Bhinna is Adarsh’s toast to Puttanna Kanagal
The director of Shuddhi has written the story of his second film, which he will be directing and editing as well
With his debut Shuddhi, filmmaker Adarsh H Eshwarappa made people sit up and take notice. After a long gap, he is now preparing to start work on his second.
With the unique title Bhinna, it will be a pshycological thriller. “Bhinna has two meanings. It means ‘broken’ and it also means ‘different’. The tag line for our film is ‘The broken are different’,” he says.
Adarsh, who is dedicating this film to legendary Kannada director Puttana Kanagal, has named the lead female character Kaveri, which was the name of Kalpana’s character in Sharapanjara. That film, helmed by Puttana Kanagal, featured one of the finest performances of the yesteryear heroine.
“We have included shades of that Kaveri in our film. But our Kaveri is subtle, and those in the audience who are not familiar with the older film might miss it,” he says.
At the audition held to pick his heroine, the director asked the actors to deliver the signature dialogue from Sharapanjara: “Naan bande, naan nodde.” He says he believed it would help the actors relax.
“In the second round, I gave them dialogues from my film to deliver. I made it clear that I was not looking for loud acting, but something more realistic, which would suit contemporary tastes,” he says. “Like Kalpana in Sharapanjara, the heroine of our film will be mentally disturbed. That is the only commonality between the two films. Why this is so is part of the film’s suspense.”
While Adarsh has brought back actors Shashank Purushotham and Sidhartha Maadhyamika from his earlier outing, the two leads will be featured opposite two newcomers whose names will be revealed towards the end of this month, along with their photos. “As of now, I want to create a buzz with just the film's poster,” he says.
Another interesting feature of the film, is that it will not have songs. “They were not necessary,” says the filmmaker.
Bhinna is produced by Rockline Venkatesh’s son Yateesh Venkatesh, in association with Purple Raga production house. The background score will be by Jesse Clinton, who worked with Adarsh in Shuddhi.