It was really a huge loss to TFI that we never and ever get to see a cartoonist -filmmaker like Bapu in the future. His sudden demise has left everyone is shock ,from which none of them have come out yet. Artistic filmmaker Bapu’s sudden demise invigorated the ‘magic’ of Trivikram as this happening director shares his thoughts about the former. As our Julayi director got some time to spent with Bapu during his Athadu days, he developed a good rapport with the legend from that time.
When Trivikram was busy filming Athadu, Bapu-Ramana are staying in Hyderabad in a rented flat in the very same apartment complex of Trivikram to direct their TV serial ‘Sri Bhagavatham’. ‘Bapu is a great thinker. He is a genius. Never wasted his energy in words and used it progressively and extensively in his art-works and movies’, says Trivikram, after spending many evenings with Bapu at that time.
‘Bapu has drawn lac of cartoons in his lifetime, apart from his work as creative head in ad agencies and drawing story boards for films and serials. Hard work and discipline ensured this success. Also Bapu and Ramana are close to each other for 66 years without any issues. They lived simple and never complicated it’, he adds. Coming to treatment meted to Bapu, Trivikram has come down heavily on Government.
‘Bapu revived everything from publishing, printing, colors, cartoons and filmmaking. Decades back he exposed a negative for 27 times with drawings made out of chalk-piece. In that way he created a flowing Ganga river scene for ‘Seeta Kalyanam’. But government treated him badly. At least they should have conferred Padma Vibhushan for the services Bapu rendered to film industry. Even that Padmasri was awarded very late, just last year’, an emotionally angered Trivikram shared. ‘That’s the biggest joke, a cartoon drawn by government on the master of cartoons’.
How many of you agree with Trivikram? Do yo also think that Government of Andhrapradesh has not done proper justice to the talented artist and director?