BANGALORE: A number of star kids are realising their Sandalwood dreams these days. While we recently saw the launch of Vinay Raghavendra and Manoranjan Ravichandran, next on line is Rajavardan, son of Dhingri Nagaraj. A multi-faceted personality in Kannada films, Dhingri Nagaraj is mainly known for his comic chops in many films. Now his son will become a hero with the film FLY - First Love Yourself.
As the case is with every star’s child, Rajavardan always dreamed of acting in films. But for the young talent, FLY did not happen overnight. He, along with his director Bharath G and team, took almost a year-and-a-half to get the script ready and complete the pre-production work for the film. “We started with FLY in 2012 and made the announcement in 2014. I wanted my debut to create an identity for me and we made sure to get into every detail of filmmaking,” says Rajavardan, who recently pulled off the title launch with much fanfare.
FLY being an adventurous journey mixes travel with romance. So, we didn’t wish to keep it simple. We initially thought of bringing in a chopper to launch the title, but finally it happened with parachutes. We had eight to nine cameras set by Manohar Joshi, our cameraperson for the film. He made sure that every moment of the launch was captured well,” says Rajavardan.
This event was just the beginning for the makers who will be launching the film by next month.
Rajavardan is over six feet tall. With his chiseled features and stubble, he appears to be star material. He has done his masters in visual arts from Chitrakala Parishath and is well-read. “The film industry is like a university where there are certain subjects that need to be worked on before you make an entry. I learnt many dance styles and have been maintaining a fitness regimen under the guidance of Paani Puri Kitty. I also took a rigorous workshop on acting, dialogue delivery and stunts with director Bharath. This apart, I have been professionally trained in Taekwondo,” he says.
According to the debutant, FLY is the apt title for the script. “Bharath, who assisted Ramesh Aravind and Yogaraj Bhat, had an adventurous script, and I considered it because I felt it would be a good launch pad for my career,” says Rajavardan.
Hariprriya joins the FLY team
Hariprriya has been roped in for the film FLY opposite Rajavardan. The actress, who had become choosy after the success of Ugramm, chose to be part of Bharath’s debut project after a two-year gap. “I got busy with Telugu and Tamil films. I agreed to work on FLY because of the story and the team. In the past two years, I have heard good stories from mediocre teams and bad stories from good teams. Ranatantra with Vijay Raghavendra was an old commitment that I had signed one-and-a-half-years back. While I was shooting for the film, Bharath came and narrated his story to me, and I found it interesting. The tagline of FLY, which is First Love Yourself, is relevant to my life. I think a few of my adventurous wishes will get fulfilled through this film,” she says.