Called O2, the film will be directed by newcomers Raghav and Prashant.
Ashika Ranganath has an interesting slate of films lined up. While Garuda with Siddharth Mahesh is ready for release, her second film with Sharan after Raambo 2, Avatara Purusha will soon get a two-part theatrical outing. She’s also got Raymo with Ishan and Madhagaja with Roaring Star Sriimurali in her kitty, apart from the special song in Sudeep’s next, Kotigobba 3.
The actress, who is also foraying into Kollywood, with an untitled film opposite Atharva, has now signed up for another interesting project in Kannada. Called O2, this is a medical thriller to be directed by newcomers Raghav and Prashant. Ashika has been quoted as saying that the script and the characterization drew her to the film. But the icing on the cake is that the film will be backed by Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar’s banner, PRK Productions.
In an interaction with the New Indian Express, the actress said, “As an actor, I've seen how my script choices have changed. Moreover, with content-based cinema ruling the roost, and OTT's rise, I felt it's time to be part of the game, and O2 will be my first attempt towards that end." She added that the script offered her something unique and that she could relate to the subject. Also, since she has three hardcore commercial films up for release, she felt the need to balance it with content-oriented projects with intense characterization that will allow her to showcase her versatility as an artiste.
Ashika, whose last release was director Shashank’s action flick Thayige Thakka Maga, is expected to begin work on O2 sometime in October, after she winds up her Tamil debut. Meanwhile, this film will be an interesting addition to PRK Productions’ lineup, having already backed projects like Kavaludaari, Maya Bazaar 2016, Law and French Biriyani, as well as the upcoming Family Pack and Man of the Match.