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‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’: A Documentary that tells Story of Love, Faith and Devotion of Sri Venkateswara Swamy

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New Delhi, April 25, 2017: Delhi-based award-winning filmmaker Rajendra Srivathsa Kondapalli tells a story of devotion, faith, and love through his lens. Before him, the authorities of the temple premises have permitted no one to use the camera on the premises of the Tirumala temple of Tirupati.

Situated on the top of the “Tirupati Hills of Andhra Pradesh, Tirumala Temple is the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destination. It is believed that the holy temple is that spot where persuasion and divinity get merged together.

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What is interesting about the temple is that- lakhs of devotees wait in queues for numerous hours just to get the 10-sec glimpse of their benevolent Sri Venkateshwara Swamy, mentioned Hans India report.

From the documentary ‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’, one can have in-depth look at the massive scale of operations running inside the temple by simply traveling into the spiritual home of Sri Venkateshwara Swamy (believed to be a form of God Vishnu) in 43 minutes.

This documentary is one of its kind as it is made on one of the most Holy Hindu Shrines. Titled ‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’, it was aired on the National geographic Channel India on 7 March 2017.

The film is the visual repository of all what can be considered as ‘Hinduism’ as it has demonstrated vibrancy, importance, and celebrations of the temple. The documentary is the bustling membrane of temple’s historic background, its emergence, vaikunthan queue complex, sevaks, the sublimity of temple and sub-temple, flower decoration and lots more.

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“The film takes viewers inside the most memorable experiences associated with the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, presenting the magnificent sanctum and its setting through time-lapse and hyper-lapse photography,” says Rajendra Srivathsa Kondapalli, director of the documentary.

The Tirumala Temple is also called the “Temple of seven hills’ is visited by 60,000-80,000 pilgrims every day and nearly about 1 lakh visitors on special occasions. It receives donations approximately amounting to 650 crores every year and houses 50,000 crores worth of treasure.

The temple is the second richest temple after Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India. It stands for more than 1700 years and has managed to preserve its original form to this day.

“I approached Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam to feature their Annaprasadam kitchens in one of the episodes. After extensive research, I felt there was a much bigger story to the Tirumala Temple beyond just its kitchen. That’s how the idea germinated, to tell a larger story,” said the filmmaker in an interview.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of NewsGram

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Fiction Can’t Beat Facts: Rajkumar Hirani

"People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart."

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  • Rajkumar Hirani is famous Indian film director
  • He is currently shotting Sanjay Dutt’s biopic
  • The biopic will star Ranbir Kapoor and is said to based on true facts

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is busy shooting for a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, says fiction can’t beat facts.

Hirani attended a special screening of the documentary titled “Raising The Bar”, hosted by filmmaker Onir and producer Mitu Bhowmick Lange in association with Australian Consulate General Mumbai on Thursday.

Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt's biopic.
Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt’s biopic.

Asked about the importance of making documentaries, Hirani said: “I feel why should we see only fiction? We should watch documentaries because they can be very interesting as well.”

“Earlier, they never used to get platforms but I think they should get a platform so that more and more people can come forward to make documentaries. I think documentaries are really engaging as they are real, and fiction can’t beat facts.”

The “3 Idiots” director said documentary filmmakers make films that are close to their heart.

“Documentary filmmakers choose subjects which they feel about, which they are affected by or which they have seen around them. So, I feel it’s nice that people come to know about these things,” he said.

Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like '3 idiots' in the past. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like ‘3 idiots’ in the past. Wikimedia Commons

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“People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart.”

Will he ever make a documentary?

Hirani said: “I am really fond of it. I want to make it and I will definitely make it. I have many subjects to tell and when the time will be right, I will speak more about it.”

“Raising The Bar” is a poignant tale which follows awe-inspiring stories of six young individuals with Down syndrome from two different continents who all meet at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai.

Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons

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The documentary aims to create awareness and emotionally engage the audience with the universal message of inclusion and diversity, celebrating the differences that make us all unique.

Helmed by National Award-winning director Onir, “Raising The Bar” is a 70-minute documentary which has won several awards internationally. IANS