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Ramesh Aravind: It is not just possible to make America America again

Actor Ramesh Aravind, director Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, actors Akshay Anand, Hema Panchamukhi, and music director Rajesh Krishnan celebrated 25 years of America America

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Published: 13th April 2022

It is the silver jubilee year for Nagathihalli Chandrashekar’s directorial America America, which was released on April 11, 1997. The actors and technicians of the superhit romantic drama came together to celebrate 25 years of its success at an event held in Bengaluru.

The film starred Ramesh Aravind, Hema Panchamukhi, and Akshay Anand in lead roles. During the event, the team recalled their association and the memorable experience of working on the film. Director Nagathihalli said that the idea of making America America came about in 1990, and the film was extensively shot in the USA.

Ramesh Aravind said that it remains one of the signature films of his career. “It is not possible to make America America again. Surya, the character I played, is universal and carries a lot of emotions. I didn’t know much about shooting abroad. Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar narrated the role and I liked it,” he said.

Producer Nandakumar also mentioned that, unlike in the past, it is very difficult to shoot in America today as there are a lot of restrictions. Hema Panchamukhi said, “The makers wanted to finalise a heroine residing in the USA for this film. However, the commercial terms didn’t work out and that’s how I came into the picture."

Akshay Anand, who said it was a honour to be part of such a gathering, said that some films can never be repeated, and that is the case with America America. He also mentioned that it was Ramesh Aravind, who picked him for the role.

The romantic drama was the first Kannada film to be released in the USA. It had cinematography by Sunny Joseph, and the film gave birth to the likes of musician Mano Murthy and singer Rajesh Krishnan. Songs like Nooru Janmaku and Yaava Mohana Murali became evergreen hits. The film also featured CR Simha Shivaram, Dattanna, and Vaishali Kasaravalli in pivotal roles.

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