Interview with ‘Cinema Bandi’ Filmmaker Praveen Kandregula

Directed by Praveen Kandregula, Cinema Bandi highlights the true spirit of independent filmmaking practices in India. The 2021 Netflix film in the Telugu language follows an auto rickshaw driver who finds an expensive DSLR camera and decides to make a feature film with the help of enthusiastic villagers. I recently spoke with  Kandregula about his journey and his thought process while making Cinema Bandi. Dipankar Sarkar: How did you get involved with filmmaking? Praveen Kandregula: I was interested in filmmaking since I was a kid. When I was studying in my seventh standard in school, my father got a digital camera to shoot weddings. So, I got hold of this camera and, along with my cousins, started shooting short films. We were n
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