Politician and actor, CP Yogeshwar, who is still remembered for his film Sainika, released in 2002, had the extrasensory perception of the need of the audience during the time. After all, India was still nursing the bruises of the Kargil war.
Now, the producer seems to be exhibiting another extraordinary sense, that of being clairaudient; the ability to hear the inaudible hearts and minds of the audience, who still have their patriotic feelings being questioned or undermined. He is now planning to make a comeback with Sainika II.
According to the producer, he has got the one-liner ready and the preparation work is going on in full swing. “Of late, in Kannada, we hardly see patriotic films or films about our soldiers. Though after Sainika, there were a few films, but slowly the trend faded. So I decided to come back with a film based on the subject,” he said.
Yogeshwar, who is writing the story, says that the film will be based on recent incidents of soldiers death in Siachen avalanche. “A soldier from Karnataka, who was also hit by the avalanche, lost his life recently. My story will be based on the incident. I want to bring out the strong and sensitive side of a soldier,” he says.
He is now looking to rope in the right director, technicians and actor for the film. “I see a lot of changes in terms of filmmaking. So, it will take some time for me to pick up the right kind of people, who can do justice to the subject. I am already in talks with a couple of directors and technicians, who can helm a project using the current technology for film making,” he says.
Meanwhile, Yogeshwar plans to meet the current Defence Minister of India, Manohar Parrikar, to seek permission to use a few places for shooting the film. “Our film basically needs a military camp, which is not easy to get into. When I had done Sainika, I had the then defence minister, and people like George Fernandes who helped. I now want to seek help from ministers like Anant Kumar and Sadananda Gowda. I had recently been to Delhi and have conducted my first round of talks. It is not easy to get permission like before. But I am trying my best,” he says and adds that the sequel will be a year-long project and he will be playing one of the characters.