Chapter 2’s Yash, Made Kantara’s Rishab Shetty A Full-Fledged Hero”

Another pan-India experiment from Kannada industry 'Banaras' to hit the screens
Another pan-India experiment from Kannada industry ‘Banaras’ to hit the screens (Photo Credits – Wikimedia/Poster from the movie)

Another pan-India film of Kannada film industry ‘Banaras’ is all set to release in theaters across the country on Friday. The promo of the film ‘Banaras’ has garnered appreciation and is expected to leave the audience mesmerized.

Speaking to IANS, director Jayateerth spoke about the USP of the film for the South Indian audience: “They feel Banaras and experience Banaras. And, after coming to theatres, I am pretty sure that you will visit the city of Banaras with your family.

“When it comes to the North Indian audience, I would say, Banaras is your pride. We have shown it in a divine and poetic way that no one has portrayed till now and ask them to experience it,” explained Jayateertha.

“There is excitement that I have made a pan-India film. The fear is that Yash became a pan-India star after starring in several films. Rishabh Shetty has been a director, actor and technician and now he achieved success with Kantara. But, the film’s protagonist Zaid Khan is a new bee in the film industry,” he said.

“I have taken care that he is up to the mark. Anyone who has seen the film is appreciating his acting skills. Till now, superhit pan India movies are character based like Pushpa, KGF 1 and 2, Kantara. This is the first time a content-driven theme has been introduced through Banaras,” he explained.

“Benaras is not only in the title. I have shown vibrancy on the screen. I bring to the screen the vibrations that I personally felt in Banaras when I went there as a South Indian. The place, Bharat Mata Mandir, Ghat, playing of musical instruments, the sound of the river which created tremors in me is the same which creates vibrations in the audience. Hence the title ‘Banaras’,” explained Jayatirtha.

Jayateertha further said that Bengaluru is depicted more beautifully by a director from Kerala or Tamil Nadu than by a native director. “If the natives of Banaras watch the film, they will be surprised how beautiful their Banaras is.”

“The film from Banaras has a poetic rendition. The depiction of Banaras in every frame is poetic and divine. I am very excited and looking forward to it.”

“Folk art form ‘Virgasse’ is used and the local ‘Kashka’ language of Kashi is used to achieve a strong sense of birth. Shiva is Thandavam and the entire climax is shot during Ganga Aarti , which are all contained.”

“There is a peculiar profession called death photography in the ghats of Kashi. Death photographers take a click of the dead bodies before burning them and sell them to relatives for Rs 50 and Rs 100. They do not take pictures of any living person. This is the character in the film,” he said.

“I am happy to share that rocking star Yash, Rishabh Shetty, who has achieved pan-India success, is very much attached to me. I had groomed Yash before his first film ‘Mogina Mansu’. I am basically an acting teacher. This happened in 2006. Today he is at greater heights.

“I made Rishabh Shetty An absolute hero in the superhit Bell Bottom (Kannada language) film,” he said.

The film Banaras will release on November 4 in Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam languages. Zaid Khan and Sonal Montero are in lead roles. The romantic film has been extensively shot in the Hindu pilgrimage cities of Banaras and Kashi.

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