'We are looking at releasing Iravan on OTT'
...says Karthik Jayaram, who also confirms joining hands once again with Nirantara Productions for another crime thriller; the actor also talks about his next Hindi film, Shabaash Mithu
Karthik Jayaram is a happy actor now as he is currently juggling between films in three languages. Having made a mark in Kannada, the actor is looking forward to start shooting for his second Bollywood film, even as he waits for the release of his Tamil debut.
On the Kannada front, his next release will be IRavan, which in all likelihood will be released on an OTT platform. A thriller directed by debutant Ram Ranga, the makers had released a lyrical video on May 1 on the occasion of the actor’s birthday. “With the current pandemic situation, we should take our film to the comfort of their homes. Moreover, post the lockdown, the reopening of theatres might take some time. There is a possibility of 50 per cent seating capacity. It might take at least six months for all these issues to be sorted, and it is too long to wait till then. Considering all this, we are planning to go in for an OTT release. The production house is working towards bringing the film on a streaming platform,” the actor says, adding that a thriller subject usually works on OTT. “The content is good and people whom we are in touch with have shown interest,” he says.
The film, which revolves around three characters and murders, also stars Adhvithi Shetty and Vivek. Karthik also confirms teaming up again with Nirantara Productions, which is backing IRavan. “It is another crime thriller. We have a couple of good storylines, and we are scouting for a new director."
Meanwhile, the actor, who starred in O Pushpa I Hate Tears, is looking forward to beginning the shoot for his next Hindi outing, Shabaash Mithu. Karthik plays a major role in the sports drama, which stars Taapsee Pannu. “The team had completed a schedule and we were supposed to resume shooting in April when Mumbai announced a lockdown. On May 15 we were supposed to begin in Hyderabad but got postponed because of the rise in cases and lockdown happening across the country,” he says.
Karthik, who did not reveal much about his character in Shabaash Mithu, feels lucky to be part of a subject involving cricket. “This is a game I closely relate to, and I am glad to get an opportunity to be part of Shabaash Mithu and associate with a director like Rahul Dholakia,” says Karthik, who is also looking forward to the release of his Tamil debut, Maaligai. “I heard the team of Maaligai is also looking at an OTT release. I am yet to get a confirmation,” he adds.