A simple journey

K Shivarudraiah, an award-winning filmmaker and an avid photographer, is all set to release his next film, Ramana Savari. The film, produced by Stroiney Joseph Pais, is based on the story Ramana Savari Santhege Hodaddu, written by K Sadashiva, from Mysuru.

“It is a simple story about a child,” starts Shivarudraiah, who is known for films such as Marikondavaru, Chaitrada Chiguru, Daatu and Moodalaseemeli. He mines “short stories and Kannada literature” for content. “Most of the films I make are woman-oriented and are based on books. I love narrating a story that has a strong message and content.”

About Ramana Savri, he says he first “heard Girish Kasaravalli wanted to make Ramana Savari Santhege Hodaddu into a film. He wanted to make it into an animation film using graphics, but the project never took off. I asked him if I could go ahead and make this story into a film. He graciously agreed and also wrote the script for Ramana Savari,” beams Shivarudraiah, who first tried making this children’s story into a film but “did not get the financial support or encouragement. Finally, we completed the shoot and it is in the post production stage.”

A simple journey

He explains that Ramana Savari is the “story of a child who is affected by the misunderstanding between his parents and their separation. The boy, Rama, is separated from his father when he is three and lives with his mother and maternal grand parents. The story takes off from a fair, where Rama meets his father for the very first time after the separation.”

From there, explains the director, the film talks about the importance of a balanced family to nurture a child. Shivarudraiah says he has used nature as the backdrop of the film and set the film in Theerthahalli, Shivmogga and Sagara.

“The film is also an attempt to let tech-savvy children know there is another world — one brimming with greenery and mountains. The film has wooden, handmade toys, traditional games, and a scene with a rural fair, which existed in our country for years. Today, children shop in malls or online. This film, shows children the simplicity of life if we live amidst nature and away from technology,” adds the director.

Ramana Savari stars Nataranga Rajesh, Sonu Gowda and Sudha Belawadi in pivotal roles while Vijayprakash, Chinta and Anuradha Bhat are playback singers.

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