The Kannada film industry has witnessed the foray of several estate owners into film production. C. Venkatesh, a land developer from Kangeri, is turning producer with the forthcoming film, Payana. Directed by Kiran Govi, the movie stars Ravishankar, who rose to fame with his lead performance in the television serial Silly Lalli. Ramaneethu Chaudary plays the female lead. Along with Gandugali K Manju, C. Venkatesh is co-producing Rajkumari, starring Balaji and Kannika in the lead and directed by Govindoo.