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Kannada film "Gali Pata" : 'Mungaru Male' brings bonanza for
director and hero
By R.G. Vijayasarathy
Bangalore, July 1 The phenomenal success of "Mungaru Male"
has spelt a record fee hike for its hero and director in the
forthcoming Kannada film "Gali Pata".
Yogaraj Bhat, director of "Mungaru Male", will be wielding the
megaphone in "Gali Pata" for an unprecedented remuneration of
According to his agreement with the producers, if the film does
a business of over Rs.80 million, Bhat will receive a further
bonus of Rs.3.5 million.
Ganesh, the most popular star here, has been signed for "Gali
Pata" for a whopping fee of Rs.7 million.
The producers, SPR Enterprises, expect the film, which has a
budget of Rs.65 million, to do business of around Rs.100
Andhra Pradesh-based industrialist Suryaprakash Rao and
well-known producer M.N. Rathnam control SPR Enerprises. Rathnam
is a big name in South Indian cinema and has produced films like
"Indian" and "Mudhalvan" in Tamil and "Bangaram" in Telugu,
besides "Nayak" in Hindi.
Dayal Padmanabhan, executive producer of SPR Enterprises, said
the producers have also signed up R. Rathnavelu, the
highest-paid cinematographer of the south Indian film industry
for the film.
According to Dayal, the film will be shot at a stretch for 65
days in locations like Theerthahalli, Kodachaadri Hills,
Sakleshpur and Bangalore.