The crew of movie Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu who had come for the promotion of the film share their journey, challenges and experience while making the movie with City Today.
The film ‘Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu’ is based on a short story with the same title, written by popular Kannada writer Poornachandra Tejaswi. The film has been directed by Sumana Kittur and the screenplay is written by Agni Sridhar and Sumana Kittur. The film features Shwetha Srivatsav other actors including Sukratha Wagle, Sonu Gowda, Kishore, Karunya Ram, S Narayan, B Jayashree, Achyuth Kumar, Sampath, Yogesh and others. Cinematography is by Manohar Joshi and music is by Saadhu Kokila. The film portrays how women in a small village join hands and rebel to prevent the village from a disaster. This multi-starrer film is all set to release on March 11.
Sumana Kittur, Director
Q.What is ‘Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu’’ all about? Why did you opt to choose this subject after ‘Edegarike’?
I am a voracious book reader and an ardent admirer of Poornachandra Tejaswi. All his novels had a great influence on me but ‘Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu’ is the only book which Tejaswi wrote on women and their issues. In this short story, he has portrayed the life of women, how they fight back, the political scenario, the caste system, feudal conflicts and what not. It is a well-written piece. I always wanted to visualize this particular subject as a movie and I initiated the film with the support of Sridhar sir. The film shows how a group of ladies in Kiragooru village take on the powerful force of men. One can see the celebration of womanhood and also experience some true human emotions in the film.
Q.How challenging was it to make ‘Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu’?
More than the challenge, the experience of making and learning through the film gave me a high. Extrapolating women’s issues, that too in the backdrop of a story, was quite challenging but overall it enriched my experience as a director. Being from a village background, it was not so tough to teach the characters in the film about life in a village.
Q.Did you face any issues related to censorship since the novel had the village slang and abusive language in it?
When we are making a film adapted by a novel, we have to retain some of the original dialects and conversations. Since the film depicts the village scenario, we need to show the actual language and the slang they speak with. My request to the Censor Board is not to look at every film with the same rules and procedure. The content and the significance of the story must be considered too. My question is who can judge the literature of a stalwart like Poornachandra Tejaswi?
Q.Is the film limited to a particular audience? Who are your target audience?
Cinema has the capability of bringing everyone together in a hall without any discrimination. A film will instantly relate to its subject. The subject and the commercial touch will definitely reach the mass and it can be related easily by all audience since everyone most of us come from rural background.
Q.Tell me about your character in ‘Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu’? How did you prepare for your role?
I had previously read the work Poornachandra Tejaswi and had mulled over it for a long time. I was very delighted to be cast in this film which has a great subject. I am playing a character called Kalegowda in the movie and it didn’t require any special preparation I spent my early days in a village. Sumana Kittur has flawlessly articulated the theme in ‘Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu’ and it was a great experience working for the film.
Q.When you opt to act in a film what do you see – the story or the character?
Both the aspects play a major role and I look into both the story and the character. Both play a crucial role in a film and sometimes I agree to act in films with good subjects too.
Q.What is cinema, according to you?
Cinema is a powerful medium to reach a great bunch of audience and cinema is what that reaches the people.
Q.You told that you have a great interest towards literature and books? Do you have any plans to be a director or a script writer?
(Laughs) I don’t have any desire in my life. As Buddha says, all suffering is caused by desire. I don’t have a desire to be a director, but if situation leads me there I may have to try my luck!
Sukratha Wagle and Sonu Gowda, Actress
Q. How was your experience in Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu and how challenging was it?
Sukratha Wagle: I am playing a character called Kaali in the film. It is just opposite to my personality. I was born and bought up in city and I have very less knowledge regarding rural life and language. The role was both physically and mentally challenging. I had to learn this accent used by a village girl, which was very new to me. I had to dress like a village girl and enact her life. My character in the film is soft-spoken in the beginning who fights back and becomes a rebel in the end. Overall, it was a splendid experience and made me understand the ground reality about village girls and their lifestyle.
Sonu Gowda: I am playing a character called Nagamma, who is beautiful but never speaks a word. Though I have been given a soft character to play, at the end I fight for my rights and become an insurgent. It was a challenging role. The costumes I wear and the designs were prepared so well that I easily blended with Nagamma’s character. I hadn’t read Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu but Sumana mam narrated me the complete story and gave me the courage to do this character. It was a challenging task but when we see the movie now, I feel that all our hardships have paid off!