Filmmaker-actor Nagashekhar continues making love stories. He is currently working on the sequel to Sanju Weds Geetha, which features visually challenged characters. The sequel is also based on a real life incident, he admits.
“I want to do a bunch of real life love stories and make a book out of it. The title remains the same in the sequel, but the story is painted on a different canvas,” says Nagashekhar, who will start shooting the movie from May 2.
“This will be a bilingual project in Kannada and Tamil. The title is registered as Ethirkaalam in Tamil,” he reveals.
Interestingly, Sanju Weds Geetha-2 (SWG-2) will see Nagashekhar as an actor for the script that he has written, while his younger brother Ramchiru will helm the camera.
“My brother is a passionate director who has worked in many short films, and SWG-2 will be his first film as a feature director. Though my brother is directing, the film will have my touch. I am sure my brother will portray love like I did in my previous films,” he says.
Nagashekhar started as a hero in Tarle Nan Maga followed by Cigarette, and is now acting in his own project.
Asked if his decision to start acting was made too late in his career, he says, “There is no such thing as ‘too late’ — age doesn’t matter. I have seen actors becoming famous after 40 years of age. I am glad that I am doing what I like. Being a hero is a lazy job with not many responsibilities, unlike the job of a director,” he explains. He decided to cast Kriti Kharbanda over Nithya Menon in the sequel.
“Since, Nithya was seen as a handicapped girl in my last film Mynaa, I chose Kriti Kharbanda to play the blind character. The talented actress has hopped on board and has even cut 50 per cent of her remuneration to be part of our film. I am glad that we have an actress who doesn’t look for super stars and goes by the script,” he says.
Nagashekhar has roped in Sadhu Kokila’s son Suraag as the music director and Girish, who has been assisting cameraman Sathya Hegde, as the cinematographer for the film.
“I will mostly have young talents working on the sequel,” he says.
Kriti is Bored of glam roles
Kriti, who prefers good content over successful lead actors, says, “The life of an actress can be very boring if she only chooses to look pretty and dance in films. I am already bored of playing such roles. I was longing to work with a director like Nagashekhar, especially after his film Mynaa. I was moved to tears when he narrated the story of SWG-2 to me,” says Kriti, who thinks it will be challenging to play a blind girl. “It is scary, but I went with my gut feeling. I have already started practising to play a blind girl. I don’t know what the future holds, but as an actor, it will be fulfilling,” she says. Kriti, who is done shooting for Superro Ranga starring Upendra, is currently busy with Belli, in which she is paired with Shivarajkumar. She is also working on Thirupathi Express, a remake of Telugu flick Venkatadri Express, opposite Suman Shailendra.