Manoranjan-starrer Saheba has finally completed its shoot on Tuesday, after a year-and-a-half. The actor was getting trolled on social media for the delay, especially after his earlier movie Ranadheera was shelved and Saheba getting delayed. But all is well that ends well and the film has reached the re-recording stage and will hopefully be soon out in theatres.
Saheba, made under Jayanna Combines and directed by Bharath, features Shanvi Srivastava as the female lead.
The film was shot over an extensive schedule, of almost 90 days, but the actor says that the final product is good. “The delay was because there were many schedule breaks because freezing up locations such as colleges and auditoriums for the shoot took time,” says the debutant. “Moreover, we had to make a few changes in a song and reshooting was done for that, which again took time. Keeping all of these delays aside, I am very confident about the project Saheba.”
We hear that Manoranjan, along with Bharath, is set on releasing the movie in a month’s time. The actor decided to push for this after he had to face a lot of flak from people over the delay. “I have been receiving many rude message on social media and people have been teasing me about the release,” he says. “I can’t blame them because I started with Ranadheera and it got shelved and then I started with Saheba which has now taken almost one-and-a-half years to complete... people are frustrated and by now they may have even forgotten about my debut. So, this has made me more determined to have it out on time and I am pushing the filmmakers to release the film by June first or second week.”
Even before his first film is out, Manoranjan sounds wiser and says that being a star’s son does not guarantee an easy ride. “At the most I might be offered a film without an audition or without standing in queues,” he says. “On the other hand, expectations that people have from a star’s son are hard to fulfil. Everyone will treat me as Ravichandran’s son and not as a newcomer. I have to be prepared to face the critics and audience.”
Saheba is a movie few newcomers would choose for a launch, says Manoranjan. “The film has little scope for action, dance, punch dialogues and any ‘build up’,” says the actor. “I play a regular guy, who is very good at heart, and I spend a lot of time with children in the movie. The story will explain why the character makes such a choice.”
“I think the audience like realistic movies now and do not really appreciate or sit through any grand gestures or bashing up the goons,” he says. “Of course, I have to do mass movies as well and I plan to do them once people start recognising the actor Manoranjan... as of now, I am still known as just Ravichandran’s son.”
Manoranjan’s second film VIP (Vrutti Illada Padavidhara) is ready for release. “I have just a song to shoot and it will be done anytime soon. In fact they wanted to release this movie first but I was adamant that Saheba should be out before that.”
The actor is looking for a fresh subject for his third. “Though I have a good image, filmmakers and the industry are waiting to watch me in Saheba before approaching me with a project... I have to be patient,” he says.