Director Murali Krishna (Manu), who has worked predominantly in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries, is set to make his debut in Telugu with Jambalakadi Pamba. The film, which stars Srinivas Reddy and Siddhi Idnani, bears the same name as late E.V.V.’s 1993 hit, but Manu says that the similarity ends there.
“I have just taken the title, the story is completely different. My story revolves around a husband and wife whose bodies get swapped. The wife starts acting like the husband and vice versa. It’s hilarious, from the beginning to the end,” Manu says.
A native of Vizianagaram, Manu knew right from his school days that he wanted to be a director. He has worked with directors Vikram Kumar and Jeethu Joseph on films such as 13B and Drishyam in the past and is now hoping to make his mark in Tollywood.
Manu’s Malayali influence comes from his father. “My mother is from Salur, which is near Vizianagaram, and my father is Malayali, so I know both languages,” he says. He adds that he wrote the story for Jambalakadi Pamba while working on the Malayalam film Drishyam.
Shooting for the film has been completed and it is now in the post-production stage.
“We are shooting a promotional song,” Manu says. The director reveals that he took inspiration from his own love story while developing the plot of Jambalakadi Pamba.
“Mine was a love marriage. At the time, I didn’t know that there would be problems. But later I realised that it was not right to marry a girl against her parents’ wishes. I took inspiration from my own life while preparing the story.”
Manu adds that the film will be an entertainer through and through.
“Srinivas Reddy has done an excellent job in the film, and Vennela Kishore also plays an important role,” he says.
Siddhi Idnani is being introduced as a female lead. “She is a Gujarati theatre artiste. She works very hard, and acting comes easily to her as she has a background in theatre,” Manu adds.
The film is being produced by three young people from Vizag.
“Actually, we are all from there, so we know each other well. We completed the film without any hassles,” Manu says.