In Chalagara, rescued child plays the lead

12-year-old Master Manu is  the star attraction

Published: 25th March 2017 01:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2017 01:44 AM   |  A+A-

Manu in Chalagara

By Express News Service

Chalagara is a children’s film that will be out this summer, and what makes the film directed by AR Ravindra interesting is the lead character – Master Manu.  The young talent, all of 12 years, is physically challenged and is playing the role of such a child in the film. 

The director tells City Express how he zeroed in on Manu. “Manu was abandoned by his parents as a child near Upparpet Police Station in Majestic and he started begging,” says Ravindra.

“It was a police constable who helped the boy by enrolling him with Samarthan Charitable Trust. The boy is highly talented and I decided to train him for the role.”

Ravindra then approached S R Sanath Kumar, who  also happens to be physically challenged, to be a producer for the film. “He was moved by Manu’s background,” says the director.

The director shares what the movie is about: “The film is around the support and encouragement a handicapped child gets from his mother and teacher to win a race. It’s about life lessons and challenges faced by differently abled people.”

“A premier show will be held on April 8 for which our producer will be inviting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,” says the director, adding, “The producer has in fact sent a letter recommending a separate award for differently abled artistes, which we hope will be considered.” Padma Vasanthi, Manjunath Hegde and Gururaj Hoskote are among others in the cast. 

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