Krishna DK is an Indian filmmaker who has collaborated with
Raj Nidimoru to deliver quirky films in the Bollywood industry. His full name is Krishna Dasarakothapalli. He was born on December 13, 1972. Krishna hails from Chittoor where he completed his schooling as well. Then, he opted for computer science engineering at Tirupati-based Sri Venkateswara University. But Krishna did not know that he would meet his future associate Raj Nidimoru at the same college. They became good friends and laid the foundation of their partnership. The duo represented themselves at several cultural meets and secured podium positions as well. Later, Krishna would go on to work as a software engineer and stayed in the United States as a part of his job. Although he was getting a lucrative salary, Krishna felt that his ordinary life hampered his creativity. Luckily for him, he met his best friend Raj again. After some conversations, the duo decided to make films. However, they knew the road would not be smooth for them.
DK as he is also known by admitted that he got inspired to enter the world of cinema when his friend bought a camcorder. The pair read Sin City’s
Robert Rodriguez’ guide “Rebel without a Crew” which underlined the importance of improvisation when there is a dearth of funds and components. As Rodriguez got acknowledgment for his efforts in his debut flick “Mariachi,” they decided to do similar on the lines of Sin City’s director. Being engineers by profession, they procured actors, software, and equipment as required. Meanwhile, the duo wrote a script. They announced their entry with Just Me, an eight-minute psychological thriller. They tasted some success when it got prizes and recognition in the local events. Slowly, the pair of Raj-DK helmed “Love, Relationship and other Trivial Things” which was thirty minutes long and “shaadi.com,” a 45-minute short film. Notably, shaadi.com attracted interest from fellow cinema lovers. Indian-origin businessman
Anupam Mittal who started Shaadi.com, a matrimonial website, got associated with them for the production of their next project. In a chat show, DK said that they searched for the actors on the web and got lucky when Sita Menon agreed to act in their film. With the budget less than one crore rupees, they managed to win prestigious awards.
In 2003, Raj and DK directed Flavors which depicted the lives of Non-Resident Indians in the city of
New York. Krishna decided to quit his job to focus on being a scriptwriter. Raj also followed suit and joined him in the pursuit of Bollywood. Despite not being fluent in Hindi, they forged their path and came up with the movie “
99.” 99 had
Kunal Khemu, BomanIrani,
Soha Ali Khan, and
Cyrus Broacha. “99” revolves around the infamous 1999 cricket betting scandal and how the lives get changed aftermath the events. People appreciated 99 for its innovative take on the genre of comic-thriller movies. Initially apprehensive of the outcome, Krishna returned to the US to gather funds to become self-dependent. In 2011,
Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms roped in the duo to direct “
Shor in the City” after listening to their script. SITC featured
Preeti Desai (ex- Miss Great Britain),
Tusshar Kapoor, and
Radhika Apte. Released on 29th April 2011, CNN-IBN’s
Rajeev Masand praised the mix of comedy, violence, and suspense in this flick. Finally, it earned 45 crore rupees at the Box-Office. Two years later, Raj and DK presented
Go Goa Gone, touted to be India’s first “zombie-comedy.” Shot in Mauritius,
Saif Ali Khan was the star attraction of Go Goa Gone. Public liked the movie and appreciated the directors to make a zombie-related flick. Once again, Saif teamed up with them for “
Happy Ending” which got screened in 2014. However, the movie did not have a happy ending as it fared unsuccessfully. Their next project is titled “
A Gentleman” which is supposed to be a spin-off to “
Bang Bang!” and has Siddharth Malhotra as the titular character. It will release on 25th August 2017.
Krishna said that “Flavors” was meant for the Telugu audience in spite of its English dialogues. However, he was confident that people would love a film like Flavors. He noted that Telugus form a large chunk of NRI population, so he targeted the audience of that particular community.