All-new avatar for Naagarahaavu
The classic film, directed by Puttana Kanagal and starring Vishnuvardhan as an angry young man, is set to be re-released in cinemascope with 7.1 surround sound
What would it be like to revisit Vishnuvardhan as Ramachari, or Ambareesh's famous dialogue, "Ey bul bul maatadakilva," on the big screen? Naagarahaavu, the classic film of the early 70s, is set to be presented on screen in an all new avatar.
Making it possible is Eshwari Production, a banner created by N Veeraswamy and now run by his sons and filmmakers V Ravichandran and Balaji. "This film by legendary director Puttanna Kanagal, which was released in 35 mm, will be now presented in cinemascope. The cinema viewing experience will be a visual treat in full screen, and in 7.1 surround sound," says Balaji, who finds classics, "precious".
While he does not wish reveal the cost, he admits it has been an expensive affair. "There are a few things in life, that are invaluable, and I don't want to put a price on it. The inspiration is Kasturi Nivasa, a film which was restored, colourised and re-released," Balaji tells CE.
He goes on to reveal why they were particular about Naagarahaavu. "Though the film is set in the 70s, Naagaharaavu, as a subject and the way it was made, still holds relevance for the present generation. It is a strong story, evoking emotions even today," he says, adding, "The film made by Puttana Kanagal, starring actor Vishnuvardhan as an angry young man, was a first for the south Indian film industry back then. This film can be watched as many times, and one will never get bored. The new visuals and sounds will be welcomed by viewers."
The production house joined hands with various companies taking close to one-and-a-half years to bring out a cinemascope version. A lot of work took place across Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai during the restoration period. DI was done in Mumbai, while the score was done by music director Gowtham Srivatsa. "He did the live remixing of sounds, for which we arranged for musicians to play the same music syncing with the original. The whole re-recording process took one-and-a-half months and was done in Chennai. Everything from the original film is retained, but this film gives a different feel," Balaji explains.
He wants to dedicate Naagarahaavu to his father (V Veeraswamy), the team including Puttanna Kanagal, Vishnuvradhan and Ashwath who are no more; and the entire film fraternity. "This film is a gift to the new generation and also for all those fans who have watched the old classic. They can come back and watch Naagarahaavu for a whole new experience. The date of release and details will be announced as early as possible," he adds.
This is a first attempt by the brothers, Balaji says and given a chance, he would want to bring back Prema Loka in DTS format. "A film directed by my brother Ravichandran, who also acted in it, is already in cinemascope with a stereo effect. However, when it comes to the film's music, it can definitely make for an amazing experience if it is represented in dolby atmosphere."