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SRIKANTA’ REGISTERS GOOD INITIAL
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annada film Srikanta starring Shivarajkumar, Chandini and Vijay Raghavendra has opened well on Friday last thanks to positive media reviews and good public patronage, according to film’s director Manju Swaraj.

Swaraj told reporters on Monday that he was happy with the reviews and the response from the audiences. He said Shivarajkumar had accepted the offer to play a common star despite being a star and had not bothered about his image while working in the film. He said the film is inspired by Nagathihalli Chandrashekar’s story.

Producer Manu Gowda said the film has been accepted by the classes and the masses. He said he plans to release the film outside the state in the following week.

Shivarajkumar said he was happy that a good film was released for the new year. He said he liked the role of a common man and added that the last 20 minutes of the film’s climax had given a lot of weightage to the movie. He said even the small characters have got a meaning to the film.

The century star said he had grown up as a simple boy without growing up as Dr Rajkumar’s son but as Muthuraj’s son.

Vijaya Raghavendra said he has acted with Shivanna after Rishi which has been a long time. He said in his role in the film he had to scold Shivanna for which he felt bad. But, he said Shivanna encouraged him and he will now see the film as his fan.
-11/01/17



ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಅಚ್ಚುಮೆಚ್ಚು `ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ'
ತಾನು ವಿಷ ಉಂಡರೂ ಪರರಿಗೆ ಕೇಡು ಬಯಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ `ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ’. ತನ್ನನ್ನು ನಂಬಿದವರಿಗೆ ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ ಶ್ರೀರಕ್ಷೆಯಾಗಿರುತ್ತಾನೆ. ತನ್ನ ಬಾಳು ಕತ್ತಲಾದರೂ, ಬೇರೆಯವರಿಗೆ ಬೆಲಕು ನೀಡುವ ಉದಾರಿ ಈ ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ.

ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಪ್ರಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ, ಹೋರಾಟಕ್ಕೆ ಜನರನ್ನು ಸೇರಿಸಿ ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ತುಂಬಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಮಾತಿಗೆ ಸದಾ ಬದ್ಧ. ಭ್ರಷ್ಟ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ತಿರುಗಿಬೀಳುವ ಆತ, ಸಮಾಜದ ಎದುರು ಭ್ರಷ್ಟರ ಬಣ್ಣ ಬಯಲು ಮಾಡಲು ಹಿಂಜರಿಯುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಸಚಿವರ ರಾಸಲೀಲೆ, ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ಸೋರಿಕೆ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಪ್ರಸಕ್ತ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ವಿದ್ಯಮಾನಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೆಳಕು ಚೆಲ್ಲಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಸದ್ಯದ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟಾದ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಮಂಜು ಸ್ವರಾಜ್. ಭ್ರಷ್ಟ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ, ದ್ವೇಷ ರಾಜಕಾರಣ, ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಹಸಿವು, ರಹಸ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಚರಣೆ... ಇವೆಲ್ಲವೂ `ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ' ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಹೈಲೈಟ್ ಪ್ರೇಮಕಥೆ, ಕುಟುಂಬದ ಆಪ್ತತೆ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಸೆಂಟಿಮೆಂಟ್‍ಗೆ ತುಸು ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿಯೇ ಇದೆ.

`ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ' ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಮಾಸ್ ಮೂವೀ. ಮನಮುಟ್ಟುವ ಕಥೆ, ಜಬರ್‍ದಸ್ತ್ ಆ್ಯಕ್ಷನ್ `ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ'ನ ಪ್ಲಸ್ ಪಾಯಿಂಟ್. ಕಥೆ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಡವರಿಗೆ ಶಿವರಾಜ್‍ಕುಮಾರ್ ಇನ್ನೂ ಅಚ್ಚುಮೆಚ್ಚು. ಅಷ್ಟರಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಅವರ ಎನರ್ಜಿ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ನೋಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅವರ ಫೈಟ್ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಅಚ್ಚರಿ ಮೂಡಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಕಾಮನ್‍ಮ್ಯಾನ್ ಮನಸು ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಏನು ಬೇಕಾದರೂ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಮಂಜು ಸ್ವರಾಜ್ `ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ’ ಮೂಲಕ ಹಿಡಿದಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ನಾಯಕಿ ಚಾಂದಿನಿ ಶ್ರೀಧರನ್ ನಟನೆ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ. ವಿಜಯ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ, `ಸ್ಪರ್ಶ' ರೇಖಾ, ಅಚ್ಯುತ್‍ಕುಮಾರ್, ಬುಲೆಟ್ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್, ಚಿ.ಗುರುದತ್, ಅನಿಲ್ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ತಮ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸವನ್ನು ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಪೂರೈಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಜನೀಶ್ ಲೋಕನಾಥ್ ಹಾಡುಗಳು ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಪೂರಕವಾಗಿದೆ. ಶಿವರಾಜ್‍ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ... ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ `ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ’ ಅಚ್ಚುಮೆಚ್ಚಾಗುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ಸಂಶಯವಿಲ್ಲ.
-6/01/17

SRIKANTA’ RELEASES NEW TRAILER AHEAD OF FRIDAY RELEASE
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new trailer of the upcoming Kannada release ‘Srikanta’ was released on Monday evening in Bengaluru. The film is produced by Manu Gowda and directed by Manju Swaraj. The film stars Shivarajkumar, Chandini Sreedharan, Dattanna, Manjunath Gowda, Deepak Shetty, Rekha and others.

Producer Manu Gowda said the whole journey of the film started with a dream of making a movie. He said Manju and himself had dreamt of this and the movie had met its expectations with technicians putting in their best. He said people will have a darshan of Srikanta through this movie.

Dattanna said despite the demonetization people were thronging the theatre especially in the new year. He said he was amazed with Shivanna’s strength as he had shouldered the responsibility of playing the lead in more than 100 films. He said the new trailer is exciting and it indicates a good run for the film.

Deepak Shetty said he was doing television serials until this offer came to him. He said there is no hero or villain as Shivanna plays a common man in the film. He said it is difficult to say whether his role is positive or negative. He said it is a dream come true to act with Shivanna.

Manjunath Gowda said this is his fourth film with Shivanna and added that he would love to act in more of Shivanna’s films because of the actor’s positive energy. He said he plays a negative role who gets beaten up for harassing the women in the film.

Shivarajkumar praised Dattanna for being young at heart and recalled a lot of sweet memories with the senior actor since the days of Andaman in which he had acted with his daughter. He said Srikanta had some risky shots but added that care should be taken about people’s lives because nothing is more precious than life. He said risks were taken with all safety measures in place and the support that was required for such tasks. He said as his parents had been telling him there should be bhaya and bhakti for the work that one does. He expressed confidence that the film will do well. He thanked the media for correcting him all these years especially in delivering his dialogues which were quick some years back.

Shivanna also announced that he will do another film with the same producer under Radhakrishna’s direction. 
-3/01/17






SRIKANTA’ AUDIO RELEASED
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he audio of Kannada film ‘Srikanta’ was released at a function in Bengaluru on Saturday night. The film starring Shivarajkumar and Chandini Sreedharan in lead roles marks the return of the century star in the role of a common man after Shiva Sainya, made more than two decades back. Srikanta is produced by Manu Gowda and directed by Manju Swaraj. Ajneesh Lokanath has scored the music.

Geetha Shivarajkumar, Puneeth, Vinay Raghavendra Rajkumar, Rockline Venkatesh and other dignatories from the industry including former KFCC president K V Chandrashekar among others were present at the film’s audio launch.

While Geetha launched a song sung by her husband, Puneeth launched another song in the movie. The remaining songs were launched by K V Chandrashekar and the producer’s mother Shyla Mahadeva.

Music composer Ajneesh Lokanath said Srikanta was a benchmark in his career as a composer as he got an opportunity to give tunes for a Shivanna’s film. He said he never thought he will get this opportunity.

