Director Nanda Kishore, who has started shooting for the film Adyaksha, has roped in a Mumbai beauty Hebah Patel as the lead opposite actor Sharan. Adyaksha is a remake of the Tamil film Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam. The film crew is currently at Honganur village, near Channapatna.
The directors confirms the news and tells us why he chose Hebah. “When I was holding the auditions, I came across this heroine whose presentation was good and she fit the bill. When I saw her, she looked like actress Simran to me,” says Kishore, who is planning to have a new screen name for Hebah. “We want to match the name to the Kannada sensibilities and be decided shortly by us.”
Hebah, who started with a Tamil film Thirumanam Enum Nikkah opposite Jai, has also made her mark with Telugu too. She now feels that Adyaksha will be a good launch pad in Sandalwood for her. She says, “Kannadadali work madodake eshta. I have seen the Tamil original and that’s why I chose to be part of the remake. Two weeks on the sets and I feel have never seen a director as patient as Nanda Kishore,” says Hebah. Though she is from Mumbai, Hebah is comfortable in south Indian languages.
“I started off with commercials and was looking out for a career in Hindi films when I got offers from the South. I realised movie making anywhere will be the same except for the making and the language. Though my films are yet to release, I feel good to have made the right choices,” she says.