Actor-director Prem has given his protege Raghu Hassan a break in Sandalwood with Hitler. He encouraged the latter to turn independent director with Hitler and even fulfilled Hassan’s long-standing dream of directing his guru.
“My association with Prem goes back 12 years when he did Kariya. I thought Prem would be the perfect fit as Hitler when I saw the rushes of his upcoming film DK. He will have a rugged look in the film and his dialogues will match the title as well as the story. Prem is currently exercising to get a lean look for the role while also rehearsing the dialogues,” says Raghu, who plans to start the project once Prem’s DK releases in mid February.
According to the first-time director, who has written the story and screenplay, Hitler comments on the dictatorship which is quite predominant in every sphere of human life today. “Gandhigiri is fading and it has given to rise to Hitlergiri instead. Everybody tries to follow Hitler’s aggressiveness today, which is portrayed through Prem’s character in the movie. The film will make the audience realise the dangers of exerting undue authority over other people’s lives,” he explains.
Through Hitler, Raghu has also managed to fulfil his second wish of bringing Prem and Arundhati Nag together as mother and son. “I had thought about this combo during the making of Jogi directed by Prem himself. In it Arundhati Nag and Shivarajkumar played mother and son and did a great job. Initially, she was apprehensive about the title but we could convince her with the story. She has liked her role and has agreed to be part of it. Though the title of the film is Hitler and there is a lot of action in it, it is also something that we can watch with the whole family as it also includes a lot of bonding between a mother and her son,” he says
Hitler will see Kriti Kharbanda opposite Prem. The duo had worked in Prem Adda and this will be their second film together. “She likes the story and will play the part of an English teacher who tutors Prem,” says Raghu.