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F3 is better than F2: Editor Tammiraju

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Editor Tammiraju awaits the release of 'F3' this May 27. He is one of the editors of 'Baahubali 2' and has also worked on big releases such as 'Jai Lava Kusa' and 'Sarileru Neekevvaru' in the past. In this interview, Tammiraju talks about 'F3', his feelings about the Anil Ravipudi directorial and more. The comedy entertainer stars Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mehreen Pirzada, Rajendra Prasad, Sonal Chauhan, Sunil and others.

This is my 20th year in the film industry. I began my journey at Ramoji Film City. I then worked at Prasad Labs for many years. I worked as an association on 'Mirchi'. I have travelled with SS Rajamouli garu for 18 years since his TV serial days. 'Pataas' with Anil Ravipudi was my first feature film as an editor.

I edited 'F2' as well. Technology-wise, there has been no upgrade in 'F3' compared to 'F2'. But the way we see the story has undergone a change. That has influenced the editing approach.

'F2' was about post-marital clashes. 'F3' says that human relations revolve around money. The story is about money and the problems it brings in its wake. The story has no commonalities with 'F2'. It's like a franchise movie, not a sequel. I would say that 'F3' is a better movie than 'F2'. The lines about money work at a deeper level. The inherent message is delivered in a fun manner.

It's not easy to edit a comedy movie. It's difficult to figure out which ones to be axed and which ones to be retained in the case of scenes that are very good. Just because a scene has been made on a high budget, it doesn't mean you retain the scene even if it doesn't make sense or add value to the film. An editor analyzes every scene while editing. After the entire process is over, he watches the movie at once and tries to analyze if the pacing is right. If the pace is slow, the editing has to be reworked.

The reason I and Anil Ravipudi have been together since 'Pataas' is that he loved the way I edited the second half of his directorial debut. It was a racy second half. If the editing is effective, the end product would be good.

There is a healthy discussion between the director and editor at many levels. They figure out how the flow has to be. The editor expresses his doubts and asks questions of the director. If a film becomes a hit, the credit should go to the director more than the editor. After all, the editor only works on the visuals created by the director!

In the era of graphics/VFX, it is not easy to closely guard content. That's why leakages happen. The output of a movie is outsourced to various VFX labs.

The editor doesn't interact much with the actors. Coming to 'F3', I can say that Venkatesh garu and Varun Tej have delivered next-level performances.

I keep myself abreast of the latest editing technologies. But the place of technology in this craft is less significant.

I am doing Nandamuri Kalyanram's 'Bimbisara'. I am doing 'Krishna Vrinda Vihari' and also a film under Mythri Movie Makers.

Updated on May 3, 2022