Photographer- turned- director Praveen Nayak is working on a film, Shankara, that will see actor Srinagar Kitty and Aishwarya Devan in the lead.
Praveen’s last release was Meese Chiguridaga after which he became busy with his book on Dr Rajkumar. Excited about getting back to direction after a decade, Praveen says, “Direction has always been my passion but my hands were tied with other commitments and my commercial studio took away most of my time. Though I did not direct a film, I did work on screenplays and dialogues for a couple of films. As a director, I need to give eight months of my time to a movie which was not possible earlier.”
He adds that he was discussing films with his friend and producer Anand when the idea of Shankara struck them.
“When my daughter, Sushmita, who is now in college, got to know about it, she was hell bent that I direct the film, and I now want to fulfil her wish,” he says.
Praveen was influenced by the stories he heard of relationships from his daughter. “I realised that today there is no value for love, relationships and, for me, that is definitely a culture shock. I felt today most are faking love. I have penned my script on those lines. The story talks of an orthodox young hero who is looking for lost culture in today’s society,” he says.
Praveen feels that Kitty fits in perfectly to carry off the two shades to his character in the movie. “When I met with Aishwarya, she looked like the quintessential 21st century girl,” Praveen says. The film set to go on the floors on March 19.