annada film Manasu Mallige opened on Friday to a good response at the box-office. The film which is a remake of Marathi hit Sairat is produced by Rockline Venkatesh and Akash Chawla of Zee Studio. The film is directed by S Narayan and it stars newcomers Nishant and Rinku Rajguru. Manohar Joshi is the cameraman and Ajay-Atul are the music directors.  

In a post-release press meet held in Bengaluru on Friday, director S Narayan said after seeing the Marathi film he couldn’t come out of its hangover for close to three hours and then Rockline and himself decided to do the film. He said the Marathi film which had a running time of three hours has been cut to two hours twenty minutes with a few new scenes, new screenplay and new songs. He said he asked Rockline Venkatesh to sign the same heroine for the Kannada project and also the same music composers for the film which was readily agreed upon by the producer.  

The director said Rockline chased the heroine to sign her for the movie as much as he chased the music directors. He said the heroine said that she hadn’t heard the language and that it would be difficult to act in a language that she didn’t know existed. Narayan said as soon as she was signed for the movie a workshop was conducted and within half a day the heroine had changed her mind as she grasped whatever he had told her to do. He said Rinku is a director’s actress who has gone on to become the backbone of the movie.  

Narayan said about 8,000 people were scanned for the hero’s role and finally Rockline Venkatesh showed the photo of Nishant who is Satyaprakash’s son and thus he was selected. He said Nishant overcame all the fears within a few days and came into his own. The film is a message for lovers and parents, he said. Narayan also appreciated cinematographer Manohar Joshi’s camera work.  

Rockline Venkatesh said locations played an important character in the movie. He said Akash Chawla of Zee Studio gave him an opportunity to produce this in Kannada first. He said the songs had got a good response in the social media.  

Rinku Rajguru said after signing the Kannada film which was an alien language to her she found everyone talking to her in the language and she never understood even a word on the day she reported for work. She said she can speak a little bit of Kannada now and can understand the language though she cannot speak fluently in the language. She says she now finds Kannada as a soft and a cute language. Rinku said the film shows that girls are strong and can do everything. She said she knew her character but it was like writing another exam as it is in a new language.  

Nishant said it was not work on the sets but it was fun. He said the director moulded him and tuned him into an actor. He said the hero is a timid guy and that he had seen Sairat several times.  

Akash Chawla said this is a film that speaks of the coming of age of girls in this generation. He said it was difficult to stomach the fact that an actor who dreamt of playing the lead role had to surrender himself to playing such a timid character.  

Director Narayan said this is the first time that a Kannada film has released in many screens outside Karnataka and is now ready to hit the overseas market as well.

ಈ ವಾರ ತೆರೆಗೆ `ಮನಸು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ’
ರಾಕ್‍ಲೈನ್ ಪ್ರೊಡಕ್ಷನ್ಸ್ ಮತ್ತು ಜೀ ಸ್ಟುಡಿಯೋ ಲಾಂಛನದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಕ್‍ಲೈನ್ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಆಕಾಶ್ ಚಾವ್ಲಾ ಅವರು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿರುವ, ಎಸ್.ನಾರಾಯಣ್ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನದ `ಮನಸು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ’ ಚಿತ್ರ ಈ ವಾರ ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು, ಹೊಸಪೇಟೆ, ಗದಗ್, ಕೊಳ್ಳೇಗಾಲ, ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ ಮುಂತಾದ ಕಡೆ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ನಾಯಕನಾಗಿ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತದ ಖ್ಯಾತ ಖಳನಟ ಸತ್ಯಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ಅವರ ಪುತ್ರ ನಿಶಾಂತ್ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮರಾಠಿ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಯಕಿಯಾಗಿ ನಟಿಸಿ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿದ್ದ ರಿಂಕು ರಾಜಗುರು ಅವರೇ ಇಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ನಾಯಕಿಯಾಗಿ ನಟಿಸಿರುವುದು ವಿಶೇಷ. ಇನ್ನುಳಿದಂತೆ ರಂಗಭೂಮಿ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯ ಅನೇಕ ಕಲಾವಿದರು ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಅದ್ದೂರಿ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳ ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕರಾಗಿ ಗುರುತಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ರಾಕ್‍ಲೈನ್ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ ಮತ್ತು ಎಸ್ ನಾರಾಯಣ್ ಸಮಾಗಮದ `ಮನಸು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ` ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಮನೋಹರ ಜೋಷಿ ಛಾಯಾಗ್ರಹಣ, ಅಜಯ್ ಅತುಲ್ ಸಂಗೀತ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ, ಶ್ರೀಕಾಂತ್ ಸಂಕಲನ, ಇಸ್ಮಾಯಿಲ್ ಕಲಾ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ, ವಿ.ನಾಗೇಂದ್ರ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್, ಕೆ.ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ್, ಯೋಗರಾಜ ಭಟ್, ಕವಿರಾಜ್ ಅವರುಗಳ ಗೀತ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ, ಚೆನ್ನಾರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಇಟಗಿ ಸಹ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮತ್ತು ಮೈಸೂರು ರಾಜು ಅವರ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ-ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ ಇದೆ.

rrigation Minister M B Patil released the audio of the upcoming Kannada movie Manasu Mallige at a function in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening. The film’s trailer was also released along with four songs that were shown to the audiences. The film is produced by Rockline Venkatesh in association with Zee Studio and is directed by S Narayan. Rockline Venkatesh has acquired the remake rights of Marathi hit film Sairat for all the south Indian languages. The Marathi film had reportedly made a business of Rs 100 crore at the box-office and Kannada is the first in the line for the remake of Sairat.

Popular villain Satyaprakash’s son Nishant is debuting as the hero in Manasu Mallige. Both the father and son were present at the function. Rinku Rajguru who played the heroine in the Marathi film is reprising her same role in the Kannada version. However, the heroine was not present at the audio launch.

The minister said in his address that the songs are natural and melodious while expressing the hope that it will turn out to be a good film for the audiences. Patil, who hails from Vijayapura said the influence of Marathi films in his region is immense. He remembered the likes of Dr Sriram Lagoo and Om Puri who had contributed to Marathi theatre as well.

S Narayan said it was only natural for the audio release and trailer to happen on Valentine’s Day. He said there was no announcement about the release in the newspaper but people thought that the film will release on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Now it is clear to the people about what wanted to do on this day, he said.

He invited the film’s camera assistant Kaushik and his wife Chandana who had just married to wish them a happy married life. He said the two had married because of facebook although Kaushik who is assisting Manohar Joshi said it was an arranged match for them. Narayan also lauded Zee’s interest to remake the Marathi hit into Kannada to begin with and then venture into other languages.     

Akash Chawla of Zee Studio, lyricist Kaviraj, Anandappa of Prasanna and Pramod, Soorappa Babu, Nagaraj, Brahmi, Gokulraj  and other team members of ‘Manasu Mallige’ were present.

Earlier, working stills of the film were shown to the audiences as the director’s wife Bhagyavathi and Padma Chandru, wife of Mukhyamantri Chandru performed pooja to the Chamundeshwari idol.

Manasu Mallige is Rockline Venkatesh’s 27th film as a producer. Munirathna Naidu, MLA and president of Karnataka Film Producers Association expressed confidence that the film will do well at the box-office. 

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