After directing a critically acclaimed film like Kabaddi, director Narendra Babu went missing in action. But now Gandhinagara is abuzz with news that he is preparing to call the shots for a second time.
Titled Suryasthadinda Suryodayadavarage, the film is based on a popular Hindi play. Written by Surendra Verma, the play Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pahli Kiran Tak has been staged over a lakh times across the world.
The likes of Neena Gupta, Rajat Kapoor and Govind Namdeo have been a part of this play. In fact it was noted Kannada theatre director BV Karanth who directed the first version of the play. Later it was staged in several languages including Marathi and Kannada. Narendra Babu himself has directed one of the Kannada versions.
“The play talks of sexuality, relationships and gender equality. It is the story of an impotent king and his queen. The makers will remain loyal to the script of the play. It has been translated to Kannada by Siddalinga Pattanashetty. The film is set in 9th century,” says a source. Suryasthadinda... will be shot in Hampi, Bidar, Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole. “While Praveen who was the hero in Narendra Babu’s Kabaddi will be playing the role of the king, Parvathi Menon and Chetan have been approached to play two important roles.
“Parvathi has even evinced interest in the script,” adds the source. If the film becomes a success in Kannada, it will be remade in Hindi. Music is being composed by Ray brothers, who are a big name in the advertising industry. Two of writer MK Hanumanthaiah’s poems have been used in the film.The film is likely to go on floors in December.