Suri drops Kaage Bangara, and moves on
Director says much-awaited prequel to Kendasampige won’t take off; instead, he is working on two other projects featuring Dhananjay
With Shivarajkumar-starrer Tagaru seeing phenomenal success in Karnataka and abroad, fans of director Suri have been waiting anxiously for news about his next venture.
Moviegoers had hoped that Suri would come out with Kaage Bangara, which was meant to be part 1 of the Kendasampige series, and in fact he had decided to take it up as his next film. But after much thought, the director has dropped the project completely. "I am sorry, I can’t take the Kaage Bangara project forward due to unavoidable circumstances," says Suri.
Suri says that demonetisation was one of the reasons for the stalling of Kaage Bangara. Kendasampige, which was meant as part two of the three-part series, was released in 2015, and in it the director had given us glimpse of part one. "As the credits roll, after the movie ends, we had revealed the plot of part one, mentioning the dumping of Rs 40 crore. Unfortunately, the storyline has lost its relevance. I can’t hold the audience’s attention repeating a story and my mind is not working anymore. So I decided to drop the series and move on with other interesting subjects," he says.
However, the good news is that the Tagaru director is coming up with not one, but two films. Sharing a few details about the first of these, he says, "It will be produced by M Govindu who worked with me on Kendasampige. The film will be a joint venture between Ajay Pictures and Parimala Factory." He prefers to stay quiet about the second project for now.
Interestingly, for the other project, he is considering a story written by Deputy Superintendent of Police SK Umesh. The latter has handed over the script to the director. "I have started work on both the projects, which will go on for the next six months. Shooting will begin anytime soon," he says.
Dhananjay, who is also known as Daali, the character he played in Tagaru, will be working with the director on both projects. His role as an antagonist in Tagaru changed Dhananjay’s career around. It is little surprise, therefore, that the director is set on casting him in his next two films. "Our working relationship will continue for a few more projects," says Suri. "Daali craze will live on but I am working with Dhananjay as he is a versatile actor. At present, I can’t give out too many details but he will be seen in an extraordinary role," he adds. The director also goes on to say, "At present, I am yet to find an actor of his stature. I want to work his skills as an actor to the fullest extent and till I get bored of him."