“I just concluded the shooting… I am also through with the dubbing for Yaare Koogadali. Now, I want to take a short break before embarking on a new project. Let me settle down for a while,” declares the Power Star of the Kannada film industry.
Adored for his straightforward nature, Puneeth is indeed entitled to this break. He has put in his heart and soul into Yaare Koogadali and the film is likely to be released this month. Though Samuthirakani has based this movie on his Tamil hit Poraali, the Kannada version has had several alterations to suit the local market.
Puneeth is paired opposite Bhavana for the second time, after the duo delivered the blockbuster Jackie in 2010. The movie also has actor Yogi with whom Puneeth was seen in the blockbuster Hudugaru in 2011. Yaare Koogadali has the right mix of actors and technicians. As a consequence, the expectations from Puneeth’s fans have reached an all-time high. Every detail of the movie was given due attention. “It was fun shooting for the movie. It has come out on the expected lines,” he adds.
It is routine for Puneeth to take a break during the yearend before starting a new project. He is following the same practice this year as well. Though there are plenty of projects lined up for his nod, he has not yet made up his mind. “No, as of now, I will not take any decision. Let this movie (Yaare Koogadali) release, I will announce my next project in time,” Puneeth points out.
There were talks about Puneeth being roped in by acclaimed directors, including Gautham Vasudev Menon and Prabhudeva for Kannada films It has been Puneeth’s desire to work with top directors and technicians to make a difference to the Kannada film market. Probe him more, and he replies, “Yeah, there were discussions about those projects. Hmm, some of them may materialise, I guess.”
Though Gautham Menon’s movie may be delayed, it is being said that Prabhudeva’s movie is on the cards, but only during the second half of 2013.
Coming back to Puneeth’s next immediate agenda, he is keenly looking forward to the second season of Kannadada Kotyadhipathi (the Kannada version of Kaun Banega Crorepathi). The first season of the popular show was a mega hit in Karnataka with the episodes registering high TRPs. Incidentally the show also widened the fan base of the superstar.
“The shooting for the second season of Kannadada Kotyadhipathi is expected to begin sometime in January. I’m eagerly looking forward to it, as it opens up new vistas for me to interact with my fans at a closer level,” the actor notes.
So, if Puneeth gets busy with the show during January, we can safely assume that his next project would take off only during February.
The Power Star had one release this year – Anna Bond – directed by Duniya Soori and the movie was declared a hit. The movie featured Priyamani and Nidhi Subbaiah as the female leads and the songs ended among the top 10 of 2012.
However, the aim of his home production banner is to elevate Yaare Koogadali to the next level. Here’s wishing Puneeth success for his next release.