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Switching roles Despite getting the lead role in the recently released film “Sundari Ganda Sadananda”, actor Sharan who is more popular as a comedian in Kannada films, doesn’t shy away from working as an understudy to established heroes. He has already signed two films featuring Shivaraj Kumar. “Sundari Alla Sadananda is just an unexpected opportunity. Since I filled in the requirement of the role, I was selected for the film,” says Sharan, who is now acting with Shivaraj Kumar in “Parameshi Paanwala”and “Nanda” which are now being shot in outdoor locations of Bangalore.

“I would like to do different type of characters. But what can I do if fans prefer to see me in comedy roles. I will accept any role through which I can display my talents,” says Sharan.

Gurudutt’s next

Sudeep’s forthcoming film “Kaamannana Makkalu” which is all set to release today is directed by Actor Gurudutt. He had earlier directed hit film “Datta” with Darshan and Ramya, the film is a start to finish comedy entertainer made to entertain Kannada film fans. Guru admits that the film is a remake of Malayalam hit “Thommanum Makkalum” which had Mammotty in the lead role.

Gurudutt is already busy working on his new film with Sudeep again. The film will have Ramya as the heroine and will be directed by P.N. Sathya. “I had planned to make a film with Sudeep and Ramya much earlier and had even paired them in his venture Kaamannana Makkalu. But there was some date problems and Ramya could not accommodate. But now both Sudeep and Ramya will be working in this new project,” says Gurudutt, who says that his responsibility is only to manage and organise the requirements of the project and the film will be in the same league as other films which Sathya has directed,” says Gurudutt. Meanwhile, Sudeep-Ramya pair has been proving successful what with a positive response to “Mussanje Maathu”.

Darshan’s spoils

Darshan and Mallika Kapoor will dance on the beaches of Bangkok for the song shooting of the film “Arjun” produced by Jayanna and directed by Saahuraj Shinde. Delhi-based model-cum-actress Mallika Kapoor who has acted in many Tamil and Telugu films will be featured in a Kannada film for the first time in “Arjun”. The shooting of this film is almost complete. Darshan will be playing the role of a Police Inspector in the film. Arjun is all set to release in August.

Darshan is also acting in another film “Navagraha”, directed by his brother Dinakar Darshan who tasted success with his first film, “Jothe Jotheyalli”. Darshan started off well this year with a huge hit, “Gaja”. Now, we hear Navya Nair the Gaja heroine is all set to work with the lanky actor again in another film to be produced by Ramesh Yadav. She is presently working with Dr. Vishnuvardhan in the film “Namma Yajamaanaru” directed by Nagabharana.

Incidentally, Raghuraj, a young director from Andhra Pradesh is all set to direct Arjun. Search for another heroine is on and sources say glamorous actress Kamna Jethmalani is being contacted to play this role.

Good performance

Chaya Singh has delivered one of her best performances in the film “Akasha Gange” released recently. Chaya attributes it to her mentor Dinesh Babu.

Chaya Singh is now busy working in two Bhojpuri films. She has already worked in films made in all the South Indian languages. And Chaya Singh is quite excited when she speaks of her debut directorial venture for which she is now working on a script. Her friend Shreyas has also worked on the script for this film. Chaya Singh wants to direct this film in Hindi and English.