Karvva, coming from debutant director Navaneeth is a mystery thriller. So does it follow the current trend in Kannada cinema, with thrillers being all the rage?
The answer is yes and no. In an interview with City Express, he says the story was written a couple of years ago."But 6-5=2 was released and got all the attention. Thanks to that film, almost every second story in Sandalwood was a horror or mystery thriller. I don't think I am following the herd, but I am sure game for competition," he says.
Karvva, says Navaneeth, is a Sanskrit word meaning a mystery. "In fact, it is a mystery that cannot be solved," he says. "I don't want get into more details as it is up to the people to come and watch and know how the title is related to the story."
Navaneeth says the film is a blend of the thriller and horror genres. He describes its technique as 'Bollywood-style.'
Navaneeth, who entered the industry when he was 17, has assisted directors S Narayan and Raghav Loki earlier. He has been around for 12 years, watching, assisting, and learning.
"My short film Never Ending Story took me forward. Producer Krishna Chaitanya saw it and gave me the opportunity to direct Karvva," he says.
Taking the examples of Lucia, 1st Rank Raju, Rangitaranga, Thithi and the recently released U-Turn, he says, "They had no stars but still did the talking. Irrespective of the actors, a film will be liked if it is narrated well. I have tried that in Karvva," he says.
The film comes with a twist and eventually, the logic justifies everything. "It does not have gratuitous comedy. Every frame is linked to the plot. We don't get out of it at any point," he discloses.
Karvva features senior actor Devaraj, along with Tilak Shekar, RJ Rohit, Anisha Ambrose, and Anu Poovamma. This is a film with no songs. Mohan is the cinematographer.