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Hemant Hegde ready to direct rollicking comedy-drama

The writer-director of this yet-to-be-titled project will be playing the lead as well; filmmaker has approached model-turned-actor Lopamudra Raut to play the heroine

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Published: 08th June 2021
Hemant Hegde

A comic caper is what’s coming next from the director of House Full and Nimbehulli. And Hemant Hegde says this will be a rip-roaring family entertainer on a social menace. Three NRIs are jointly producing the film and will be made under the Anvita Arts banner. The director, who is currently preparing for this yet-to-be-titled project, has set the entire story in the Malnad region. The filmmaker plans to make an official announcement on June 23, when he will reveal further details.

In addition to writing the story and taking up directorial responsibilities, Hemant will also be playing the lead in this comedy-drama, which comprises Padmaja Rao, Ramesh Bhat and Sharat Lohitshwara in the cast.

Lopamudra Raut

Meanwhile, Hemant, who is scouting for the female lead, has approached model-turned-heroine Lopamudra Raut. A former Bigg Boss contestant, she has also been part of reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi, and is currently working on a webseries.

“Lopamudra associated with me for my Hindi directorial, Blood Story, which was halfway through shooting. We could not complete it. I am looking forward to having her on board, but it depends on her current commitment with the webseries,” says Hemant.

The director is in the process of finalising the technicians, but we’re told Krishna Bhanjan from Mumbai will be making his debut as a DoP in this film. “Krishna Bhanjan is a Kannadiga settled in Mumbai. He has mostly done ad shoots, so this will be his first stint in film cinematography,” he says.

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