The dreams have been a plot device for many Hollywood movies. The Hollywood movies like Inception and The Matrix were based on dreams and are able to get into Top lists. The dreams can be effectively used as a plot device in any Genre like Sci-Fi, Horror, Action, Comedy etc. Telugu movies rarely talk about dreams and their relevance to reality. While several other Indian film industries have been coming up with stories centered around dreams, we couldn’t actually find any popular Telugu movies about dreams. The following Two Telugu movies are completely based on dreams.
Dream is a 2012 psychological thriller film, often cited as medical thriller. Satish Mynam and Vijaya Mynam produced the film under Kaipa Film Production House, and Bhavani Shankar K directed it. The film has Rajendra Prasad in lead role, who played the role of a retired army officer who didn’t get the opportunity to fight in Kargil war. He lives with his wife, spending majority of his time playing war-based video games. He suffers from Hypnagogia, a rare medical disorder, which causes patients to dream when they are awake. Although it appears like nothing more than day dreaming, the protagonist lives in Two situations at once and fails to recognize the reality from them.
This is undoubtedly one of the most complex Telugu movies ever made. The multi-layered screenplay with the thoughts, actions and dreams intersecting the story is an achievement. The director well established the mental condition of the patient and the audience experience it through the screenplay. The Ireland Film School has taken the movie as a reference for its unique screenplay. Apart from it, the movie has also received several international awards. Some scenes may look awkward or slow paced, but it’s the best way to narrate such a story. The low budget has spoiled the quality to some extent, but the movie remains an achievement in Telugu movies for its unique content.
Kala varam aaye (2017):
Kala varam aaye is a 2017 Telugu film centered around dreams. The debutant Director Sampath V Kumar directed the film. The romantic drama features Raghav, a patient of somniloquy. Raghav is an aspiring film Director who soon after his breakup attends an audition and narrates a story to the Producer. The Producer, impressed by the story, confirms him as the Director in his next film. Raghav narrated the story while he was asleep and he doesn’t remember a word of it. In order to not lose the once in a lifetime opportunity, he sets on a journey to find out his dream with the help of a psychiatrist. The subsequent events make him realize his flaws and help him in self-discovery. Although made on a low budget, the film has impressive technical standards for a debut movie. The story is refreshing for Telugu audience with its unique concept.
We need more filmmakers experimenting on such unique concepts to churn out interesting movies. The Telugu cinema is yet to see a high budget feature film based on dreams. But these Two movies mark the much-awaited transformation of Telugu movies. With the arrival of youngsters, we can expect more Telugu movies about dreams.