One of the most successful directors of Kannada cinema D.Rajendra Babu in the remake and swamake films has asked the government of Karnataka to retain only 100 percent of Entertainment Tax exemption to Kannada films irrespective how it is made. He is of the opinion that there is no point in giving subsidy beyond this. The current policy of the government to give Rs.10 lakh subsidy to 20 quality films is highly debatable. The mere quality committee is not acceptable. In a year 80 films are made in Kannada and out of which there are as many as 50 quality ones. How can the quality committee decide only on 20 films? This is not the right attitude. A 21st fellow would miss the government subsidy says D.Rajendra Babu. With this disenchantment it is better on the part of the government to stop financial subsidy to Kannada films says Babu firmly.
Speaking to media persons on at Nandi Hill Resorts on the sets of ‘Amma’ Kannada film starring Ananthnag, Lakshmi, Jai Jagdeesh, Tara, Pavitra Lokesh, Abinaya, Karibasavaiah, Manadip Rai and others Babu spoke at length on his current project and the future projects.
According to Babu ‘Amma’ is based on ‘Amma Retire Agthale’ a stage play in which noted Hindi film actress Jaya Bachchan had acted and also has the shades of Telugu film ‘Amma Rajinama’. This all about the sacrifice of a mother and she feels retirement is the only solution at the hands of her children and husband. Actress Lakshmi plays the protagonist role.
In the forthcoming ventures the senior director of Kannada cinema with 52 films (Jiddu, Samsara Nauka, Olavina Udugore, Jeevanadhi, Halunda Thavaru, Karulina Koogu, Karulina Kudi, Sriramachandra, Ramachari, Preethse, Diggajaru, Deerga Sumangali etc) in 17 years of his independent direction takes up a film starring box office hero Upendra. This will be on a big scale for Telugu producer Muralikrishna likely to touch Rs.10 crores says Babu. After this he is contemplating on a film involving the father and son relationship. This is a crucial juncture and the modernity has reached the peak. The son asks his father why did he give birth. This is the focal point in the film says Babu.
Besides the big screen ventures Babu is very busy for 10 days in a month on small screen. He is making ‘Dharitri’ a television serial of 26 episodes on working women – inspired from an article in The Illustrated Weekly. Yet another mega serial is ‘Swarga’ for ETV Namma channel ready to roll shortly.
This charming lady of small screen and big screen is Very Important Person besides being Vinayaprasad. The daughter of three states – a rare distinction our affectionate Vinayaprasad is shortly going to get to her record books when her ‘Aval’ in Tamil hits the small screen. From Indu role in ‘Stree’ in Malayalam and many powerful roles in Kannada film and small screen Vinayaprasad a richly talented actress shortly get a hattrick.
Vinayaprasad a busy schedule lady was traced at Nandigrama at the shooting of her latest film for producer Ramu – ‘Bava Bamaidha’. A quiet, sensible and vivacious Vinayaprasad feels that she has very less time to act in big screen. She had already distributed eight days to Kannada, Tamil and Telugu small screen and hardly a week she will be found in her Mahalakshmi Layout residence in Bangalore.
The occasion was special because this amazing actress had won her second Karnataka State Award for the film ‘Bannada Hejje’. She was surprised on hearing that she got an award for supporting role in that film. She was focused in a prominent role of a heroine but however she is not disturbed with this graduation in awards. She has expressed that she will take this award with pride. A few years ago Vinayaprasad won the best actress award for her performance in ‘Athanka’ Kannada film starring Ananthnag.
Ask any question she takes coolly and without any perturbed mind she answers with equal respect to each questions.
Vinaya explains her recent jaunt to United States of America. It was at the Golden Gate the tourists were thronging with cameras. When Vinaya entered she was questioned as whether she is a VIP. Her quiet answer was she is VP – meaning Vinayaprasad.
When she entered the gorgeous place lots of people started shaking their hands and all they wanted was to take a photograph with ‘Indhu’ – the role played by Vinayaprasad in the Malayalam ‘Stree’ mega television serial. Back home in Kerala this actress has been responsible for putting the order of life of Keralites.
The business establishments, the woman, the youngsters, the temples and even the bars used to get closed at 7.30 pm. All they wanted was to regularly watch what VIP and VP - Vinayaprasad does in the half an hour television serial ‘Stree’.
Vinayaparasad has also been doing social services. She has a lengthy list of beneficiaries. Look at what a way she gets the required funds for the needy organizations. She does not receive a ‘petal’ or a ‘paisa’ from the organizers. What she advises is to fill a cheque for the amount they are expected to spend on her and send it to so and so organization. Definitely a noble thought. Are you hearing people in public life! Congrats Madam on this useful and distinct thought.
Dr.Chandini who shot into fame from the Kannada film 'A' acting opposite Upendra and later acting in 'AK 47' opposite Shivrajkumar. She reaped in much popularity from 'A' and the quantum of role in 'AK 47' was a minute one. Yet the two films she acted received much popularity besides making good money
to the producers at the box office. After AK 47 Chandini became very busy and concentrated on obtaining the doctorate in Agricultural marketing.
