Filmmaker Dharma Teja, who awaits the release of his latest film "Hora Hori" on Friday, feels Telugu filmdom lacks the experimental side that's brought to the fore by films that are being made by the Tamil industry and Bollywood.
"Telugu cinema still runs after stars and mostly relies on commercial films, unlike some experimental movies we see in Tamil and Hindi industries. There's this space between commercial and arts cinema but not many have explored it yet," Teja told IANS.
"Hora Hori", in Teja's words, is an attempt in that unexplored territory.
"Although my film is your regular romantic thriller, it's treated differently. It has all the qualities of your commercial potboiler, but has been made with a difference," said Teja, who has once again roped in newcomers in his film.
"I'm comfortable working with newcomers. You don't need stars when you're able to produce hits with newcomers. Honestly, I can't bear stars and their attitudes," Teja added.
Featuring a host of actors who were selected through a talent hunt show, "Hora Hori" features Daksha, Chaswa and Dileep in the lead roles.
The film is about the psyche of modern-day lovers. Watch the film's trailer.