Director Manju Swaraj said his efforts and the dreams that he saw for the movie have come out as per his expectations. He said Shivanna is portrayed as a common man but songs had to given a dash of glamour to make it look attractive. He said although Shishira made by the same producer and the team didn’t do well, the producer gave him another chance to do this film. He thanked the producer for fulfilling that promise of making this film possible. The director said people will like the movie as much as they like the songs.

Producer Manu Gowda said the film will release in first week of January. He said the film was made possible because of Shivanna. He said although Shishira didn’t do well Srikanta will be a sure shot success at the box-office.

Shivarajkumar said he desired to see this film release earlier because he wanted good films to come out fast. He said the film’s story attracted him as he plays a common man in the film. The century star said the film has an interesting journey. He said even though the film took a long time to produce, he never lost interest in doing it.

He said it was a challenging role to play the common man who is today facing a lot of inconveniences due to demonetization. He said the common man should not suffer and considered himself to be one before he could call himself an actor. He said the problem that the common man is facing should get solved soon. He said he was a common man who is affected like others.

Shivarajkumar said a song in the film that combines Dr Raj and Dr Vishnu films is very interesting. Srikanta Vishakanta….of Dr Rajkumar and the Naagarahaavu song are mixed at a given situation. Dr Raj and Vishnu are always icons and nothing untoward should be attached, he added. He said Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan should be seen as common people.

Rockline Venkatesh wished the team good luck. Puneeth Rajkumar said Srikanta as a title had force and films with Lord Shiva in the title are bound to do well.

Distributor Sudhir said all efforts are on to release the film on January 6. He said an announcement will be made after the film gets censored.   
-19/12/16









ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ ಹಾಡುಗಳು ಬಾಕಿ
ಶಿವರಾಜ್‌ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ ಮಾತಿನ ಭಾಗದ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ಮುಗಿಸಿದೆ. ಇದರನ್ವಯ ವಿಷಯವನ್ನು ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ತಂಡವು ಮಾಧ್ಯಮದವರನ್ನು ಭೇಟಿ ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. ನಾಲ್ಕು ಹಾಡುಗಳ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ಬಾಕಿ ಇದೆ. ಒಂದು ಗೀತೆಯನ್ನು ಓವರ್‌ಸೀಸ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಸಲು ಯೋಜನೆ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಒಬ್ಬ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಮನುಷ್ಯ ಸಮಾಜವನ್ನು ಹತೋಟಿಗೆ ತರಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಪಟ್ಟಾಗ ಏನೆಲ್ಲಾ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಎದುರಾಗುತ್ತವೆ ಎಂಬ ಪಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿವಣ್ಣರ ಅಭಿನಯ ಸೂಪರ್. ಅವರ ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹದಿಂದಲೇ ಬೇಗನೆ ಮುಗಿದಿದೆ. ಅಣ್ಣಾವ್ರ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಣ್ಣ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಆಸೆ ಇತ್ತು. ಆದರೆ ಅವರ ಮಗನ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದು ನನ್ನ ಸುಕೃತ. ರಿಸ್ಕ್ ಶಾಟ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಡ್ಯೂಪ್ ಬಳಸದೆ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಶ್ರದ್ದೆ ಯಾರಿಗೂ ಬರೋಲ್ಲ ಅಂತ ಗುಣಗಾನ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ನಾಯಕಿಯಾಗಿ ಚಾಂದಿನಿಶ್ರೀಧರ್ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದರು ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಮಂಜುಸ್ವರಾಜ್. ಮೊದಲಬಾರಿ ಶಿವಣ್ಣರ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಗೀತ ಒದಗಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂತಸಪಟ್ಟರು ಅಜನೀಶ್‌ಲೋಕನಾಥ್.

ಚಿಂಗಾರಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದ ಮಹದೇವ್ ಈ ಬಾರಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಜವಬ್ದಾರಿಯನ್ನು ಪುತ್ರ ಮನುಗೆ ನೀಡಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ನಿರಾಳನಾಗಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಶಿವಣ್ಣನವರು ೬೦ ಅಡಿ ಏರಿದಾಗ ಭಂii ಆಗಿತ್ತು. ದೇವರು ದೊಡ್ಡವನು ಏನು ಆಗಲಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂತಾರೆ. ಓಂ ಚಿತ್ರದ ನಂತರ ಶಿವಣ್ಣ ಅಂಬಾಸಿಡರ್ ಕಾರನ್ನು ಚಾಲನೆ ಮಾಡಿ, ನನ್ನ ಕನಸನ್ನು ನನಸು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂಬ ಖುಷಿಯ ಮಾತುಗಳು ಮನುರವರಿಂದ ಕೇಳಿಬಂದವು. ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈಕ್ ಶಿವಣ್ಣರಿಗೆ ವರ್ಗವಾಯಿತು. ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ ನನಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟವಾದ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಬಹುದು. ಎಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ವ್ಯರ್ಥಖರ್ಚು ಆಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಚಿತ್ರವು ಥ್ರಿಲ್,ಡ್ರಿಲ್, ಭಾವನೆಗಳು, ಮನೋವೃತಿ, ಪ್ರೀತಿ, ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳು ಇವೆ. ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಕಟ್‌ಓಟ್‌ಗೆ ಹಾಲಿನ ಅಭಿಷೇಕ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಪಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ದೀಪಕ್‌ಶೆಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಎತ್ತರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಅಭಿಷೇಕ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ ಖುಷಿ ನೀಡಿತು. ಜನ ತಪ್ಪು ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ ಬುದ್ದಿವಾದ ಹೇಳುವ ಸಂದೇಶ ಇದೆ. ವಿಜಯರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಕಾಣ ಸಿಕೋಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಪ್ಪಾಜಿ ಹಾಡಿದ ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠ ವಿಷಕಂಠ ಗೀತೆಯನ್ನು ಸಂದರ್ಭಕ್ಕೆ ಬಳಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಹೋದರು ಶಿವಣ್ಣ.
-3/05/16
SHIVARAJKUMAR STARRER ‘SRIKANTA’ LAUNCHED
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hivarajkumar starrer ‘Srikanta’ mounted the sets on Friday at the Kanteerava Studio in Bengaluru. The muhurta saw the presence of Parvathamma Rajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar besides a host of film personalities. The film is produced by Manu Gowda and is directed by Manju Swaraj of Shravani Subramanya fame.

Manju Swaraj told journalists later at a press meet that the film has a contemporary subject that will reflect present day goings-on in the world. He said he is happy to be directing his favourite actor which took a long time to start. Swaraj said the film is inspired from Nagathihalli Chandrashekar’s story that has been developed into a film script.

Manju Swaraj said Srikanta is a subject that will have intense and forceful and can be connected to Lord Srikanteshwara who consumed poison for the welfare of the world. Lord did not spit out the poison or swallow it. The director said as a director he was curious to portray Shivanna in a different mould. He said all the characters in the movie were important and added value to the story.

The director said the shoot will begin in November and is yet to finalise the female lead. He said they are yet to approach senior actors like Anant Nag and Arundhati Nag to cast them in the movie.

Producer Manu Gowda said casting Shivanna in this role was in his mind as soon as the director narrated the subject. Shivanna agreed to do the film instantly, he said.

He said the film will be shot in three schedules adding that the promise of retaining the same technical team that worked in Shishira had been kept. Suresh Babu will be the cinematographer. Manu Gowda’s father Mahadeva said Shishira gave them a good name but didn’t succeed at the box-office. He expressed confidence that Srikanta will do well.

Shivanna said he was impressed with the story and he kept on asking questions that were answered well by the director. He said the film has a journey style of story and screenplay. He said the director had better idea of portraying the hero and added that he liked the characterization.
Shivanna said the film has an interesting mix of emotion, action and romance and expressed confidence that the movie would be an interesting one in his career.

The actor also said he is sporting a new look in the movie.
-17/10/15






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