ನೋಡುಗರನ್ನು ಕಾಡುವ `ಲೀ'...
ಸುಮಂತ್ ಶೈಲೇಂದ್ರ ನಾಯಕನಾಗಿರುವ `ಲೀ’ ಚಿತ್ರ ಈ ವಾರ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಹಾಗೆ ನೋಡಿದರೆ, ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಗೆ ಕ್ಷಣಗಣನೆ ಆರಂಭವಾದಾಗಲೇ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ ನಾನಾ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕರ್ಷಣೆ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದ್ದ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಕೂಡಾ ದಾಖಲೆ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರನ್ನು ತಲುಪಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ನೋಡಿದವರೆಲ್ಲ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಭಾರೀ ಕುತೂಹಲಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು. ಸುಮಂತ್ ಭಿನ್ನ ಗೆಟಪ್ಗಳೇ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕಥೆಯೇನಿರ ಬಹುದು ಎಂಬ ಚರ್ಚೆಗೂ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಸುಮಂತ್ ಮಾನಸಿಕ ಅಸ್ವಸ್ಥನ ಪಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರೋ `ಶಾಲಿವಾಹನ ಕೇಸು’ ಎಂಬ ಟಪ್ಪಾಂಗುಚ್ಚಿ ಸಾಂಗ್ ಅಂತೂ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಕುತೂಹಲವನ್ನು ಇಮ್ಮಡಿಗೊಳಿಸಿತ್ತು. ಇಂದು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರ ಆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕುತೂಹಲಗಳಿಗೂ ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದೆ.
ನಾಯಕ ಸುಮಂತ್ ಶೈಲೇಂದ್ರ ಈ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿಗಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಾಗಿದಂತೆ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಭಾ ನಟೇಶ್ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಮಂತ್ ಜೋಡಿ ಹೇಳಿ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದಂತಿದೆ.
ಮಾರ್ಷಲ್ ಆಟ್ಸ್ ಕಲಿತು, ಇತರರಿಗೂ ಕಲಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಬದುಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಹುಡುಗನ ಬದುಕಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಡುಗಿಯ ಎಂಟ್ರಿಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇನ್ನೇನು ಮದುವೆಯಾಗಬೇಕೆನ್ನುವಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಟ್ವಿಸ್ಟು. ನಾಯಕನ ತಲೆಗೆ ಏಟು ಬೀಳುತ್ತದೆ, ಹುಡುಗಿಯ ಅಪಹರಣವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ನೆನಪಿನ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡ ನಾಯಕ ಅಕ್ಷರಶಃ ಬೀದಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದು ಹುಚ್ಚುಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ತಿರುಗಾಡುತ್ತಾ, ಭಿಕ್ಷೆ ಬೇಡುವ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗೆ ತಲುಪಿರುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಮತ್ತೆ ನಾಯಕನಿಗೆ ನೆನಪಿನ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಮರುಕಳಿಸುತ್ತದಾ? ಆತ ಹುಡುಗಿಯನ್ನು ಅಪಹರಣದಿಂದ ಮುಕ್ತಿಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತಾನಾ ಅನ್ನೋದು `ಲೀ' ಚಿತ್ರದ ಅಂತಿಮ ಗುಟ್ಟು!
ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಯಕ ಸುಮಂತ್ ಶೈಲೇಂದ್ರ ಈ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿಗಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಾಗಿದಂತೆ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಭಾ ನಟೇಶ್ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಮಂತ್ ಜೋಡಿ ಹೇಳಿ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದಂತಿದೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಶ್ರೀನಂದನ್ ಎರಡನೇ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲೂ ತಮ್ಮ ಕೈಚಳಕ ತೋರಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಗುರುಕಿರಣ್ ಮತ್ತು ಆನಂದ್ ರಾಜ್ ವಿಕ್ರಂ ಸಂಗೀತ ಸಂಯೋಜನೆ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಲೀ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಹಾಡುಗಳೂ ಚೆಂದ ಅನಿಸುವಂತಿದೆ.
ಸಾಧು ಕೋಕಿಲ, ಚಿಕ್ಕಣ್ಣ, ರಂಗಾಯಣ ರಘು ಮುಂತಾದ ನಟರು ತಮ್ಮ ಪಾತ್ರವನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಥವಾಗಿ ನಿಭಾಯಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
‘LEE’ RELEASING ON JAN 13
While Sumanth gets to play three shades in the film that included learning martial arts, Nabha Natesh plays a village belle. Sneha, Sadhu Kokila, Rangayana Raghu, Rahul Dev, Jayashanker, Achyuth Kumar, Chikkanna, Suchindra Prasad, Tabala Naani and others are in the cast.
