Makers describe the film as a romantic action drama.
“It is an intense love story set in the backdrop of the port city Vizag (Visakhapatnam). The film is about the bond between two best friends (played by Sharwanand and Siddharth) from Vizag, the women in their life, and the intensity of love,” Praveen, editor of the film said, while speaking with Silverscreen India.
Maha Samudram is written and directed by Ajay Bhupathi, who has earlier directed the 2018 Telugu romantic action-drama RX 100. Raj Thota, cinematographer of the film, speaking with Silverscreen India said “In the first schedule, we have shot with all the leads except for Aditi, who will join us in the next schedule.”
Around 40 percent of the shooting schedule for Maha Samudram has already been completed, the film’s publicity manager Vamsi Shekar told Silverscreen India. The film is being shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu.
“So far, one schedule of shooting has been completed in Hyderabad and Goa. Around 60 percent of the shooting is remaining. From next month (February), shooting will commence again. In the next schedule, shooting will take place at Vizag, Goa, and Hyderabad,” he said. The film will also have elements of a ‘mafia film‘, he added.
Maha Samudram marks Siddharth’s comeback to Telugu cinema after eight years. Thota said that is a “huge responsibility” for the crew.
“The biggest challenge for me so far, has been having both Sharwanand and Siddharth in the same frame. While shooting with multiple heroes, we have to be extra careful about how each of them look on-screen and ensure that everything is in line with their respective character sketches. We also have to be mindful of their fans and what they want. Maha Samudram is also Siddharth’s comeback to the Telugu film industry and that is a huge responsibility for the film since it is like a relaunch for him here. In Maha Samudram, Siddhath’s character is raw and rustic,” Thota said.
“The film focusses on the intensity of emotions. We want to give the audience the time to understand the character’s emotions and relate to them. This is why although the rest of the film moves at a fast pace, we have used long takes in scenes where raw emotions are being portrayed,” Praveen said.
“The DoP’s (Director of Photography) work has been good so far. He has presented Vizag in a way I have not seen so far. Being a gangter flick, the shades and colour tones he has used are very interesting,” Praveen added.
For Maha Samudram, music is composed by Chaitan Bharadwaj. The film is produced by Sunkara Ramabrahmam under the AK Entertainments banner. Kishore Garikipati is the executive producer. Praveen KL is the editor and Kolla Avinash is the production designer.
Shooting for Maha Samudram, which began on December 9 is expected to be wrapped up by April, 2021.