Bettada Jeeva is based on a novel by Jnanapeeth Award winner Dr Shivarama Karanth. It was written 78 years ago and now it will be directed into a Kannada film by director P Sheshadri. Hejjegalu is a children film and award winning director P Ramdas Naidu will be directing it.
Speaking on the occasion, Basanth Kumar Patil said that he was extremely blessed because the event had been attended by Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murthy. He was also happy because the films were being launched on 108 birth anniversary of Dr Shivarama Karanth.
Director P Sheshadri, who has won awards continuously for six films at the state as well as national level, said that he was taking the challenge of a directing a movie on a 78 year old novel when he is just 48 years old. He is searching for a house in Puttur taluk of Dakshin Kannada district for taking shots for his film, which is based on the backdrop of quit India movement.