Bangalore: He has spent nearly three decades in the Kannada film industry, so one would assume that there is nothing that Shivarajkumar hasn’t tried his hand at. But fans of the star are in for a surprise as he has something new to offer with his upcoming release, Belli.
The Century Star plays the role of man who becomes mentally unstable after falling in love. When we asked director Mahesh if people would draw parallels to the role that Sudeep played in his 2001 hit Huchcha, he said, “There are no similarities between the two roles. It is love that drives Shivanna’s character to mental instability. How he goes mad, what happens after that and how he plays the role is what forms the crux of the story. There is the interesting twist in the tale,” says Mahesh.
Shivarajkumar’s look was carefully worked on to make him convincingly look like a mentally unstable man, and it was so successful that no one could recognize the actor. “We shot in busy areas of the city. We used hidden cameras and were surprised to find that no one recognized Shivanna while he was walking on the road during the shoot,” adds Mahesh.