For the love of cinema

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Indian cinema and artists have innovated and shown pride in their talents internationally. Hyderabad-based Sunitha Tati is the founder of Guru Films, a media company specializing in film and television production, animation, publishing and digital media.

Sunitha, incidentally, is also the producer of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2019 film, Oh! Babe. Now Sunitha’s next, an English-language international film Arrangements of Love, has been selected at the International Funding Forum (IFF) of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2021. In addition, Arrangements of Love is the only Asian film selected. among 41 films. around the world in the IFF.
The IFF is an Ontario Creates feature film co-fund / co-production event at TIFF that brings together selected international and Canadian producers with international sales agents, US distributors, agents, financiers and executive producers for meetings brokerage and exclusive networking opportunities. .

Dreams come true

Elaborating on the film and its excitement after the announcement, Sunitha, a graduate of George Mason University and New York University, said, “We have known this unofficially for some time now, but the official announcement has took place on Monday evening. I’m very grateful; it’s a huge support for us. For me, every step counts and it is a step forward towards my goal. This selection also increases my responsibility as a producer.

Based on novelist Timeri N. Murari’s best-selling novel The Arrangements of Love, the film will be directed by BAFTA-winning writer and director Philip John, best known for directing Outlander and Downton Abbey.
Arrangements of Love is a story that revolves around a Welsh-Indian man on his conquest to reunite with his estranged father with an impromptu visit to his homeland. The story follows the stillness of love and the journey of an idle man in search of the warmth of family. Co-written by Philip John and British National Television Award recipient Nimmi Harasgama, the film is to be shot in India and Wales.
Sunitha informs us that if the filming of the film will begin in February 2022, the director of the film should make a recognition in November 2021. “Chennai will be the heart and the character of the film”, adds Sunitha.

Tell stories the way she would like it

As she tells us about her early days as a producer and what inspired her to take on this empowering role, she takes us back to her days in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, where she was born. “The only source of entertainment was the theaters back then, and I’m a complete movie buff, so when my family and I immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s, I took away my love for movies. with me and I came back to India 2004 with a dream of telling stories through movies, “says Sunitha.” I am a small town girl with big dreams so when I was planning to go back in India I decided to move to Hyderabad because it was perfect for me personally and professionally. ”

Sunitha found inspiration and a mentor in veteran Tollywood producer Suresh Babu with nearly 21 years of association with him. “When I decided to put on the producer’s hat, he taught me how things work in the Indian film industry – there is a definite difference between the role of a director and that of the producer – but as I wanted to tell my stories, I became a very practical creative producer, ”she says.

Having also worked with names like TV9 and Radio Mirchi, Sunitha has already made six films, a journey she finds very interesting. For starters, most of his films aren’t about heroes. “So getting the finances sometimes becomes a challenge, making the process of making a movie painful. But on the other hand, it also helps me become a better maker. I think it’s important to get your hands dirty because you have to be involved in all the process of making a film – understanding what’s important as a storyteller without getting lost in the flow, ”says Sunitha, who thinks that once you understand your weakness, you must work around it.

Choose challenges

Thanks to all of her hard work, persistence, resilience and triumphs, few people know that she has survived cancer twice (once in her breast and once in her ovaries). But always optimistic, looking for positive ideas to overcome challenges, Sunitha has found her strength in herself and around her.

“I am a firm believer in alternative medicine like Ayurveda,” she tells us, adding that she is even preparing a children’s book, called Ayurveda Chronicle, with the help of a California author. “Other than that, I often take sessions and talk about cancer and wellness. “
Interestingly, its goal is to bring films based on Indian mythology to experiences such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I love sci-fi movies and it’s my dream to make movies based on Indian mythology in the Marvel style so that the world knows about our culture and our heritage. I’m working on seven graphic novels on similar lines because I think it’s best to put them in story format first before moving on to making movies. They will be available soon, ”she said as she signed.


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