Though he has been doing back-to-back films in Telugu and Tamil, Naveen Chandra did not get as much applause from audiences as he got for Bhanumathi & Ramakrishna (2020). And now, he is all set to entertain us with Month of Madhu which is releasing in theatres on 6 October.
In the film, he plays the role of Madhusudhan Rao, a wayward and aimless husband who is addicted to alcohol and endangers his family in peril.
“My character in Month of Madhu is natural and is rooted. I am playing the husband of Lekha (Swathi Reddy) in it. Madhusudhan is not interested in working under someone and often wanders on the streets by living in illusions,” Naveen Chandra explained about his role.
The actor hastened to add: “He is aimless and doesn’t care for family responsibilities. Yet, he doesn’t harm anyone. But the situations affect people who are dependent on him.”
Working with Srikanth Nagothi
Naveen Chandra worked with director Srikanth Nagothi for Bhanumathi & Ramakrishna. Post the success of this OTT film, which was released during the lockdown period, both didn’t get an opportunity to team up again for another subject.
“Well, I was busy with a handful of films and web series. We both knew that we could do magic. But we couldn’t collaborate again. I know how big the success of Bhanumathi & Ramakrishna was,” Naveen said.
He added, “Srikanth too has fetched good opportunities later. And finally, we thought of sitting for another beautiful story — Month of Madhu. It is a poignant story reflecting the lives of three individuals.”
This aimless youth bumps into an NRI named Madhumathi who gels with everyone she meets in India. How did this happy-go-lucky girl from the USA get fascinated with Madhusudhan Rao? What are the twists in store for Madhusudhan’s family? — form the crux of Month of Madhu.
Naveen Chandra noted that the portrayal of Swathi’s character reflects the individuality of a Telugu girl. “Madhumathi is crucial in the movie. Madhusudhan gives the girl a month’s time.”
The actor added, “Is it just the friendship that brings them together? What decision does his distraught wife, who is vexed with Madhusudhan’s behaviour, take in the process? All these make for an interesting watch.”
Month of Madhu
Month of Madhu also features actor Shreya Naveli, Harsha Chemudu, Manjula Ghattamaneni, Gnaneswari Kandregula, Raja Chembolu, Raja Ravindra, Rudra Raghav, Ruchita Sadineni, Mourya Siddavaram, and Kancherapalem Kishore in prominent roles.
The trailer opens with NRI Madhumathi landing in India along with her mother Manjula Ghattamaneni who cautions her to behave herself with relatives.
However, Madhumathi is detested by her conservative relatives because of her cultural upbringing in the Western world. That’s when she bumps into Naveen Chandra, a reckless alcoholic who turns troublesome for his family.
The film is bankrolled by Yashwanth Mulukutla. Rajeev Dharavath handled the cinematography and Achu Rajamani scored the music.
Surprisingly, director Ravikanth Perepu — who made Krishna and his Leela (2020) — turned editor for the film.