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!!!