Screengrabs from Dear Megha trailer

Dear Megha, the upcoming Telugu film starring Megha Akash and Adith Arun, is primarily a love story revolving around a girl, says the director of the film, Sushanth Reddy, in a conversation with Silverscreen India.

The film is set to hit theatres on Friday, and its trailer was unveiled on Sunday.

Reddy, who has previously helmed the 2015 Telugu comedy film Superstar Kidnap, calls Dear Megha a coming-of-age film. “It revolves around the title character and takes us through the various stages of her life, from her teens to womanhood. It is all from the girl’s perspective. As Megha grows up, we see the love stories she is involved in. To find true love in this age of Tinder and Bumble is intense.”

While Megha plays the title role, Adith and debutant Arjun play her love interests at different points of her life.

The filmmaker reveals that he chose to cast Megha because “her face is not just pretty, but also has a melancholy feel. I find some sadness in her face and that’s why I chose her.”

On casting for the male roles, he adds, “I met Arjun in a cafe and invited him for an audition. That is how he bagged the role. As for Adith, he and I have been friends for 10 years now, and we wanted to collaborate.”

Pavitra Lokesh plays Adith’s mother and the relationship between the mother and son will be a stand-out feature in the film, according to Reddy.

The film features five songs, composed by Gowra Hari. “They are sung by Sid Sriram, Anurag Kulkarni, and Harini. There are no song-and-dance numbers; all of them are montage songs,” says the filmmaker.

The director, who has also written both the screenplay and dialogues of the film, says he completed the script of Dear Megha in November 2020. The film went on floors in December that year and was wrapped up by February. It was shot in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Goa.

“By April, we were ready with the film, but due to the second wave of Covid-19, we chose to wait until now to release it,” Reddy adds.

Edited by Prawin Pudi, Dear Megha has runtime of two hours and five minutes. The film is releasing on 300 screens, across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, as well as in Bengaluru and Chennai.

“Love stories should be celebrated in theatres. When watching on OTT, you might get distracted and miss things. There is a lot happening in the film and so, we chose a theatrical release,” says Reddy, adding that post its theatrical run, the film will be released on an OTT platform, to be announced later by the makers.