Another police officer inspires a film

KANNADA FILM-MAKERS are continuing the trend of making films based on the achievements and ordeals of police officers. The latest to join the trend is Dhanaraj Mangalore, who will produce Daya Nayak for Prarthana Creations.

The real life "adventures'' of Dayanand Nayak, also known as "Daya Nayak", a Kannadiga, working for the Mumbai police force, form the theme of the movie. Sai Kumar is in the lead role.

The "muhurath'' for Daya Nayak will be held on Sunday at the Kanteerava Studio in Bangalore. Mr. Daya Nayak himself will launch the shooting by lighting a lamp. The Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order), Subash Bharani, will start the camera.

The film, to be directed by Anand P. Raju, has Avinash, Dhanaraj, Sadhu Kokila Sumitra, and a new heroine in the cast.

``Licensed to kill'' — the strap-line for Daya Nayak — apparently has a reference to the encounters of Mr. Dayanand Nayak with underworld elements in Mumbai. As many as 41 gangsters have been gunned down by him in encounters in Mumbai over the years. Mr. Dayanand Nayak, who hails from a remote village in the coastal district of Dakshina Kannada, has made a big name in the Mumbai police force where he is an Inspector in the C.I. Unit.

He has donated the cash prizes he has won, which run into lakhs of rupees, and constructed a school at his native village.

In the past, many movies have been made in Kannada based on the work of local police officers. The former Director-General of Police, H.T. Sangliana, was the subject of three films. The source of the story for Kempaiah IPS was the senior IPS officer Kempaiah, who is now Inspector-General of Police (North East Range), Gulbarga. The Assistant Commissioner of Police (CCB), Abdul Azeem's investigation of the murder of a British national was the theme of the film, Police Officer, which was released last year.

By Subramanya K V

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