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Did not recall ‘Appaji’s’ abduction in Killing Veerappan: Shivaraj Kumar

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Shivanna is back with the bang! ‘Killing Veerappan’, a thriller directed by Ram Gopal Varma revolves around the circumstances leading to ‘Operation Cocoon’, launched to either capture or kill Bandit Veerappan.

The movie has bagged huge response across the country and now the film is all set to be dubbed in Hindi and English to reach out to larger audience.

The movie posters with Sandalwood Superstar Shivaraj Kumar holding a coffee mug is still trending on the social media. Shivaraj Kumar, who essays the role of a top cop SP Senthamarai Kannan shares his experience and opinions about the movie in an exclusive interview with News Karnataka.

Interview Excerpts:

Did you recall any memories of your father, thespian Rajkumar’s abduction while shooting for this movie? What was your state-of-mind?
I accepted this movie only because of Ram Gopal Verma (RGV). I believe that his style of making a film gives the film a very natural touch.

RGV has talked about my father’s abduction because this movie has a nexus with the real life son and a reel life character of mine. Not really recalling the memories of my father’s abduction, I just acted the way my role demanded.

The movie is receiving an amazing response. Also, we hear that you have lent your voice for the Hindi dubbing. When will the Hindi dubbed version of the film hit the theatres?
The Hindi version will be available probably after two months, while the Tamil version will hit theatres next week. Also very soon, the movie will be available in English as well. We are busy shooting some extra shots for Killing Veerappan, which will be available soon in Hindi and English version.

You have been absent from the success party of Killing Veerappan. Has there been a specific reason?
I left abroad for promotions at that time and returned to the city, after a week. Hence I had to give the success party a skip!

Do you think that people in the North and other parts have fair knowledge about the bandit Veerappan? Also, will this movie be accepted in the North and other parts the way it has been appreciated here in the South?
Yes, I am hopeful that the Hindi and English-dubbed version of the film will receive a good response. Since several news stories about the bandit Veerappan were published by national and international media houses, people across the country are aware of him and his notoriety. So, I am sure people in the North and other parts have fair knowledge about this forest brigand. Hence, even though if some are unaware of him, the extra shots, which we are shooting for the English and Hindi version, will definitely work out.

Do you think that this movie can work as a ticket to Bollywood for Kannada actors?
Yes, it might work.

Do you think that we shall change the aspects of marketing in Kannada industry? Can we say that the Kannada industry is like Telugu and Tamil industry?
Actually, now we are working very well, our Kannada movies are becoming trendsetters. We are doing equally good as Kollywood and Tollywood movies do! Kannada movies such as One Rank Raju, RangiTaranga, Uppi2 etc have gained a lot of popularity across the state and grabbed some eyeballs of Bollywood as well.

Which are your upcoming movies? Will those films be available in Hindi as well?
Kali, Shivlinga and Kabira are my upcoming movies. Kabira is a mythological movie and this film is about a devotee named Kabira. These movies may possibly be available in Hindi as well.

I think there should be a Kannada movie, which should release across the country instead of state. Isn’t it?
Yes, I agree. Bhakta Ambarisha is one such film, which we intend to release across the country. It is my father’s project, but as of now it is too nascent to speak about.

What is your dream role?
Whatever role comes across to me, I make it a dream role.

What are your strengths during tough times?
There are a lot of friends who support me. Also, I believe in an inter-dependent policy of ‘Give and Take’ and that works!

How do you start your day?
I start my day going to the gym in the morning, and then I go for shooting. Evening hours are engaged for a long drive with my wife, then an early dinner. I like going to bed early.

Was your daughter Nirupama ever interested in becoming an actor like other star kids? Did she watch Killing Veerappan?
No, my daughter Nirupama was not very keen on making it into the showbiz. She was always interested in becoming a doctor and hence she stayed focused and realised her dream. She does watch my films and also watched ‘Killing Veerappan’. She felt that it was a brilliantly made film.

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