Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar on Friday released the teaser of his next production venture, Mayabazar 2016. The star launched the video in Qatar at an event to celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava. The teaser reveals the plot of the film, which is written and directed by Radhakrishna Reddy.
Mayabazar 2016 is set in the backdrop of demonetization. The teaser opens with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech announcing the ban of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes on November 8, 2016. Hence the name of the film is Mayabazar 2016, to distinguish it from the iconic Mayabazar (1957), starring legendary actor Savitri.
It is worth noting that teaser was released just a week after the third anniversary of demonetization. While the issues were discussed in films down south mostly for comical effect, there was no attempt by filmmakers to examine the ramifications of the announcement. Judging by the teaser, the film seems to follow the impact of the move on common people.
The film stars Prakash Raj, Raj B Shetty, Vasishta Simha, Achyuth Kumar, Sudha Rani, Chaithra Rao and Saadhu Kokila among others. It is the second film to roll out from Puneeth’s home production banner, PRK Productions. His debut production Kavaludaari, directed by Hemanth M Rao, garnered critical acclaim when it came out earlier this year.