Rare award for a Telugu film in the US – Nuvvu Thopu Raa judged ‘Best Feature Film’ In the just-concluded Utah Film Festival (19-21 Nov 2020), Nuvvu Thopu Raa got the ‘Best Feature Film’ award in the ‘Made in Utah-Feature’ category.
While it was being made, Nuvvu Thopu Raa was in the news many times as the team took some innovative steps. For the first time in the Telugu film industry, they made a ‘Proof of Concept’ video to announce the making of the film. Then a teaser was released by Vijay Deverakonda. Later, Prabhas released a trailer. Geetha Distribution took up the release of the film in theatres.
In its release on digital platforms, the film has emerged as a hit. It is popular on Amazon Prime and Aha video; on YouTube, it has recorded 2.5-million-plus views with hundreds of favorable and encouraging comments.
With this special award, Nuvvu Thopu Raa is again in the news. 70% of the movie was filmed in Utah State, USA, and 30% in India. So, in the Utah Film Festival and Awards-2020, it was nominated in the ‘Made in Utah-Feature’ category and emerged the winner with the ‘Best Feature Film’ award.
The Utah Film Festival was scheduled to be held in April 2020 but got postponed due to the Corona pandemic. The organizers recently held the festival online from 19 to 21 November 2020. Warren Workman, the festival’s lead organizer, remarked in the Q and A session held online for Nuvvu Thopu Raa, “The festival’s generally critical judges gave a very high rating for this movie’s direction, screenplay, cinematography, and music.”