Vivek Oberoi to make his Kannada debut with Rustum
Stunt choreographer-turned-director Ravi Varma has managed to rope in the Bollywood actor for his Shivarajkumar-starrer
First-time director, Ravi Varma seems to be creating the right buzz for his debut, Rustum. For his film being bankrolled under Jayanna Combines, the filmmaker has not only roped in superstar Shivarajkumar, but also Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. The film also has an ensemble star cast which brings together diverse actors from across the South.
Until now, Ravi had only mentioned that he would be be roping in a Bollywood hero for his film. Even as several names were doing the rounds, our sources today confirmed that Vivek has agreed to be part of the project. The stunt choreographer-turned-director has finalised the actor after many trips to Mumbai and several rounds of discussions.
It is notable that a number of other directors have attempted bring the Bollywood actor to Kannada cinema. Vivek was almost roped in to be part of Ram Gopal Varma’s project, a Muthappa Rai biopic. However, the project was shelved due to unknown reasons.
Word has it that Vivek, a good friend of Sudeep from the Rakta Charitra days, has more of a connect with Karnataka now that he is married to Nandini Alva’s daughter, Priyanka Alva.
The actor is said to be playing a pivotal role in Rustum, but the makers are keeping the details about his character under wraps. “The film’s shooting is currently on and Shivarajkumar is participating in the shoot. Vivek will be joining the sets soon,” says our source.
The film features Shraddha Srinath as the female lead, while Mayuri plays sister to Shivanna. Rustum also marks the Kannada debut of Harish Uthaman of Gouravam and Pandiya Naadu fame, along with veteran Tamil director Mahendran of Theri fame. Newcomer Arjun Gowda has been cast as the antagonist of the film. The film’s music is by Anoop Seelin, while cinematography is by Naveen Kumar.
126 kg cake for Shivanna’s birthday
Shivarajkumar turns 56 tomorrow and thousands of fans in the state are gearing up to celebrate the occassion. Two fan groups are making it extra special for the actor by presenting him a 126 kg cake, which is supposed to the biggest any actor has received so far. Another fan club is planning to bring in a 56 kg cake to match his age. Shivanna’s residence is expected to be filled with fans who will be coming from across Karnataka to wish the Century star.
Meanwhile, filmmakers who have associated with Shivarajkumar are bringing out motions posters and first looks of the actor along with birthday wishes. While Shivanna’s latest film, Tagaru is heading towards its 175th day of screening, the actor has a busy year ahead with a series of films, including Prem’s The Villain, Kavacha, Rustum, Drona, and SRK. He will also be working with director Yogaraj Bhat and will follow it up with a project with director AP Arjun.