Gandhinagar Grapevine

Busy bee: Pooja GandhiConnecting with the people

Though Pooja Gandhi is not seen much these days, the actress is busy working on several projects, including her latest project titled, Pagal, where she plays a girl from the slums who aspires to become a singer. “It’s a journey of a slum girl who makes it to the world stage. The make-up was awesome. I was made to look as shabby and dirty as possible,” says Pooja.

Most of the shooting has been completed and Pooja seems pretty excited about her role in the film. “I have never done a mass-appealing, masala film but this role is very different from those I have played before. We went into the slums near Rajajinagar and shot in the narrow lanes. It was tough to control the crowd but the experience was worth it,” explains Pooja.  

She says that they shot in  a small hut where a couple with eight children stay. “There were no bathrooms and just a tiny space in the corner of the hut to cook. I actually got to see how the other half lives,” she adds.  Talking more about her role, she says that in an effort to get into the skin of the character she would sit around wherever there was space – on the floor, stone railing – just like people in the slums do and even walk around without slippers. “It was a brilliant character and I really felt the role and it took me a few days to get over it,” she avers.

The actor-director N P Satya is popular for his roles as a villain in the Kannada film industry but this is the first time that he is playing the lead role, opposite Pooja in the film as a hero. “I am a little nervous and wonder whether people will accept me as a hero. I have given the role my best shot. There were times when I was unhappy with my shot and opted for retakes just to get it perfect,” explains Satya.

Acting and directing may be two different things altogether but Satya knows what will click with the people. He chose the title Pagal because the word pagal is a common slang meaning crazy. “I‘ve noticed young people including autorickshaw drivers use this word. And I am sure the title will go down well with the people, at least they will relate to the film,” he adds.

The film has two songs special songs – one from the film Nagarhole titled, Ille swarga, ille naraka. “It has been remixed and adapted to the present setting,” he says. Another song is from Shankar Nag’s old film. “We have used these old but popular songs to suit the present context.”

Pagal audio was released in the City recently.

Nina C George 

Deepa SannidhiNew pair on screen

After receiving rave reviews for Johnny Mera Naam..., Preetham Gubbi was maintaining a low profile. But now the director is back and has launched his next directorial Janoo.

The movie will have a fresh pair – Yash and Deepa Sannidhi. This will be the first time the actors will be seen together on screen. Produced by Jayanna, the first schedule of the film has started in Madikeri where the team will shoot for 12 days.

The lead pair is excited about the project and Preetham says that he will be giving a new angle to this love story. Harikrishna has been roped in to compose music.

The shoot for the second schedule will be held in Bidar, Gulbarga and Surupur. Rangayana Raghu, Sadhu Kokila and Shobharaj will also be seen in Janoo.

Inspired by real-life incident

After Slum Bala and Kallara Santhe, Sumana Kittur is all set for her third directorial venture, Edhegarike. Based on a real incident which was later adapted into a novel written by Agni Sridhar, the story revolves around two former dons. Very rarely does a woman director takes up a subject like underworld and Sumana agrees.

“Initially, when I was approached, I was extremely nervous. I didn’t think I had it in me to adapt this particular novel. But Sir (Agni Sridhar) had the confidence in me. So I took time off from other projects and spent nearly a year to really understand the novel and get a deeper insight into the story,” Sumana tells Metrolife.

The crux of the story involves the two lead characters walking together with neither of them aware of the fact that each is assigned to kill the other. “What I really liked about the story was how both the character accept the crude fact of life – death,” she adds.

The roles are played by Aditya and Atul Kulkarni, and Sumana says that the characters demanded her to cast both of them. “I know they have it in them to carry off these two characters. I have also signed Bhavana for an important role,” she adds.

Shashikumar, Srujan Lokesh and Yamuna Murthy are also in the cast. Deepak Pandit, who has previously worked with late Jagjit Singh, is scoring the music.

“Since the film is based on just one incident there was not much scope for songs to be included. We are going to use more of background music and just one song.

Deepak is an extremely talented music director and we are glad that he is associated with this   project,” she says.

The shooting will be held in the City and also in Sakkleshpura, Mangalore and
Mumbai.

Megha Shenoy

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