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Anant Nag returns to small screen

Muralidhara Khajane
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Anant Nag
Anant Nag

Actor Anant Nag is returning to small screen after a hiatus. Considered to be one of the leading actors in Kannada industry, Anant Nag’s last serial was Preethi Illada Mele directed by Vinu Balanja in 2006.

He will now act simultaneously in two serials: Lottery directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekar and Chitte Hejje by Vinu Balanja.

Anant Nag’s association with small screen began with Malgudi Days , directed by his brother Shankar Nag. Malgudi Days , based on the short stories by R.K. Narayan, created a history of sorts in television during the Doordarshan period. After Malgudi Days , Anant Nag became a favourite in small screen through his performance in Garva directed by Prakash Belwadi.

He essayed the role of the Lokayukta in Preethi Illada Mele, which is about life in a traditional society, wherein information technology brings in changes.

Now, Vinu Balanja has persuaded Anant Nag to essay the role of an environmentalist. Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Balanja said though he wrote the basic track of the serial, he depended mostly on Chitte Hejje Jadu , a story by Girish Rao. “The serial focuses on ecological threat being faced by the Western Ghats, because of the lopsided policies of successive governments,” he said.

Anant Nag fights against the conspiracy by domestic and global forces. “The serial will be shot in Gundya village of Sakleshpur taluk in Hassan district, and in Mangalore,” he said.

Lottery, according to film and tele-serial maker Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, is based on a story by Kannada writer M.S. Sriram.

He will act

in two serials — Lottery and Chitte Hejje


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