As the inauspicious Dhanurmasa month is set to start on December 16th, there is a flurry of poojas for new Kannada films in the past one week.
One big film that was launched on Wednesday (December 14) at the Kanteerava Studios was Kalpana starring Upendra in the lead. Kalpana is the Kannada remake of Tamil hit Kaanchana directed by Raghava Lawrence.
The Kannada remake is being produced and directed by Ram Narayan, a veteran who has directed over 125 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
Upendra had come to the muhurath along with his family as December 14 was his marriage anniversary. Upendra and his wife actress Priyanka exchanged garlands in front of hundreds of fans of the actor and film industry dignitaries.
Ram Narayan who obtained the remake rights for Kannada is now making the film under his Sri Tenaandaal Films banner. Dialogue King Sai Kumar will be playing a special role in the film which was done by actor Sharath Kumar in the original. Shruthi is playing another crucial role in the film.
Lakshmi Rai who was the heroine in the original has been chosen in the same role opposite Upendra in this film. Lakshmi Rai hails from Belgaum and knows Kannada very well. She has already worked in the Kannada film Snehaana Preethinaa in which she teamed up with Darshan.
Speaking at the after launch of the film, Upendra said that he liked the Tamil film very much. "The film has lot of comedy and elements of horror which has been narrated in an interesting manner. It will be a totally different film for me", said Upendra.
Ram Narayan said that the film will be made with richer production values than the original film. "I am happy that Upendra sir agreed to work in the film. The comedy in the film is the major attraction. I am sure that this film will be a treat for Upendra sir`s fans", said Ram Narayan.
Hari Krishna is the music director of the film for which K.S. Selvaraj is the cinematographer. Dwarki who directed a few Kannada films including Maththe Mungaru is the co-director and dialogue writer of this film.
The regular shooting of Kalpana will resume from December 21, says Ram Narayan.