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ಕಿರುತೆರೆಯ ಸೂಪರ್‍ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಟಿ.ಎನ್.ಸೀತಾರಾಮ್ ಬಹಳ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ನಂತರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದ ‘ಕಾಫಿ ತೋಟ’ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಜನರು ಅಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳಿಂದ ಉತ್ತಮ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಇಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೂ ಟ್ರೈಲರ್, ಟೀಸರ್‍ನ್ನು ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜಾಲತಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ 2.1 ಮಿಲಿಯನ್ ಜನರು ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪ್ರಾರಂಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಲ್ಟಿಪ್ಲೆಕ್ಸ್‍ನವರು ಎರಡು ಪರದೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನಗೊಳಿಸಿದ್ದು, ತರುವಾಯ 5ಕ್ಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.ಕೆಲವು ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂಗದ ಟಿಕೆಟ್ ಮಾರಾಟವಾಗಿದೆ. ವಿರಾಮದ ನಂತರ ಬರುವ ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶಗಳು ಮೊದಲನೆ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಉದ್ದವಾಯಿತು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಮರೆಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಉದ್ದವನ್ನು ಪರಿಷ್ಕರಿಸುವ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಝರು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಥ್ಯಾಂಕ್ಸ್ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಮೊದಲ ದಿನದ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ ಎರಡು ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇದ್ದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಮೂರು, ನಂತರ ನಾಲ್ಕು, ಈಗ ಐದಕ್ಕೆ ಮೀರಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಯಶಸ್ಸು ಆಗಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ವಿತರಕದಿಂದ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಶ್ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭದ ಚಿತ್ರವು ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದು , ಇದು ಸಹ ಅದೇ ಜಾನರ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೆ. ಸೀತಾರಾಮ್‍ರವರಿಗೆ ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಗೆ ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಮಾಡುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ಇದೆ ಅಂತ ಛಾಯಗ್ರಾಹಕ ಅಶೋಕ್‍ಕಶ್ಯಪ್ ಸಂತಸವನ್ನು ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡರು.

ಕಾಫಿ ತೋಟ ನೋಡೋರಿಗೆ ಖುಷಿ ತಂದಿದೆ ಅಂತ ಹಲವರು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ರಂಗಿತರಂಗಗಿಂತ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದೀರಾ ಎಂದು ಅಭಿನಂದಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಚಿತ್ರವು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೆ ಮುಟ್ಟಲಿ ಎಂದರು ರಾಧಿಕಾಚೇತನ್. ಇಂಟೆರ್‍ನೆಟ್ ಯುಗವು ನೇರವಾಗಿ ಜನರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಂಪರ್ಕವನ್ನು ಪಡೆದುಕೊಂಡಿರುವುರಿಂದ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿಷಯಗಳು ಹೊರ ಬರುತ್ತವೆ. ಮಳೆ ಇದ್ದರೂ ಜನರು ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಖುಷಿಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕರ ಜೇಬು, ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್ ಬ್ಯಾಲೆನ್ಸ್ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಆಗಲಿ ಎಂಬುದು ರಘುಮುಖರ್ಜಿ ಮಾತು. ಮೊದಲ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಎಲ್ಲೆ ಹೋದರೂ ಗುರುತು ಹಿಡಿದು ಮಾತನಾಡಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಭಾಗ್ಯ ಬೇರೊಂದು ಇಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು ರಾಹುಲ್ ಮಾದವನ್. ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡಿರುವ ನಿತ್ಯಾನಂದನ್‍ಹೆಗ್ಗಡೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ ಇದೇ ಮನ್ವಂತರ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊಸ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮಾಡುವುದಾಗಿ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊರಹಾಕಿದರು. ವಿತರಣೆ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಶ್ರೀಕಾಂತ್ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ವರ್ಗದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ಇಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಹಿಟ್ ಆಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಘೋಷಿಸಿದರು.
-Cine Circle News
-26/08/17


KAAFI THOTA’ AUDIO RELEASED
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he audio of T N Seetharam’s directorial film Kaafi Thota was released by Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar at a function in Bengaluru on Monday evening. The film is produced by Manvantara Chitra, which is a group of 22 people under the limited liability partnership arrangement. The film stars Raghu Mukherjee, Radhika Chetan, Samyukta Hornad, Apeksha Purohit, Rahul Madhavan, Sudha Belawadi, Sunder Raj and Veena Sundar among others. Anoop Seelin has scored the music while Mithun Mukundan has composed music for a song. Ashok Kashyap is the cameraman.

Puneeth Rajkumar said T N Seetharam had earned tremendous respect in Kannada cinema industry and wished the entire team good luck.