This Ethiopian born, educated in New Delhi, Malayali came to complete her doctorate to Mysore, in her third film (with a doctorate degree on her hand for Agricultural marketing from Mysore University) 'Deepavali' actress Dr. Chandini is again in an inconsequential role. This has upset her considerably. The director Dinesh Baboo (also a Malayali like Chandini) did not given me a chance to laugh in the film and he his not like other Malayali's she has told. I am a senior actress compared to Bhavana (Chandini you are mistaken Bhavana is a much senior actress says Gandhinagar the heart of film activity) but still I did not get the proper footage. I am fed up with the director Baboo she lamented.
So what next? I have worked hard on a script like how I put my effort for Doctorate and mount a film shortly. The fear is that again these type (like the one in AK 47 and Deepavali) of role follow me in my career. I don't want to get branded. What I need is a variety, meaty role.
Have you been approached for similar roles? Yes. One producer asked me to do a physically handicapped role. He told me that I have to be in the wheel chair throughout the film. The hero out of sympathy marries me in that film. This would definitely get me a National award he said. I said no to his offer.
To end such calls you are opting for a film production? Yes. Other wise you know what happens, the producers may ask me to do a 'dead body' role. I am not astonished with this.
Finding a parallel career to bureaucracy in tinsel town is the long felt aspiration of the first Kannada IAS officer K.Shivaramu. Although K.Shivaramu is very well aware that reel is bundle and real is truth he wants to shine on the screen and wants to pick up acting as his hobby.
The bureaucratic bash and half a dozen of films in the last five years with just only the debut film completing 100 days K.Shivaramu is no doubt an upset man. ‘The past five years made me uncomfortable in my two professions’ he admits. That has not stopped my ambition to forge ahead he says with strong conviction.
K.Shivaramu, a simple, sensitive and a man with strong convictions on the sets of ‘Yaarge Beda Duddu’ - his come back film spoke to Chitraloka.com sitting on the lush green lawns of Kanteerava studio.
Why is this long gap of five years?
I felt something strange in this period. Nothing moved in my direction. The films I had acted bombed and the professional career was also not on upward trend.
Has the frequent transfer upset you?
No. I am not afraid of transfers. I know how to work wherever I am transferred even if it is once in six months. The films I did like “Vasantha Kaavya” with well known director S.Narayan, another socially relevant film ‘Pratibhatane’ given me a crashing disappointment even after a hard work put in. Three more films completed shooting but still finding days for release. Obviously the mind gets disturbed with such developments.
Your acceptance of ‘Yaarge Beda Duddu’ Kannada film is a symptom of good days?
In a way it is true. The last six or seven months has been according to my taste. I am satisfied with a lot of work done for the people of Davanagere as Deputy Commissioner. Now I am busy there as DC. The offers have started pouring in. I am doing another film titled as ‘Subash’ shortly after YBD. The talk is going on for one more film. I feel the bad patch has come to an end. The luck is like that. The bad and good days has not left anyone in this world. The ups and downs are unexpected.
On what grounds you have accepted this film?
I liked the subject of ‘Yaarge Beda Duddu’. It is a common people problem. Partly what I do in real life – caring poor people, patting them with encouragement, providing help when they are in distress is found here. In YBD, I believe in certain principles. Money is not everything. I say it is the love and affection that is greater than money. I tame the haughty heroine.
Where is the need to feel upset when the situation is common for many others?
I know in the last five years the going has not been good for the other artistes. Why I am feeling pathetic is that I have not come here like any other artists. I am not for money. I am only anxious to get good roles and keep up this as hobby.
Back to bureaucracy what do the people feel in your regime as DC?
I am proud to say that I have taken up splendid work at a fast phase in the last six months. I have made the people to feel the change. They are happy and informed what a lovely DC we have around us. Beginning my days in Davanagere I told the people of poor class – I have come from slum and work for slum. The downtrodden people are now extremely happy for the series of developmental work undertaken. This is nonstop as long as I am DC there. Already other places are following the footsteps.
Can you give examples of fresh work you have begun in Davanagere?
A programme called ‘Namma Nadu’ has been a tremendous success. It is like ‘moving the mountain to the man’. The concept is that the Government goes to the doorsteps of people especially poor class. Three days in a month sixty villages will be traveled with the government officials and the elected representatives. Already we have covered about 180 villages. There are totally 960 villages in 24 hoblis that come under my control.
What is that you do going to the doorsteps?
All problems are met. You name anyone we are there to find a solution. The government gives abundant amount to various programmes. The pension, Roads, houses, education, squabbles – in case of encroachments, help for widows, Anganawadis, getting face lifts to schools, raids on liquor dens, meeting the bonded labor problems, finding the Slaves etc. The concerned Ministers and the legislators are also encouraging our work. I tell the elected persons that for the people who elected you, the work is undertaken. I don’t want vote bank for me, I explain. The work undertaken is not just one or two. 80 percent of child labor has been eradicated.
Any touching encounters for you?
