The film Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole, which is being made under Thoogudeepa productions seems to be lapping up many firsts. While it is the the first film of lyricist-turned-director Kaviraj, who has completed the first schedule of his debut project, the makers have also considered roping in Suraj Gowda, a first-timer in the acting arena.
But what makes the many firsts more interesting is the fact that senior actor Anant Nag has actually steered some car stunts on his own for the first time in his long career. According to Kaviraj, Nag was adamant to sit behind the wheels and drive during the thrilling shots. “He drove the car for four days continuously, from morning till evening, and undertook some risky stunt sequences on busy roads. He was not ready to get down from the car at all. It was unbelievable to watch his energy,” Kaviraj says.
The first experience
Personally for Kaviraj, the schedule of the film has been a confidence booster and he admits that he was nervous when he started. However, as the shooting proceeded, everybody around him could feel his conviction. “I had some clarity and their opinion was that I was not working like a first-time director, which was really good to hear,” he says.
His first-time experience also helped him to understand the mind of newcomer Suraj Gowda. “For the initial two days he did feel nervous, but now he is perfecting the art and getting comfortable in front of the camera,” he says.
The director who started his work from April 29, worked for 20 days with the team and has already completed 50 per cent of the shoot. “We never went outside of our plans and I think we are already ahead of the schedule. The credit goes to Thoogudeepa productions who gave me a good team and that made everything fall in place,” he says.
The films stars Suraj Gowda, Amulya, Anant Nag and Achyut Rao and according the director, a special mention should be made about Amulya. “She is shown in a completely different light,” he reveals.
The next schedule will be in July and he will follow it with a shoot in Chikkamagaluru in September. “We are planning a few scenes in India and will travel abroad for two songs. We are yet to identify the location,” he says.
Still in demand as a lyricist
Commenting on losing his lyricist job over to that of a director, Kaviraj says, “At one point, I was scared whether people will stop asking me to write lyrics. But it is the other way round. The demand has only got higher and I am more happy to write for them.”