yricist Shivu Jamakhandi debuts as a director with Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe who has chosen to make this film entirely in north Karnataka. Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe is a story of eternal love, family and relationships with a larger than life musical treat which forms the backbone of this film, Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe is a visual treat that gives a new direction to Kannada cinema locally and internationally.

The film is about Shankar, a young man from Vijayapura who greets and entertains tourists at the Gol Gumbaz by drawing mehandi. He is also a part of the local orchestra team that performs at marriages and other functions as a singer.

The film’s love story begins at a marriage function and ends at a rose garden. Shankar turns down Priya’s proposal but comes around. Obviously, this leaves her brother Shiva red faced. Shankar and Priya fall in love with each other eventually and meet in places like Gol Gumbaz, Barah Kaman, Ibrahim Roza and Sangeetha Mahal, but fate wills otherwise for them with some unexpected happenings. Priya goes speechless after a bloody fight and is wheelchair-bound. Shankar nurses her with an injured right hand.

Two songs in the movie are hummable. The song sung by Vijaya Raghavendra Majoobaathagide….is quite melodious and the Madarangi song is also pleasant.

Vijaya Raghavendra is good in his role. Nidhi Subbaiah who is back after a gap looks good and lives her role well. Joker Hanumanthu, who has worked in television, makes you laugh in a comical role. He could be another good comedian that Kannada cinema is searching for. Sudha Belawadi, Gururaj Hoskote, Chikkanna, Tilak and Sangeetha have also lent good support. Haseeb's camera work is good.

anna Ninna Prema Kathe, a film starring Vijay Raghavendra and Nidhi Subbaiah in lead roles will release on July 8 all over Karnataka. The movie is directed by debutant Shivu Jamkhandi who has penned the lyrics and scored the music for the film. Tilak, Sangeetha, Gururaj Hoskote, Chikkanna, M N Suresh and Sudha Belawadi are also in the cast. The film is produced Ananda Gowda, son of politician Siddu Nyame Gowda.

Songs of the movie along with the trailer were shown to journalists. Shankar Nag is a character in the film as hero’s father although he doesn’t physically appear in the movie.

Shivu Jamkhandi told reporters that the media had supported him as a lyricist and became an assistant director to eke out a living in Bengaluru. He said the film was shot entirely in North Karnataka in Jamakhandi, Vijayapura, Bagalkot and Hubballi among other places and added that he wanted to showcase the rich culture of the North Karnataka region.

Vijay Raghavendra is a make-up artiste working near Gol Gumbaz in Vijayapura and falls in love with the heroine. He said the film began filming activity in January and is releasing in July which shows the commitment of the producer and director.

Tilak said the film is a typical family entertainer in which he gets to play both positive and negative character. Rachana Dashrath who has been paired with Chikkanna said she plays Paro throughout the movie which was a new experience given the fact that she had to mouth her lines in the North Karnataka dialect. She said she managed to do it with the help of the director and the team.

Sangeetha said the film doesn’t look like it is done by a debutant as the director has drawn good performances from us. M N Suresh said it was good to see a dialect of the region being maintained throughout the movie.

Gururaj Hoskote said Shivu Jamkhandi’s grandfather was a folk singer while thanking producer Ananda and Hanumanthu for taking care of his health expenses.

Haseeb is the cameraman. Mass Maada has composed two fights in the movie. Madan and Harini  are the choreographers. Damador Kanasooru is the editor. Joker Hanumanthu is the executive producer with Dhananjaya.

he music of Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe film was released by S A Chinne Gowda at a function in Bengaluru on Thursday night. It was also his son Vijay Raghavendra’s birthday who is acting in the film. Besides, folk singer Gururaj Hoskote also celebrated his birthday on the same day with the film crew as he has also acted in the film. Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe stars Nidhi Subbaiah and Tilak among others. The film is directed by Shivu Jamakhandi and produced by Anand Nyamegowda.

