annada horror film Rakshasi has fallen prey to the poor exhibition system as the film that was released in more than 150 theatres a week ago is now running in just about 15 theatres all over Karnataka despite reporting good collections.

Producer of the film Navarasan who is also the distributor of the film said Rakshasi has had to bear the brunt of big releases this week that of Salman Khan, Kamal Hassan and Ajith.

Navarasan who has also acted in the film Rakshasi in the lead role said Rakshasi had not only been collecting well at the box-office it had also got raving reviews from media. He said it is strange that multiplexes had thrown out the film in just four days of the release despite good collection.

Navarasan questioned and wondered if it is the right way to remove films without giving it a chance to run after investing Rs 3 crore on it. He said it is distressing although the collections were dull owing to rains for some time but the initial was quite good, he added. He said audiences were happy to see the movie but questioned the fuss that was created by exhibitors in continuing to screen the movie.

Navarasan urged the media persons to support his cause and that of Kannada cinema as theatre owners had defied basic discipline. Sindhu Lokanath and Kempe Gowda were also present at the press meet.

akshasi, a Kannada film remake of Tamil hit Pisasu is ready for release in November. The Kannada film Rakshasi is all set to go for censor certification soon. Rakshasi stars debutant Navarasan who is also the movie’s producer, Sindhu Lokanath and G K Reddy among others. The film is directed by Ashraf M U, A R Murugadoss’s associate. Arul Corelli has composed the music.

Producer and hero of the film Navarasan told reporters that the film is ready for release and waiting for censor certification. He thanked the support of Tamil actor Vishal’s father G K Reddy, director Ashraf and all the artistes of the film that include Kuri Pratap and Sangeetha among others.

Navarasan also said Vishal had supported the team by attending the audio release function along with Karthi and Aryan. He thanked Puneeth Rajkumar for launching Rakshasi’s first look and also releasing the audio.

He said the film has one song and a fight and it took him eight months to train as an actor. He said he dreamt of seeing himself on the big screen as he was himself owner of two theatres. Navarasan said he plays a music director in the film who plays the violin and does social service. He said Sindhu plays a special character in the movie.

Sindhu Lokanath said she is fortunate to be part of a female oriented script. She refused to say if she plays the Rakshasi – the devil in the movie. She said Rakshasi is a good person and is a lovable girl that she plays. She said Rakshasi is a good horror film that showcases father daughter relationship.

Manju said he plays a villain in the film who is a wife beater and ends up getting beaten up in the end. Theatre person Krishnamurthy who debuted in Dhrushya said he plays an auto driver in the film.

Director Ashraf said as Murugadoss’s protégé he said the film has unexpected elements for the audience. He said the movie will not go on expected lines in its narrative.

G K Reddy, Tamil actor Vishal’s father said his dream of acting in a Kannada film had been fulfilled. Reddy who has produced 16 Tamil films said he got introduced to producer over phone and agreed to act in the film after his son also encouraged him to do so. He said he struggled to act during the first two days but managed to do better from the third day.

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