The beauty of the streaming space is the new possibilities it ensures by the day. While many know there’s an active Telugu film-enthusiast fraternity in Bay Area, New York and New Jersey and several other states of the US, their talent has been restricted to a few short films on Youtube that have had a restrictive audience base. The digital platforms and the evolution of the web-series format are helping bridge that gap.
Mymarapu, a seven-part Telugu web series, had recently released on Sony LIV much to the joy of streaming audiences. Interestingly, the wacky love story revolving around a guy with commitment issues has been entirely shot with Telugu-speaking actors in the US. The series has been directed by Sasanka Voleti, who also plays the lead role in Ram.
Though the series may not boast of a great story or production values, it has ensured the Indian filmmakers in the US a creative outlet to focus their attention towards plots unique to their region. Telugu people in the US have a lifestyle that’s different from their other cultural counterparts and it will be interesting to see more such stories in the future, albeit with more filmmaking finesse.