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KABIRA’ TEAM HAPPY WITH ‘INITIAL’ RESPONSE TO MOVIE
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he team of Shivarajkumar starrer Santheyalli Nintha Kabeera is happy with the initial response from the audiences and the media. The film is produced by P Kumaraswamy and directed by Indra Babu. The film stars Sanusha, Vaishali Deepak, Sanjjanaa and Sarath Kumar among others.

Producer Kumaraswamy told reporters on Wednesday night that the movie had shaped up well but was delayed further by strikes and shutdown. He said still it had benefited the film as Shivanna took up the cause of water scarcity. He said the film also got good publicity. He said Kabali didn’t give water but Kabira fought to get water and the movie got made because of Shivanna. He said he didn’t know if he will make money but he certainly expects awards and especially for Shivanna’s performance. If Shivanna doesn’t get the award then we can say politics is ruling the industry, he said.

Shivarajkumar said he was initially a bit scared about how people would receive the people. But, he said people have accepted it well helped by good media reviews. He praised the director for taking up such a subject that dates back to 15th century thanks to the producer.

Sanjjanaa said she appears in a song which has also become a caller tune. She said there was talk that she was doing only glamour roles and by doing this film she said she had proved people wrong.

Vaishali Deepak said she was happy to have acted with Shivanna and added that in her 22 years of her life this film had given her happiness.

Director Indra Babu said Kabira provides enough evidence that there is a good price for creativity. He said a film with combined themes of nationalism, unity and patriotism have not been made in Indian cinema. He said Shivarajkumar and Geetha made it possible.

Shivakumar said he was glad to have acted with Shivanna after a long gap. He said Kabira will definitely join those old classics.

Cameraman Naveen, editor Vishwa and actor Anjanappa also spoke.
-5/08/16






ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಚಿತ್ರಜೀವನದ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಟ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕಬೀರ
ಡಾ. ರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಎಂತೆಂಥಾ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿಸಿದವರು. ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಕೂಡಾ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ಕಲಾವಿದ. ಆದರೆ ಇಮೇಜು, ಟ್ರೆಂಡು ಅಂತಾ ರೌಡಿಸಮ್ಮು, ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲೇ ನಟಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ... ಅನ್ನೋದು ಸದಭಿರುಚಿಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಆಸಕ್ತರ ಕೊರಗಾಗಿತ್ತು. ತಮ್ಮ ಮಾಸ್ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಬೇರೆ ವರ್ಗದ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಶಿವಣ್ಣ ಕೂಡಾ ಜನುಮದ ಜೋಡಿ, ಹಗಲುವೇಷ, ಚಿಗುರಿದ ಕನಸು, ಭೂಮಿತಾಯಿಯ ಚೊಚ್ಚಲ ಮಗ, ತಮಸ್ಸು ಮುಂತಾದ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗಿಂದ್ದಾಗ್ಗೆ ನಟಿಸುತ್ತಲೇ ಬಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಈ ನಡುವೆ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಒಂದು ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಕಥಾಹಂದರದ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿಸಿದರೆ ಚೆಂದ ಅಂತಾ ಅನೇಕರ ಬಯಕೆಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಅದನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸಲೋ ಎಂಬಂತೆ ಈಗ ‘ಕಬೀರ’ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಇದುವರೆಗೂ ಥರಹೇವಾರಿ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿಸಿ ಸೈ ಅನ್ನಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರೋ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಸಿನಿ ಯಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಬೀರ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಮಹತ್ವದ, ವಿಶೇಷವಾದ ಚಿತ್ರವಾಗಿ ದಾಖಲಾಗುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಶಯಗಳಿಲ್ಲ. ಶಿವಣ್ಣನ ವೈವಿಧ್ಯಮಯ ಪಾತ್ರ ಪೋಷಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಬೀರ ಚಿತ್ರ ಈಗ ನಿಸ್ಸಂಶಯವಾಗಿ ಮೈಲಿಗಲ್ಲಾಗಲಿದೆ.

