Producer Ramamurthy wins race, bags coveted Jodethu title

With the title in place, the producer is putting together a team of writers from Bengaluru and Chennai to work on the script; Ramamurthy is keen to cast Darshan as lead

Published: 14th May 2019 09:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2019 09:03 AM   |  A+A-


By Express News Service

A Jodethu, meaning a pair of bulls, was a word uttered by Darshan at actor-politician Sumalatha’s press conference. Ever since, it has been the talk of the town. In fact, a few filmmakers had immediately rushed to register the title at the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC). The lucky person to have bagged this title is producer M G Ramamurthy.

Confirming the news, Ramamurthy says the title has been registered under the Chitra Kuteera banner. “Since I was the first to apply for the title request at the Film Chamber, I was able to bag it,” says Ramamurthy, who is putting together a team of writers from Bengaluru and Chennai to work on a story that will suit the title.

According to the producer, it will be a multi-starrer with Darshan in the lead. If things go as planned, this could be their 55th film together.  “If the team comes up with a good story that suits the title, and if Darshan agrees, Jodethu might be our 55th film together. Otherwise, it will one of our future projects to be made with the actor,” Ramamurthy says, adding that the other hero will be decided after Darshan makes his decision. Right now, we are working on the script. It is going to be a commercial film from our end. Whether it will have political element or not is something we will know after the story board is done,” he adds.

Darshan is waiting for the release of Muniratna Kurukshetra and Odeya, while at present, he is shooting for Tharun Sudhir’s Roberrt. The Challenging Star also has Rajendra Singh Babu’s historical drama, Gandugali Madakari Nayaka which will be produced by Rockline Venkatesh.

No political connection to Ganesh’s Elidiyappa
While Nikhil Elidiyappa was another title much in demand, producer A Ganesh has decided to get rid of the name, and has decided to go ahead with Elidiayappa for his next productional venture. “I wanted to register this title two months ago, since I was looking for a coloquial and catchy title. I want to clarify that it is no way connected to politics or politicians,” says Ganesh, who formally launched the title on May 13.  He adds that the story— based on father-son sentiments--is getting ready.

“This will be a commercial thriller, made with a Rs 17 crore budget. I am planning to rope in a star cast, and I am in talks with a well-known director from the Telugu industry,” he says.  While he initially wanted to wait for the poll results to make this announcement, he decided to not wait considering the demand for any form of the name. Right now, he has actors Rakshit Shetty, Sriimurali and Ravi Chandran in mind. “In fact I am keen to have Shivarajkuamar on board and plan to approach him soon. It will depend on the dates,” he says.

Kalethu bagged by producer Vijay Kumar
Yet another title that was in demand was Kalethu (meaning a pair of bulls who are thieves). This was bagged by Vijay Kumar, a producer and syndicate member of KFCC. However, the producer wants to wait before starting work on the project.

Nikhil Elidiyappa title registered under KFCC
Title Nikhil Elidiyappa has been registered under Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce,  an alternate body that was established in 2015.  Krishne Gowda, the president of this new film chamber wants to produce and direct the film.

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