Inspiring the World Through Film: A Journey with FTIH Student, Raghu Ram Raju
In this episode of the Film Sessions podcast, we are thrilled to feature Raghu Ram Raju, a talented filmmaker and student at FTIH (Film and Television Institute of Hyderabad). Raghu’s dedication to his craft and his passion for addressing critical environmental issues through his films have earned him a spot at the prestigious Swift 2023 Film Festival. Join us as we dive into Raghu’s filmmaking journey, his inspirations, and the impact he hopes to make in the world.
From Hyderabad to Swift 2023
Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Raghu Ram Raju discovered his love for filmmaking at a young age. The world of cinema offered him a unique canvas to tell stories that could inspire and bring about positive change. Pursuing his passion, Raghu enrolled at FTIH, a renowned film school in Hyderabad, to study direction.
Embracing the Journey
Raghu shares that his journey in filmmaking has been a continuous learning experience. While his film school education provided a foundation, Raghu emphasizes that the real learning occurs through hands-on experience and challenges faced during production. He recently attended the Swift 2023 Film Festival and was inspired by the diverse community of fellow filmmakers striving to create impactful films.
Making a Difference Through Film
Raghu’s film, “Pravaham” addresses the global issue of river pollution, along with other related environmental problems. With this film, he aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving rivers and the interconnectedness of environmental issues. Through the power of visual storytelling, Raghu hopes to in still a sense of responsibility in the audience to take action and make a difference in their communities.
The Filmmaking Process
“Pravaham” presented unique challenges during its production. As an assignment, Raghu had to limit the film’s runtime to 3.5 minutes, and the entire film had to be shot using mobile phones. The team also had to create artwork beyond their expertise, demonstrating the resourcefulness and dedication required in filmmaking.
Past Projects and Future Endeavors
“Pravaham” is Raghu’s second film, following his debut project “Third R,” a horror thriller. He reveals that he is currently working on a longer film centered around the theme of drug trafficking. This new venture poses fresh challenges in maintaining the audience’s attention throughout a ten-minute runtime, a departure from his previous shorter films.
Inspirations and Favorites
When asked about his film inspirations, Raghu mentions iconic Hollywood films like “Indiana Jones” and the popular TV series “Game of Thrones.” These works have influenced his storytelling style and cinematic approach, inspiring him to create impactful narratives.
Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers
Raghu’s advice for aspiring filmmakers is simple yet profound: “Think, write, take a camera, and shoot.” He encourages aspiring Student to focus on their passion Acting, Cinematography, Directions and creativity without worrying about external judgment. The process of learning and growth lies in the experience of making films, embracing challenges, and learning from them.
Raghu Ram Raju’s journey from Hyderabad to Swift 2023 is a testament to the power of storytelling and the potential of young filmmakers to make a positive impact on the world. With his films, he is committed to raising awareness about environmental issues and inspiring change. As we eagerly await Raghu’s future projects, let’s continue supporting young filmmakers like him, who seek to make a difference through the art of cinema.