Mahi V Raghav wondered why he would want to build a studio at a backward area like Madanapalle instead of Hyderabad or Visakhapatnam.
After a section of the media accused him of getting benefitted with two acres of land at Horsley Hills in Madanapalle by the Andhra Pradesh government for making Yatra 2, filmmaker Mahi V Raghav clarified the allegations.
The director said he would have rather asked for a place to build a studio in Hyderabad or Visakhapatnam. “Why would I want to build a studio at Madanapalle, which is a backward area,” he questioned.
“I am quite familiar as a producer and director in the film industry. I have made films like Villagelo Vinayakudu, Kudirithe Kappu Coffee, Paathshala, Anando Brahma, Yatra, and Yatra 2. I have also made the web series Save the Tigers and Shaitan. I was born and brought up in Madanapalle, which is a part of the Rayalaseema Region. I have also completed my studies in my hometown. But Rayalaseema Region doesn’t have much importance in the film industry,” the filmmaker pointed out.
Mahi V Raghav has been a screenwriter, producer, and director in the Telugu film industry for 16 years.
He set up film production companies called Moon Water Pictures (in 2008) and Three Autumn Leaves Production.
He debuted in Tollwood as a producer in 2009 with Villagelo Vinayakudu, a sequel to the 2008 hit flick Vinayakudu. Both films featured Krishnudu in the lead role.
Meanwhile, as part of decentralising the Telugu film industry, the director proposed to set up a Rural Mini Studio at Horsley Hills in Annamayya district of Andhra Pradesh to promote the rural economy, local culture, linguistic heritage and non-hegemonic film production besides creating job opportunities for rural youth.
Mahi V Raghav’s latest outing Yatra 2 explores how YS Jagan Mohan Reddy overcame several obstacles and evolved as an unstoppable public leader.
He crafted the film based on political events that took place in Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2019.
Malayalam Superstar Mammootty played the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy in the movie. Tamil actor Jiiva portrayed the role of YS Jagan.
Bollywood actor Mahesh Manjrekar played the character of TDP founder Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
Suzanne Bernert played Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Ketaki Narayanan played the character of YS Bharati in Yatra 2.
The political drama is running successfully in theatres.