Sunday, March 04, 2012

America America Screenplay Book Review

Books on screenplay of films are a rarity in Kannada. Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, successful director of Kannada films - America America, Nanna Preethiya Hudugi, Amrithadhare and Baa Nalle Madhuchandrake has come out with a book on his 1996 film - America America.

Foreward : Foreward for the book is writtern by popular Kannada actor Ramesh Aravind. Just like the character in the film Soorya, he expresses himself as an emotional guy who decided to stay in India when his friends left for US seeking better future. Before Nagathihalli tells his story of making the film, Ramesh lists down the incidents/experiences encountered during the making of the film. Surely, that is a reader's delight!
America America Screenplay Book Cover Page
Screenplay : Screenplay of the film in this book not only contains the transcript but also other details like - why a particular location was chosen, what do some scenes symbolize and why were some dialogues written that way.
You also get to know what made the director act in a scene where Soorya secretly confesses his love for Bhoomika. Chandrashekhar also discusses the clash of cultures, philosophies in explaining some important scenes and he is objective in his approach. That Nagathihalli tried to capture the essence of US and NRIs is evident if you had watched the movie and it becomes more clear if you read this book.

Making of the Movie : Another must read section of the book is the making of the movie. Author starts with his dilemma in making this movie and the difficulties he would have to face since major part of the shooting had to be done in US. The comes the struggle in getting the VISA for the film unit. Nagathihalli then humorously introduces his team members. He also adds a bit of history about the fascinating Golden Gate bridge. Also, the writer does not forget to mention those people who helped him during the film shoot. At last, you have newspaper cuttings of the reviews of the film. 

If you are interested in the art of film making, then this is one of the good books to have.


  1. where can i possibly get this book?!

  2. I got it from a Book fair. Let me get you the publisher details.



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