Jayanagar 4th Block, a 30-minute-film, is indeed a slice of life, focussing on friendship and the frequent visitors to the area. Typically a mood piece, the storyline is about the beauty that lies within friendship, captured well by the writer and upcoming actor Dhananjay, who took three months to write the story. "My debut, Director's Special took almost three years in the making and this short film was done during that time because I could not get rid of my beard and I was not offered any other role. I used to visit Jayanagar 4th block regularly, particularly to study characters for my own benefit and those experiences turned into a script which was narrated to the director, D Sathyaprakash," says Dhanu.
The film is pensive and the plot revolves around Dhananjay, who comes to Bangalore with a dream of becoming a hero. He meets Venki (Subbarayaru), who is enjoying his retired life, a little girl Rani (Divya) and a eunuch, Mangalamukhi (Priyanka). Venki is often seen sitting on stone benches, listening to Rani's math tables, after which he is bound to buy flowers from her everyday. Dhananjay gets friendly with the two and the stone benches becomes a place to share their joys and sorrows.
On the same lane, Dhananjay meets Mangalamukhi, who often bothers him for money in return of a blessing. And they become friends.
The film also revolves around a girl and a boy, Bimbashree and Dharmana Kadur, who bump into each other while selling balloons and candies. Both get attracted, become a couple and are blessed with a child.
The moral of the story is - there is no age for friendship, provided you bond with people. "Bangaloreans are too busy with gadgets and have no time for friendship. Though we are surrounded with a good lot of people, we tend to behave like strangers. This particular film is an example, which will influence people to bond and be friendly," says Dhananjay.
The film is made on a miniscule budget and the actor says that it is always difficult to convince producers with such kind of subjects. "So it was just limited to half-an-hour, and was shot in three days. I am writing another script, which might take a year. It will have another set of characters whom we meet in our daily lives," he says.