Upset with the sudden demise of legendary filmmaker Bapu, ace director Puri Jagan shared his thoughts about the veteran. 'When I said about producing a film with him as director, Bapu though I was joking', says Puri, whose Amma Naanna Oh Tamilammayi won appreciation from the iconic Bapu.
After meeting Bapu at a lunch-buffet, Puri Jagan remained as a fan of the director and never revealed who he is. But the big day has come with Bapu himself writing to Tanikella Bharani about the beauty of Amma Naanna Oh Tamilammayi. The legendary director has written a letter to Tanikella, to watch that beautiful flick. For your information, Bapu uses neither mobile phone nor internet, landline is his favorite. Hearing the appreciation through Tanikella, both Puri and Raviteja rushed to Bapu's home, just to receive another shocker.
'When I introduced myself as Puri Jagan, director, Bapu got shocked and shot back - You're a big director in Tollywood, what made you come to me? - he asked', says Puri, excited by the fact that Bapu appreciated his work. When the young director evinced his interest to produce a film with the veteran, Bapu was quick with his funniest best.
'Bapu asked - Are you joking? We've run out of stories, will you give one? - Bapu and Ramana has thrown jokes on themselves, which none of us could do', recalls Puri, underlining the fact that it is his second and last meeting with the creative artist and director.