Producer Anand Nyamegowda sadi Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe is a love story which is in North Karnataka style. He said a full-length film has been shot in North Karnataka and is an attempt to show these regions to the people of the state. He said North Karnataka was confined to comic scenes in Kannada films. But, he said Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe will have a total North Karnataka flavour. He said the film was shot in 52 days and is a family-oriented film and has comedy in it.

Director Shivu Jamakhandi who was sporting a bus conductor’s colour said he would dedicate the film to his parents, producer and mentor. He thanked the producer for making him a director after 12 years of struggle in the industry. He also thanked the media persons for making him a literate director from an illiterate cinema worker.

The director said producer Anand had invested Rs 6 crore on the film and was hopeful of getting returns manifold as people will like it. He said while Vijay Raghavendra is a good actor he added that he waited for two months so that Nidhi Subbaiah could give her dates for the film. He said this film was not a comeback for Nidhi Subbaiah as she was very much amidst us.

Shivu Jamakhandi said there are seven songs in the movie for which he had himself penned the lyrics and composed the music. Puneeth, Upendra and Vijay Raghavendra had sung for the movie, he said.

Vijay Raghavendra said he was lucky to be celebrating his birthday with the Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe team and the audiences besides taking part in the audio release of the film. He said he rates his experience of working in the team as one of the best in his career. He also thanked the government of Karnataka and the jury for selecting him as the best actor for 2015.

Tilak said he was happy to have worked with Vijay Raghavendra for the first time although they had been meeting earlier and were known to each other for a long time.

Nidhi Subbaiah who was dressed in black and was looking fresh and radiant said she is back in Kannada cinema after three years. She said she enjoyed working in the movie as the atmosphere was fun and that she was giggling and laughing at work on the sets. She said Jamakhandi was too hot but the crowds were controlled. She said people of North Karnataka are pure from within and kind-hearted. She also said that she liked the story and her role in the film and believed that the first-time director had the enthusiasm and passion towards work.

Nidhi Subbaiah said she met the producer for the first time in Jamakhandi who was like a family to her.

Television actress Renu said she plays a lady don in the movie which opened up new doors for her from the neighbouring Telugu industry. She said after working in the television industry for 15 years she couldn’t thank the team enough for getting this opportunity to act on the big screen.

anna Ninna Prema Kathe, a love story with a North Karnataka flavour has completed its shoot and has been shot entirely in locales of North Karnataka. The film is directed by newbie Shivu Jamakhandi and produced by Anandanna Nyamegowda. The movie stars Vijay Raghavendra, Nidhi Subbaiah, Tilak and Sudha Belawadi in key roles.

Director Shivu Jamakhandi said his mentor late Shankar Nag has acted in the film as the hero’s father. The film has completed a 48-day shooting schedule. Three cameras were employed for the shoot, he said. He thanked Tilak for encouraging him to turn a director. He said Vijay Raghavendra is a director’s actor as he got involved in the shoot and participated in all discussions during the production. Hanumanthu who is the executive producer of the film has acted as a comedian in the film. The film has been shot in Jamakhandi, Belagavi, Bijapur, Bhagalkote and Hubballi. The film is about a guy who applies madarangi in front of Gol Gumbaz and his love story that unfolds.

The director said the hero is in conversation with Shankar Nag in the film and the film has North Karnataka Shayiri along with its dialect.

Vijay Raghavendra said Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe is another love story told against the backdrop of North Karnataka. He said he plays a sincere lover and how he encounters twists and turns in his life. How he manages to save his love forms the remaining part of the story, he said.

Tilak said the director has the conviction that the title is apt and so he found the title to be apt as well after listening to the story. He said he has two shades to his role. He plays the heroine’s brother Shivajigowda Patil.

Sudha Belawadi said she plays the hero’s mother in the film which she described as a nice role with all shades in it. She said the new director had all the potential to become a good director.

Mohammed Haseeb is the cinematographer. Mass Maada is the stunt director. Madan and Harini have worked as choreographers.

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