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Gaami Movie Details:

Country India
Language Telugu
GenreDrama
Release dateMarch 8, 2024
Running time2hr 28min
CastVishwak Sen
Chandini Chowdary
Directed by Vidyadhar Kagita
Screenplay byVidyadhar Kagita
Pratyush Vatyam
Produced byKarthik Sabareesh
Cinematography by Vishwanath Reddy
Rampy Nandigam
Edited by Raghavendra Thirun
Music byNaresh Kumaran
Production CompanyKarthik Kult Kreations
V Celluloid

Gaami Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Vishwak Sen as Shankar
  • Chandini Chowdary
  • Abhinaya
  • Harika Pedda
  • Dayanand Reddy

Storyline:

Gaami chronicles the adventurous journey of Shankar – a wounded and reclusive Aghora on his quest to find the Maali leaves, which are the cure for his rare condition, touch starvation, the inability to experience any human touch. They only blossom every 36 years on the Dronagiri mountain deep in the Himalayas. He must complete this journey in a stipulated time, or else he has to wait another 36 years to find the leaves again. Two other people, a Devadasi from Andhra Pradesh, and a scientist conducting clinical trials to find a cure for a disease, get intertwined in Shankar’s journey.

About Gaami Movie:

Gaami is a Telugu epic adventure drama film directed by debutant Vidyadhar Kagita, who co-wrote the screenplay with Pratyush Vatyam. Initially started with a crowd-funding campaign, Gaami was produced by Karthik Sabareesh, under Karthik Kult Kreations, and presented by V Celluloid, a subsidiary of UV Creations. starring Vishwak Sen as an Aghora, a wounded hero who sets out on a mystical adventure into the deep Himalayas to find a cure for his touch starvation.

Vidyadhar Kagita initiated a crowdfunding campaign for the film, via Facebook, in July 2018. In a corresponding YouTube video, Kagita appealed to the public for financial support, emphasizing the project’s independent nature and spirit. The campaign received significant backing from both the audience and industry insiders, enabling the commencement of principal photography in September 2018 in rural areas around Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. The film was shot in various locations including the Himalayas and Varanasi.

The diverse locations required for filming posed logistical challenges, ranging from humid South Indian villages to freezing Himalayan terrains. Extensive location scouting took place in regions such as Khtaling, Pyangong, Khardung La, Zanskar, and Leh during the winters of 2017 and 2018. The title logo was designed for universal appeal, and character concept arts was prepared to define the characters’ nature and style.

Script development began in May 2016, with the first draft completed by September 2017. Inspiration from extensive location scouting in the Himalayas influenced subsequent drafts, leading to the shooting script’s finalization by April 2018. Schedule-wise rewrites continued throughout production, with additional refinement during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Key cast members, including Vishwak Sen and Chandini Chowdary, were approached based on their previous performances. Scene tests, table reads, and rehearsals preceded filming. Notable additions to the cast, such as Mohammad Samad and Shanti Rao, were made during subsequent stages of production.

The art department, led by Vidyadhar Kagita, oversaw production design for the initial schedules. Subsequently, Pravalya Duddupudi joined as a production designer, overseeing the construction of 12 sets, including chroma key setups, at a warehouse studio. Special properties reflecting mythical and retro-futuristic themes were custom-made for the film.

It was filmed over approximately 130 days, deviating from mainstream production norms. The minimalist crew utilized guerrilla filmmaking techniques, shooting in rural villages around Nellore and specially erected sets in Hyderabad. The film was shot at locations including the holy Ghats of Allahabad, Varanasi, Leh, and Kardhung La pass. Despite interruptions from the 2019 India-Pakistan border skirmishes and the COVID-19 pandemic, principal photography concluded on November 6, 2020.

Editing commenced during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with the first cut completed by November 2022. Sync Cinemas handled sound production, while Sunil Chinta served as the VFX supervisor, overseeing nearly 700 visual effects shots. Motion capture tests were conducted in May 2018, with environmental effects achieved in-camera through innovative DIY practical systems.

In January 2024, the filmmakers released with the first look teaser on social media. The movie’s official teaser was released on 17 February 2024. On 8 February 2024, it was announced that the film would be released worldwide on 8 March 2024. The movie’s trailer will be released on 29 February. In response to the first look, actor Prabhas took to Instagram to express his admiration, he wrote “Extraordinary teaser! I can’t wait for the trailer. #Gaami.”

The trailer for Gaami was launched at Prasads’ PCX Screen, offering audiences a unique cinematic experience, by Sandeep Reddy Vanga.

Gaami was theatrically released on March 8, 2024.

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