After hovering on the fringes of politics, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s grandson and former Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy’s son, Nikhil Gowda, 27, is set to make his film debut with a Kannada movie titled ‘Jaguar’. The film, with a budget of around Rs 15 crore, will be produced by Kumaraswamy, who made the big announcement of launching his son under the family banner, Chennambika Films.
“I am not using films as a foundation to launch the political career of my son. He will not be a hero in a few films and use his popularity to enter politics. Our family has seen enough politics. People complain of dynastic politics, we do not consider politics as our private property,’’ Kumaraswamy said.
The film will contain a “good social message,’’ he added.
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‘Jaguar’, based on a story written by well-known Telugu film writer Vijayendra Prasad, will be made in Kannada and Telugu. It will be directed by Telugu director Mahadev and will go on the floor on August 2.
“There have been rumours that the film is being made at a cost of Rs 60 crore. I have been involved with films and know the economics of filmmaking. It will be completed in about Rs 10 to 15 crore,’’ Kumaraswamy, who has produced hits like the 2003 film Chandra Chakori, said.
Nikhil Gowda, who is Kumaraswamy’s son from his marriage to former MLA Anita Kumaraswamy, is a college drop out. He is known for his interest in cars and infamous for his involvement in a brawl at a restaurant in Bangalore in 2006, when Kumaraswamy was the CM.
Though the family denies it, the Nikhil is tipped to enter electoral politics sooner or later.