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'Pindam' doesn't do pandering with unnecessary elements: Srikanth Sriram


Horror thriller 'Pindam' is going to hit the cinemas on December 15. Directed by Saikiran Daida, the film features Srikanth Sriram in the role of a middle-aged male head of a haunted family inhabiting a desolate house. Also featuring Kushee Ravi, Srinivas Avasarala, Easwari Rao, and Ravi Varma, the film is produced by Yeshwanth Daggumati. In this interview, the male lead says that he is not someone who mugs up his lines. "I believe in spot improvisation," he adds.

Most horror movies usually put me off because they are infused with extraneous elements. They have double-meaning comedy and even an item song in an attempt to play to the gallery. In contrast, 'Pindam' is a bona fide horror film that sticks to its genre. Any horror film needs a certain specific geographical setting that looks spooky.

'Pindam' uses sound and light most optimally. The cinematographer is so capable that he perfectly knows what the film needs. We trusted him even though he had done only a short film before.

The true success of 'Pindam' lies in the fact that its budget stayed within limits, and its shoot was completed on schedule.

There is an appetite for a variety of genres. From 'Animal' to 'Salaar' and 'Pindam', the variety on offer is wide. Our film is a genuine horror film that spans three time periods. And each of the periods has been portrayed with authenticity. This is not a cavalier film that compromises on the aesthetics. Besides, there is an emotional hook. The film tells the stories of the journies of multiple families. And the tracks are inter-connected. More than exorcism and black magic, what you will find prominent in 'Pindam' are the emotions undergone by a family. To this day, regressive thinking has kept females suppressed. 'Pindam' raises a pertinent question.

I have dubbed for my character with modulations. I am eager to watch 'Pindam' with the audience in a cinema hall since I know the value of sound and visual quality.

Srinivas Avasarala's character is part of a different timeline from my character. Easwari Rao's character is going to surprise the audience. During the shoot, I inadvertently hit her head with an object. Despite her injury, she completed the shoot before rushing to the hospital. That's her level of commitment. Everyone on set was so passionate, including a child artist, who worked hard to get her sign language right. The right competitive spirit kept every one of us pushing the envelope.

If you watch 'Evil Dead' today, you would find it ridiculous that people got scared watching it once upon a time. Things change with time.

Some people have experienced supernatural things that horrify them. Many years ago, I had a close shave with death on the sets of a film. The person who saved me withdrew into a religious place for five straight days. He was so spooked that he couldn't come out. That's because he had seen something on the spot while saving me. I met with an accident many years ago. The doctors were surprised that I regained my face without undergoing any surgery. Faith heals!

'Dhada' (Naga Chaitanya's 2011 film) was marketed to me as a story of two brothers. That's why I did that movie. I did an action sequence whose screen time was more than two minutes long. That sequence was edited out because they felt that would be dominating the other fights in the film. What was promised to me was not delivered. The director of 'Dhada' was helpless. The action sequence was so hard to do that I was hospitalized for a few days due to injuries. I did those scenes without a body double. In the end, the sequence didn't make it to the final cut. A multi-starrer has to be made with conviction. Shankar sir made 'Nanban' (the remake of '3 Idiots') with that conviction. I had more dialogue than the other two actors in it.

I am playing a real estate agent in a web series. I am playing a Coast Guard personnel in another film.

Updated on December 12, 2023