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“Maagiya Kaala deals with peculiar story,” Nishanth

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Debutant actor Nishanth, who is the son of noted Kannada poet Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy, is entering Kannada films with popular art filmmaker Shivarudraiah's latest directorial venture Maagiya Kaala. The budding star, who has been trained at well-known theatre group 'Ninasam', is all nervous about his debut movie. He has completed the shooting and dubbing works for it and now eagerly waiting for its release.

The producer of Maagiya Kaala, Shrimathi Chinnaswamy held a press meet of the film at Century club in Bangalore on Wednesday evening (12th January). The upcoming star exclusively spoke to Oneindia and shared his excitement about his first Kannada film. Here are the excerpts of Nishanth's interview.

How did you enter film industry?
Basically, I am a graduate from theatre group 'Ninasam'. I have completed one year diploma course in acting at 'Ninasam'. I have take part in several plays including the Kannada version of 'Midsummer's Nights Dream' at Ninasam. Seeing my acting skills my father and mother encouraged me to act in a movie. My mother even came forward to produce my first movie and that is Maagiya Kaala.

What is the story of the film?

The story revolves around an orphan boy, who is a Buddhist. He looses his parents at a very tender age and finds his parental love in his boss. But unfortunately, his boss also dies of heart attack and this pushes him in the pool of tears. He consults his guru (Buddhist monk) for guidance and his guru advises him to adopt parents from an old-age home. How he adopts his parents and how he struggles to seek their love will form the crux of the film.

What role are you playing in it?
I am playing a lead character in the film Maagiya Kaala. I appear as an orphan boy, who is a young and successful architect. I am very happy because whole story and its theme is concentrated in my character.

What makes you feel excited about the film?
Usually, there is a trend that parents adopt a child from an orphanage and there is no practice like a child adopting its parents. Maagiya Kaala deals with one such peculiar story or concept. Kannada film industry has witnessed several experiments, but nobody has tried with this kind of story. For the first director Shivarudraiah is attempting such an experiment in Maagiya Kaala. Along with Amar Dev, he has penned the dialogues besides writing the screenplay for it. I am quite excited to know the response of the audience for it.

How was your shooting experience with well-known director Shivarudraiah?
Firstly, Maagiya Kaala has been shot in Bangalore, Mangalore, Madikeri, Somawarpeth and Kushal Nagar. I had really wonderful shooting experience on the sets. Basically, I had elementary knowledge about acting along with acting experience in theatre. But this was not enough for acting in the film. Director Shivarudraiah is my guru. He taught me everything right from the beginning of the film till the end of its production. I have learned a lot from him. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all his support and guidance.

What would you like to tell about the music of Maagiya Kaala?
This movie revolves around a realistic story based Ishwar Chandra written novel 'Ondu Soorina Kelage'. Since it is an art film, it does not have much importance for music. There is only once song in it. We have completed the shooting of the film, but we are yet to shoot for the songs. We are planning to film for the song next week.

When is it releasing? and what is your message to the audience?

The movie has completed its shooting and post-production works. It has even cleared the Censor formalities on 29th December. Probably, it is likely to release in the first week of February. My message to the audience is that Maagiya Kaala is an experimental art film. Watch it in theatre and encourage me.

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