Fans of Puneeth Rajkumar came in lakhs to be part of the introductory song's shoot, with the star for Doddmane Hudga.
The song Abhimanigale Nammane Devru was shot in five cities of Karnataka -- Ballari, Hubbali, Chitradurga, Hosapete and finally concluded in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The entire team was overwhelmed with the support they got from the people of Karnataka.
"What fans we expected in thousands probably went up to lakhs. There was a sea of fans at every place, so much so, we lost count. They had taken time off to be with us. Doddmane team that includes Puneeth Rajkumar, choreographer Harsha, the technicians and I want to thank each and everyone, who made this song possible with all the grandeur," says Suri.
"It was a small dream to make this song with the public, and they made it big. The entire credit goes to them. We also had immense support from police and a political leaders, without whose help, it wouldn't have been possible. It only reiterated the love that people have for Puneeth Rajkumar and Kannada films," he adds.
Recalling the special moments from the shoot, Suri says, "A lot of parents had brought their children over to the stage to dance with Puneeth. In most places men were part of the song, but it was a different at Hosapete. We had women participating in the shoot at Valmiki Circle. Though we kept telling them to leave because of the huge crowd, they did not budge. It was true-blue 'fan frenzy'.
They actually realised our small dream. This is a song by them and for them," he says.
Suri started the shoot with just 19 cameras but lakhs were added.
He says, "We had every person in the crowd capturing the song from their mobile. We saw a few clippings shot by them, which had good angles, and we even considered adding them,"
The makers now plan to release the audio next week.
"The introduction song currently doing the rounds is not the original. We will be recording the song this week with Puneeth and will follow it up with the audio release," Suri says.