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Gopichand Lagadapati

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GopiChand Lagadapati was born in Hyderabad( India) on July 16. He did his schooling in Nandigama a village near Vijayawada where his father worked as a professor in Telugu. His father Mr.Sangaiah Lagadapati has won prestigious " Jewel of India" award in literature and many more doctorates to his excellence in literature.His father has an indirect influence on GopiChand Lagadapati who developed an interest for writings from his early age. GopiChand Lagadapati maternal grand parents Mr.Bodduluri RamaRao was into Film Production since 1961 and produced successful films under than banner Chiranjeevi Chitra for more than three decades.GopiChand Lagadapati was unaware of the production till he went to his grandparents house to do his graduation.On the encouragement of the director who visited his house frequently GopiChand Lagadapati decided to use his summer vacations working with him as an assistant director where the director later made him act in the same daily soap as supporting character. PriyaNestam was his first debutant daily soap as an actor that got broadcasted in Gemini TV.Later GopiChand Lagadapati worked in a film Preminchi Choodu as an Assistant director and a script assistant which never saw the screens but gave him a good insight about film making.Film was never in his list of professions until he finished his graduation.GopiChand Lagadapati did not find any thing exciting working in hotels as a part of his education and that is when he started thinking about changing his profession. On a friends suggestion who he met while working in movies GopiChand Lagadapati decided to give a shot in acting which was opposed by the whole family as they have seen lows in most of the films they have produced. GopiChand Lagadapati finally managed to convince his father who supported him through later ages despite of his ups and downs in his film career.GopiChand Lagadapati got introduced to Sekhar Kammula (nation award winning director for dollar dreams) who was making his film Anand. He got selected into a character Ram a full length supporting role but later got edited making him think about his career as an actor. He joined in TV9 as script writer for city beats and later directed 20 episodes.Though he was never credited nor paid as he was not officially taken as employee he was widely encouraged by the then creative director & producer of TV9 Ms. Sunita for his innovative writings and working style. GopiChand Lagadapati quit TV9 with second film to his kitty "Rendella Tharawatha". It was widely applauded for the performance of newcomers along with freshness in script but it was somehow a commercial failure.His next film was "On the Other Side" which bagged award in the Newyork Film Festival where he played a character with negative shades. It was only after one year he again got work in the films but this time as assistant director to MR.Neelakanta ( Nation Award Winning Director for Show). While working with him on the development of script his film was dropped by the production house due to a creative difference. That is when GopiChand Lagadapati decided to take up the production of the film with the help of his grand father. Though the film was critically acclaimed it was a commercial failure at box office with a loss of INR.2cr. GopiChand Lagadapati wrote a book " Chiti" ( Unpublished) compiling human emotions which made him popular among his friends who recognized his writing skills and asked him to write screenplay for their short films. One such film was Blessing in disguise a one hour philosophical drama that got broadcasted in Bakthi Channel. He also played a small character in this philosophical short. GopiChand Lagadapati worked on few concepts for Local TV in Hyderabad. GopiChand Lagadapati decided to quit acting and pursue directing because of his skills in writing and visionary skills.During this period he got opportunity to work with hollywood crew on the film "Prayer For Rain" a story based on Bhopal Gas Tragedy. The hollywood film gave a complete knowledge of technical aspects along with vision of how hollywood film makers work in sets. It became quite tough to get a job as an assistant director as most of the people know him and saw him as an actor. After working in few commercials and documentaries with foreign crew he relocated himself to Mumbai. GopiChand Lagadapati did not find job in movies as expected. He was offered a job by one of his colleagues to work in an event management company that works on planning promotional activities for ZeeTv. He worked on Tanu weds Manu, DID, Sanskar Laksmi,Jhansi Ki Rani,Ye Ghar Ghar mein Kheli, Sobha Somnath which helped him understand the marketing strategies of channels as well as a event management companies which was completely a different and new experience.GopiChand Lagadapati worked with students of whistling woods in their film making while seriously trying to find work in Bollywood. GopiChand Lagadapati worked with Apoorva Lakhia on the remake of Zanjeer as a second assistant director. With finished scripts ready in hand GopiChand Lagadapati is waiting to make his directorial debut.



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