Director KM Chaitanya and Chiranjeevi Sarja first worked together in Aatagara, a film that was appreciated for its unique subject and that changed Chiru’s outlook on what films the audience expect from him. The filmmaker has immediately followed it up with another project with the actor. Titled Aake, this Indo-British colooboration has Sharmila Mandre playing the female lead is ready for release.
The director and actor are planning their third project.
Chiru always wanted to work with a director like Chaitanya and had said the same in his previous interview with City Express. He had mentioned that he enjoyed acting while working with such directors. He even hinted at another project together and now we have an official confirmation.
Chaitanya will be helming a thriller for the third time in a row, and the director confirms that with CE. “Our producers were keen on having the script pooja on Akshaya Thritiya and therefore we filmed our first shot in front of God on Saturday.
The film will go on floors from June,” says Chaitanya who had a strict order for Chiru. “He will have to undergo a rigourous weight-loss programme for this film, over which we are fighting almost everyday now,” says Chaitanya. “I have asked him to target losing 10 kilos in one month, before we go on floors from next month. He is also pushing himself to the limit and has been on a strict diet.”
Currently Chiru is busy shooting for Samhaara directed by Guru Deshpande and getting into shape for Chaintanya’s film, meanwhile, the director is finalising the rest of the star cast. “The film will be shot mainly in Bengaluru and in the interior parts of Karnataka,” the director says.
S Raghunath, TG Vishwaprasad and Vivek P will be producing this yet-to-be-titled project.
The director has recently discovered his obsession with thrillers. He says, “Both Chiru and I like thrillers. Morever, the genre gives an actor great scope for performance. In this kind of subjects , the actor has to play normal, shattered, scared and be a hero, and it is a format also gives a lot of scope for editing and music. The subject is interesting and a difficult genre to direct.”