Pushpaka Vimanam, the upcoming Telugu film starring actor Anand Deverakonda, is set to hit the big screens on November 12. Anand’s brother and actor Vijay Deverakonda made the announcement in a social media post on Tuesday.
The film, backed by Anand’s father Govardhan Rao Deverakonda’s King Of The Hill banner and Vijay Mattapally and Pradeep Errabelly under Tanga Productions, is written and directed by debutant filmmaker Damodara.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, Damodara says, “Pushpaka Vimanam is a crime comedy mixed with family drama. It is not a commercial film. Rather, it’s a concept-based film set in Hyderabad that showcases middle-class life. It revolves around the wedding of the protagonist and will have a different take on marriage.”
“At one point of time, I came across many news articles on failed marriages and rampant early divorces. There’s all this celebration before and during the wedding, like photoshoots and functions, but the marriage itself doesn’t last for long. This prompted me to write a story about a wedding. However, I have taken a comical route,” Damodara says, while discussing the idea behind the script.
Notably, Anand’s previous film, Middle Class Melodies (2020), also revolved around the middle class. However, Damodara says the shooting of Middle Class Melodies had not even started when they cast Anand in Pushpaka Vimanam. “I’ve known his father for a long time and he had asked me to develop a story for their production house. We did not have a cast in mind at that time. Later, I narrated the story to Anand, but we were sceptical if he could pull it off. However, after working together for some time, we found him suitable for the role.”
The film went on floors in January 2020 and was wrapped up in November. It has been filmed completely in Hyderabad by cinematographer Hestin Jose Joseph. Pushpaka Vimanam’s post production is complete. Edited by Raviteja Girijala, it runs for two hours and 15 minutes. The film includes five songs composed by Ram Miryala, Sidharth Sadasivuni, and Amit Dasani.
Damodar says the film will be releasing in about 300-400 screens across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. After its theatrical run, the film will stream on the OTT platform Aha.