Actor-producer-director V Ravichandran is busy as a bee these days. The actor who was too involved with his film Manjina Hani has started two more projects now, Crazy Star, a remake of Malayalam hit Traffic and Asami. Here's what Ravichandran had to say about his latest movies and the plight of Kannada films.
Ravichandran is busy with two projects. Does that mean he is through with Manjina Hani?
Manjina Hani is my best film till date and it will be the most talked about film in the country when it releases. The CG work for the film is in progress and it will take some more time to complete that. I am planning to release the film in January next year. Meanwhile, I am doing a film called Crazy Star for my fans as they feel that it has been a long time since my last film released. I will finish work on the film in another two months.
Your sons have joined hands with you in this film?
Yes. I am planning to introduce my elder son Manu (Manoranjan) next year. Before that I want him to learn the technical aspects of film making, so I have asked him to be an assistant director for Crazy Star. He is working as an assistant director apart from being one of the producers of the film.
My second son Vikram (Vicky) has just completed his studies. He has worked as a child artiste in Malla. There was one prominent role in Crazy Star which I wanted him to do. I am glad he accepted.
You are also busy doing a film called Asami?
I have just finished the muhurth of the film on my birthday. The film will start once I complete work on Crazy Star. The film is loosely inspired from Mudhal Mariyadhai. We have floated a new company called Eshwari Dreamz, and both Crazy Star and Asami will be produced under this new banner.
There is a lot of friction in Sandalwood regarding dubbing. What's your take on that?
It's a wrong thing to bring back the dubbing culture which the industry has been opposing firmly for so many years. If dubbing comes in, what would the workers do? The workers have to struggle a lot for livelihood. I am not only against dubbing but also against remakes. It is better that we stop doing remakes too.
Do you think Kannada cinema is lacking anything?
Frankly speaking the scenario is same everywhere. Success is taken into consideration and failure is not. I think we have to be more competitive. It is not possible for us to compete with other language films in terms of budget. But we can definitely compete with good subjects. We also have good finances, but we are not maintaining it. Well, there is no reason to panic. It is just a wrong time that's all.