Nandakumar is the cameraman. Masthi has written the dialogues. Vinod and Kungfu Chandru have handled the stunts, Girish Kumar K is the editor.
‘LEE’ AUDIO RELEASED
Nagathihalli Chandrashekar said people are happy after having their new notes. He said there are two kinds of wheels – audience wheel and star wheel. He said the Kannada cinema is on a high these days with newcomers and audiences accepting films that feature newcomers. He said old timers and newcomers should co-exist for the industry to flourish.
Sa Ra Govindu said Sumanth was playing a full-fledged hero for the first time. He said the hero looked like Virat Kohli and believed that the film will do well.
Music composer Anand Raj Vikram said the film has five songs and that he has scored music according to the film’s theme as much as the title which is loud and powerful. He said he had done civil engineering but music is his passion.
Earlier, director Sreenandan told reporters that he was happy that the film’s audio release was happening in a grand manner. He said the hero and heroine had performed well and according to the script. He said the film’s post-production work is on with Gurukiran’s background music which has come out well. He said the team is eyeing a release for the movie in December or January.
Nabha Natesh said two songs were shot in Malaysia. She said she plays a village belle in the movie and added that she shared good chemistry with Sumanth in the movie.
Sumanth Shailendra said he was happy about the live music programme being held. He said his role has three shades – a mentally ill guy, lover boy and a martial arts trainer. He said he met some patients at Nimhans to study their behaviour which he has used in the movie. He said he underwent usui training in Mysuru to become a martial arts trainer in the movie.
Song clippings from the movie were shown. Krutika, Keerthi, Roopika, Shailendra Babu and Chikkanna were also present in the function.
‘LEE’ TRAILER LAUNCHED
Nagabharana said it is fascinating to work behind the camera than in front of it. He said experimental films and low-budget Kannada films were doing well as they were being liked by people. He said let Lee also touch people’s hearts and collect well at the box-office thereby making the producers happy. He said he hoped that the movie will be as good as the trailer.
Shailendra Babu said the producer’s expenditure looks evident on the screen.
Sumanth Shailendra said he has played three shades in the film and added all of them co-operated in making the cinema a good viewing experience. He said he is pinning his hopes on this film as it has shaped up well.
Nabha Natesh said she plays a village girl in the movie and termed her work in the movie as a good experience.
Director Sreenandan said the producers had given him whatever he wanted for the film. He said he was happy with the way the film had shaped up. The director said the film’s audio will be released by the end of this month and the movie will be released in December.
A mobile cartoon game, developed by techie Vijay was also released on the occasion.
‘LEE’ COMPLETES SHOOT
Director Srinandan told reporters that the film was started eight months ago and is now complete. He said the film took a long while to produce as it required the hero to appear convincingly in three shades. He said the hero was required to change his physical appearance and looks. The hero will be seen as a mental patient, lover boy and a martial arts fighter. The director said the film has employed computer graphics which is also reason for the slow progress in production.
Srinandan said the theme of the film is how religion and caste have come in the way of love which is a problem that prevails in India. He said dog, donkey and a horse are also part of the story.
Rahul Dev plays the villain. The film stars Tabala Nani, Chikkanna and Sadhu Kokila among others.
Sumanth Shailendra said he visited Nimhans to study the behaviour of patients afflicted with mental illness. He said the film has all ingredients – love, action, comedy and sentiment. The film has been shot against a village backdrop. The film has three fight sequences, he said.
The film’s audio will be released by October end and the film is likely to release in November.
Lee has been shot in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Srirangapatna and Maddur.
Director Srinandan said after Agraja he had scripted this story and narrated it to many stars who backed out because they said they had no martial arts training. He said Sumanth agreed to come on board. The film will be shot in Bengaluru, Dubai and some villages. Srinandan said Sumanth Shailendra was chosen and added Ushu martial arts is being trained by J Irang from Manipur.
Sumanth said he has three shades to his role – mental, lover boy and a special character. He said he observed the Ushu arts and Irang has been training him well. Nabha Natesh said she plays the daughter of a Gowda but is not a shrew.
Nanda Kumar is the cameraman. Gurukiran is scoring the background music and Anand Raj Vikram is scoring the music.
Darshan Krishna who is one of the three producers was present on the occasion.