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I'm not making films for charity: Nagathihalli
By R.G. Vijayasarathy, Indo-Asian News Service
Bangalore, July 24 (IANS) Well-known Kannada film director
Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, whose "Amruthadhaare" just
completed 28 weeks in theatres here, says he makes films purely
"I am not making films for charity and want to get my money
back. I also want to entertain people," said the director.
"Frankly speaking, though I expected the film to strike a chord
with the family audiences, the level of success has surprised
me," Chandrashekhar told IANS.
About Amitabh Bachchan's guest appearance in "Amruthadhaare", he
said: "Amitabh-ji was a perfect choice for the role he played.
He did a great job in that five-minute role."
Excerpts from an interview:.
Q: You had started out by making
films on a shoestring budget but now spend extravagantly on
projects with songs shot abroad.
A: I don't think that I am deliberately going commercial by
shooting song sequences abroad. I just shoot sequences according
to the script. I firmly believe that though I narrate different
types of scripts on the screen, I have to engage the audience
throughout the film and it depends on good visuals and quality
I am not making films for charity and want to get my money back.
I also want to entertain people. I became a popular writer
because my writing struck a chord with the readers. I want to
repeat the experiment when I am making a film.
Q: "Amruthadhaare" has become a big hit. Did you expect this?
What do you think is the major attraction of the film?
A: Frankly speaking, though I expected the film to strike a
chord with the family audiences, the level of success has
surprised me. Many people warned me that my film was too
"classy" and might attract only a limited audience. But young
people have thronged the theatres to see the film.
I think it is the success of the Kannada audience who were dying
for a good film that was clean and progressive.
Q: Do you think the presence of Amitabh Bachchan in the film
A: Amitabh-ji was a perfect choice for the role he played. He
played Amitabh himself. He did a great job in that five-minute
role. I did not dream that he would accept the role when I sent
the script to him through one of my contacts.
Q: Most of your films have strong musical content. Is this
because you take more interest in the music and write lyrics for
A: I think lyrics are as important as the music. Happily, my NRI
friend Mano Murthy from the US, a terrific music buff, helped me
out by providing top-class music for three of my films.
Earlier films like "America And America" and "Nanna Preethiya
Hudugi", for which he scored music, became box-office hits
because of the rich and fresh compositions. Now people are
telling me that the music is a strong point even in "Amruthadhaare".
Q: Don't you think cinematography, too, played an important role
in the success of "Amruthadhaare"?
A: Cameraman Krishna Kumar has always been a great asset to me.
Though I had shot the songs sequences of all my earlier films
abroad, this time I preferred some undiscovered shooting spots
in the country. It was like a 'Bharat darshan', which involved
shooting from Kanyakumari to Leh and Ladakh.
Q: Expectations were high from Upendra-starrer "Superstar". Why
did it fail to meet people's expectations?
A: I think there is no point in post mortems. I have a lot of
respect for stars like Upendra and Ravichandran who rise above
the prejudices of the trade and agree to work in films that are
slightly different. If everything falls into place, I will again
work with Uppi and direct a successful film.
Q: Is it true that you are directing a film with Vishnuvardhan?
A: He has been highly appreciative of my work since my first
film. I will be working with him in a new film to be produced by
K. Manju. We are now in the process of shooting two song
sequences in Amsterdam. Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini are
participating in the shooting. But I would not like to divulge
anything about the film's story.
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