ome Stay is inspired from the real incident that shook the coastal city of Mangaluru. Director Santosh Kodenkeri has begun with the incident and given it his own.

The film is about a reporter who takes up accommodation at a home stay to give her fiancé a surprise. She reads a horror book before she goes off to sleep and experiences a lot of eerie things. Her boyfriend is out to kill her and so is the watchman of the home stay. Shruthi who plays the owner’s sister is also to kill her.

The entire film revolves around the heroine who has to ward off all the threats to her life. How real is the feeling of getting killed? Is she being really targeted? Watch it to know about it.

Sayali Bhagat has acted well in her first Kannada film but she has to thank the dubbing artiste for contributing to her performance. Ravi Kale is exceptional and Shruthi is superb in a different avatar from her usual self.

Ashley’s background score is one of the major highlights of the movie that takes the movie to a higher level. The songs are also okay. A romantic song has been composed well and also picturised well. Cinematographers Nanda Kishore and Haseeb have come up with good angles although it could have been a bit sharper in some places. But the camera work supports the story and is engaging.

The film spooks the audiences and it is worth a watch.

ultilingual psychological thriller Home Stay will release on June 24 all over Karnataka after haggling with the censors over cuts and certification. The film is directed by Santosh Kodenkeri and produced by Siddu  Konnur, Mahesh Hubbli and Miracle Movie Makers. Ashley Mendonsa has scored the music with Nandakishore and Haseeb working as cinematographers. The movie stars Sayali Bhagat in the lead.

Director Santosh Kodenkeri said the film was made simultaneously in Kannada, Hindi and Tamil. The film is titled Home Stay in Kannada and Hindi while it is titled Digil in Tamil. He said the major portion film was shot in Coorg for 25 days and six days each of additional shoot was done in all the three languages with local artistes.

Santosh said the Hindi and Tamil versions of the film got U/A certificate without cuts and two cuts respectively. But, the Kannada version was initially given an 'A' certificate with five cuts by the Bengaluru censor board office. He said he met the Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani and got approval to appoint a revising committee comprising 10 members to certify the film again. The whole process took eight months and it involved incurring an additional expenditure of nearly Rs 1 crore taking the cost of production to about Rs 5 crore for all the three versions put together, he said.    

Santosh said Home Stay has elements of horror and added the story is a juxtaposition of real incidents and fiction. He said there were 12 thrilling factors in the film. The film is about a guy who goes to a home stay in Coorg. The director said Shruthi who has been seen in family-oriented roles is seen in an entirely different avatar throughout the film and she utters just six dialogues in the film.

Sayali Bhagat plays the lead in Hindi and Kannada versions while Shirin plays the lead in the Tamil version. Ravi Kale and Ashok appear in the Kannada version.

Cameraman Nandakishore said he worked for just about eight days and found it technically challenging to shoot in three languages. 

t was a simple and quick event of audio release for ‘Home Stay’ Kannada cinema of debutant Santosh K. two songs of the film penned by Dr V Nagendra Prasad and scored by Ashle Mendonca was released by popular director Mahesh Babu and Anaji Nagaraj at The Bell Hotel on Friday night.

A film in Kannada, Hindi and Tamil ‘Home Stay’ main stay is Sayyali Bhagat, Ashok – Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam actor making debut in Kannada, Shruthi and Ravi Kale. Manasi plays a guest role. Four cameramen have worked for three languages.

Lotus Company released the audio CD of the film and priced the CD at Rs.99. for two songs. Producer Anaji Nagarj has extended support to producer Siddu Kannur to make this film.

Ashok actor of multi languages addressing on this occasion said one single point – dedication connected me to director Santosh Kondankeri.

Dr V Nagendra Prasad speaking on this occasion said he had seen the footage of the film. They are in advertisement quality in the film.

On his project of one year three months Santosh stated that it is Anaji Nagaraj who helped him in getting producer to this film. The subject was finalized in four days. It is an experimental cinema. 

hat is the fate of ‘Home Stay’ today everywhere. From the last three years there is bad name to ‘Home Stay’ culture for rave parties and culture crossing beyond expectations in girls and boys.

The fear factor is also there for parents what would happen to their children when they book ‘Home Stay’ in jungles and other remote areas.

Here is a film that is titled as ‘Home Stay’ and says thrill and suspense as major quotients. Santosh Kondankeri who announced ’11.11.11’ a film on ring road Shuba the real life culprit has kept that film aside and now finished two schedule of shooting.

Sayali Bhagat an actress from Hindi cinema a former Femina Miss India is in the lead role with Shruthi and Ravi Kaale doing important roles.

Santosh has based a real life story to his film but saying ‘Home Stay’ is good. I am doing only trick in the trailer that was released today he accepts. In Kannada, Hindi and Tamil he has been working with Siddu Konnur and Anaji Nagaraj as producers.

This is an exciting film and keeps on the edge of the seat of the audience. I have enjoyed working in this film. The content has shaped up so well says Sayali Bhagat.

Actress Shruthi is in two shades – hospitality in the morning and sending hospital is her nature in the film. The recent developments are not connected but ‘Home Stay’ is good is the conclusion.

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