If the experience during the making of his maiden production compelled him to take up the mantle of a director, it is faith that led him to make his first documentary film - Gandhi to Gandhi , says Kethireddy Jagadishwar Reddy. A social activist, he worked for the welfare of Telugu people living in Tamil Nadu before taking up films as a career. “I continue to do that as the founder- President of Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuvasakthi,” says the filmmaker. The documentary has been shot in 12 languages, no less.
After a stint as an assistant director for movies made under veteran actor Krishna’s Padmalaya banner, he honed his skills assisting directors including P.C. Reddy, Vijaya Nirmala.
His friends were producing a Tamil movie and half way through found the budget going awry; it was then that Reddy joined them as a partner. “With that horrifying experience, I decided to direct our second venture myself. It is about the poignant tale of a rape victim in the border areas. We made Kamagni in three languages,” said Reddy. He is back now in a new role as a documentary filmmaker. “Right from my student days I was attracted towards two great leaders - Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru and the role played by Indian National Congress in our freedom struggle. The documentary ends on a high note with the speech by Rahul Gandhi. To reach to a wider section of people I made it in 12 languages - English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Bhojpuri and Adivasi (ST Lambadi). Perhaps it is a record of sorts,” says Jagadishwar Reddy.
He is planning to launch the 40 minute documentary in New Delhi on August 31 in the presence of State and central ministers.