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Naani Krissh- a young director all set to revolutionize India’s animation scene

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Uppalapu Sai Krishna, more fondly known as Naani Krissh, the son of legendary Mandolin maestro, Late Uppalapu Srinivas, found his calling in the field of direction. After his father’s death, everyone expected him to follow in his father’s footsteps, but his love for VFX and animation got the better of him. The result of which was a spoof of the spectacular movie, Eega that Krissh directed when he was sixteen. Now the 22-year-old has bigger, grander plans, and wants to direct feature-length films using animation and VFX on subjects he loves the most-epics and mythology. Krissh, besides being a director, is also a story and screenplay writer.

He was barely eighteen when his father passed away. Though they had been estranged for a lot of time and had hardly met except when he was in the city for concerts, Naani shared an unusual bond with him. After his death, he channelledhis energy into doing what he does the best- he directed a documentary to pay tribute to his father. The movie featured sixteen popular musicians speaking about Late Srinivas’s legacy. Krissh felt that the movie connected him to his father somehow.

In 2017, he made an animated short film calledOpperah, which garnered more than 8 million views across social media platforms like Youtube, Vimeo, and Facebook in India and abroad, especially Paris. The movie was quite well-received by the Parisians. The film was a result of Krishh’s love and admiration for larger-than-life actioners and repeated viewing of Spiderman, Hobbit, and Enthiran. The movie featured four characters and their story brought out with visual appeal. Naani looked into the minutest aspects of the shoot in his quest for perfection. Apart from a specific shot, the rest of the shoot for Opperah was wrapped in a week’s time.The shot of a robot entering the building took about a couple of months because of the intricacies involved.

Opperah has been released internationally and received warmly by the global audience. He wants to sharpen his skills further and turn his passion for direction into a full-length film.

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