'Ananthu v/s Nusrath explores the idea of love in a lawyer’s life'
...says the film's director Sudheer Shanbhogue, who makes his debut with the film starring Vinay Rajkumar and Latha Hegde
Sudheer Shanbhogue who is making his directorial debut with Ananthu v/s Nusrath — starring Vinay Rajkumar and Latha Hegde — had a thirst to tell a story. He decided to take the visual route to narrate his tale. “The reach of novels is much less compared to the visual medium. That’s my personal opinion,” says the writer, who was associated with the Tulu film, Madipu, which won a National Award.
Unlike the usual “Hindu girl-Muslim boy love story,” Sudheer says his film looks at the emotions involved. “It’s purely about the relationship between the girl and boy. The film also includes lawyers in the backdrop, which is rare,” he explains.
The idea came about when Sudheer was exploring the idea of love in a lawyer’s life. “It started off as an offbeat story, but eventually turned out to be a commercial one — a romantic drama,” says Sudheer, who was initially skeptical about casting Latha Hegde as a judge due to her age. “But after much research, I realised that many young judges were being appointed.”
“The reason I chose to depict lawyers was because I felt that, so far, a film on them and their personal sides had not been done. Unlike college students, I can’t have lawyers running around trees. There are emotions involved, but there is practicality to it,” says Sudheer, who consulted at least eight lawyers as part of his research.
Soon after he finalised his story, the filmmaker knew he wanted to rope in Vinay, who he felt would fit the bill best. “He was also quite thrilled about the film’s story in the first narration itself. It’s a fresh role for Vinay,” adds Sudheer, who is also the writer of the upcoming film, Alidu Ullidavaru.