15 Jul 2015

Naa Kanda Anashku

Past two weeks inda sakkath news nalliiro movie #RangiTaranga mattu adara director Anup Bhandari. You will not find much information on the internet about the guy next door (literally we realised we are neighbours) a small interview with the man himself from ಚಟ್ನಿಪುಡಿ

K: Story-Direction-Lyrics-Music-Singing – to dons too many roles, any particular reason?
AB: For me every role was a different process and none of them disturbed the other any which way, also some of the roles were taken in parallel.

K: Why not background music too then?
AB: That is something that requires too much dedication (this would affect the other process partially yes) and when I heard Ajuneesh’s music in UlidavaruKandanthe, I was impressed, for a debutant music director the classy tunes were uber awesome. It had to be him.

K: How did Lance end up being part of the movie, his journey from Hollywood to Sandalwood?
AB: Lance was the DOP when I did “Words”, a Hollywood movie that stars Russel Harvard. His ability to use natural lighting is why I wanted him to be part of the movie.

K: Did you feel that subtitles should be part of the movie only after the multiplexes picked up crowd?
AB: Nah, I always wanted subtitles to be part of the movie especially for the techies. But having it at all places would make it look like an art movie is what I think.

K: What inspired you to write RangiTaranga?
AB: Depression. That is what set me to write this story, when things don’t work as big as one thinks, everything boils down to mild budget movie and bingo that is what Rangitaranga is about.

K: Prime cast has newbies but the supporting cast are the seniors in the industry, how did you think about this drift level of casting?
AB: Each and everyone who are part of the movie had gone through the process of audition, it could be the doctor or the inspector or the head-master, and the first success of the movie had to be the perfect casting. 

We discussed about the multiplexes and Lido, AB told how lucky he feels about the way the word of mouth publicity has worked wonders for the movie and finally when I told him that “Kareyole” song haunts me every time I listen to it, “apart from the Ka-kaara it also reveals you the entire plot of Rangitaranga”, sums up Anup.

If you have watched the movie, do hear the song again because you will be shocked, the choice of ಅಚ್ಛಕನ್ನಡ and the way it narrates the story – mind blown AB!!!

10 Jul 2015


Is it a horror flick, yes it is. Is it a thriller, omg yes it is. Is it dark triad, hell yeah! Is it a movie one would discuss with people who have watched it too, of course yes.

Is it a Kannada movie, OH MY GOD, OF COURSE, YES IT IS, HELL YEAH!

Amidst few swamake movies, some of them failed because the way it was marketed for audience was wrong (Bahuparaak), there are good ones that stay in your heart (SOLS), some amazing ones that stay in your mind (Lucia), very few extraordinary ones you want to watch again (UlidavaruKandanthe) and then there are 0.01% of unexpected flicks that create huge noise, post release and survive/fare well due to “word of mouth” publicity – that’s “Rangitaranga” for you.

It’s a new wave in Sandalwood, which usually stinks of reckless remakes, hopeless ego and ‘nanginta-yaaru-kammi’ stardom. Slowly (running houseful in the weekdays at unusual time slots), the movie and the team have made a place in audience’s discussion over a cup of tea.

The first positive from Rangitaranga is AnupBhandari, the man who dons a lot of roles – the movie is written, directed by him and he debuts as a music director, lyricist and he sings as well. I remember Uppi and Guruprasad with this approach; Anup excels in each and every field. The story is slow for the first half and has ‘swalpa-jastine’ over-dramatic scenes but second half has terrific pace that I did not dare tweet amidst the movie, one small attention diversion and one loses part of the plot. The story, combined with an amazing screenplay asks the viewer to be very attentive.

The horror brings out the timid in you; too many not consumed popcorn tubs were spilled over the movie hall (good job!!),  it’s a visual treat – thanks to the D.O.P, forget the rain/falls/water, tulu-naadu is captured brilliantly. Not very impressed with the underwater shoot, I felt it was too much chaos and it did not convey what it had to (actually what?). 

Casting was the first win to the team, everyone has done exceptionally well for their debut movie and Saikumar, wonder on what basis Anup dreamt that he could perform this amazing role that is opposite to his forte.

Kareyole track haunts me so much that I listen to it all day and Anup told me that the song apart from having just Ka=kaara words, also narrates you the entire plot; my favourite line “KshenavellaKrutakaKatheyalliKaleyodaKalithole”and boy-o-boy Ajuneesh is indeed in some other level with the background music (the bit in the climax when heroine walks away from hero, sob sob music a stealer). It would be a sin if the “Denanna/GuddadaBhoota” music was touched and turned out to be crap, but then whoa, brain froze re-touch has happened to the song. Nirup, welcome to Sandalwood, wishing your talent is castoff the right way in the future.

Special mention to guy who played Angaara, anavashyakavaagiakasmaathaagi yen-yenoaago character, but that stern look in three frames of the movie – haha, too good to be playing this one dude.

Thank you team “Rangitaranga” for an amazing movie, more power to you guys. I rode the new wave, will you #RideTheNewWave ???

15 Jun 2015

Letter 14 - Missy at school

Dear Missy,

I had no doubts admitting you to school, you don’t have a full time nanny unlike your bro, nor are you the only apple of your grandmother’s eye; the love and the attention and most importantly the diligent baby-sitting often gets affected for reasons that are worth not quoting here.

You are a well behaved child, you understand when I say no and you very well know what irritates me, I had to convince your appa quite a lot for the admission. Those were the days when we thought we had to take you to speech and hearing because shelly was talking so much, but you hardly uttered a word; your biggest strength is your expression and boy, you convey that in style.

