news Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 05:30
From Left: Veerendra Shetty and Prakash Pandeshwar/ Facebook  For the director-producer duo of the Tulu movie “Chaali Polilu”, the success of their movie was similar to the success of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which has a history of running for two decades uninterrupted. Confused? Chaali Polilu has run successfully for 250 days since its release on October 31, 2014 at the PVR theatre in Mangaluru and and this is no simple feat for a Tulu movie.  The movie produced with a budget of Rs 60 lakh, has broken all records in the Tulu film industry becoming the first Tulu movie in India to be running for so many weeks in a multiplex theatre. The News Minute spoke to director of the movie, Veerandra Shetty Kavoor who made his debut through this movie. A former journalist working with Manguluru based vernacular newspaper – Jayakirana for 10 years, he always had a desire to direct a good Tulu movie. He found the right opportunity when his long-time friend and owner of Jayakirana, Prakash Pandeshwar shared his dream and they collaborated to make Chaali Polilu. The title of the movie roughly translates to someone who is useless or remains without a job and does nothing for a living. The story line of the movie is of three middle –aged friends who are without a job, and one day they are accused of stealing gold ornaments from a temple. Given a deadline of 30 days to prove their innocence, the three set out on a journey to prove that they have nothing thing to do with the robbery and the movie laced with humour. The movie has raked in Rs 2.5 crores revenue until June end and is still ringing the cash registers at the box office after its release in Mangaluru, Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Bahrain.  The movie has won eight awards for best direction, best movie, choreography, editing, etc. at the Tulu Cinemotsava 2015. “It was definitely an overwhelming experience and it was unexpected,” says Veerendra reacting to the recognition the movie has received. Experienced theatre actors like Devadas Kakipad, Naveen D Padil, Bhojaraj Vamanjoor were roped in for the movie. “There is a lot of demand for theatre actors and Tulu movies will not be successful unless it is comedy based, so we decided that if we make a movie, it must be of this genre,” says Prakash who produced the movie. He further says that Tulu film industry produced about seven movies last year, and since the success of Chaali Polilu, there has been a sudden boom in the industry. “Three Tulu movies have already been released and at least 10 have begun shooting are expected to release this year,” he says. The industry is now getting support from businessmen from Bengaluru who have offered to provide financial assistance. However, Prakash says that there has been no recognition or encouragement from Sandalwood – the Kannada film industry.  

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