Preview - Sangolli Rayanna (2011)
Sangolli Rayanna, Darshan's 41st film, is one of the the most expected movies this year and touted to be the highest budget film in Kannada Cinema.
In 1967, Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna was made under the Chitravani banner, directed by Babu Rao Athani and produced by Ananth Hiregowdar. Director Naganna was planning to make Sangolli Rayanna for the past five years and finally his efforts have borne fruit.Sangolli Rayanna was launched last year on a grand scale, in the presence of more than 5000 people at Kalmata, near Bengaluru. Darshan plays the lead role; veteran actress Jayaprada plays the role of Chennamma and Nikitha is the female lead. It is reported that Darshan went on a strict diet to fit the role of a warrior in the film.
The film is a historical drama based on the life of Sangolli Rayanna, a prominent freedom fighter from Karnataka. He was the army chief of the kingdom of Kittur ruled by Rani Chennamma and fought the British till his death. Rayanna, born in the small village Sangolli, belonged to the Kuruba Gowda/ Dhangar warrior caste. He was captured by treachery and hanged in Nandagad in Khanapur Taluka (37 kms from Belgaum).
Shooting for the film commenced from November 19, 2010.
The production team stayed for 40 days in a desert village called Thula in order to shoot a battle scene.Two war scenes were filmed in Jaipur with more than 1000 artistes, including horses and elephants.There were physicians and veterinarians on the set to attend to the artistes and animals in case of accidents. Fake human body parts were designed by Rajasthan artists for a realistic portrayal of war scenes for the film's climax. Sources reveal that producer Anand Appugol spent a whopping Rs. 25 lakhs a day for shooting the war sequences alone!
The film is also being shot in Mysore where there is a 25 days schedule, followed by a schedule in Belgaum.Reportedly, there are six songs in the film: two duets,one sad song and three patriotic songs.
Jayaprada, who spent 30 days with team, said: "I have acted in nearly 700 films. But I haven’t witnessed such a rich shoot in the South."
"Darshan Thoogudeep was totally involved in the character of Sangolli Rayanna while filming the scenes," the producer praised his favourite star. Director Naganna expressed special thanks to actor Darshan for complete involvement in the film and acting with his full potential. "I have concentrated on the subject and not on the budget," stated the director, stressing that much expense was incurred for the film.
There has been a lot of hype surrounding the film and industry experts have predicted that it may pave the way for more period films.