‘Bangara... was so pleasant... i want to binge on sandalwood’

Vidya Pradeep makes her Kannada debut with Shivarajkumar-starrer and can’t stop praising the team and people who were so warm

Published: 12th May 2017 11:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2017 04:53 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

Shivarajkumar-starrer Bangara, S/o of Bangarada Manushya, directed by Yogi G Raj, has been cleared by the Censor Board with a U/A certificate. Vidya Pradeep, who plays the female lead, is in all excitement.

This will be the actress’ first film of 2017 and she is marking her debut in Kannada with it. In a conversation with City Express, Vidya says that having done around 11 films, the best experience she ever had in her movie career was working in Bangara... “It was so pleasant,” she says. “After this, I would love to be a part of Sandalwood in as many films I can.”

While there have been comparisons drawn between her character and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan’s in Rajkumar’s Bangarada Manushya, Vidya rules it all out.  She says, “All I can reveal now is that Bangara... is a total entertainer that has a strong social message about the troubles farmers have to face,” she says.
The actress admits that not knowing the language was a minor hiccup while shooting, but that didn’t matter the least when it came to interacting with the farmers. “They were so warm and welcoming,” she says. “I was served ragi balls and chicken sambar prepared at  farmer’s house, and we regularly got dinner invites. They were so hospitable and on all 25 days of shoot, in the Karnataka’s greenbelt, we were treated like family.”

Vidya says, “Farmers have contributed much to the India’s growth and they are the pride of our country. When they are facing severe problems from drought, crop failure and land grabbing, we have to stand up for them... When a farmer commits suicide, it affects an entire family because he would be the sole bread winner. Our farmers work hard so that we don’t sleep hungry everyday. I am proud to be an Indian because of these farmers who form the economy’s backbone. I would like to thank them and speak for them in any small way I can.”

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