Actress Vijayalakshmi Singh, who had earlier taken the responsibility of producing films and had worked as a film designer, is now making her debut as a film director with Ee Bandhana, which has now become a highly-awaited film in Kannada.
Ee Bandhana has a big star cast with veteran actor Dr. Vishnuvardhan and glamorous actress Jayaprada in the lead roles. The film has Darshan, the young star in another important role. Anant Nag, Doddanna and Jennifer add to the big star cast of this film.
Jayaprada is returning to the Kannada film industry after a long gap. She is happy that she has a plum role in this film, which is being directed by her trusted friend Vijayalakshmi Singh. "I have got a good role in the film; to work with a big star like Vishnuji is an additional bonus," says Jayaprada.
Ee Bandhana, director Vijayalakshmi Singh maintains, is based on an original script written by her, though many news items in the print media had suggested that the film was a remake of the Hindi hit Baghbaan starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. The Hindi film is about an aged couple whose children do not want to take their responsibility. Taking the same thread, the director has woven the story with new incidents and moulded it to the tastes of Kannada audiences. Many films have been made on this subject in many languages. The fresh director has tried a fresh approach to the subject.
Ms. Singh also added that she took up direction of the film mainly because it was her film's lead actor Dr. Vishnuvardhan's suggestion. "He saw me showing lot of interest in the film and even suggested that I direct this film. We did try Sachin, well-known Marathi actor-director, but he was too busy to take up the project. And finally the mantle came on to me," said Singh.
Dr. Vishnuvardhan is happy about the songs of the film. "Mano Murthy has done a fantastic job. We have done our work. It is up to the people to see the film and judge our work," says Vishnu philosophically.
Vijayalakshmi Singh has a lot of appreciation for her writer B.A. Madhu. Madhu has showed a lot of involvement in improvising the script and his dialogues would be the highlight of this film, she says.
The film's editing is over and the final DTS work is in progress.