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Roping in the big league

Excited: The team of Kontract on the sets. The excitement was palpable and the energy infectious. Not only is the movie pegged on a different note, the debutant director has managed to rope in some of the best actors.

Sameer’s directorial debut Kontract is a one of its kind film in Sandalwood for many reasons. The film stars Arjun Sarja, J D Chakravarthy and Minissha Lamba. And the movie is estimated to cost nothing less than Rs 15 crore.

When Metrolife visited the sets of Kontract, the enthusiasm was evident. “It is the first day of my dream project. I still can’t believe I got such amazing actors in my first film,” says Sameer, who will also be making the film in Tamil and Telugu.

The film is said to be a triangular love story. This is Minissha’s first South Indian film and the biggest challenge the actress is facing is the language. “But I was ready for it,” she says and adds, “having been in Chennai for a long time I am familiar with Tamil but Kannada and Telugu is something I am picking up.”

Chakravarthy, on the other hand was very calm and poised throughout the shoot. Getting his shots right in the first take itself, showed his experience and talent. “I will be seen in a slightly negative shade in the movie. This is the first day of shoot and I already feel at home,” says Chakravarthy, who is popular for his role in the Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya.

The highlight, however, is that Arjun Sarja will be seen in a Kannada film after seven years. “When I signed the film, I thought we were doing it only in Tamil and Telugu but it was in the last minute that the director decided that the movie should also reach the Kannada audiences,” says the action king, who will be seen in the role of a business tycoon. After 15 days of shoot in the City, the crew will move to Hyderabad.

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Not a sequel

Energetic: Nidhi Subbaiah Panchrangi girl Nidhi Subbaiah will soon start shooting for her latest project Krishnan Marriage Story (KMS) in Sakkleshpura. The elated actress told Metrolife that she is glad to
be a part of the project because she gets to play herself again. “The role is similar to what I played in ‘Pancharangi’, where I got to be myself. The character is a fun loving and an energetic one. The reason I took it up was because the director felt that only I could pull off this role,” says Nidhi. But that does not mean Nidhi will do the same things that she did in Pancharangi. “I will surely try and bring in some new shades to the character but that’s only after the shoot begins,” she says.

The film will also star Ajay, who was earlier seen in the hit film Krishnan Love Story (KLS) which also starred Radhika Pandit, but Nidhi insists that KMS has nothing to do with the KLS. “There are many who think this is a sequel but the two aren’t even vaguely related.

Only the names are similar,” she explains.

KMS is directed by Nootan Umesh, who has also written the story and screenplay of the film and the music is by Sridhar Sambhram. 

On a different note 

Informative: A scene from Bhagavathi Kadu.Music director and lyricist Hamsalekha is all smiles and why wouldn’t he be? After all his latest production Bhagavathi Kaadu is ready to hit the screens. Based on the novel of the same name, written by Veerabhadrappa, the film will feature a lot of young aspiring actors who are a part of Desi Degree College. The 300-year-old neem tree situated in Hospet Taluk of Bellary is the main attraction in Bhagavathi Kadu.

Hamsalekha has scored the music for the film and the direction is by K Shivarudaiah, who made Daatu last year. Speaking about the film, Hamsalekha says, “Environment is the main stress of this film. It’s a beautiful project with many talented actors, facing the screen for the first time.”

This is not all, Hamsalekha hopes to make three more films in the coming years.

“I intend to give a platform to talented artistes and I am sure the audience support will help us to work on similar projects,” he adds. 

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