Shri Tatineni Prakash Rao
To a great extent Prasad was instrumental in fostering
a school of directors, to which we all belong. Apart from myself, Ranganathadas,
Yoganand, K Pratyagatma, A Subba Rao, are all products of Prasad's school.
The way he used to take work from the artistes is indeed impeccable. Take
for instance, when I joined as an assistant in DROHI, he gave me so much
of freedom, it was tremendous for my ego; in the very first film, I was
allowed to say 'Start' and 'Cut' the action, when Prasad himself was acting.
There are occassions, when I had to cut the action. Prasad would come
to me and ask "What happened. We were all acting okay..?" I
would reply- The angle of the camera seems to have blurred the image of
the heroine, or some such thing. Prasad instead of getting restless, would
ask me to go ahead to shoot the scene afresh" steadily, the directors
"Later in life", recalls Tatineni
Prakash Rao, "We have learnt to give similar lee-way to our assistants.
Infact if Madhusudana Rao or my own Son T L V Prasad are doing their best,
it is because of the freedom to experiment that we learnt from Pasad and
passed on to this generation of directors.
I recall Prasadji, giving me the opportunity
to be independent in the very first film, when Prasad, who was acting
in the film, irritated as he was at my saying 'cut', coming to me and
asking ''what happened? I replied well I fell the actress had not come
out with the proper expressions". Without any kind of argument, Prasad
asked me to go ahead and acted again. This sort of independence is seldom
given by directors to their assistants espically in the formative stages.
May be that is why we stood our ground as film-makers for a long time.
||Sri L V Prasad
inaugurating Chowdry Cine Camera Service on 15.2.1983 Mr. K.R. Veter
M.D., H.G. Ramelt of Bolex International Switzerland. V.V.R. Chowdry
and Sardul Singh Sethi.