Filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao has made many remakes in his illustrious career spanning 42 years. His latest release Erra Bus is a remake of the hit Tamil film Manjapai. However, the 70-year-old veteran believes making the Vishnu Manchu starrer was a learning experience. “Technology has grown leaps and bounds from the time I made my debut. I experimented with the advanced version of flow cam technology for this movie just to give the audience a new visual experience,” says Dasari, who also produced the movie under the Tharaka Prabhu Films banner.
The filmmaker is all for remaking films. “I loved the plot of the original version (Manjapai). At a time when filmmakers are busy churning out formulaic fare, this film harps on the importance of human relationships,” says the director who admits to have made quite a few changes to the original. “I tweaked the narrative flow and tried to adapt it to local sensibilities. The characterisations are also very different from the Tamil version. The film has my signature style and that’s very important when making remakes,” adds Dasari.
Vishnu Manchu played the lead role in the movie which also features Catherine Tresa. Dasari played Vishnu Manchu’s grandfather in the movie. “I don’t think anyone could have pulled off that role. I don’t think anyone else could have played the roles I have done in my career.”
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