'Kataari Veera…' to scorch silver screen tomorrow
Come Friday, die-hard fans of Upendra will throng theatres across the state to relish the first day-first show of 'Kataari Veera Sura Sundaraangi', the first Kannada movie to be made in 3-D. While the movie will be released in 3-D format at around 70 theatres, the movie's 2-D version will hit more than 100 cinema halls. Producer Munirathna has spent around 10 lakh for each theatre to enable the audience to watch the movie in 3-D format.
Touted as the most expensive Sandalwood flick, 'Kataari Veera Sura Sundaraangi' is not only expected to help Upendra regain his former glory but also entrap audience in a riot of laughter. In fact, the movie has been hogging the limelight for more than a month as Munirathna locked horns with K Manju, who produced 'Godfather', another Upendra-starrer, over the date of release of the two films.
"I faced no problems during the shooting of the film. But I found it tough to release the movie due to various reasons," said Munirathna. 'Kataari Veera Sura Sundaraangi' was initially slated for release on the same day as Puneeth Rajkumar's 'Anna Bond'; but Manju objected. Allegedly, Prasad, who bought distribution rights of 'Godfather' and 'Anna Bond', encouraged Manju to make sure 'Kataari Veera Sura Sundaraangi' got delayed. TV channels also vied among themselves in organising debates with Upendra, Munirathna and Manju. Both producers also approached Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), to find an amicable solution.
The chamber made it clear that the films will be released in the order in which they got clearance from the Regional Censor Board. Subsequently, Manju announced that 'Godfather' will be released in June as it is yet to get censor board clearance.
"Munirathna had spent a lot to make 'Kataari Veera Sura Sundaraangi'. I do not want him to incur losses by releasing 'Godfather' the same day," Manju said. The tiff between the producers also provided entertainment for Upendra's fans who relished the TV footages of Manju walking out of the meeting organised by KFCC and Upendra trying his best to get up from a sofa and Manju compelling him to sit quietly.
"Manju received some prasada (money) from Prasad. I am happy to see him wishing me success," said Munirathna.
Heaven and hell
Munirathna is leaving no stone unturned to make the film a success. To lure audience to Narthaki theatre, he has made arrangements to put up sets of heaven and hell that were used during the shooting of the film in front of the theatre.
Sources said the film will entertain a wide range of audience. The scenes from Upendra's Raktha Kanneeru, the enticing song in which Ambika shakes her leg and graphics depicting Chi Udayashankar and Dr Rajkumar will also provide comic relief, they said.
Source: Y Maheswara Reddy, DNA-Daily News & Analysis
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