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Dark underbelly of a city

M. L. NARASIMHAM

It’s guns and gangsters taking centre stage in ‘Nagaram’.



About the city Srikanth-Kaveri Jha starrer ‘Nagaram’ is slated for next month.

Srikanth of late has been experimenting with his screen roles after his performance in the last year’s runaway hit, Operation Duryodhana. The actor dons a gangster role in Nagaram directed by debutant C.C. Srinivasa Chowdhary better known as C.C.

The sprawling open space near a construction site in Nanakramguda is where the action is taking place. We rushed to the crowded shooting spot. We could spot an unkempt Srikanth and henna-dyed Pradeep Rawat besides the fight choreographers Ram and Lakshman and of course the director C.C. and the cinematographer Sarath. But to our disappointment the unit is packing up and it was only mid-noon.

“Don’t worry,” says the producer “The next scene of action is at the police station set in the Ramanaidu studio complex here,” he said.

“The film is based on the Tamil hit, Thalai Nagaram (capital city),” reveals producer Kishore Babu during the tea break. He hastened to add, “But we have taken only the main thread and rewrote about 80 per cent of the script and scenes.”

As we reminisces the genesis of Nagaram, a unit hand informed us that the shoot is about to commence at the police station set. “Pradeep Rawat’s work is over for the day, now it is the turn of Jagapathi Babu taking on Srikanth,” says Kishore.

A few youngsters stand behind Srikanth while Jagapathi Babu talks to him.

“Jagapathi Babu plays a cop. A live wire role, that sets the story moving into an unexpected turn and we can not think of any other actor playing it. As you already know that Srikanth plays a gangster, it is not one of those regular mafia don kind of roles. It is set in an entirely new dimension. The character is penned on more of emotional upheavals than on bloodshed. It showcases the flip side of a gangster’s life. One can find all sorts of raw emotions in Srikanth’s role.

Kaveri Jha is making her debut in Telugu. She is cast as a research student and her thesis is on the personal life of gangsters,” he smiles. The focus shifts on the director who is watching the shoot on the monitor. "C.C. worked as an assistant to Samudra and Krishnavamsy. Technically the film will be on par with any Bollywood blockbusters.

Chakri composed the five songs, three duets and two special songs. Manisha Koirala performs one of those special songs and the other will be shot on a Mumbai actor Monalisa, from February 4"

The movie is slated for release in the same month.

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