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    My film is a disaster

    [Interview by Indiaglitz]
    Tuesday, August 15, 2006
    "My debut film made at a cost of Rs.8 crores ''''Gandugali Kumara Rama'''' is a disaster. It has been disgusting at the box office. I have suffered from over confidence. I am at fault. I have not done anything wrong" – this is the frank outburst of producer M.R.Pattabhiram addressing the media at his office in Bangalore.

    Pattabhiram is the first producer the media has seen in the last two decades to make frank admission at the second week running in Kannada film history.

    Excerpts of a chat with disgusted producer:

    What went wrong according to you for GKR?

    That is the 'Yaksha Preshne' (what Yama asks for Dharmaraya). There is no shortfall according to me. I have given everything. From the second day the result is poor. I have lost the hopes.

    What you expected from this Rs.8 crore historical venture?

    Just one rupee above my investment I expected. Now I don't know where I am going to land. I saw the film three times still do not find any fault.

    Have you felt that the film should have been better?

    That is always told sometime accepted and debated. When you build a house or prepare food you always feel it could have been better. I thought in the same way. I am not hammering director Bhargava. He has done his work very well.

    With a doctorate in History have you not interfered in the making of GKR?

    But my interference was there only in two places. For the lyric of Sarasake Baa Sarasarane I wanted the lines to be changed. I don't want to bring any bad name to the empire built by my father M.S.Ramaiah. For the Mathangi role director Bhargava suggested actress Thara but I said no. The role was very short and demanded other than Thara. That's why we selected Rambha.

    Have you told Thara about it?

    I have discussed it with Thara. She is a fine actress. I don't mind in taking up a film for her acting potentiality.

    You are a graduate in MBA. You could have used the principles of it?

    That is what I set aside in the beginning and taken up this project. I am not the one who wants to create artificial demand. 'I am frank enough to accept that it is a washout'.

    Probably the over confidence has drawn you to this stage of disaster?

    That is true. From the industry I have received letters stating that GKR would earn heavily. I have told Dr.Rajkumar is talking about this film since 30 years and his son is doing it is itself a major publicity. Everyone in the industry and media were definite of the success. Senior producer cum director Dwarakish told that I am sure to earn a minimum of Rs.20 crores.

    Now you have decided not to take up film project?

    I can't say anything now. At the 11th day of GKR failure I am at total loss. To take up historical films I have to think again. Such a fine historical film I don't know which power is stalling it from successful running in the theatres.

    Are you getting any support from anyone at this stage?

    Yes. Smt.Parvathamma Rajkumar, Shivarajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar told that they would stand behind me in balancing the losses.

    Was there any reason for you to take up this project?

    The aspiration of Dr.Rajkumar made me to take up this project. The film I wanted to do you took up for my son go head he encouraged.

    What happened to your social film project?

    I have one in which Shivarajkumar has a different role and protagonist I wanted from 30 to 80 years. Dr.Vishnuvardhana was the right choice but he rejected the offer. I went to Kamal Hassan he said let us do it in Tamil and Kannada. I went to Mohanlal he said he has to finish two of his projects and if it is 10 days he can adjust. But 45 days call sheet was required. Then I consulted Nana Patekar and he also did not agree.

    What about the mythological?

    I have thought of '18 days'. (Kurukshetra of the epic Mahabharata) – I have consulted Ambarish, Shivarajkumar, Upendra, Ravichandran but that is not further discussed. I don't have immediate thoughts but I am only thinking why GKR failed.

    How was the premier response you have arranged?

    For the invitation extended to all literary personalities only 5 percent made it for the premier. The premier arranged by the film industry also had poor turn out. Why Kannadigas not accepted GKR is a question in my mind right now.

    As a closet of Dr.Rajkumar once can you say why Dr.Rajkumar did not take up this subject?

    Calling lover as mother forcibly and the Hindu Muslim discussion episode were not to his liking.

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