May 10, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Never has been director Neelakanta so politically correct, cautious while speaking to film scribes, he consciously avoids using words like 'commercial', 'formula', 'regular' and keeps reiterating that he loves 'such' kind of cinema. To be clear, the director who made Show, Missamma, Virodhi had seriously decided to make formula films as the 100 percent effort he is putting in to make meaningful cinema is stopping short of making money at the BO and is settling for only good reviews.
So as his latest film Chammak Challo goes through post-production, Neelakanta spills very few details about the project and talks the right quantity about the film that is due for release in June.
He expresses his happiness at the way the film shaped out, "I'm enjoying the entire process, I'm actually open to any kind of films, I love this genre, it is just that I'm doing it for the first time..more relaxed and entertaining. The word entertainment is subjective but there is one general entertainment that everyone likes and this falls under the category. It's a challenge to do this type of film, it also needs creativity, to make it entertaining and unique compared to the rest of the films in that genre."
He adds that he had this subject lying with him for many years and was toying with the idea to take it to the sets. This is the right time he quips. "It's a change for me and also has the potential to reach a maximum audience. I would describe it as an intensely romantic film and by intense I don't mean serious. I took a very prominent point connected with the youth, and the families, weaved a story around it. I won't call it light-hearted, it has the right amount of intensity."
Sanchita Padukone and Catherine are both from Karnataka and Kerala respectively. Varun Sandesh's look in the film is different and he rendered a number that will surprise all and the director describes it as full of depth. It is shot in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kadapa, the latter because of it's architectural beauty in some areas. Sayaji Shinde played an interesting character. The tagline of Chammak Challo is tentatively titled 'Love ki logic ledhu'.
He signs off but not before repeating, "I have a lot of respect for this kind of films and love them."