Sangeetha bags 777 Charlie
The actor, who was selected from among 2,700 actors, will share screen space with Rakshit Shetty
The makers of 777 Charlie, who were keen on bringing in a fresh face for the lead role of the film, auditioned a whopping 2700 youngsters before finalising on Sangeetha. The Rakshit Shetty-starrer, which marks the directorial debut of Kiranraj K, is presented by Pushkar Films, and produced under Paramvah Studios. Interestingly, the film features three Labradors in key roles.
Sangeetha joins the league of those who have made a transition from television to silver screen. An established name in small screen, Sangeetha shot to fame with the serial Harahara Mahadeva. She credits social media with giving her a platform and helping her to get through the auditions.
"Knowing Rakshit’s interest in unique subjects, I felt this will be another interesting film from the makers. The moment I saw ‘Looking for a lead heroine for 777 Charlie’, I wanted to try my luck to get into the project. When I expressed my interest to audition for the role to Pushkar, whom I connected with through Facebook, he called me over to Bengaluru. I took the screen test with director Kiranraj. To be honest, I was hesitant when I heard that 2700 other actors were auditioning for the same role. But I was even more surprised when the makers informed me that I was their final choice," she says.
Prior to taking up 777 Charlie, she has just wrapped up shoot for a film, and is in the process of getting ready for another she had signed on. “For the next six months, I will stay committed to 777 Charlie. Also, since the film involves shooting with the dogs, I want to build a rapport with the pets,” says the animal lover.
According to the producer, Pushkar Mallikarjunaiah, both Rakshit Shetty and him have always preferred to bring in fresh talents to the industry. “If you look at the films produced under our two banners, Kirik Party, Humble Politician Nograj, and now Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja, we have given huge platforms to young talents. And not just actors, we’ve given opportunities to technicians as well. There is a certain amount of excitement in bringing in new actors to the silver screen, and I feel that’s the only way industry can grow. Accordingly, when we were looking for a female lead for 777 Charlie, Sangeetha came across very confident during auditions. She fit the bill and our specifications.”
“When we called for auditions, we received approximately 2,700 profiles, out of which we shortlisted 200, who were then given the screen test. Among them, I felt Sangeetha suited the character best,” says Kiranraj, adding, “777 Charlie is about animal and human bonding. It will not see any romance between the hero and the heroine. I was looking for a lively girl and found Sangeetha to be very expressive. She was able to convey the right emotions during the audition process itself,” he says.
Sangeetha will start shooting from August, before which she will be go through a one-month workshop. “For 777 Charlie, we can’t have artistes going in for retakes because it also involves dogs. We need the artistes to attend a workshop because we can’t take risks while shooting combination scenes,” says Kiranraj.