Revisiting crime is something that many would abhor and surprisingly, director Srinivas Raju too agrees. Living through Dandupalya and now, its sequel, with all the grisly crime sequences, pain, blood and agony, the director avers that he is not doing just out of commercial interest, but because there is a lot more to be told, which was not possible in the two-hour slot given for the first.
“There is a lot more in Dandupalya, which people should know. I myself will not think of trying another genre like it after the sequel, because in the process, I have seen so much of pain,” he says and confesses that he hates such movies. “As a maker, if you ask me, I love to make a film on Ramayana, through which we can send across a message.
Except crime, everything else can be enjoyable. However we should be aware of unsavoury aspects of life too. Crime has no message, so people should watch and forget,” he points out.
With the sequel having materialised this year, the film will now go on floors from March 24. And, going by the first look of
Dandupalya 2, which was revealed to City Express, it looks like the film will continue to generate interest among the audience. “Part one was just a sample, the real stuff lies in part two. What was shown in Dandupalya was just 20 per cent; the remaining will be revealed in the sequel,” he says.
According to the director, he was timebound with the first part, but has spent ample time on the sequel. “I felt I couldn’t do much justice to Dandupalya because of the time factor. For the sequel, I took time to elaborate. Even a good theme, if it goes wrong for the first time, people would not like to watch the sequel. Fortunately Dandupalya worked. Since I now know the pulse of the audience, I could improve accordingly. Each and every scene will go beyond the expectation of the audience who watched the first part. I request people that they should come with a blank mind because what they expect will not be there,” he notes.
The director also asserts that after seeing the stills or the film, he should not be branded as a director belonging to the crime genre. “I did movies like Shivam, Puttanna and I can also do a film like Dandupalya. I want people to see it as a product,” he says.
While Srinivas retains most of the star cast — Pooja Gandhi, Makarand Deshpande, Kari Subbu, Ravi Kale, Yathiraj, Jayadev Mohan, among others of the part one, he will be including four more artistes, about whom he plans to reveal in due course of time. "Arjun Janya is the music director and Venkat Prasad is the cameraman," says Srinivas.