Producer Manjunath Gowda says the shooting for the Sudeep
starrer Phantom will resume on July 1st. Phantom is the first Kannada film to kick start shooting after the lockdown. The team is all set to quarantine themselves before the shooting starts. “The decision was taken by the production house in consultation with the actor and director after the government granted us permission to start film shoots. A limited crew, including me, Sudeep, director Anup Bhandari, and a few others, will be in institutional quarantine for seven days, from June 21, before we start the shoot,” says Manjunath Gowda aka Jack Manju. The team will adhere to the rules laid down by the government, he adds.
Producer Jack Manju also spoke of the medical facilities that will be available. “We will have a doctor and two nurses on the sets. We are also working out how we can have only the required staff on the floor on a particular day. People who manage the lighting, makeup and other small works and even assistants will be sent back after they are done with their job. For safety purposes, we are taking staffers who are willing to stay and need not travel often,” says Jack Manju.
Talking about crucial aspects like costs and budgets, Jack Manju says he is happy that they will resume shooting soon. “The shooting process is turning out to be a costly affair. I need to thank Sudeep. Despite the risks, he has agreed to resume the shooting. We were coming up with a huge setup when we began the shoot, and a few scenes were also shot there. Now that the Telangana government has given permission, we will undergo a huge loss if we don’t start shooting. Fortunately, an actor of that stature has taken steps only to support the producer. He has been supportive since the time the film has gone on floors. As soon as we decided to start the shoot, he had a meeting with the director, art director, cameraman, and me, and chalked out a plan,” says Jack Manju.
Phantom is a drama flick helmed by Anup Bhandari. The film is jointly produced by Jack Manju and his wife Shalini Manjunath. Nirup Bhandari will also feature in the film. The team aims to shoot scenes in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. They are awaiting government permits to do so from the Karnataka government.