Gandhinagar Grapevine

‘I wanted a long break’

After a brief hiatus, actress Pooja Gandhi has returned to the screens with an interesting subject. She will playing the lead role in Hoovi, the film directed by choreographer-turned-director Vishal Raj. It is based on a novel written by Sarjoo Katkar called Hoovakka, Pooja is extremely excited about the role offered to her. 

“Hoovi is the story of a girl from a drought-stricken village who comes to Bangalore in search of a new life. What happens in the City is the crux of the film. I am very happy to do this kind of role. I have seen many such people in reality. I am just portraying them on celluloid,” she says. 

Ask her why she was not seen for such a long time, Pooja reveals that she had taken a much-needed break. “Well, in the last few years, I have been continuously working. I wanted a long break. In spite of getting offers for many films, I had restrained from accepting films. I took a long break and had gone to Italy and Dubai,” she adds.

The movie is being pegged as an art cinema but the actress begs to differ. “I definitely don’t like to categorise it in the art genre. Even though the story seems like an art film, it is told in a commercial manner. I would like to call it a combination of both,” she says.

 Director Vishal says that the film demanded a senior actress like Pooja and the shoot will start soon. “We are shooting in Desanur village, which is 25 kilometres from Belgaum, and the rest of the portions will be done in Bangalore. It is a 40-day schedule,” he says.

Playing the lead opposite Pooja is Santosh, who has acted in films like Abhirami Anathana and Ishta. About his role in the film, he says, “In the movie, I have to speak in Uttara Kannada dialect and I am really happy to be a part of this project since Vishal is my teacher.”
Megha Shenoy  
Back in action 
Yogi proved his acting prowess in the multi-starrer Hudugaru, which also featured Puneeth Rajkumar and Srinagar Kitty. He is now teaming up with Puneeth again in Yaare Koogadali, a re-make of the Tamil film Porali.

“It is good to be working on a great project. I feel proud that I’ve been asked to be part of this team again.This film is special to me,” he says. The actor, needless to say, is excited to be working with Puneeth again. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with him in Hudugaru. There was a lot of fun on the sets. We kept pulling each other’s legs. It was an amazing work environment and it will fun working together again,” he says.

The movie will see popular Tamil director Samuthirakini making his debut into Kannada cinema. Puneeth recalls how the director was supposed to first direct Hudugaru. “That time he was unable to do it as he was busy with another project. He is a fantastic director and we are all looking forward to working under his direction. The movie is merely inspired by the Tamil movie and we will be bringing in changes in scenes and dialogues to adapt the film to Karnataka,” says Puneeth. 

The film was recently launched and shooting is now in progress.  

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