ocking Star Yash was at his belligerent best combating the media after a long gap in a film related press meet. He met journalists on Friday afternoon to celebrate the success of Santhu Straight Forward at the behest of the film’s producer K Manju.

Yash said he had come as a open book and that there was no room for negative thoughts or talk. He said media is responsible for his growth and that he believed in the media’s effectiveness and reach. He said he didn’t take matters to the heart as he had a special relationship with the media people. 

He said there is a need to carry on with the respective tasks for the sake of society but said he was pained by reportage of two incidents – chit business and his house. 

Yash said while Ramachari was about relationship between father and son, Santhu talked about the relationship between the lovers. He said media highlighted the negative aspects of his dialogue delivery instead of his performance. He also clarified that he didn’t have an opportunity to meet the media after Drama and Raja Huli as Ramachari and Gajakesari were produced by Jayanna Combines. He said he was here because of Manju.

Yash also said he was ready to appear in a television channel on prime time for a programme on farmers whenever the channel is ready.

Director Mahesh Rao said Dr Suri gave him an opportunity to direct Santhu. He said Yash made him feel comfortable during the shoot.

Producer Manju said audio rights were sold for a record price without the audio company listening to any song. He said the film has become a straight hit. He said it was a Agni Parikshe for the hero before the release which prompted him to not to resort to ‘gimmicks’ and so a press meet was being organized after the release.

Velu of Lahari Audio said the trailer had seen 32 lakh views in a few days. He said there is no physical sales of audio and only digital sale is possible. He said he would give a platinum disc soon.

Radhika Pandit said it was her second film with Manju and fourth film with Yash. She said her role in Santhu gave her satisfaction and added that she was happy that all the three films released this year were successful.

anthu Straight Forward released last Friday is a success at the box-office according to the film’s producer K Manju. He told reporters that the film had collected Rs 2.72 crore on the opening day in 222 centres and Rs 2.92 crore on the second day. He said there were speculations about the collections but said he will disclose the actual numbers that are on the daily collection registrar if journalists visited his office. 

The film’s producer said Santhu Straight Forward will collect more than Rs 25 crore and will be a blockbuster hit.

Manju said some news channels were trying to extract revenge on Yash by giving wrong information about the film’s collections. He said the film is doing extremely well. He said Santhu is not a remake and that Gokul Films had expressed interest in buying the film outright to which he had rejected saying that he will release the movie on his own.

He appealed to journalists to be sincere towards their profession and not get personal in their reportage. He also appealed to the people of Karnataka not to pay attention to bad rumours that had spread about the film and to support the film by watching it.

Yash and Radhika Pandit did not attend the press meet. However, Manju said Yash was busy in his preparation for the wedding and promised to get both of them for the next meeting. 

Meanwhile, Manju said Telugu writer Chinna Krishna is ready to buy the film’s rights to be remade into Telugu.

Director Mahesh Rao said Kannada audiences and Yash’s fans were happy with the film. Shaam who plays the villain in the film said Santhu is his third film.

fter the blockbuster hit Mr and Mrs Ramachari that starred Yash and Radhika comes ‘Santhu Straight Forward’ that is all set to release on October 28 with the same pair. Santhu Straight Forward is about a straight forward guy played by Yash who is strong-willed and who says what he means.

Radhika Pandit plays the role of Ananya, who is an architect and is associated with an NGO.
The actress goes on record to say that her character in the film is sweet and simple in what she calls the film as an entertainer with all the commercial elements.

Two songs of the film were shot in Norway which was choreographed by Shekar. The film also has a title shot that was choreographed by Murali in a grand set that was put up at the Kanteerava Studio by art director Mohan B Kere. It is believed that producer Manju spent Rs 1.2 crore on the picturisation of this title song alone. Along with Yash, nine villains who are part of the film have participated in the song. About 120 dancers including a few from Russia are also part of this song.

Santhu Straight Forward is produced by K Manju and directed by Mahesh Rao. The film is being distributed by Jayanna Combines. V Harikrishna has composed the music.

roducer K Manju has made available content of all his films available on the social media. Content of his films that include promotions, songs, teasers and trailers will be available on exclusively on K Manju Cinema’s on Youtube.

K Manju who has produced 37 films including one Tamil and one bilingual in Kannada and Malayalam will bring his films to Youtube in phases.

Meanwhile, he has struck a deal with Norwegian authorities to shoot songs for his latest film Santhu Straight Forward starring Yash and Radhika Pandit which is under production in Norway. Santhu will be the fourth Indian movie to be shot in Norway with the first one being the Kannada movie Akira which was produced by Chetan Kumar.

Chetan Kumar told reporters that his realty firm S2 Homes will be the brand partner for Santhu. He said Akira opened up opportunities for filmmaking in Norway and now the government is extending facilities to help producers shoot movies in their country. He said visa norms have also been relaxed and fees have been cut to help the movie producers.

Richard Wallace of Amala Locations, which is a locations coordination company said Norway and airline company Finnair are supporting the locations company to showcase the locales of these countries on the silver screens. He said Santhu will be the fourth Indian movie to visit Norway with their help. Wallace said visa regulations have been eased to help travelers to the country.

Desmond Chacko of Finnair said the carrier will provide the best connectivity to Scandinavian countries via Helsinki for people coming from New Delhi, India. He said the Indian film industry is an effective vehicle for communicating what these countries have to offer to the Indian travelers.

Ms Hanne Meldgaard, minister-counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy said Norway is aware of the love for films that Indian audiences have and that a major part of fondness for international locations comes from Indian films, songs and dances. She said Norway is happy that the Kannada film industry has chosen the country as one of the preferred international location destination which is famous for picturesque, breathtaking views. She said the country has seen a 17.7 percent rise in the number of visa applications to visit Norway in the last one year.    

Producer Manju said picturisation of three songs for Santhu will happen in Norway accompanied by a 24-member team of the film which will leave for the country on September 8. He said 18 locations had been identified to shoot the songs in a trouble free environment.

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