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Theatre and film director Nagabharana’s Kaanoorayana releases today

Nothing that Nagabharana does, ever goes unnoticed. Be it directing a play, acting in a serial or making films. Anything he does has that classic Indian touch, enriched with rustic music and ambience. His films come as a breath of fresh air amidst other films, which are loaded with Western lifestyles. He has proved this point with films like Janumada Jodi (Shiva Rajkumar and Shilpa), Nagamandala (Prakash Raj and Vijayalakshmi) to name a few, which went on to be massive hits.

The man, who has now forayed into the small screen as an actor with the serial Brahmagantu, is all set to release his next film – Kaanoorayana – with Sonu Gowda and Skanda Ashok (Radha Ramana fame) in the lead.

The award-winning director says he started working on the film two years ago, “when I was involved in a few de-addiction camps in Dharmasthala. Pannaga (son) and I created four documentaries for some of their rural projects. The topic covered was drug abuse and they were made like docu-dramas,” starts Nagabharana, who then adds that Veerendra Heggade (dharmadhikari of the Dharmasthala temple) was “so impressed with the results that he wanted these kinds of works to reach a larger audience. That is how I got Kaanoorayana.”

The film is based on women empowerment and rural upliftment, an inititaive by Shri Kshetra Dharmastala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), a charitable trust established in 1982. Dr Manjunath, the music director for one of the rural projects, suggested Nagabharana make a film and gave him the material from their projects, which deals with micro financing, skill developments, village development and how a society can become self-sustainable. “Apart from this, there were many success stories about women entrepreneurship too,” says Nagabharana, adding that he was “inspired by these true life stories” and “decided to make Kaanoorayana. Manjunath’s contribution was to bring in the realistic challenges people faced when they started these projects. He took me to meet villagers who had succeeded in such projects, despite hurdles. When we brought in those elements, a powerful drama propped up in our story.”

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The film talks about how women have the power to change situations. Pannaga and Manjunath worked on the script along with Nagabharana.

The next step, he says was to arrange for the finance. “We put up a Facebook page asking people to donate just Rs 20 each for this film. It was done out of curiosity and within in a week we had 20 lakh women accepting our invitation and encouraging us to make the film. They also have an internal contact system, weekly meetings and payments, all of which have been incorporated in the story.”

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Printable version | Jan 18, 2020 5:30:12 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/contemporary-folklore/article23693080.ece

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