A way with words

A way with words

Director and writer Anup Bhandari always dreams of achieving the impossible. The tougher  the task, the better it is for him.

His directorial debut ‘RangiTaranga’ won a lot of awards and unleashed a new trend of filmmaking in Sandalwood. He was appreciated for the way he used Kannada language in its purest form in the dialogues and the songs of  the movie. Anup is now set to return with his second venture ‘Rajaratha’ which promises to be a more entertaining venture than his previous works. In an interview with Nina C George, Anup talks about the making of ‘Rajaratha’.

What makes ‘Rajaratha’ different from ‘RangiTaranga’?

‘Rajaratha’ was among the first scripts that I wrote. This is a subject that I had thought of much before ‘RangiTaranga’. But it became bigger than what it was supposed to be and ended up becoming ‘RangiTaranga’. Now that ‘RangiTaranga’ is a big success, I decided to make ‘Rajaratha’ as a follow-up film. The two films are very different in content and presentation.

Why have you roped in the same actors of ‘RangiTaranga’ for ‘Rajaratha’?

I couldn’t think of better actors than Nirup and Avantika for this movie. They perfectly fit the role of the characters. The two actors complement each other very well. In fact, I had Nirup in mind when I wrote ‘Rajaratha’ long back.

How did you manage to rope in Tamil actor Arya for the film?

This will be Arya’s debut in the Kannada film industry. Arya had earlier watched ‘RangiTaranga’ and told me how much he loved the film. This made it easier for me to approach him. When I narrated the script and his character to him, the next question that he asked me was when I wanted his dates to start shooting the film. I was overwhelmed.

What role does Arya play?

Arya essays a character called Vishwa. I can’t reveal the details just yet. The role required someone who is popular and has a huge star value. And since ‘Rajaratha’ is a bilingual film, we couldn’t think of anybody better than Arya for the role. His character is something very unique and one that has not been explored in the Kannada film industry before.

You have also written the lyrics for the film. Tell us about it?

I wrote the lyrics for ‘RangiTaranga’ where I used Kannadalanguage in its purest form. That experimentworked well. Now again in ‘Rajaratha’, I am playing around with similar sounding words in Kannada to make the lyrics appear racy, without losing the essence of what I want to convey.

How do you manage to come up with interesting stories?

I have written a lot of scripts and I have taken a lot of time to write each of them. When people watch my films, I want them to feel every situation. They must feel like it is happening to them. I always try to work on subjects that are sensitive yet strong in content.

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