ಬಹುಶಃ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರ ಈ ವರೆಗಿನ ನೂರಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಒಂದು ತೂಕವಾದರೆ, ಕಬೀರ ಚಿತ್ರದ್ದು ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ತೂಕವಾಗಿದೆ. ಡಾ.ರಾಜ್ ಮಾಡಿದಂಥ ಪಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿವಣ್ಣನನ್ನೂ ನೋಡಿ ಕಣ್ತುಂಬಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು ಅಂತಾ ಜನ ಬಯಸಿದ್ದರಲ್ಲಾ? ಅದೀಗ ಅಕ್ಷರಶಃ ನಿಜವಾಗಿದೆ.

ತನ್ನದೇ ಇಮೇಜು, ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು, ಅವರ ಬಯಕೆಗಳಿಗನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡುವ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಹೀರೋ ಒಬ್ಬರು ಹೀಗೆ ಏಕಾಏಕಿ ಹಿಸ್ಟಾರಿಕಲ್ ಸಬ್ಜೆಕ್ಟನ್ನು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ನಟಿಸುವುದು ಎಷ್ಟು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಾಹಸವೋ, ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದ ಛಾಲೆಂಜು ಈ ಬಗೆಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ದೇಶಿಸುವವರದ್ದೂ ಆಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ.

ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ‘ಕಬೀರ’ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಬಾಬು ಗೆದ್ದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಹಿಂದೂ-ಮುಸ್ಲಿಮರ ಕಚ್ಚಾಟ ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲದೆ, ಹಿಂದೂಗಳಲ್ಲೇ ನಾಮದವರು, ವಿಭೂತಿಯವರು ಅಂತಾ ಪಂಗಡಗಳಾಗಿ ಮಾರಾಮಾರಿ ಬಡಿದಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಕಾಲಘಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ತಾಳ್ಮೆ, ಸಮಾಧಾನ ಮತ್ತು ಶಾಂತಿಯುತ ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಮಂತ್ರವನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು, ತಮ್ಮ ದೋಹಾಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಮಾಡಿದವರು ಸಂತ ಕಬೀರರು. ಇಂಥಾ ಕಬೀರರು ಕಾಲವಾಗಿ ಶತಮಾನಗಳೇ ಉರುಳಿದರೂ ಅವತ್ತಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಇವತ್ತಿಗೂ ಜೀವಂತವಾಗೇ ಇದೆ. ಕೋಮು ವೈಷಮ್ಯ, ವಸಾಹತು ನೀತಿಗಳು, ವ್ಯಾಪಾರದ ಹೆಸರಿನ ವಂಚನೆ, ಮೂಲನಿವಾಸಿಗಳನ್ನು ಒಕ್ಕಲೆಬ್ಬಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಆಳುವವರು ತೋರುವ ದರ್ಪ, ಪರಿಶುದ್ಧ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆದುರಾಗುವ ಜಾತಿ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ.... ಹೀಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಕಬೀರರ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲೂ ಇತ್ತು. ಇವತ್ತಿಗೂ ಇದೆ.

ಸಂತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಂತ ಕಬೀರ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಸಂತನಂತೆ ಬದುಕಿದ ಮಹಾಪುರುಷನ ಜೀವನಗಾಥೆ. ‘ನೇಕಾರನ ಮಗ ದಂಡು ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡು ನೇತಾರನಾಗಬಾರದು’ ಎನ್ನುವ ಲೋಕನಿಯಮವನ್ನು ಮುರಿದು, ಶಾಂತಿ ಮಂತ್ರದಿಂದ ಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಮಾಡಿದ ಕಬೀರರ ಇಡೀ ಬದುಕನ್ನು ಒಂದೇ ಹಿಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಡುವುದು ಸುಲಭದ ಕೆಲಸವಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಬಾಬು ಅದನ್ನು ಲೀಲಾಜಾಲವಾಗಿ ನಿಭಾಯಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎಲ್ಲೂ ಗೊಂದಲವಾಗದಂತೆ ಚಿತ್ರಕತೆ ಹೆಣೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆ ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟು. ಇವತ್ತಿನ ದಿನದಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಾಫಿಕ್ಸ್ ಮೂಲಕ ಏನೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸುವ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೈಜವಾಗೇ ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಕಲಾನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮತ್ತು ಛಾಯಾಗ್ರಹಣ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಅದ್ಭುತಗಳನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿದೆ. ಇಸ್ಮಾಯಿಲ್ ದರ್ಬಾರರ ಸಂಗೀತಕ್ಕೆ ಗೋಪಾಲ ವಾಜಪೇಯಿಯವರ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಲೋಹ-ವಜ್ರದಂತೆ ಬೆಸೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.

