Chiranjeevi Sarja to play a pizza delivery boy?
If the rumour mills are to be believed, actor Chiranjeevi Sarja will be playing a pizza delivery boy in the Kannada remake of the hit Tamil thriller Pizza.
The remake rights of the film have been bought by director Prashant Raj of Love Guru and Gaana Bajana fame. It is still not clear if Raj will be directing the film or will restrict himself to being the producer this time.
Guruprasad will be writing the dialogues. Joshua Sridhar, who has composed music for Raj's earlier films, will do so this time as well. The hunt for the leading lady is still on.
The original Pizza, directed by Karthik Subbaraj, focussed on scary incidents that take place in the lives of a pizza delivery boy and his wife, who is a horror-fiction writer. Vijay Sethupathi and Remya Nambeesan played the lead roles.
Image: Chiranjeevi Sarja
Narendra Babu to direct a film adaptation of a play
Titled Suryastadinda Suryodayadavarage, the film is said to be based on Surendra Verma's Hindi play Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pahli Kiran Tak.
The play talks of sexuality and relationships. It is the story of an impotent king set in the 9th century. Suryasthadinda... will be shot in Hampi, Bidar, Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole.
Praveen, who was the hero in Narendra Babu's Kabaddi, will be playing the role of the king. Parvathi Menon and Chetan have been approached to play two important roles.
There are plans of making the film in Hindi as well.
The music is being composed by the Ray brothers who are a big name in the advertising industry. Two of M K Hanumanthaiah's poems have been used in the film.
Filming will begin in December this year.
Actress Geetha makes a comeback
Popular South Indian actress Geetha is making a comeback in Kannada film Meenakshi.
She plays a lawyer in the film. Though the role is small, it is very impactful according to sources.
The actress was known for her roles opposite veteran actor Rajkumar. She is also shooting for two Telugu films.
While she has been active in the Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu film industries, it's been a while since she has done a Kannada film. Geetha currently lives in the USA.