Actor Shivarajkumar’s filmography now boasts 105 films. His next, Manamohaka, is to be directed by Suni. But one look at a photo shoot done for the film and it’s difficult not to spot how similar it is to shots of Shivarajkumar’s father Rajkumar taken for films he did.
The director however clarifies that the likeness is only incidental. “The story of Manamohaka, which I have written for Shivarajkumar, is set in the 1960s and talks about a rich guy who is down to earth and who loves the life of a commoner,” he says.
Suni, who has an eye for new talent, picked up budding photographer Venu to for the photo shoot that was themed on the 1960s. “Venu is essentially a fashion photographer. I was quite impressed with his work and so decided to bring him on board for this assignment,” says Suni.
For location, the director chose a park next to Shivarajkumar’s residence and for the costumes, bell bottoms and shirts were especially tailored. “We had to bring in a tanga from Chennai as we didn’t find one here,” Suni adds.
He is surprised with the comparison of Shivanna’s photos to those of his father’s. “I only took notice when a lot of Shivanna fans started posting the pictures, comparing him and his father. My intention was to bring back the ’60s look and that has definitely done its magic,” says Suni.
Manamohaka is expected to go on the floors in June.