Naani Maduve Prasanga, the next film by actor-director Hemanth Hegde, is about farmers in North Canara who are unable to find brides.
“Naani... is a satirical take on this whole bride-hunting situation. Many men from my native marry girls from other states because they are unable to find one here. This is a serious problem as girls do not find boys from the farming background ‘glamorous’. That’s why I chose this storyline, so I can address a serious subject, while also including comedy,” Hemanth explains.
“Despite having a steady income, there are many who are devoid of marital bliss. They are not bold enough to make a move or fall in love and the traditional ways aren’t working out for them. This creates situations that are comical and sometimes intense. Naani Maduve Prasanga, like many classics, will be relevant even after 30 years,” he adds.
According to Hemanth, the film will be made in two parts, the first of which will be released in April. Hemanth both plays the lead and directs the picture. He admits that it was tedious, but he is happy that it turned out well. “Kantara has captured the essence of south Canara culture. And in Naani, we have built the narrative around north Canara culture. Also, this is my first experience working for a rooted film because I have always made commercial, peppy films. The film is shot in a house inside a forest in Sirsi. The film has over 35 artistes, and bringing them together was a bit difficult. But they have all played their parts well. By the time we wrapped up, it felt like a picnic,” he adds.
The film stars over 35 performers, including Shruthi Nandish, Shreya Vasanth, and Gitanjali Mangal as the female roles.