Panaji, December 5, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) The legendary South Indian producer D Ramanaidu is all set to create a world record for making 13 movies in different Indian regional languages.
In an interview to IBNS, he said that he is on the verge of completing a movie, which is being made in Punjabi language.
Apart from Telugu films, he has produced movies in languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Malayam, Kannada, Oriya, Gujarati, Marathi, Bhojpuri and other regional languages.
Ramanaidu is in Goa to participate in the three-day Film Bazaar India, which was inaugurated in the capital alongside the on-going International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010.
The veteran, who is a Dadasaheb Phalke award winner in 2009 owns the largest film studio called ‘Ramoji in Hyderabad and Ramanaidu at Vishakapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh. “The Ramanaidu studio offers all facilities required to make a film although we are yet to set up a colouring laboratory,” he said.
Born in 1936, the producer bragged that his studios have enormous demand among several Indian producers. “It provides excellent view and the location is ideal for any film shooting. Nearly 12 Bengali and Oriya movies have been shot recently,” he stated.
Over a period of 43 years since his film industry debut in 1963, Ramanaidu has entered the Guinness Book of World Record for producing more than 130 movies.
Comparing Tollywood to the glam Bollywood film industry, he said that the former releases more than 150 movies a year which is far ahead that Hindi films. “We collect more than 2, 500 million rupees from the yearly produce,” he said.
Also a former Member of Parliament, Ramanaidu did not leave the opportunity to promote his state as not only the best tourist state but also an outstanding destination for filmmakers from across the world.
“We have everything to offer for film shooting except Himalayas. Andhra Pradesh is promoting film tourism providing the best of facilities for film production including locations, logistic support and other services,” he said.
(Reporting by John Edwards)