ಕನ್ನಡದ ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಕಬೀರ ಸೊಗಸಾದ ದೃಶ್ಯಕಾವ್ಯ. ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರ ಚಿತ್ರಬದುಕಿನ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ಚಿತ್ರ. ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಬಾಬು ಎಂಬ ಈ ನೆಲದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕನ ಸುಂದರ ಕಲಾಕೃತಿ... ಒಟ್ಟಾರೆಯಾಗಿ ಇದು ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರೂ ನೋಡಲೇಬೇಕಾದ ಚಿತ್ರ...
-29/07/16







KABEERA RELEASING THIS FRIDAY
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antheyalli Nintha Kabeera will release on July 29 all over Karnataka. The film is based on a Hindi play written by Bhishma Sahani. Dr Rajkumar had acted in Mahatma Kabira that released in 1962 the year Shivarajkumar was born and now 54 years later Shivarajkumar is acting in the title role of Kabeera.

Santheyalli Nintha Kabeera is directed by Indra Babu (Narendra Babu) who has adapted the Hindi play to the Kannada screen with the help of Gopal Vajpayee who has written the dialogues and lyrics.

The regional censor board office has certified the film as an historical film. Producer Kumaraswamy said the film is relevant to this day as it promotes peace, communal harmony and brotherhood.

Director Narendra Babu who had won the state award for the film Kabaddi has rechristened himself as Indra Babu. The film has been shot in Bengaluru, K R S backwaters, Chikkamagaluru and Chalakudi by cinematographer Naveen Kumar. Ismail Durbar who had scored music for Hindi films such as Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam has for the first time composed tunes in a Kannada film. The film has five songs. Kabir’s four couplets have been translated into Kannada and used in the movie.

Vishwa is the editor and Tribhuvan is the choreographer. The film stars Sanusha, Sarath Kumar, Anant Nag, Dattanna, Avinash, Sharath Lohitaswa, Vaishali Deepak, Sanjjanaa and Prashant Siddi among others.
-28/07/16

KABEERA RELEASING ON JULY 29
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antheyalli Ninta Kabeera, a Kannada film starring Shivarajkumar in the lead will release on July 29 all over Karnataka in about 100 theatres. The film is produced by P Kumaraswamy and Shashi. The movie is directed by Narendra Babu. Kabeera stars Sanusha, Sanjjanaa and Vaishali among others.

Director Narendra Babu said he has realized his 12-year dream of making a film with Shivarajkumar. He said he was set to make Saranga with the actor but the project did not take off. Kabeera is a political harmonious love story and is full of it. He said Bhishma Sahani’s Hindi play had been adapted to Kannada cinema and Gopal Vajpayee has penned the dialogues and lyrics. He said the Censor Board has certified Kabeera as a historical film.

The director said Ismail Durbar’s music is a plus for the movie who has used the sufi parampara in his music for the movie. He said actors like Anant Nag, Sharath Lohitaswa and Sarath Kumar who have done small roles in the movie have acted well. He said the film will go down in the history of Indian cinema as a memorable piece of art.

