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In the name of God

Yograj Bhat is busy writing a role for Puneet. It's going to be his best ever, he says with conviction

Photos: Bhagya Prakash K. and Murali Kumar K.

SUCCESSFUL COMBO Yograj Bhat and Puneet Rajkumar

After the moderate success of “Pancharangi” Yograj Bhat is back to his familiar pose behind the writing table, slouched over a pad with a sheaf of papers and the ubiquitous cigarette dangling from his left hand while he scribbles away. He's writing his most complex script for “Paramathma”, his next venture starring Puneet. “I hope to surprise Puneet's fans with the way I've dealt with his character,” says the unassuming director. Yograj is also co-producing the film but will not compromise on the budget.

Puneet does not play a double role but his fans will get to watch two Puneets. You can scratch your head but it will be some more time before he reveals more. Yograj is not apprehensive about Puneet's abilities but feels the ‘Power Star' will be drained by the end of the film. “I'm sure this will be his best performance yet,” says Yograj, who's already written a song that's bound to be a chart-buster.

“I want to show audiences something they've never seen in Kannada before. I'm confident I'll satisfy my fans as well as Puneet's.”

The film will also star Anant Nag and Rangayana Raghu. For the first time Yograj plans to travel abroad to shoot a couple of the songs. “Melody is a casualty in Kannada film songs today and I hope to bring that back.”

Meanwhile he confesses that undue credit is being given to him for the hit song he supposedly wrote for ‘Super'.

“All credit should go to Upendra. I gave them the first line but the rest was re-written,” says the prolific lyric writer. “Paramathma” goes on the floors early next year.

The tides have changed for Yograj's understudy Suri too. “Jackie” has been declared a super-hit and the Raj Kumar family has signed him for yet another film to star Puneet. The film has been titled “Anna Bond” and will start after Yograj finishes.

Suri meanwhile is getting married to Pallavi a talented painter on December 8 atthe 8 {+t} {+h} of this month at the Kollur Mookambike temple. Suri has known Pallavi for some time but the clincher was when his mother to whom he's very close took an instant liking for Pallavi.

“It'll be a simple affair with close friends and family,” says a beaming Suri who didn't want to get married till he was successful. Today he is easily among the most sought after directors along with his Guru.

Upendra wields the megaphone after a decade and there's bound to be excitement at the theatres showing “Super” today. It'll be a typical Uppi film with snappy one-liners that'll have his fans hooting in appreciation. He was reluctant to go behind the camera apparently apprehensive about his fans expectations but Rockline Venkatesh convinced him and if reports are to be believed has a winner on his hands.

The ‘industry talk' is very positive and distributors have grabbed the film for astronomical rates. With Nayantara playing the female lead the film will be dubbed in the other three South Indian languages too. I'm not a fan of his style of filmmaking but hope the film does well for the industry to flourish.

S. Shiva Kumar

sshivu@yahoo.com

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