Sudeep's versatility is limited to acting. With Jigarthanda, made under his banner Kiccha Creations in association with SRV Productions, we hear, he took over the edit desk for 18 days.
The 'Captain' — actor Rahul told City Express — squeezed in time as a technician despite his busy schedule.
Right from the start, Rahul adds, Sudeep kept tabs of the day to day activity of the shoot and what happened on the Jigarthanda sets.
“When he watched the entire film, and loved the way Ravi Shankar and I complemented each other, he decided to take over the editing department,” he adds. “In fact, he didn’t spend his free time in his caravan, and used to work on the film. That way, he has seen the entire film and is thrilled with the outcome.”
This film is Ravi Shankar’s 50th, and therefore special for him.
“Both Ravi Shankar and Chikkanna are actors who charge per day. While filmmakers usually have them work 12 to 15 days for a project, the duo worked almost 60 days for this film. This is the longest they have worked for one movie.”
The duo’s performance along with Sadhu Kokila’s act are said to be the highlights of Jigarthanda.
“Rakshit Shetty's guest appearance is an added advantage,” says the actor who has been involved with the project from Day 1.
“Captain offered me this film when I had no others. He has given me an opportunity to prove myself. Moreover, now that I think of it as my film it is my cinema, it has to win. If it fails, it comes crashing on my head too.” Rahul says
So, also because it has been made under the star’s production house, there have been no compromises in the quality, he adds.
As director Shivan is fromChennai, the film’s schedules went smoothly, all thanks to teamwork.
The makers were clear about remaking the film in Kannada only because of its content.
Every film hitting theatres is either classified as class or mass. But Jigarthanda is one film that blurs the lines between the two, the actor claims.
“It has everything for the class, mass and family. There is ultimate comedy, emotions and in the end, there is a message too. Very rare to find such a film,” he claims.
If not, Ravi Shankar, wouldn’t have openly stated that Jigarthanda would be a special to him, he speculates, adding that the actor has even declared he is playing his dream in it.
Technically, Jigarthanda has raised the bar, says Rahul.
“We have used PROBE, an expensive lens, only available in Mumbai and Chennai. An F 65 camera has also been used. It is a highly advanced camera. Its rent is double that of the regular ones,” he says.
The camera, he adds, captures minute dust particles. “It uses 4 k technology. In Sandalwood, it has only been used to shoot one song for the film Chiru,” he says. Baahubali, he tells City Express, was shot with this.
The background score will be much discussed after the release, courtesy, Arjun Janya, who has brought in the western flavour to the Indian cinema.
The symphony orchestra has artistes from various corners of the globe.
“We had a guitarist from Los Angeles, the technical team was from Australia and the BGM took place in Spain. It cost a bomb. But Arjun wanted it for Jigarathanda, and producers Sudeep and Raghunath obliged,” Rahul says.
The film, set to hit screens on June 24, was cleared by the film certification board with a U/A certificate tag on Friday.
Jigarthanda has mostly been shot in shot in Hubbali, Mysuru, Dharwad and Bengaluru, with Jai Anand as its cinematographer. He bagged another project soon after the trailer of Jigarthanda was released. An extraordinary work from him for our film, which was purely his hardwork and dedication.