The vivacious Vishnuvardhana in an exclusive telephonic chat with mega portal Chitraloka.com reacting to the honorary doctorate bestowed on him by Bangalore University disclosed that he wish to dedicate this honor to all his mentors in his life. 'I remembered my school days mentor Dr.H.Narasimhaiah' after the news came to me. This honor has increased by responsibility and my awareness has to increase. I did not aspire for any award. But my well wishers wished for this type of honor to me said Vishnuvardhana.
I was saying that `the film awards are enough for me, give it to youngsters. But when this type of non-film awards come my responsibility and my outlook to the society automatically increases opines Vishnuvardhana. I have obtained the award only because of my mentors and now the prestigious Bangalore University has given this honor to me. Dhanyosmi!
The superstar of Kannada cinema Vishnuvardhana absolutely fits into many such honors is what we at Chitraloka editorial office feel.
'It is celebration time round the corner from one of the prestigious house of Dr.Rajkumar. The silver jubilee of their empire 'Vajreshwari Combines' and the silver jubilee run of 'Akash' starring Puneeth Rajkumar and Ramya celebration will be held soon says spokesperson of the Vajreshwari empire Raghavendra Rajkumar.
It was sometime after 150 films of my father Dr.Rajkumar my mother started the distribution office. Whe my mother asked that remuneration of you (Dr.Rajkumar) should be hiked because the family is also expanding my father objected to it. Then my mother took the decision of starting own production and distribution remembers the intelligent Raghavendra Rajkumar addressing the media at Green House restaurant on Saturday afternoon.
On the most eagerly expected Vajreshwari combines silver jubilee Raghavendra Rajkumar made it clear that the function would be held soon and all those who worked for banner in the last 25 years would be felicitated on this occasion. We have plans to invite other stars to work for our banner. Besides this there is a plan to expand the market abroad from our banner told Raghavendra Rajkumar.
Raghavendra Rajkumar also explained the birth and growth of Vajreshwari combines. In all 69 films have been made from this banner. Five of 698 have run for one year. 16 of 69 were silver jubilee hits, 29 films have completed 100 days and 18 crossed the 50 days mark.
Shivrajkumar the first son of Dr.Rajkumar said his mother is the responsible woman in his life who gave everything for him. The three state awards I have won is because of my mother's careful selection of subjects. When were were 30 cousins living under one roof my mother did not show any disparity. She is the strength for all of us. The title of our banner 'Vajreshwari Combines' aptly suits my mother he remembered. She is my lovely mother Shivanna patted his mother.
Puneeth Rajkumar also present on the occasion recalled his experience in Australia. We have plans to expand the market in Adelaide and Newzealand. Puneeth felt the need that artistes should take special initiative to promote their market abroad.
Details Of Film Produced And Distributd By Vajreshwari
No. Film - Year - Days
1 Mooruvare Vajragalu, 1973 - 50 Days
2 Sri Srinivasa Kalyana 1974 - 100 Days
3 Trimurthy 1975 - 100 Days
4 Sanadi Appanna 1977 - 100 Days
5 Shanka Guru 1978 - 365 Days
6 Tayige Takka Maga - 1978 - 25 weeks
7 Ravi Chandra - 1980 - 100 days
8 Vasantha Geetha - 1980 -100
9 Havina Hede - 1981 - 100
10 Nee Nanna Gellalare - 1981 50
11 Baghyvantha - 1981 100
12 Keralida Simha - 1981 100
13 Hosa Belaku - 1982 25 weeks
14 Halu Jenu - 1982 27
15 Chalisuva Modagalu - 1982 25 weeks
16 Kavirathana Kalidasa - 1983 25 weeks
17 Bhaktha Prahalada - 1983 100
18 Yeradu Nakshatragalu - 1983 100
19 Samayada Gombe - 1983 19 weeks
20 Yarivanu - 1984 100
21 Apoorva Sangama - 1984 100
22 Bettada Hoovu - 1985 50
23 Ade Kannu - 1985 50
24 Jwala Mukhi - 1985 100
25 Druva Tare - 1985 100
26 Bhaghyada Lakshmi Ba - 1986 25 weeks
27 Anuraga Aralithy - 1986 50 weeks