I just go at their horrible time in life. I tell them that I am here for your difficulty. They become very emotional. It is such a support and help for them to recover in dire straits more than giving any financial help. One lady in distress from Hadadi village wrote about condition to me. I sent my officers immediately and noted the conditions. One day while traveling I reached the actual spot of the lady in poor condition and found out she is really in bad shape. Immediately granted financial help for that B.Ed. graduate. Also helped in getting her a job. In my regime I used to go to the spots with cheque books and sanction the amount on the spot.
With so much of good work done and satisfaction derived what for you are into films?
I told you earlier. It is only for hobby. In a filmy style I have entered the places where nefarious activities are taking place. I have recently attacked Rs.1 crore worth illicit liquor hideout.
Liquor lobby being very strong are you not worried about transfers?
That lobby is working now. I have heard that I have to pack my luggage shortly from Davanagere. I don’t worry about it. I am not the loser. The government that bows to such pressures should look out what is right and what is wrong. For me if it is not Davanagere it will be somewhere else. Wherever I go I will continue to work for the downtrodden.
Are you adding a new dimension to bureaucracy in Democracy?
I am not telling for my personal footage. The work has really taken place. There is a control room in the DC office. There is token system prevailing for the first time in the history of India to meet the DC. The control room has been spread in nook and corner of the district. Anybody at any point of time can seek the help
‘I am on the way to get a break in my career’, what I have achieved is so far is only fifty percent and one among it is the filing of income tax returns without fail. 18 films still boxing to get a main heroine role in the career is not a matter of concern for actress Archana. After three years of indefinite inconsequential stay in the tinsel town she is still hoping to make it big here despite of onslaught of imported heroines.
‘Give me the proper footage’ – I will return equally from my side says a promising looking Archana.
Here are the excerpts of an interview with her on the sets of ‘Yaarge Beda Duddu’.
The short stint in Bollywood has given you any bad experience?
The three films I did in a series with Bollywood star Mithun Chakravarthy has been a wonderful experience for me. I have earned a good name and money. As soon as the tax authorities came to know I have come back from bollywood they have sent me a forms to file the income tax returns. I have obliged. The offers and also the pay packets are meaty in Bollywood.
Did you find any difference in style of work?
They invest more and want everything to look lavish. They consume more time. There are quality conscious people. They also spend left and right on their film. When I was idle at my home again I got offers but I felt somehow I should gain my ground here in Sandalwood.
Besides increasing your bank balance, did you gained anything?
Quite a lot of fame I have achieved in just three films. When I went to Kashmir borders for three songs shooting for the Kannada film ‘Khiladi’ I was surrounded by fans. Actor Jaggesh looking from a distance told that ‘Ninna Jeevana Sarthaka Aaythu’. I felt so happy. The audience expressing happiness is something that you don’t get by paying money. I am also happy about the respectable scenario in Bollywood.
Back here you expected something good from Kannada film industry?
That expectation is there since a log time. Three years is not a small time. Eighteen films is also a pretty experience. What I wanted I believe the film ‘Sarovara’ is likely to get me. The role is totally different from all my earlier films. The making of that film is also very nice.
At this young age in this fast world don’t you do any hard work inside the four walls to gain a strong a career?
I have been very alert from the beginning on my costumes, hair- style, emotions and romance. I have even told the producers and directors what I felt. They have not been taken into consideration. Later I felt that ‘time will predict everything’ and there is no use in giving suggestions. I became little choosy now and sit at home.
Tell me why fresh, cute looking girls are not found from our State?
This is the question our producers and directors can answer.
There is a complaint our girls are not bold and suits only sisters and secretaries post?
There are bold girls here too. As for as the costumes are concerned, give me any costume I will wear and appear. In bollywood they give such costly costumes and take care of heroines. For my five and half feet I was once offered five and half inches of costume and a chappal. The producer Chidambara Shetty for the film ‘Nirnaya’ was such magnanimous. The dress given for Karishma, Kajol, Juhi,Urmila are not coming to me. I don’t mind in such costumes. I have no objection from my parents.
Do you have any time restriction for fulfilling remaining 50 percent of goals?
I don’t keep any time limit. Sitting idle is not a danger for me. I am fixed at my decisions. Once again in my life one more coincidence took place. I was selected for this ‘Yaarge Beda Duddu’ and a Malayalam and Tamil offer came to me. The discussion was also held and the payment was also fixed for Rs.3 lakhs. Actress Saritha’s husband is the producer of that film. I was committed here. I did not ditched Kannada producer. Other wise I would have been in a film starring Mammooty and Suman. When offers start pouring in there are clashes from more than one language for me.
Why are you not trying your hands at the small screen?
I have set an image here. This image is totally different when compared to mega serials heroines. There is a fear of our roles getting typecast.
The offers coming now are satisfactory?
Yes. In this ‘Yaarge Beda Duddu’ I play a cantankerous girl. I am naughty and haughty. I say money is everything. I can’t resist the poor and hapless around me. In one of my portions in this film, I even burn the saree. The hero tames me. I have signed another film ‘Suswagatha’ that is shortly going to mount. I am getting an inkling that I need have to sit idle for a long time.