You were supposed to be joining school last Monday but thanks to unnecessary illness (yeah, one of the reasons not worth mentioning), the labeling on all your school properties, the bag, water bottle, lunch box, cap and slippers were done a week back, I had to re-check. I set the clothes and instructed appa, click a pic once you get her ready. Obviously he didn’t, and while I was busy handling your bro’s tantrums, received an update from your dad who stood outside school for two hours that you reached your class, happily spending time with ajji.

One of the parents has to stay with the child for the first few days - a rule and Ajji it was. I heard that you played with the kids, ate your snack box and asked for appa just once. That’s quite a feat for the first day in school my love.

I am hoping you will enjoy the time outside home baby, just like me. I can’t wait to listen to your tales from school, soon soon!



8 Jun 2015

Letter 13 - Shelly at school

Dear Shelly,

When I decided to admit you to pre-school earlier this year, everyone yelled at me; “It’s too early”, they said and as usual I went against all of them. I did not do an extensive research on choosing the right play-school; there were hardly any choices, and bingo admission was done.  

It didn’t strike to me when I labelled your name on all your school properties, the bag, water bottle, lunch box, cap and even the slippers (papli is my favorite word). I was prepared for today, had everything handy for the separation tantrums, but surprise, the way you entered your class (totally silence before the storm situation) who’d say it was your first day at school, away from home.
Your grandma cried and how; cursed me why I had to put you to school so early. We were asked to pick you up by 11am.

An hour later ajji received a call from the school asking us to pick you up because of uncontrollable crying and not taking breakfast. The class teacher told me that you ran all over the place trying to find a way to get out of the school; was least interested in the toys provided and gave a damn about cartoons on television while all these successfully soothed your classmates.

I expected you to cry or get excited when you saw post an hour, nah! No luck here too. You were in my arms from the aaya and said bye to everyone at school. Always expect the unexpected, wondering if this should be my mantra.

This was about your first day at school and the biggest positive from today is that you like to wear your school bag which till yesterday was a nightmare. God bless your Bhagya ma’am.



Funny update on Day2: Shelly snatched lunch boxes from his classmates during snack-break and put them in their respective bags, I don't want food nor should you guys have food logic. 

3 Jun 2015

ಅವನ ಗುಂಗಲ್ಲಿ

ಅವನು ಕ್ರೇಜಿ, ನಾನು ಅವನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕ್ರೇಜಿ.

ಆಗಿನ್ನು ನನ್ನ ವಯಸ್ಸು ನಾಲ್ಕು, ಅಜ್ಜಿ-ತಾತನೊಡನೆ ಪ್ರೇಮಲೋಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿದ ನೆನಪು ಈಗಲೂ ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಾಕು.

ರಣದೀರ ನೋಡಿ ಲವು ಲವು ಸಾಂಗಿಗೆ ಹಾಡಿದ್ದು ಹೌದು ಅಪ್ಪನಿಂದ ಒದೆ ತಿಂದಿದ್ದು ಹೌದುಅಂಜದ ಗಂಡು ಸಿನಿಮದಿಂದ ನಮ್ ಮನೆಯ ಹಲವಾರು ಗಾಜುಗಳು ಆಯ್ತು ಪುಡಿ ಪುಡಿ, ಇನ್ನು ಮುಂದೆ ಸಿನಿಮ ಪದವೇ ಇವಳ ಕಿವಿಗೆ ಬೀಳಬಾರದು ಅಂತ ಇಡೀ ಸಂಸಾರ ಸ್ಯಂಡಲ್ವುಡ್ ತ್ಯಜಿಸಲು ಆದ್ರು ರೆಡಿ. ಬುದ್ದಿವಂತನಿಗೆ ಹಲವಾರು ದಾರಿ ಅನ್ನೋ ಗಾದೆ ನನ್ನ ಲೈಪ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಕ್ಕತ್ ನಿಜವಾಯಿತು ಬಿಡಿ.

ರಾಮಚಾರಿ ಗೆದ್ದಾಗ ಅಜ್ಜಿ ಕೈಲಿ ಜಾಮೂನು ಮಾಡಿಸಿ ಹಂಚಿದುಂಟು. ಶಾಂತಿ-ಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಸೋತಾಗ ಅತ್ತಿದೂ ಉಂಟು.
ಯಾಕಿಷ್ಟು ಕ್ರೇಜಿ? ರವಿ-ಮಾಮನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ? ಈಗ್ಯಾಕೆ ಅವರ ಮಾತು? ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ರವಿಚಂದ್ರನ್ ಟಿ.ವಿ ಮತ್ತು ರೇಡಿಯೊ ಮಾದ್ಯಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೋಳ್ಳುತಿದಾರೆ, ಯಾಕಿರಬಹುದು, ಕುತೂಹಲ ಮೂಡಿಸಿತು ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗೋಂದಲ.

ಹೇಗೋ ಕೆಲಸ ನಿಮಿತ್ತ ಹೊರಟೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಭೇಟಿ, ನೇರ ಮಾತಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಯಾರು ಇಲ್ಲ ಸರಿಸಾಟಿ, ಅವರೊಡನೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದಾಗ ನೆನಪಾಯ್ತು ಚಾಟಿ. ಇದಿದ್ದು ಒಂದೇ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ, ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದು ಕೂಡ ಒಂದೇ ಉತ್ತರ, ಆಮೇಲ್ ಬಾರಮ್ಮ!!

ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಗೆ ಅಷ್ಟು ಗತ್ತು, ನನಗೂ ಮೂವತ್ತು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಮತ್ತು, "ಒಂದೇ ಒಂದು ಫೊಟೋ" ಅಂದೆ, ಹುಸ್ಸಪ್ಪಾ ಕ್ಲಿಕಿಸಿತಂದೆ, ಅದು ಇಂದು ನಿಮ್ ಮುಂದೆ.

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