28 Anand - 1986 25 weeks
29 Guri - 1986 50
30 Ratha Saptami - 1986 25 weeks
31 Shruthi Seridaga - 1987 100
32 Vijyothsava - 1987 50
33 Mana Mechhida Hudugi - 1987 - 25 weeks
34 Shiva Mechida Kannappa - 1988 - 50
35 Samyuktha - 1988 - 100
36 Devatha Manusha - 1988 - 100
37 Chiranjivi Sudhakar - 1988 - 50
38 Rana Ranga - 1988 - 100
39 Nanjundi Kalyana 1989 365
40 Ade Raga Ade Hadu 1989 100
41 Parashuram 1989 100
42 Inspector Vikram 1989 50
43 Gajaopathi Garvabhanga 1989 32 weeks
44 Assegobba Meesegobba 1990 19 weeks
45 Mruthyunjaya 1990 100
46 Anukulakobba Ganda 1990 100
47 Aralidha Hoovugalu 1991 50
48 Modada Mareyalli 1991 50
49 Kalyana Mantapa 1991 100
50 Midada Shruthi 1992 100
51 Mavanige Takka Aliya 1992 50
52 Navibbaru Namagibbaru 1992 50
53Jeevana Chaitra 1992 365 days
54 Barajari Gandu 1992 50
55 Anurgada Alegalu 1993 50
56 Akasmika 1993 25 weeks
57 Oda Huttidavaru 1994 25 weeks
58 Om 1995 25 weeks
59 Geluvina Saradara 1996 50
60 Sutradara 1996 50
61 Janumada Jodi 1996 365
62 Swasthik 1998 50
63 Tuvvi Tuvvi Tuvvi 1998 50
64 Hryudaya Hryudaya 1999 50
65 Shabhavedi 2000 25 weeks
66 Appu 2002 25 weeks
67 Abhi 2003 100
68 Chigurida Kanasu 2003 50
69 Akash 2005 25 weeks
I have sung so far in my life with pure dedication and affection. The level has reached so high today that my wife comes and takes autographs from me. So far the career is so good. I am really sweating it out with a few programs says Ashwath in an exclusive chat.
The first one is 'Rangamachake Nanna Namaskara' that consist of 32 bits from various stage play songs. Second one is that of 'Baa Chakori' the films songs by SPB would be sung by me and a new perspective is given from my point of view. This album will be having 13 well appreciated songs. Next I have 'Ananda Kandha' the fourth one from my 'Bhavayana' troupe.
Another prestigious project C.Ashwath is having in mind is on the 12th century reformer in society Allamaprabhu. The vachanas of Allamaprabhu will be mixed in the western style. The composing of 21 vachanas will be costing Rs.2.50 lakhs. The album will be titled as 'Guheshwara'. This project I am planning with lot of interest says Ashwath.
I would like to make this 'Kannadave Sathya' as 'Suvarna Karnataka' on November 1st next year. It would be a concluding function. On that day 50 musicians would be felicitated. By that time there will be 56 songs in ETV channel. There has been tremendous market improvement.
On the new concept of 'Mane Manegu C.Ashwath' he says it will be taking off in December. I am charging Rs.15000 for that program and most of the amount goes to musicians who come for the function says Ashwath. My remuneration is very minimum. I have to take that amount because my wife would ask me what is the use of your profession says Ashwath.
ASHWATH JOKE - For all those who want to conduct musical evenings anywhere can contact C.Ashwath in case they are worried about rain factor. From the last few programs of C.Ashwath the rain god is also pleased. Hiding in the clouds it is also hearing Ashwath singing. What A.R.Rehman's Rs.3 crore musical evening should have done to avoid rain is that they should have invited Ashwath for one song. Rain Rain go away is the magic of Ashwath. Atleast Rehman musical evening should have had the banner of 'Kannadave Sathya' jokes Ashwath.
At Bangalore Palace and Manasa Gangotri the rain was very cooperative for Ashwath.
"Without Vishnuvardhana I will not celebrate the one year celebration" of 'Aptha Mithra' says reputed producer, director and actor Dwarakish. In case he refuse to come there will be no function at all said Dwarakish wiping his tears at Rejoyz Auditorium on the occasion of release of the book 'Making of Aptha Mithra' on Sunday morning. He is the 'soul' of 'Aptha Mithra'. My mind does not even permit me to think of the function without Vishnuvardhana said Dwarakish.
A group of film journalists caught up with Dwarakish after the book release. He was upset. He became very emotional when the issue of one year celebration by Vishnu-Vasu was brought to his notice.
