Rajkumar brothers aiming for the bullseye
Raghavendra Rajkumar is working with Puneeth Rajkumar for a film to be made under Vajreshwari Combines; this will be a tribute to their mother Parvathamma Rajkumar
Puneeth Rajkumar in his previous conversation with CE had spoken about his newly opened PRK Productions, and about working for Vajreshwari Combines, a production house set up by his mother, Parvathamma Rajkumar. And, looks like the star is already on it, with his elder brother Raghavendra Rajkumar on a hunt for a script that would fit Puneeth.
So, with the brothers working together, what sort of film can we expect? Raghavendra Rajkumar says, “We are still in the initial stage, looking at various scripts, but I am certain that we will have a blockbuster hit. Moreover, this will be the first picture after amma (Parthavamma Rajkumar) passed away. So our film will be a dedication to her. We are thinking big and, with both of us together, we should be able to hit the bull’s eye”.
Raghavendra recalls their childhood, “Appu saying ‘yes’ is our first step and his wish to work with Vajreshwari Combines made me more confident that this will work out well. After my illness, this project with Puneeth energises me.”
The producer believes that script is above all else and this is a lesson he learnt from his father. “If I have a good script in hand, I am confident that everything else will fall in place including the right artistes and technicians. So, right now I am listening to as many scripts as I can.” Many directors and fans have come forward to narrate their scripts to them, he tells us. “Appu has told me to sit through these narrations, and if anything interesting strikes me, he will sit for the second round. Then we will decide how we should proceed,” says Raganna.
A director’s previous works will not be the measure, he says. “Even if the person has delivered a hit, what we want is someone who can share our vision. Basically, we are looking for a director who can commit ample time to our project.”
Raganna wants this film to be a tribute to his mother. “We learnt acting from our father. But, my mother set up this huge production house Vajreshwari Combines, which has been the home for many artistes, directors and technicians.” Many hit films have been made under the banner and among them a couple of films were their father’s, which ran for a year, such as Shankar Guru and Jeevana Chaitra. “Then there was my brother Shivanna’s film which also ran for a year, and even I saw such success with my one film. Now we want the same success for Puneeth under Vajreshwari Combines, and I am adamant about fulfilling my mother’s wish. Of course there is no magic formula for this and I’m simply hoping to give it my best shot,” he says.
The production house will likely start on this project sometime next year. “Most probably, it will go on floors around May next year and there will be more such tributes to my mother. I do not want to make any announcement before we have prepared well for it; this has always been my principle,” he says.