Nanda Kishore’s next film, Hayagreeva, starring Dhruva Sarja, will be one of the first Sandalwood films to have most portions shot in China. The film is being produced by
BK Gangadhar, and the team will soon be heading for a recce trip. The director not only plans to lock a few locations for the film, but also wants to get some Chinese artistes to be part of the film.
While filmmakers like Shankar have already captured the natural beauty of China, Kishore wants to capture the urban areas of the country. Talking about why he chose to shoot in China, Kishore tells City Express, “Places like USA and Australia have been explored a lot in Kannada films, and when I was thinking of a new place to shoot, China came to mind. Another reason is that the first part of my film is futuristic, and the backdrop of Chinese cities make the film look modern - from the cars, the buildings and the people, everything will look fresh.
He adds, “China believes in karmic and is also a spiritual country, and their culture is quite interesting. That’s one of the reasons I felt that China will be the best place to shoot my film.”
Kishore is attempting to take Sandalwood across borders. “We are trying to rope in a few artistes who are little known in China. This will help us release our film there too. We hope this works out,” he says.
Hayagreeva is expected to be a big budget film, and is likely to go on floors in June.
Currently, they are in the process of bringing in the best cast, and have finalised Ramya Krishnan, Prakash Rai and Ravi Shankar on board, who we hear have major roles to play in the film. Joining them will be Chikkanna, Sadhu Kokila, Tabla Nani. The film that will feature Dhruva in different shades to his character have roped in Arjun Janya for its music.
Meanwhile, Dhruva is in the last leg of song shooting for Chethan Kumar’s film Bharjari, for which he will be travelling to Slovenia along with the team soon. Meanwhile, Kishore is gearing up for the release of Tiger, which has gone to the censor board now.