A theater personality appearing in more than 200 plays, content acquisition manager for 250 music albums and script coordinator for a few films, Satyadev Janga’s creative talent is multifaceted.
The first interest of Satyadev was to act. Not many people knew he had been auditioned for a leading role in Nagarjuna-starrer Shiva (1990). But an accident forced him to change his plans. He started his date with writing as a screenplay coordinator for An Aravind film (2005) and shares a close bond with director Puri Jagannadh. âPuri and I have known each other since our beginnings at Madhu Film Institute. We both auditioned at Shiva,â he says.
From music to movies
When he wanted to pursue a full-time career as a screenwriter, Satyadev met director Rahul Sankritiyan after the success of Taxiwaala (2018). “Rahul asked me if I had a script for his next film. That’s when I narrated the script for Shyam roy and he immediately arranged a meeting with Nani werewolf, who was also happy with the story and came on board. In fact, Nani werewolf added “Singha” to the title and renamed the movie to Shyam Singha Roy (SSR), only to make it more striking, âbegins Satyadev Janga, who is making his debut as a screenwriter with SSR.
Asked what is the inspiration for Shyam Singha Roy? He explains, âKnowingly or unconsciously, we don’t believe in a few things and think that what we see is only the truth. It is the nature of human life. But there is more to our lives than what we see. I believe there are a lot of supernatural elements existing in our universe. Therefore, the concept of rebirth or of a soul returning to the physical realm in a new body has always excited me as a writer. I felt that such concepts will always touch the public and I started my research. In the process, I have met a lot of people, who research these concepts extensively and come up with the idea of RSS. “
The trailer for the film shows that the story takes place in two different timelines – the 1960s and modern times and that Nani plays a dual role – one as an aspiring director and the other as a revolutionary. Bengali.
“RSS is only fiction, although the story contains a mixture of supernatural elements. The story captures the lovely vibe of old Kolkata and the movie is going to be a visual feast. I ask the audience to go there with an open mind and enjoy the film, âhe adds.
Choosing the backdrop of Kolkata, he shares: âBengal has a mysterious and artistic vibe. The place housed several pillars belonging to various walks of life. The intellectual reputation of the Bengalis dates back to the 19th century and this distinction made me choose my protagonist as a Bengali, âexplains Satyadev, adding:â The character of Nani has two dimensions and he breathed life into them.
The newbie is quite the praise of its director. “The story of RSS is like a double-edged sword and Rahul wielded it with confidence. In fact, he has an idealistic outlook as our protagonist and I think it helped him better understand and execute the film, âSatyadev said.
The life of a writer
Our conversation is moving away from RSS to the life of a writer in the Telugu film industry. Sharing that writers have been given less prominence among the 24 film professions, Satyadev reveals that many writers struggle to find their place in the industry. âI agree that the director is the captain of the ship, but a writer is as important as the director and we also deserve the same respect and importance. Plus, there’s a noticeable disparity in pay and a screenwriter doesn’t have enough time to work on a screenplay. I think all writers should come together to solve these problems, “he said.
Satyadev regrets that the work of a writer has been relegated to pampering a hero’s ego or weaving stories to elevate his image. âAs long as we follow this trend, a writer will have a dream run and can do wonders at the box office. Rather, they should get out of this zone and should write stories that have strong characters. Rangasthalam… the film was a blockbuster because its story is driven by strong characters. Likewise, movies like Baahubali Part 1 & 2, Jersey, and Arjun reddy have good stories and they are lapped up by audiences across the territories. If we believe in good content, success comes our way, âsays Satyadev.
Satyadev has 10 screenplays in his story bank and he is now in talks with a few production houses for one film each. âMy next two films – a love story and an action thriller – are set against the backdrop of Hyderabad. In addition, I have the script for a commercial thriller, which has enormous duration like Shyam Singha Roy. I plan to tell it soon to a big production house, “he concluded.