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Ganesh and Dhyan face off

Last updated on: November 11, 2010 10:32 IST

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Shruti Indira Lakshminarayana in Bangalore

Ganesh and Priyamani starrer Eno Onthara is finally seeing the light of day.  The film which comes after almost a six-month delay is Priyamani's second in Kannada and Ganesh's second release of the year. It is releasing alongside Huduga Hudugi, an Indrajit Lankesh directorial starring Dhyan.  

Eno Onthara is a remake of Tamil blockbuster Kushi. "It is a total entertainer and I'm hoping for it to become a huge hit like in Tamil and Telugu," says Ganesh.

And did his falling markets have anything to do with the delay of the film? "I don't know what problems the producer faced while releasing the film. As an actor, my duty is to act and not react to rumours; they are in fact meant to be ignored. As for my market, people who need me are still coming to me. Currently I'm looking at 3-4 scripts. Anyway what is good is that Eno Onthara is finally releasing."     

The story of the film revolves around two egoistic individuals. "We have tried to bring to the fore the feelings one goes through when one realises one is falling in love. My protagonists for instance realise that their relationship has surpassed the boundaries of friendship when they are about to go their separate ways to pursue higher education," says director Mahesh.

And how was the experience of directing big stars? "Well I have directed stars like Sudeep and Ramya before so this is not a new experience for me. The cast cooperated and things went smoothly," Mahesh says.


Image: A scene from Eno Onthara

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Speaking up for her director Priyamani says, "He has done a great job and has provided both Ganesh and me with ample scope for performance. The Kannada industry has been very welcoming after Raam and I hope to grow a step higher with this film."

It's not just the director that she is impressed with but her co-star as well. "Ganesh is a fantastic actor. He also has this infectious laughter. It was great fun working with him. Shooting for songs was also a great experience. Dil Kush and Inti ninna preetiya are my favourites."

Songs are an integral part of the story adds Mahesh. While there is one song that takes the audience through the lanes of Delhi and even Birla Mandir and where over 100 dancers are seen shaking a leg with Ganesh, there is another which has been shot in Kerala with 25 elephants and several Kathakali dancers.

"We have spent lavishly on the film. In fact Eno Onthara has been made on a Rs 5 and a half crore budget," says Mahesh.

The director is also particularly looking forward to the reactions of the people to the climax scene. "We shot across four days in Mysore railway station. All the six platforms were lit and 400 technicians and 1000 artistes were used for the scene. Now I'm just waiting for people's response."


Image: A scene from Eno Onthara

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Huduga Hudugi is a love story that transpires in a TV channel. It will reflect on the lives of married couple working in the same office. The film is said to also have a comic take on reality shows that are flooding channels.     

The film stars Dhyan, with whom director Indrajit had teamed up in Monalisa, as the lead. There are five leading ladies -- Lekha Washington, Sada, Anita, Bianca Desai and Sanjana -- in the flick. Illena has also featured in a song. Indrajit will also appear in a stylishly shot song.


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Indrajit is returning to direction after a three-year gap and is leaving no stone unturned to promote his film.

After holding a talent hunt to scout for the lead pair for his next film and a fashion show showcasing the costumes and music of the film, the director held a mixed doubles badminton tourney which actors Sudeep, Yogish, Bianca Desai, Sanjana, Lekha Washington, the director and his wife participated. The tourney was held in IPL style complete with music and lots of cheering. Sairam, who sings both in Huduga-Hudugi's (boy and girl) voice performed at the event.

Further in a special film show organised for celebrities, Russain dancers have been brought to perform the film's music during the interval.


Image: A scene from Huduga Hudugi

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