Sanjjanaa said she appears in a song and has performed Kathakali form of dance. Vaishali Deepak said she plays a woman who sells fish. Sanusha who is playing Kabeera’s wife said it was a golden opportunity for her to work with Shivarajkumar whom she met at the SIIMA awards nite. She said she never knew she would get an opportunity to work with the actor. She said without knowing Kannada she has acted by looking at how people talk.

Shivanna said there were many unexplained reasons for the delay in the film’s release. He said the film got stuck with the Animal Board for want of clearance for nearly one-and-a-half months. He said there are more problems from people than from animals. He urged the Animal Board about how it could ease norms and allow movies to be made easily. He said people however don’t stop slaughtering animals to consume it which is okay.

Shivanna said Naveen’s camera is the hero in the movie. He said he has done his best to do justice to the role and that songs have been well written and picturised well. He said he met Sanusha on a lift and was impressed with her face. Shivarajkumar said Sanusha has acted well who has a cute and a romantic presence with emotions as well.

The actor said Kabeera will touch the hearts and will propagate love. He said his father’s film was based on myth but Kabeera is based on a 14th century story.

Choreographer Tribhuvan, Editor Vishwa and Ugramm Ravi also spoke.
-17/07/16










KABEERA DUE ON JULY 22, CENSOR CERTIFICATION ON MON
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abeera, a musical period film will release on July 22 all over Karnataka and will go for censor certification on Monday, June 27.

Shivarajkumar is playing the title role of saint-poet Kabeera in the movie that is adapted from the play Bazaar Mein Khada Kabeera. The film is directed by Narendra Babu who has now rechristened himself as Indira Babu.

Kabeera will be a musical film with composer Ismail Durbar scoring music for a Kannada film for the first time. Ismail Durbar had composed music for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas.

Kabeera is a period film shot which will bring back the 15th century era as Kabeera lived between 1440 and 1518. The film will have portions shot around 1470 period.

The film is produced by P Kumaraswamy who had produced Shrusti earlier and five Telugu films. Kabeera will become the symbol of peace, friendship and nationalism with the release of the film.

Gopal Vajpayee has penned the lyrics and dialogues for the film. Vajpayee has translated the play into Kannada and has translated Kabir’s couplets. A few major couplets had been adapted to cinema. Kabir made it big as a poet in the 15th century. Even though the story happens in Kashi it will be as if it happens in our lanes and locality.

Sanjjanaa plays a muslim girl in the movie. Sanusha plays Kabir’s wife in the movie. Vaishali Deepak is also playing a role in the film. 

The film stars Dattatreya, Om Puri, Sharath Kumar, Akshatha Rao, Sharath Lohitaswa and Avinash among others. Naveen Kumar is the cinematographer.
-27/06/16

SANTHEYALLI NINTA KABEERA MUSIC RELEASED
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ash released the audio of Shivarajkumar’s upcoming film Santheyalli Ninta Kabeera at a well attended function in Bengaluru. Trailers and three songs of the movie were also shown to the audiences. Ugramm Srimurali was also another attraction for the audio launch.

Earlier, speaking at the function Yash said he is fond of Shivanna and added that there is an exchange of ideas even if both of them meet for just five minutes. He said Kannada cinema is like an ocean and Dr Rajkumar has given us the sea route. Now, Shivanna is taking it a step further to the next level, he said. Yash said Shivanna is acting according to his age.

Ugramm Srimurali said Shivanna is both a hero for the class and the mass. He wished Shivanna that Kabeera becomes the actor’s biggest hit in his career.

Producer Kumaraswamy Pathikonda said Shivanna can henceforth be called Kabeera Shivanna and it is all now up to his fans to make that happen. He said the film’s success rests on Shivanna’s fans.

Director Indira Kumar said Kabeera had taken two years to complete. The film was possible due to the support of Shivanna and Geethakka. Shivanna will be the symbol of peace, friendship and nationalism with the release of the film.

Shivanna said Kabeera was an important film in his career. The movie has a message. He said the camerawork, makeup and hairstyle have suited him well and the period. He said human beings are one and it is man who created caste. He said let us give up caste.

