Nothing succeeds like success. This has been proved once again with the success of Simple Aag Ond Love Story. It is not just audience who are queuing up before theatres that is making news. Just a day after the release, the demand for the satellite rights of the film has soared so high that people wanting to buy it are literally queuing up before the producers. One of the producers is director Suni himself.
Even a day before the release, no one was willing to match the Rs 70 lakh sought by the film makers for the rights. But by Saturday evening people were ready with cheques for Rs 1.5 crore before the producers. But as of now, the rights have not been given away. Trade pundits expect the film's box office collection to continue to be good even after the opening weekend because of the positive reviews the film has garnered across the board.
SAOLS had a limited release as theatres did not want to take a risk with a film without stars. However the superb opening and response from audience has resulted in many theatres coming forward to release it. It is to be seen if the film makers continue with the limited release or spread their film further across territories.
Yograj Bhat is likely to cast actor Yash in the lead role of his next film. The film will be jointly produced by the producers of Bhat's first two films - Karisubbu and N Kumar. Sources said Yash has been already spoken to about the venture and agreed to be part of it. Only minor glitches have to be ironed out. "As of now Yash is the hero and it is 90 percent sure," a person related to the project said. The project will start on 11th April.
With Yash, Bhat will continue the trend of re-casting his lead actors. He has re-cast Ganesh after Mungaru Male and Diganth after that. Mayur Patel, the hero of his first film has never acted in a Bhat directed film again and Puneeth Rajkumar did a one off film, Paramathma, with him. But Puneeth acted in two films with Bhat's long-time friend Suri.
Karisubbu produced Bhat's first film Mani, and N Kumar his second film Ranga SSLC. These are the only two films of Bhat that failed at the box office though they have attained importance after Bhat's later successes.
Actress turned politician, Tara, who is a sitting MLC has resigned from the post of president of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy. The term of KCA president is two years and she has only completed one year. She became a MLC after becoming KCA president.
Sources confirmed that Tara resigned from the KCA post earlier this year soon after the Bengaluru International Film Festival in December. She was in an advanced stage of pregnancy and gave birth to a baby in February. It is said that she cited her health condition for resigning as she could not cope with the work and pregnancy at the same time. However, Tara has not resigned from the post of MLC, the term for which is six years.
The Government however has not yet accepted her resignation and kept it pending. Tara is the second president of KCA after TS Nagabharana. During Tara's tenure the academy has continued its monthly programme Belli Hejje and conducted the annual film festival once but did not initiate anything new.
With regular frequency, publicity of films are being linked to controversies. It is as if a film's popularity is directly proportional to the level of controversy related to it. The worst the better. After a couple of films garnered huge TV time due to controversies, some film makers have taken to creating and inventing controversies where there are none. In the process, they have managed to ruin the image of the Kannada film industry and the venues where press meets are held.
In the middle of the present season of trouble is the Green House hotel in Gandhinagar. Last Saturday the Upparpet police officers arrived in the hotel during the press meet of the film Karnataka Ayodhyapuram. Earlier, members of a fringe group had tried to disrupt the press meet saying the film's caption was hurting Hindu sentiment. Ironically, the group claimed to be a pro-Kannada organisation and not a Hindutva organisation. They left after TV cameras had captured their incomprehensible shouting. Not surprisingly, the film's director said he did not know about them. But the words he spoke and those in the group's pamphlet were too similar to be ignored. There was no doubt that the protest was staged.
The police asked the hotel managers to inform them whenever there is a press meet in the hotel so that they can provide security. It was not just because of the Ayodhyapuram incident. In the last two months a series of clashes, protests and violence by film personalities have been witnessed in Green House.
Few days back, Gagan Murthy, a production manager in the film Umesh Reddy was injured when another crew member hit him on the head with a beer bottle. It happened after the press meet when the crew were partying in the hotel. Police arrived at midnight. Complaints were registered in the Upparpet station.
In the case of Umesh Reddy, it was a real incident. It was also real when the Nayana Krishna attacked the director of Kotlalappo Kai during a press meet in Green House and trashed him with chappals. Two complaints were filed in the same police station.
After this incident, many film makers tried to create controversy and gain publicity. Director Teshi Venkatesh asked his heroine to call a press conference herself to talk about 'mental torture.' He sat among the audience. But his plans were exposed when the actress said the director himself had asked her to make sensational claims.
A few days later another film maker tried to create a controversy. The makers of Hosa Prema Purana made a hue and cry that Pooja Gandhi was not helping with the film publicity. It turned out that Pooja Gandhi only had a guest role in the film. Once again, the venue was Green House.
The decade old Green House, was inaugurated by Dr Rajkumar. The hall where press meets are held is now named after the legend. But film makers, in their quest for cheap publicity do not care whose name they tarnish. They do not seem to realise that such publicity does not help the film in any way. TRPs of channels do not convert into box office revenues. Nayana Krishna incident was prime time entertainment on TV, but how many people watched the film?
Popular music director V Harikrishna has made it a habit to sing at least one song in all films he composes for. This is also the demand of film makers who hire him for their projects. So much so that it is considered a lucky charm if Harikrishna sings a song he has composed for. Now, in another trend-setting measure Harikrishna has sung for another composer.
The busy composer however had to work at odd hours. He has sung a song for the film Paapasu Kalli on Sunday night at around 11.30 PM at Kari Subbu Studio. The movie is produced by Jayanna and directed by Gadda Viji, an associate of Yograj Bhat. Harikrishna sung the song written by Yogaraj Bhat which went, "Papa punya lekka hakki badukokaitada... onde nanyada eradu side alisokatada.."
Jayanna and music director Veer Samarth are thrilled by the outcome of the song.