Gandhinagar Grapevine

Gandhinagar Grapevine

A thorough entertainer

COSY Kishore and Jennifer Kotwal.

Om Prakash’s Huli will hit the screens today. The cast of film say they the movie portrays reality on the big screen. There’s romance and loads of adventure.

  Directed by Om Prakash, Jennifer Kotwal plays a press reporter. “It’s a serious subject and I think I am the only bright spot in the film. The role is interesting. It has all the action and drama in the life of a press reporter,” says Jennifer. She says that it didn’t take her too long to slip into the role.

Kishore, who plays a cop in the film, says his character conveys a lot of things that he wants to see and get done in real life. “I play a cop who sets out to cleanse the society. He works to garner public support. The movie also conveys a social message that the police play only 60 per cent of the role and the rest of the 40 per cent has to come from the people themselves,” says Kishore. He observes that as a cop in the film he does manage to change the system but has to struggle his way through.

A man who loves all

NEW LOOK Ramya and Vijay in Johnny Mera Naam, Preethi Mera Kaam.Preetham Gubbi is at it again. He has convinced the producer of his latest venture, Johnny Mera Naam, Preethi Mera Kaam to erect a set, estimated to cost Rs 70 lakh at the foothills of Chamundi Hills in Mysore.

The set is complete with shopping malls, village scenes and plush bungalows, market scene and also parks.

The entire film is shot in different locations on the set. “I managed to convince the producer that we could put up a set in a two acre space. The advantages are many. One,
we could shoot at our convenience, we don’t have to scout for different locations and we can shoot anywhere we want, at any time without any restrictions.

This is the first time that a such a big set is being used for an entire movie in the Kannada film industry,” Preetham tells Metrolife.

While the title may sound like a Hindi film, Preetham says it’s a Kannada film where he has attempted to portray Duniya Vijay in a totally different avatar.

“The film has a good mix for class and mass. Vijay is a mass hero and most of the roles he has done so far have a mass appeal. Here, Vijay is a man who attempts to love and help as many people as he can. His limited resources do not constraint him from lending a helping hand. It’s hard to come by good people these days and Vijay does good and thinks positive at all times,” explains Preetham and adds, “as the title goes, Johnny is the man’s name and he says his profession is to love people. Unusual as it might sound, we’re trying to convey to the public that there are good people around.”    

In the film, the area has been named Gandhi Colony and Vijay runs a social service unit which is popular in the colony. Ramya plays an NRI girl.

She says she gets along with the crew like a house on fire, “Everyday is a party. I play an independent, working NRI girl. She has a class and an attitude but ends up falling in love with an ordinary guy,” says Ramya. Vijay is excited about his character in the film.
He says, “It’s good to play a totally different role. There’s no violence for a change and I play a good samaritan. The producer has spent a lot of money on spicing up my
looks. I am both excited and nervous.” 

Nina C George    

Making a foray into animation

SheshagiriAfter 75 years of its inception, Kannada film industry is finally opening to animation.

Documentary film-maker Sheshagiri Yelameli says that there is a sense of pride and satisfaction in watching a Kannada-speaking cartoon character on screen.

For over a year, Sheshagiri has been working on a 2D animated movie Chintu Skool, but he made sure that the film has all the necessary elements that will make it an out-an-out commercial film.

“Generally, Indian animation either restricts itself to mythology or educational DVDs. There was a sense of frustration inside me when I saw more and more children take interest in Western animation and culture.

That’s when I decided to make a Kannada animated film which is not only catchy and entertaining to the kids but also showcases some of our culture,” Sheshagiri tells Metrolife.

The film is about a school-going boy educating an illiterate, underprivileged girl. Packed with loads of drama, action and a moral message, Chintu Skool also has four songs composed by V Manohar.

Actor Ramesh Aravind and a few television actors have lent their voice to the
characters. Earlier, director Guruprasad had made an attempt to make an animated film, Edu Bombeatavaya.

 However, the film never made it to the theatres. But Sheshagiri says his film will not have the same fate.

“It’s all to do with the way one markets the film. I plan to market Chintu Skool
extensively in all parts of the State,” says Sheshagiri, who plans to release the film
during summer vacation.

 Sheshagiri also plans to make 2D animation of R K Narayan’s Swami And
Friends and Malgudi Days and 3D version of A Tiger For Malgudi and has already bought their rights.

Megha Shenoy

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