It was a pleasant surprise for the media men and those who saw Upendra and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy sharing a stage at the audio launch function of forthcoming Kannada movie Aarakshaka. The most interesting part of the story is that they were comfortable with each other's company and posed for the camera with ease, which made the onlookers to believe that they have buried the hatchet.
If you are new to the Kannada film industry, then we have to remind you several incidents of the past, which happened between the duo. Upendra, who often takes contemporary issues in his films, took potshots at JD(S) government in his movie A. Though, the movie did not have direct references to any individual, it was said that some portions of the movie were loosely based on the life of the then chief minister of Karnataka.
In the later years, HD Kumaraswamy, who was a film distributor and producer before plunging into politics, directly criticised the Real Star's blockbuster movie Upendra by making Jitendra, which was a satire on Uppi's movie.
The story is not over yet. In 2010, Upendra's Super had indirect reference to Kumaraswamy's resort politics and his affair with actress Radhika Shetty, who is now married to HDK. However, now their friendly gesture has paved way for various rumours including Uppi's possible political entry by joining hands with the JD(S). Well, they say there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics and in film industry. This seems to be true again.