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Dr. Bharat Reddy

Dr. Bharat Reddy  

Vignettes of Veerappan

It's amazing how passion can help a man push boundaries. Sources close to director AMR Ramesh, whose Vanayudham is based on the rise and fall of the forest brigand Veerappan, claim that the film gives an accurate account of the life and times of the brigand and is based on research conducted by the director over a period of 12 years. “I was always interested in Veerappan. In fact, I was following reports about him even before he kidnapped Kannada actor Rajkumar,” says the director, whose film “Cyanide,” which was on the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, won much praise from various quarters.

The man, who has travelled extensively to various prisons across the southern states to meet and interview associates of the brigand for his film, claims, “Ninety-five per cent of the places shown in the film are those where Veerappan lived and moved about. Nagappa, who was kidnapped along with Rajkumar, and Muhil Sivakumaran, an associate of Veerappan, have also acted in this film.”

Kishore plays the role of Veerappan, while Arjun plays the role of a top cop, who finally ensured that the long arm of the law caught up with the brigand. Vijayalakshmi plays Muthulakshmi, wife of the brigand. Ramesh says, “I wish to emphasise that we haven't made this film to hurt anybody. We have just tried to present the facts.”

Medicine man's marquee affair

Good work never goes unnoticed. Standing testimony to this fact is the number of projects Dr. Bharat Reddy, who played the role of a cop reporting to Kamal Hassan in “Unnaipol Oruvan,” has in his kitty today. “I play the second hero in the Mano-directed ‘Ragalapuram,' which features Karunas in the lead. The film has both action and comedy; while Karunas takes care of the comedy part, I take care of the action quotient. Both of us play cops. Impressed with my performance in ‘Unnaipol Oruvan,' the director offered me this role,” says Dr. Reddy.

“Apart from ‘Ragalapuram,' I play the son of the villain in ‘Saguni,' which has Karthi playing the lead. I am also working on director Muruganandam's ‘Mallukattu' in Tamil. In Telugu, I have Lawrence's ‘Rebel,' which features Prabhas in the lead, and ‘One Day,' a film directed by Chinas,” says Dr. Reddy, who works at the Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad.

Novel strategy

Tamil filmmakers are coming up with not only fresh scripts, but also with fresh marketing strategies. The latest one is from the unit of “Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom.” The unit has apparently got a website designed with jigsaw puzzles on it as part of its strategy to promote the film. The pictures used for the puzzles are all stills from the movie, which has been directed by Balaji Tharaneetharan. Says Sathish, co-producer, “We launched the site http://nkpkthemovie.com/ a couple of days ago. There are three jigsaw puzzles in all and if a player manages to solve all three in the stipulated time, a message box appears asking for his name and mail id. Once winners send in their entries, we gift them T-shirts of our movie. Already, 30 people have managed to solve the puzzles, and T-shirts have been despatched to 10 winners.”

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