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‘Naayak’ shooting in Slovenia, Iceland

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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Director Vinayak says what he has captured in these locales is totally different

A still from the movie ‘Naayak’.— Photo: By Arrangement
A still from the movie ‘Naayak’.— Photo: By Arrangement

If film buffs thought seeing one song with the hero chasing his lady around trees in a seemingly-exotic locale was akin to seeing them all, think again, for this one will be something people have never seen so far on the big screen.

The dare comes from a director who gave us ‘Aadi’ to ‘Adurs’, ‘Chennakesava Reddy’ to ‘Dil’ and ‘Tagore’ to ‘Badrinath’.

“I agree one has literally seen them all, thus far - from the Swiss Alps to the Scottish Highlands, the British castles to Spanish beaches. But what I have canned in Slovenia of Central Europe, along the Adriatic Sea coast, is officially the first as far as Indian movies go,” quips V.V. Vinayak.

The director is giving finishing touches to ‘Naayak’, the latest Ram Charan-starrer with Kajal Agarwal and Amala Paul in the lead, lending more than glamour in this commercial entertainer that he swears will be clean, full of fights and a thick comedy track with Brahmi @ Brahmanandam as ‘Jilebi’! And oh! Yes, there is an item number with a charming Charmme too.

Ask him about what’s new about this approximately nine-month project (if one were to take only the shooting part) and the director says, “It goes without saying that it will be different from my earlier films, but surely packaged as a commercial entertainer that viewers of different age groups will enjoy. As for the backdrop, it is yet another case of ‘good vs evil’ and how the former triumphs in the end.” So ‘Naayak’ does appear to hold promise. For one thing it is the trio in the lead and for another it has S.S. Thaman with some fresh music in the six songs, in what is his first project working with Vinayak and Ram Charan. Others in the cast include Jayaprakash Reddy, M.S. Narayana, Raghu Babu, Dev Gill and Ashish Vidyarthi too, apart from Pradeep Rawat.

All set for a Sankranthi release, Vinayak does not want to reveal much about his creation and is content just saying, “I have an ace in this film that I will not reveal.”

Continue to prod him to talk about his experiences canning ‘Naayak’ and he blinks twice before narrating how tough it was, working with a bone-chilling wind in zero, if not sub-zero temperatures in the Blue Lagoon of Iceland. “It was encouraging to see the stars gritting their teeth and shivering, away from the camera and concealing their physical responses to the harsh cold as soon as I said ‘ACTION’ and hearing the word, ‘ROLLING’,” Vinayak smiles, signing off.

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