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Dhyan in ‘Midnight Children’?

Deepa Mehta’s Midnight Children has been in the news for a while. And now the rumour doing the rounds is that namma Dhyan aka Sammir Dattani has been roped in for the project.

The actor confirms that while he has been approached to play a role in the film, things are yet to be finalised.

“It will be great if things work out but I am still awaiting a confirmation from the makers,” says Dhyan, who has always maintained a good balance of Bollywood and Sandalwood films.

Though one has not seen much of him on screen, Dhyan says he has been busy off it.
After all, he has completed shoot for his next Kannada film, Huduga Hudugi directed by Indrajit Lankesh.

“I have always felt the need to be a part of good and interesting scripts. I share a great camaraderie with Indrajit ever since Monalisa days, we were eager on working together again. Indrajit was in talks with me for this film for a very long time now but our dates never matched. That’s why, the minute we matched the dates we started working on the film,” he says.

Now after completing the shooting, Dhyan also explains how much both of them have matured.

“When we did Monalisa, both of us were so new but now a lot has changed and there has been a tremendous growth in the way Indrajit works behind the camera,” he adds.
Talking about the film, Dhyan says Huduga Hudugi is an out-and-out fun film and very youth-oriented.

 “It talks about how television industry has grown and how people can now look at the medium as a career option, and not just as an entertainment forum,” he says.

An interesting part of the film is that it will have six heroines including the Tollywood queen Ileana and Lekha Washington.

Other actresses playing equally important roles are Sanjjana, Anita and Biaenca Desai.
So how are all of them connected to his character in the film? “That we will have to wait and watch,” he smiles.

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‘Prem is a perfectionist’

The shooting for Prem’s Jogayya had already started but his search for special face was on.

Recently, he signed actress Pooja Gandhi, who is making a special appearance in the film.
Speaking to Metrolife, Pooja says, “Rakshita is a very good friend of mine and I always wanted to work with Prem and Shivanna. So when they approached me with this role, I jumped.”

Talking about the role she says, “Though it is a small one, it is powerful. My role will be the turning point in the movie. We have already shot for a week and it was great fun. I never thought Shivanna was such a humble person. Prem is a perfectionist. He wouldn’t let go of us until he was satisfied with the scene, which is a great thing.”

The actress is currently ready for her next release, B Rama Murthy’s Nee Rani Naa Maharani where she will be seen in a double role for the first time.

Another project that has kept her on her toes is Suhasini directed by B Rama Murthy again.

Playing the title role for the second time after Anu, Pooja says, “I am really happy doing woman-centric roles. Not only are they a challenge, they are also a great opportunity to showcase your talent. Suhasini is a very realistic film about garment factory workers. So my entire look is very de-glam. There is a good message in the film with a lot of positive elements which will be liked by the female audience,” she says.

Sequel to ‘Krishnan Love Story’ postponed

Still basking in the success of Krishnan Love Story, director Shashank says there will be a sequel to the film tentatively titled Krishnan Marriage. But the audience will have to wait for it a little longer.

Why? “Yes, the entire team is very happy that the film has completed 100 days but I feel we are yet to reach many more people. There are people who don’t come to the theatres to watch the film, but wait for it to be telecast on the small screen,” says Shashank.

He goes on to add, “Apart from theatre-goers, even the television viewers are important to us. So we want to see their reaction to the film as well. But for that we have to wait for a year because according to film chamber rules, Kannada movies can be telecast on the small screen only after a year.”

In the meantime, Shashank has his hands full with two new projects with Vijay and Sudeep.

“It will be great to work with both these heroes. We have planned to showcase them differently,” he adds.

While Sudeep’s project is yet to be titled, Vijay’s is called Yara Tanda.
“This film will start in December and I am particularly excited about working with Vijay as I feel he hasn’t been given much scope to showcase his talent after Duniya,” signs off Shashank.  

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