Set in Chennuru, a remote village in the state of Telangana, Muthayya tells the story of the eponymous 70-year-old man who dreams of acting in the movies before he dies. A dedicated film enthusiast, Muthayya spends his time between the film theatre and the company of his best friend, 24-year-old bike mechanic Malli, with whom he shares all of his joys, sorrows, and desires. As the story unfolds, he tries to exhibit his acting skills through every possible medium, including short films and TikTok videos, but the obstacles he faces in the process leave him heartbroken. And yet, somehow, he remains hopeful. Will he manage to fulfil his dearest wish in life? Will he manage to achieve his dream and inspire everyone around him?
BHASKHAR MAURYA is a Hyderabad-based filmmaker who has been working on independent films in the Telugu language for the past few years. Shot in 15 days, Muthayya is not only director Maurya’s first feature behind the camera, producer Vrinda Prasad’s first production and actor Arun Raj’s first effort in front of the camera, but also star Sudhakar Reddy’s first film as a lead. It premiered at the UK Asian Film Festival in May 2022, then went on to a successful festival run, winning the Best Debut Film Director Award at the Meta Film Fest in Dubai, the Best Feature Film Jury Award at Indic Film Utsav and the Best Indian Language Film Award at the Kolkata Indian Film Festival.
scr.: Bhaskhar Maurya | cin.: Divakar Mani | ed.: Sai Murali | art dir.: Shivaraj Manne | snd: Vamsi Priya | mus.: Karthik Rodriguez | cast: Sudhakar Reddy, Arun Raj, Mounika Bomma, Purna Chandra | prod.: Vamsi Krishna Karumanchi, Vrinda Prasad, Kedar Selagamsetty
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