Yet another 'hudugi' on cards

Yet another 'hudugi' on cards

Glam factor: Neettoo

After several hudugis, including Jambhada Hudugi and Bindaas Hudugi, here comes Karavali Hudugi (Girl from the Coast). Unlike the first two, this coastal girl is backed by substance, courtesy Bilimale Ramdas’ novel.

Adapting the story of a Dalit girl’s struggle to set up an independent business while facing several social challenges, is director Koodlu Ramakrishna. Koodlu, who began his innings by adapting a novel for his first film Bisilu Beladingalu. He was in a talkative mood on the lawns of the Kanteerava Studio. He revealed that out of the 22 films he has directed, 14 were based on novels.

Heroine Neettoo, playing the Karavali Hudugi, was not around. But her hero Mohan was particularly impressed with the wizardry of national award winner cinematographer S Ramachandra Aithal. “The milieu is set in the 1940s and without any fuss, Ramachandra went about his work... It’s amazing,” gushed Mohan, dubbing the cinematographer as a magician. However, the magician was not around. The actor was also full praise for his co-star, “ Neettoo has done a good job. We had to master the language spoken in those days. It was a real tongue-twister. But she mastered it easily!”

Some distance away, Dwarkish sat on a chair, donning the director’s hat, while director Joe Simon ‘played’ cinematographer. The duo were “shooting a song sequence of a film inside the film,” explained Koodlu. Indeed, choreographers had a tough time teaching Omprakash the steps.

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