This Friday will see two Kannada movies at the marquee, both directed by newcomers.
Rustic love story Love In Mandya, stars Neenasam Satish and Sindhu, and is directed by Arasu Anthare.
Horror comedy Namo Bhootatma, stars Komal, and is directed by Murali.
Which film would you really love to watch? We help you decide:
Love In Mandya
Director: Arasu Anthare
Cast: Neenasam Satish, Sindhu Loknath
Arasu Anthare, who shot to fame with the lyrics of the song Ellalu Oduva Manase in the film Siddlingu, makes his directorial debut with Love In Mandya.
“The film begins in Mandya and moves to Tamil Nadu. The boy and girl elope from their homes and that has a comical touch,” says Anthare.
The film has four villains, who do not mouth any dialogues, and that is unique to the movie’s narrative, he adds.
“I play a cable guy, who is a fan of Ambarish," says Neenasam Satish. "I fall in love with this girl and we end up running away from home. I take her to Tamil Nadu without being serious about how to lead my life,” he says.
Sindhu Loknath explains her role in the movie: “I play a simple village belle, who is naughty and fights a lot. She ends up falling in love with the guy with whom she fights often.”
The music is by Anoop Seelin. The song Current Hoda Timealli has been sung by Bappi Lahiri. He last sang a Kannada song for the movie Africadalli Sheela. The song Opkondbutlu Kanla has gone viral on the Internet.
Sugunan is the cinematographer and Uday Mehta has produced the movie. It has been shot on location in Mandya, Hosur and Chikkamagaluru.
Director: V Murali
Cast: Komal Kumar, Aishwarya Menon, Gayathri, Anaswara Kumar, Nurse Jayalakshmi
Namo Bhootatma is a remake of the Tamil hit Yaamirukka Bayamey, which again is reportedly is a remake of the Korean film The Quiet Family.
This horror comedy boasts of an impressive cast of four heroines -- Aishwarya Menon, Gayathri, Anaswara Kumar and Nurse Jayalakshmi -- and comedy star, Komal.
Choreographer-turned-director Murali says the film confuses the audience about the existence of a ghost. “The movie focuses on financial problems," he says.
Talking about his character in the film, Komal says, "I play someone, who doesn’t believe in ghosts but is horrified when he sees one. The situation I am in creates the laughter."
Aishwarya Menon, who is starring in her second Kannada film after Dasavala, plays Komal’s live-in partner.
Anaswara Kumar plays the same role as she did in the original Kannada version. "I scare the hell out of the audience. I am lucky to be playing the same role for a new audience,” she says.
Gayathri plays a seductress and sister of Harish Raj. Nikitha Thukral plays herself in a cameo role.
Telugu comedian Ali makes his debut in Kannada cinema.
Farhan Roshan has scored the music. He has roped in Daler Mahendi and Komal to sing a song.
Somasundaram (Arul) is the cinematographer. Elred Kumar, who produced the Tamil original, has co-produced the film with Shruti Belliappa and Komal.
The film has been shot in Bengaluru and Madikeri.
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