6KLYDKDVKLWKHDGOLQHVQRWRQO\EHFDXVHDFWLRQÂżOPGLUHFWRU2P Prakash Rao and Superstar Shivarajkumar (Shivanna) have joined hands after a long gap of 11 years; it will also be the Superstarâ€™s 101st movie! Naturally, Shiva had to be different, and the director has ensured it will be a visual treat. â€œI am very eager to see this movie hit the screens. The shot composition is amazing. It is easily one of the PRVWVW\OLVKPRYLHVHYHUPDGHLQWKH.DQQDGDÂżOPLQGXVWU\, WKRURXJKO\HQMR\HGZRUNLQJRQWKLVSURMHFW7KLVLVP\ÂżUVWÂżOP with Shivanna, and I am thrilled,â€? says co-star Ragini Dwivedi.
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6KLYDQQDSOD\VWKHUROHRIDMRFNH\IRUWKHÂżUVWWLPHLQKLVFDUHHU Though the title appears to be mythological, Shiva is about the good Samaritan who helps the downtrodden. However, the route he takes is conventional, the details of which the director is not ready to reveal. â€œThis is a dream-come-true. I have always wanted to direct Shivarajkumar in this particular role. The project has been in the pipeline for the last two years. I have tried to portray Shivanna in a new style,â€? says Om Prakash Rao, whose two previous ventures with the Superstar were blockbusters. Incidentally, the movie is behind schedule, and Shiva could lose WKHWDJRIEHLQJ6KLYDUDMNXPDUÂśVVWÂżOPLIGLUHFWRU5DRGRHVQRW FRPSOHWHWKHSHQGLQJZRUNTXLFNO\%XW5DJLQLLVFRQÂżGHQWWKDW the movie will hit the screens shortly, â€œBecause Shiva is Shivannaâ€™s VWÂżOPWKHUHVSRQVHZHJRWDWWKHVKRRWLQJORFDWLRQVDOORYHU the state was amazing. We had a tough time controlling the crowds; everyone wanted to get close to him!â€? At the Bangalore Turf Club, Shivannaâ€™s fans turned up in huge numbers to see their hero play the role of a jockey, forcing Rao to suspend the shoot for some time. Fortunately, there were no â€˜unsavouryâ€™ incidents on the sets, while the otherwise-strict Rao maintained his cool throughout the VKRRWLQJRIWKHPRYLH$WWKHDFWRULVRQHRIWKHPRVWÂżWDQG KHDOWKFRQVFLRXVDFWRUVLQWKH.DQQDGDÂżOPLQGXVWU\DQGKLVKRUVH
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