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Monday, April 09, 2007
Veteran stars Dr. Vishnuvardhan, Jayaprada and Anant Nag wee the star attractions in the launch Akshath films Ee Bhandhana produced by Jai Jagadish and directed by his wife Ms. Vijayalakshmi Singh. S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu directed the first shot of the film while Mungaru Male producer E. Krishnappa and distributor Pal Chandhani held the clap and switched on the camera respectively. The muhurat was held on Friday at Samy"s Dreamland in the Bangalore-Devanahalli road.
A press conference was organised during the lunch break on day one of the shooting. Director Vijayalakshmi Singh maintained that Ee Bhandana was based on an original script written by her though news and the media suggested that the film was a remake of the Hindi Hit Bhaagban 'I would like to reiterate here that the film is original. I have seen many write ups in news papers that the film is a remake. But I have always said that it was not so, but still they are being written like that. That is the reason why I want to make it clear today that the film is original. Bhagban was also based on a Hollywood hit that was made in the early fifties. There have been more than forty films, which have been made in different languages, based on this Hollywood flick. We have taken the essence of the story and scripted it suiting the present day requirements and the nativity" said Vijayalakshmi Singh.
Ms. Singh also added that she took up direction of the film mainly because it was her film"s lead actor Dr. Vishnuvardhan who had suggested her to take up the job. “He saw me showing lot of interest in the film and even suggested that I direct this film. We did try Sachin, but he was too busy to take up the project. And finally the mantle came on to me" said Singh.
Among the stars, It was Jayaprada who spoke more. She was eager to finish the first day shooting and leave to Uttar Pradesh to campaign for the elections there. She will be again participating in the shooting later after completing the campaigning work for the Samajawadi party there. She said that she has a very good role in the film and she is now acting in four films this year including Ee Bhandhana.
“I have a good star to work with like Dr. Vishnuji. I have a good banner and a friend like Vijayalakshmi Singh to direct the film. I would predict a bright future for Ms. Singh as a director as I have seen her showing deep interest in films. She was an actor and had worked in various segments of the industry. She is bound to go places. As for as Vishnuji is concerned, he is one of my favourite artists and a good co-star. I have acted with him in two films earlier. I am sure that this film which has a good story will strike a chord among the audience" said Jayaprada.