Anoop Seelin who has scored the music said he was glad that he got to compose the tune to the lyrics penned by Jogi which required small changes.

One of the main producers Ramachandra said the movie has been insured and added that it is a commercial movie for all age groups.

Senior journalist Jogi said TNS had made him work hard on the lyrics but nevertheless thanked the director for making him a lyricist.

The Kaafi Thota conducted a contest to scout music directors for their promotional song which has been written by Jayanth Kaikini. The contest which ran on facebook elicited 150 responses of which 12 of them were selected. All the 12 of them played their tunes to the lyrics. Anoop Seelin gave away prizes to winners of the contest. Vikas won the award for best facebook hit while Karthik won the award for the best programming. Vinay Kumar won the award for best mixing and Desi Mohan won the jury award for the best singer.

Director T N Seetharam told reporters that he was feeling shy to run with young directors but said he had made up his mind to go for it as he wanted to make a film. Kaafi Thota is Kannada Kaafi and not English Coffee. He said the film is a love triangle and is a murder mystery. He said distributors overseas have evinced interest in the film and have made approaches looking at the footage. He said the film’s dubbing is over and the post-production work is likely to take another three to four weeks. He said the film has been shot in beach, land, coffee estate, Bengaluru and in Kashi over a period of 49 days. He said a day’s shoot is remaining. 

Nandini and Kappanna compered the function.
-11/04/17



T N SEETHARAM’S ‘COFFEE THOTA’ LAUNCHED
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N Seetharam’s third directorial film Coffee Thota was launched on Friday at the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Bengaluru. The film was flagged by director Duniya Suri in the morning. The film is produced by a group of 29 like-minded people out of which four of them are living in the US. The film will be produced under the banner of Manvantara Chitra. 

The film stars Raghu Mukherjee, Radhika Chetan, Samyukta Hornad, Apeksha Purohit, B C Patil, Achyuth Kumar, Hanumanthe Gowda, Sundar Raj, Veena Sunder, Sudha Belawadi and Vidya Murthy among others. Mithun Mukundan is the music director and Ashok Kashyap is the cameraman.

Later, in the evening, director Seetharam and his team met journalists to announce the launch of the film with some details about the movie. Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Chairman S V Rajendra Singh Babu launched the motion poster of the film.

Senior journalist Jogi said he had been dissuading Seetharam from making films for some time. But, he said things changed for the better since the last one year. He said Seetharam had written three stories for cinema and this one has the best of everything. He said Seetharam had invited responses to the dilemmas that he faced and went on to form a syndicate of more than 20 people to produce this film through Facebook. Jogi said respondents had come forward to fund the project to the extent of Rs 6 crore but Seetharam insisted on a modest budget of just Rs 1 crore for the film. The senior journalist said the story of the film is the main lifeline.

Writer B U Geetha said she expects Seetharam to make a film that will focus on literature and culture besides aiming at the families.

T N Seetharam said his well-wishers have been telling him to retire as the perceptions in television serials have changed and also because he was going downhill age-wise. But, he said he wanted to do films which are small in budget and yet effective. TNS  said he was guided by Yogaraj Bhat as he has guided many and also a number of young directors have come up suddenly. He said he was a bit shy to work with young people but Bhat and Manojava encouraged him to take up a film for direction. Maiyas is the delicacy partner of the team.

TNS said when he expressed doubts about making a film, many people came forward through fb to fund it but, he said crowd funding of a film was beyond his capacity. He said he had started work on one subject but Coffee Thota was voted as the best story among the others and so was it started. He said Coffee Thota will have no message, no literature or culture but it will be an entertainer. He said it will be a bridge film and quite a thrilling experience for the audiences. 

Seetharam said Raghu Mukherjee plays a lawyer and the film is a love triangle as well. The film has elements of suspense and thrill. Rahul Madhav plays the estate owner and Apeksha Purohit.  plays a cop.

Yogaraj Bhat said he had heard the story from TNS a couple of times and thought it was promising for him to take it up himself. But, he said he changed his mind along the way when he saw TNS narrating it so well every time.

Sa Ra Govindu said TNS had penned dialogues for his production Jaana. He said TNS had achieved stardom and has become a household name on television without any big star cast. He said while he had himself produced 18 films solely, Govindu said it is an achievement that so many like-minded people had come forward to fund this film. He said he will urge the government if possible not to grant subsidy to Kannada films that have English titles.

S V Rajendra Singh Babu said TNS had won over women and is a director whose story sells. He said film production is taking a turn with demonetization announced recently and GST coming into force soon. He said Kannada film industry will need to go corporate or go for a revenue-sharing model.

He said coffee is a commercial crop and hoped that the film will be a commercial success. He said editors and writers make for good directors and so he predicted that the film will be a success for this reason.
-12/12/16







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