The first full-fledged 3-D film in Kannada, Katari Veera Sura Sundaraangi (Warrior with a Sword and Beauty Queen), will release in theatres across Karnataka [ Images ] on April 27.
The film stars Upendra and Ramya in lead roles and has rebel star Ambarish playing the role of Lord Yama. His trusted lieutenant, Chitragupta, is played by veteran comedian Doddanna. Sridhar plays Indra. The film is directed by Suresh Krisnna, who directed Rajnikanth's [ Images ] Basha.
According to producer Munirathna Naidu, KVSS will be released in 3-D in 70 theatres. Several single-screen theatres and multiplexes in Karnataka will be converted and made compatible to allow audiences to watch the film in 3-D. According to Naidu, in Bangalore the film will be shown in 22 theatres with 3-D facility.
The movie will be available in 2D format in the rest of the 250 theatres across the State.
The film was shot in Ramoji Film City for 45 days and for about 20 days in Bangalore. Nine different sets were erected for the movie. The 3-D effect is said to be spectacular in scenes that show soap bubbles and deadly spears and Yama's weapons aimed at the audience, and butterflies flying in close proximity.
H C Venu is the cinematographer. V Harikrishna has composed the music. Rajkumar's famous song Muttinantha Maathondu Gottenamma from the film Bahadooru Gandu has been remixed, and Upendra has himself penned the lyrics and sung the song. The original song, sung by Rajkumar, was teasingly picturised on him and Jayanthi. The remix song will also be a teaser on Ramya.
According to Munirathna, KVSS is an attempt to recreate the magic of cinema with grandeur, entertainment, and opulent sets akin to Rajkumar's blockbuster films Mayura, Babruvahana, Bahadooru Gandu and Bhakta Prahlada.
The film has Suman Ranganath, Ramnitu Chaudhary, Rishika Singh acting as Ramba, Urvashi and Menaka. The three heroines will be seen in a special item song. Reformed underworld don Muthappa Rai is also making a special appearance in the movie.