Twice patched up duo Dwarakish and Vishnuvardhana are once again in the thick of controversy. Whenever they patched up they gave super hit film. It was 'Rayaru Bandaru Mavana Manage' (that was also a remake) then and now it is 'Aptha Mithra'. Is it a trick they are planning? Kalavannu Thadeyoru Yaaru Illa Nanninda Ninna Ninninda Nanna Dooramadal Yaargu Agolla……., they have sung in 'Aptha Mithra'. Has this song lost its relevance? Are they going to come together once again? What will be chaos in the small Kannada film industry? Who is right? Who is wrong?
Excerpts of a chat that gives a mixture of affection and anger Dwarakish has towards Vishnuvardhana.
What is that I have done wrong? Let Vishnuvardhana explain. Is it wrong giving one year screening film 'Aptha Mithra'?
Is it wrong on my part to make 18 films of Vishnuvardhana? After watching Vishnu in 'Nagarahavu' it is I who said Puttannaji what a high class actor he is.
Vishnu's not even one single mythological film was made. I took him for 'Guru Shishyaru' he got a break in that also. In this film I saved Vishnu from bomb explosion.
Everyone should think for the good of industry and not indulge in petty quarrels.
What to do Shanker Nag and Sunil died in the accidents. I am not seeing much of artistes. Vishnu is apt for so many roles.
I want to do at least four films with him. Sometime I feel enough of film making.
When I went to invite Vishnu for my son's wedding I was sent out in the gate itself. Why did he do like that.
You know what happened when I went to Dr.Rajkumar residence he sat with me for three hours and discussed lot of things in my life.
Have I not paid the remuneration Vishnu asked for 'Aptha Mithra'? At this time Dwarakish son Yogish shouted that remuneration is paid in excess to Vishnuvardhana. We have cleared everyone payment later.
Vishnu told me that I should not act and I should not be anywhere near the shooting. In the yesteryears over a telephone from Chennai I booked even Vishnuvardhana for 'Indina Ramayana'. It was made in only 18 days. That was a hit.
You know what happened when Vishnu said I should not act. There was argument that I should be there. Finally I was picked from a lucky dip in front of an almighty photograph. God has never put me down.
I am in the 15th reel of my life. I cannot fight like how a villain fights in the 8th reel of the film.
When I went to discuss with him for the celebration of Aptha Mithra he said – affection, good heart, love, god etc are our children. Do not waste the money for the celebration he said. I told him cinema is my breath. He got angry.
When we asked him to come to Davanagere for promotion of the film he said what I benefit from it. He asked Rs.1 lakh payment for that visit.
Dwarakish is not interested in raking up the issues. We are very small in this industry. The industry is also very small.
By calling 200 persons Vishnuvardhana did not call me for 'Aptha Mithra' celebration at Capital Hotel. That itself explain I am strongly in his mind.
From two assistants an invitation was sent to me for Capitol Hotel function. Is it the way? What pains I have taken to make this film does he know? I have run from pillar to post – road raodgu aledhu collected money to make this film.
At 2 am I was sitting on the foot path of Prasad lab. I was like a 'bikari'. I fought with my son on shaping of this film. We have not eaten for days.
I know hunger. I was totally hungry one day – I ate two 'bondas' of Rs.5 each and drank water. That's all life. Why this ego clash? How long it should continue?
I should not take pains. One my friends who also had open heart surgery while talking he breathed last.
They have taken my child 'Aptha Mithra' for two hours and celebrated. After two or three hours the child makes ruckus it has come back to me. When the child get nature calls it is only the parents who can sustain not anyone else.
Moustache mania has been there not in Bollywood but also in Sandalwood. Amir Khan has grown big moustache for ‘Mangal Pande’. Here in Kannada rebel star turned Member of Parliament Ambarish has grown big moustache for ‘Thandege Thakka Maga’. Director S.Narayan has built up this craze from ‘Suryavamsha’ for Vishnuvardhan and in ‘Diggajaru’ Ambarish had an artificial big moustache in the recent times. All Vishnu and S.Narayan combine films (exception to Varsha) the moustache was compulsory.
Growing a moustache is not an easy joke says Ambarish. It has to be well maintained. From last few months Ambarish has an additional job of protecting his moustache. My wife lived with my nature for 15 years and this is not a difficult matter for her says Ambarish laughingly. Meanwhile when Ambarish went to Parliament to attend the session he has got some tips and other said clear it off. Even Ambarish is also saying it is enough for moustache. .