a heartfelt romantic love story about modern-age relationships. His future projects include four commercial feature films in Telugu, Hindi and English (a global film). He is also focused on OTT and other digital platforms.