ogi Gudda, a new Kannada suspense thriller mounted the sets on Friday at a temple with Shivarajkumar sounding the clapboard and Jayanna-Bhogendra switching on the camera. The film is produced by Uday Kumar and is directed T Nagachandra. The film stars Dharma Keerthiraj and Nikitha Narayan in lead roles.

Director Nagachandra who had earlier directed Muniya and Vidyarthi is back as a director after five years. He told reporters ahead of the film’s launch that the title is derived from Jogi Matti in Chitradurga which is a historical location and a lovers spot. He said Jogi Gudda is a fictional name for the film.

Nagachandra said the film will have ingredients of suspense, thrill, action and love. He said Jogi Gudda will be shot in Bengaluru, Belur, Mudigere, Sakleshpura, Gokarna and Karwar. He said the film has a chase sequence in the climax with Different Danny and Ravi Varma both working as stunt directors.

Producer Uday Kumar said he comes from a corporate background and is producing the movie for the first time. He said the budget for the movie had not been earmarked or fixed but he agreed to produce the movie as it is a love thriller.

Dharma Keerthiraj said he plays a fun loving and an obedient son to his parents Malavika and Avinash in the first half. But, he says the story takes a turn in the second half. He said he has two shades to his role in the movie. Dharma also hoped that the movie will give him a new image.

Nikitha Narayan who has done a few Telugu films said she hails from Bengaluru and is happy to be acting in a Kannada film. She said she plays an energetic and a bubbly girl in Jogi Gudda with enough scope for performance. Nikitha said she had just completed work on another Kannada film which is in the post-production stage.

Bhaskar has penned the dialogues and Vishnuvardhan is the cameraman. Jassie Gift is composing music.

Shivakumar, Sriraksha, Sharan Kaur, Ravishankar, Chandru, Biradar and Prashanth Siddi are in the supporting cast.

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