There are many who have stars in their eyes and dream of making it big in the film industry. One such person was Penumatsa Venkatarama Raju or simply PVR Raja. He left his home city Visakhapatnam to try his luck in films. He landed in Hyderabad without a penny in hand and with absolutely no contacts.
Now, one would expect a sob story full of troubles. While Raja did face his share of hardship, he landed at a time when things were changing for the better for both aspiring technicians and actors. It was a time when short films were being made and experimented with.
This gave Raja the much-needed platform to showcase his talent and try something original as a music composer. From 2013, he composed music for 150-plus short films in Telugu, English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and even silent films. Today, a well-known and established name in the short film circuit, the 35-year-old says it's next to impossible to create music for films without any background support.
However, he has finally managed to fulfill his dream of composing music for feature films. He has Madhi, Chukkallo Vunde Kundelu, Maro Prapancham, and Responsible Men and Respectable Women (RR). Over the years, his work has been appreciated, and he has won various awards. He was one of the nominees in the best music director category for SIIMA short-film awards. In 2017, he won at the international Telugu short film festival for his composition for Itlu Mee Laila.
Some of his other films include Happy Ending, Advika, Akasamantha Prema, etc. He also worked for OTT films like Atma Rama Ananda Ramana, Vitamin She and Chai Kahani.