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COLLARS UP Ramesh: ‘Accident is rocking at PVR and the management tells me it should run for 100 days’

COLLARS UP Ramesh: ‘Accident is rocking at PVR and the management tells me it should run for 100 days’   | Photo Credit: Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.



Accident has got a positive feedback and Ramesh is cooling his heels

Ramesh is back, rejuvenated and refreshed from a trip to an island in the Andamans. “The place is absolutely divine. We stayed on an island called Radha Krishna which I think will become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the near future. Food is not a problem because most of the people there are Bengalis or Tamilians. The best thing about the place is the snorkeling. My kids had a ball,” says Ramesh. He left after the release of “Accident” and the positive feedback that he got. As usual he’s candid about the box-office collections of his film. It’s a welcome change from people who insist on giving you false, inflated figures. “It’s rocking at PVR and the management tells me it should run for 100 days,” says Ramesh. “The balcony is mostly full in the city theatres while it’s not done too well in the rural areas. The most important thing for me is that my producer is very happy.” I sometimes wonder how Ramesh has stayed afloat for more than a couple of decades in an industry full of treachery, chicanery and plastic smiles. It reinstates your fast diminishing faith that goodness does prevail. You will never find him saying anything negative about anyone nor does he seek nuggets of gossip from you. “Ramesh is a good guy and is convinced the whole world is like him. That’s the reason he’s always smiling,” says Vishnuvardhan, with a sardonic smile about his close friend.

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It’s early morning and Puneet is already shooting at Nanjangud for his next venture, “Vamshi”. The din that only a film unit is capable of making nearly drowns his voice as we speak on the phone. “The film is shaping out well. I don’t want to use the word different but the subject is interesting and I have faith in Prakash,” says a satisfied Puneet, about his cousin who directed “Milana”. I comment on his outlandish attire in his next venture “Raj”, directed by Prem. “Actually that was done in a hurry. My look in the film is entirely different and much better. That film is an entertainer. I play a struggler who wants to make it big in the film industry but get into a bigger problem. The script is pretty interesting.”

I tell him that I was terribly disappointed with his “Bindaas” and Appu agrees the quality of the film left a lot to be desired. It’s purely his crowd pulling ability that made the film a moderate success but that should not be taken for granted. “I agree I should be more careful in the future considering the faith my fans have in me.” He’ll be in Mysore for a few weeks and visit Bangalore only for his cousin Murali’s wedding. After completing “Raj” Puneet will be acting in Yograj Bhat’s next venture produced by Rockline Venkatesh.

Will Yograj write a script to suit Puneet’s image or will the star crawl in the skin of the character the director writes for him?

S. SHIVA KUMAR

sshivu@yahoo.com

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