After working in Hindi films for more than three decades and over 400 films, comedian Johny Lever recently did a Tulu film.
“I have many friends who are from Mangalore. I learnt the language from my neighbours. Other than Marathi and Gujarati, I have not done any regional film. I am from Andhra Pradesh, yet I never got the chance to act in a Telugu movie. But I am glad to have done a Tulu film,” said the actor who will be seen in an upcoming Tulu movie Rang??? (In Search Of True Colour). Speaking in chaste Tulu, he said that he has done just a song and a few scenes in the film for debutant producer K. Devdas Kumar who is an associate of his best friend Karunakar. Lever, who shot for the song at a college campus in Mangalore, was happy to work with youngsters on whom the film is based.
Reiterating this, producer K. Devdas Kumar said that the film is based on how youngsters change the course of their life without any qualms. “Hence the title Rang???. The film will also focus on the sanskriti (culture) of Mangalore.” he said.
Made on a budget of Rs.2 crore, Kumar claims that this is the costliest ever Tulu film to be made. A lavish music launch program is being planned during the Karavali Mahostava (religious festival) that generally takes place towards the end of February. On February 23, Johny Lever will be present to unveil the cassette and CDs of the film at Panambur, said the producer who plans to release the film simultaneously all over Karnataka, Mumbai and UAE by March end.
Being made under the banner of Sri Kateeleshwari Combines Presents, Rang ??? is directed by Suhan Prasad and Vismaya Vinayak and has been shot in and around the outskirts of Mangalore. Starring a young team comprising Arjun Kapikad and Deekshitha Acharya, it has music by popular composer Manikant Kadri (Chennai) and cinematography by Sandip Bhattacharya.