Bollywood Comes to Dumbo with 'Maro Charitra'

I was extremely excited to hear of a Southern Indian movie being filmed in Dumbo. I found out about this thanks to the Dumbo playground! When I was with my son at the playground, I met an Indian father with a daughter the same age as my son. He was the producer of the Telegu movie that was being filmed by the water in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Telegu is the official language spoken in the South Eastern state of India called Andhra Pradesh. I later attempted to scope out the filming, but had just missed it. I luckily came in contact with the mother of the main actor who arranged for me to meet with the hero and heroine.

“Maro Charitra” is the name of the movie which means “another life” or “another history”. The main actor is Varun Sandesh Jeedigunta and main actress is Anita Michelle Galler (both pictured above on Adams Street in Dumbo. (another pic)). They were extremely sweet and personable (played with my son while I spoke with them). “Maro Charitra” is a remake of the 1978 box office hit movie with the same name. This same movie was also remade in Hindi in 1981 and called “Ek Duuje Ke Liye” (directed by K. Balachander). It is basically a love story similar to Romeo and Juliet in that two families do not accept a love relationship because of opposing family views and try their best to keep the love birds apart. The filming was also taken place in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas,Niagara Falls, and Kansas City. Varun and Anita had a wonderful and unique experience in the Dumbo neighborhood. They hope to come back to work and play in Dumbo very soon!

Today’s guest blogger, Sabrina Ravindranath is a “passionate lover of people, places and events” and loves living in Dumbo. (Photo by Sabrina).

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