'I wanted to work with exceptional directors, experimental scripts'
Puneeth Rajkumar talks to CE about his new production house named after his mother, Parvathamma Rajkumar Films, and his future ventures including Kavalu Daari
Puneeth Rajkumar is confident about where he is headed because he knows well where he has been. Having spent four decades in the industry and born into a family deeply rooted into films, the actor has decided to take on more responsibilities. He is turning producer with Parvatharamma Rajkumar Films (PRK Films) and the launch of his banner’s first venture, Kavalu Daari, directed by Hemanth M Rao of Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu fame, will be held tomorrow.
Puneeth Rajkumar, who is currently shooting for Anjaniputra, talks to CE about his production venture. He tells us that the film will be produced by Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar under PRK Films, which will come under his family’s banner Vajreshwari Combines.
“I have always dreamt of working with exceptional filmmakers and experimental scripts. And, I am glad to tie-up with Hemanth for Kavalu Daari,” he says. “Initially Karthik and I had planned to collaborate for this film, but that did not take off and we decided to start off on our own.”
Puneeth is extremely thrilled to associate with Hemanth for the film which has Rishi playing the lead along with Roshini Prakash, Achyuth Kumar and Suman Rangantha. “Of course, Anant Nag has always been my favourite artiste and having him on board is exciting,” he tells us. He says that the film will be well executed by captain of the ship Hemanth, and adds, “We will be there to provide whatever the film needs and I definitely want the audience to appreciate our work.” Puneeth says he has known Hemanth for a long time now.
The actor emphasises that the production house will become a platform for creative directors and good scripts. “If a director is new, we will go through the kind of short films he or she has made,” he says, adding, “Selection will depend on the kind of films the script writers and directors bring to the table. There are no formalities, but everything has to fall in place.”
'I will be working under production house Vajreshwari, PRK and I will act with other producers too'
The Vajreshwari banner, created by his parents, has produced great films and Puneeth says that he plans to start producing films under that banner too next year. He will also be acting in them. Dismissing reports suggesting that he will not be working with any other producers, he says, “Acting is ingrained in me and I am ready to work with any producer and director who have a good project. After all, it is all about promoting good Kannada films that can travel across the country.”