Gopal Vajpayee who has penned the lyrics and dialogues said he had translated Kabir’s couplets to make Kannadigas understand them better. He said a few major couplets had been adapted to cinema. He said Kabir is a simple achiever and a straight forward person who made it big as a poet in the 15th century and added that he had imbibed Kabir’s nature. He said even though the story happens in Kashi it will be as if it happens in our lanes and locality.

Duniya Suri said Ismail Durbar who had composed music for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas has come to Kannada which will be a good effort and good to hear. He said producer needs guts to make such a period film.

Former president of KFCC B Vijayakumar said Shivanna is his own competitor. If Rajkumar donated his eyes Shivanna has gone a step further and announced that he will donate his body. He said producers continue to make a beeline at Shivanna’s house. He urged Shivanna not to perform stunts without using dupes.

Sanjjanaa said she plays a muslim girl in the movie. She said Shivanna spells luck for all. She is acting in her second film with him after Mylaari, she said. Sanusha said she was happy to be part of the film and Vaishali Deepak said she is acting with Shivarajkumar for the second time after Shivalinga.
-28/04/16









SHIVARAJKUMAR STARRER KABEERA LAUNCHED
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abeera, a musical film was launched on Ugadi festival day in Bengaluru with Shivarajkumar in the lead.

Shivarajkumar is playing the title role of saint-poet Kabeera in the movie that is adapted from the play Bazaar Mein Khada Kabeera. The film is directed by Narendra Babu who has now rechristened himself as Indira Babu.

Addressing a press meet, Indira Babu said Kabeera will be a musical film with composer Ismail Durbar making all out efforts as much as earlier big films. He said creativity in Kannada cinema will take new wings and shape as it involves somebody from the Rajkumar family. He expressed confidence that Kannada cinema will come out of its inferiority complex after this film.

Indira Babu said Shivarajkumar’s wife Geetha was responsible for this cinema to become a reality as she urged Shivanna to do this movie.

Kabeera is a period film shot which will bring back the 15th century era as Kabeera lived between 1440 and 1518. The film will have portions shot around 1470 period.

He said recreating the period will be a challenge as the period stood for unity, non-violence, love and peace. He said a set will be erected on the banks of River Cauvery to recreate the scenes and give it a Kashi appearance as Kabeera was born and brought up in the holy town. Indira Babu said the unit will go to North India later during the 80-day film’s schedule.

The film is produced by P Kumaraswamy who had produced Shrusti earlier and five Telugu films. He said Kabeera’s couplets inspired even the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Ismail Durbar will be the ideal choice for providing music.

Kumaraswamy said artistes have been imported as the characters required their presence. He praised Shivarajkumar for reining in budget for the film that shows his concern for the producers.

Music composer Ismail Durbar said music has to speak and Kabeera is a legendary subject from a legendary family. He said since the director wanted him to compose music for this film he was doing it. He said it is an achievement to get such an offer and also compose music. He said the film will have classical and western classical music along with romantic songs numbering about six that will have a mesmerizing effect on listeners.

Gopal Vajpayee has penned the lyrics and dialogues for the film. Vajpayee said he has translated the play into Kannada and that was enough reason to be involved in this film.

Shivarajkumar said he had read about Kabeera in his childhood. He said his father had portrayed Kabeera’s role in Mahatma Kabeera which was like a biopic. Shivanna however said he was only portraying the poet in a period. He pointed out that khadi culture had begun from Kabeera’s era. He said love was the weapon in the movie.

Shivanna pointed out that he had not got such roles earlier. He said he was an actor and so he would like to do all kinds of roles. He said it is not infradig for him to do violent roles just because he was awarded an honorary doctorate.

 Dattatreya is playing the pontiff of a Kurukshetra mutt who had influenced Kabeera’s life. Sanusha, who is acting as Kabeera’s wife, also spoke.

The film stars Dattatreya, Om Puri, Sharath Kumar, Akshatha Rao, Sharath Lohitaswa and Avinash among others. Naveen Kumar is the cinematographer.
-23/03/15








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