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“That's Why I Made The Film That Tells The Story Of Kochi;” Producer Raju Gopi Chiteth Reveals The Reason Behind Producing The Film Santacruz

Raju Gopi Chiteth talks about the film Santacruz and his life.
by Abdul Azeez | July 01, 2022 21:08 IST
“That's Why I Made The Film That Tells The Story Of Kochi;” Producer Raju Gopi Chiteth Reveals The Reason Behind Producing The Film Santacruz

'Santacruz' is a film set in the background of a dance troupe. Directed by Johnson John Fernandes, the film has reached the audience today. Noorin Sharif is the heroine in the film Santacruz. Other actors in the film are newcomers. Producer Raju Gopi Chitteth's words in connection with the promotion of the film are now attracting attention. Raju Gopi said that his film is the result of hard work, which started with Rs 5,000.

 
Raju said that he began his career with a crap-selling business. He added that he knows the people of Kochi and that is why he decided to do a film based around Kochi. Raju Gopi Chiteth’s words:
 
28 years ago my mother-in-law gave me Rs.5000. With that money, I started a crap-selling business. During the period 1974-76, I used to sell nuts in a Chennai theatre. While watching movies there, I also wanted to do a movie. In 1974, the film 'Kannapanunni' was playing in Chennai. The ticket was 50 paisa that day. I went 14 times but didn't get a ticket. It was the 15th time I got the ticket. But when the interval came, I thought the film was over and left. Ever since then, I have had the desire to make a film. I found the right person for that. John is really like my cousin. There is no agreement between us to date. My wish was to make a film based on Kochi. Everyone asked me whether it would be successful if I did it with new faces. I said that is not a problem for me. I am an aggressive trader. I am a person who has done all the work and lived. I don't have much education. I still know Kochi. I know its people. That's why I made the film that tells the story of Kochi.
 
Starring Noorin Sharif, Rahul Madhav, and Anish Rahman in lead roles, the film ‘Santacruz’ hit the theatres today (July 1). The film is written and directed by debutant Johnson John Fernandes. The film tells the story of 'Santacruz', a dance troupe based in Fort Kochi.


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