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  • 50 Melodies in One Film! - Exclusive

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    A new film in the making is all set to create a new kind of record in Sandalwood. The film will have not five or ten but a total of 50 songs! Director K Nanjunda and composer LN Shastri are the people behind this project. They are preparing for a normal feature length film but with 50 songs. The scripting work on this as yet unnamed Kannada film is currently underway but shooting will start only in late 2015 or early 2016, Nanjunda says.

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    Asked how one film can have so many songs, Nanjunda explained, "When talking to Shastri about the presence of music in our daily life, we hit upon this idea. I was attending the first birthday of my friend's son. I was curious to see that my friend was trying to imitate his baby when talking. He was talking to every guest on his son's behalf saying thank you just like a kid. It was really musical. We compare a bird's call as a song and music. Therefore a film's song need not necessarily be 4-5 minutes long with lyrics and music and dancing. Some songs can be made without lyrics, or without instruments and certainly without singing it. This is the idea behind the 50 songs. There will be regular film songs plus a lot of innovative songs. We may end up creating new kinds of songs. It will be a film nonetheless and not a long chitramanjari or Chitrahaar! More than shooting, pre and post production, scripting will take maximum time. It will take a minimum of 6 months. But we never know."

    LN Shastri who composed music for both of Nanjunda's films as director, Kanasalu Neene Manasalu Neene and the ready-to-release Melody, says at first he thought it was a crazy idea. Sharing his ideas with Chitraloka, he said, "We are currently preparing for the release of Melody. Suddenly Nanjunda came with this idea out of the blue. At first I thought it was a crazy idea. As a composer I have seen people compiling song lists like Shastri's best 10 songs and Shastri's best 30 songs. But composing 50 tunes for a single film sounds crazy. Yes we do compose several tunes before one is finalised for a film. I imagined composing 200-300 tunes... But when Nanjunda explained his idea I was thrilled and agreed. A music composer will be part of the scripting process of a film and I want to be part of it, I told him. We will start working on it after the release of Melody in mid-April."

  • Melody Karthika's Love Marriage

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    Karthika Menon, the classical Kathak and Bharatanatyam dancer turned actress has married without any publicity. Soon after completing her first Kannada film Melody opposite singer Rajesh Krishnan she married her childhood friend Thomas Lawrence. It is an inter religious marriage.

    In the film to Karthika has a love marriage but faces several problems because of it. In real life however the love marriage did not create any trouble. Karthika and Thomas are having a happy married life since their marriage late last year sources said.

  • Melody Movie Review

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    What happens when a soft natured person takes the help of a flirty friend to woo a girl? There are many possibilities in such a theme. A full fledged comedy is also not impossible. However director Nanjunda takes the film on a realistic journey by showing how things go wrong when you hide something in a relationship or when one feels cheated. The romantic story turns to a relationship drama between the husband and wife in the second half. Melody is one of the most realistic love stories about how such relationships are shaping up in the age of Internet.

    The film is a comeback for Nanjunda as director and Rajesh Krishnan as actor. The story mainly revolves around three characters played by Rajesh, Chetan Gandharva and Karthika Menon. Rajesh and Chetan are friends but very different in character. Rajesh is introverted personality and soft natured while his friend is just the opposite. Rajesh who had opposed marriage finally agrees after seeing Karthika. But he is too shy to approach her. Chetan who is shown as a big flirt helps his friend. But in the process Karthika imagines Rajesh as having the personality of Chetan. What happens when the truth tumbles out forms the rest of the story. Can Rajesh win love on his own efforts?

    The highlight of the film is of course the songs. All of them are melodious and beautifully shot. Composer LN Shastri sticks to the concept of melody and even the background scores is kept soft and pleasing. In the supporting cast senior actor Ramakrishna does a great job in a small role. It is meaningful nonetheless. Among the main actors both Rajesh and Chetan are apt in their roles. It seems like it is their own personalities. Karthika in her Kannada debut makes an impressive start.

    Melody is a film that is good for both the romantic audience and the family audience. It leaves audience with a pleasing impression. Time to book your tickets.

    Chitraloka Rating - 3/5

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