Open to new talent

GAINING POPULARITY

Open to new talent

Initiated by late Dr Vishnuvardhan in 2004, the ‘Snehaloka Cricket Club’ is spreading its wings.

 Its recent event ‘Dr Vishnuvardhana Memorial Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament’ had the who’s who of Sandalwood wielding the willow and rolling their arm over.

Duniya Vijay, Puneeth and Shivarajkumar were among the big guns that came for the event. Started by the late actor to popularise cricket among people, the club has now been extended to include corporate teams. Bharathi Vishnuvardhan confesses that her husband always had a deep passion for cricket. 

“He would never miss a single practice session and would always be there on time. It’s not just cricket, the club has opened its doors to many things that would help young people. I am glad it is gaining popularity among people,” explains Bharathi. 

Actor Anirudh who also happens to be the son-in-law of Bharathi points out that there was no question of reviving the ‘Snehaloka Cricket Team’ because those who are deeply involved with it continue to believe that  Dr Vishnuvardhan is alive. 

“We have kept all his initiatives alive. He was one among the important leaders in the film industry and the members of the Kannada film industry will do all that they can to keep the activities alive. Actor Shobhraj is a member of our extended family. He came forward to take up the responsibility of the cricket club and his association has encouraged the film fraternity to be a part of the club,” shares Anirudh. 

Reviving the cricket club is not the only initiative of Dr Vishnuvardhan’s family. Bharathi recently inaugurated a short filmmaking course at Christ University because she felt this would give young filmmakers a guidance into every aspect of filmmaking.

 “There will be a screening of important films, relevant to the course content, every evening. The students will also get the practical experience of shooting a short film and an opportunity to interact with the directors of the Kannada film industry,” explains Anirudh.     

He thinks this course would do well in providing young filmmakers a peek into the nuances of filmmaking at an affordable cost. 

“They can make more meaningful films. The course will be designed to give youngsters understand the latest techniques of filmmaking,” he adds. 

Bharathi sums up saying, “We have always encouraged new talent, whether in films or in sports. This new course will benefit all those young film enthusiasts who yearn to make good and meaningful films.” 

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