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Bigg Boss Kannada Season 9 winner Roopesh Shetty set to bring his second Tulu directorial to theatres

Called Circus, this comedy flick comes after the mega success of Roopesh’s directorial debut, Girgit.

Bigg Boss Kannada Season 9 winner Roopesh Shetty set to bring his second Tulu directorial to theatres
Roopesh Shetty in a still from the film

Last Updated: 04.18 PM, Mar 07, 2023


Roopesh Shetty is a bonafide star in the Tulu-speaking belt of Karnataka, owing largely in part to the success of his directorial debut Girgit, which had a stupendous run at the box office there. Girgit was a film that Roopesh made when it became clear to him that he’d have to forge his own path in cinema, after doing a string of back-to-back flops. The fiml ran for 200-odd-days in theatres, prior to the lockdown. Unwilling to rest on these laurels, Roopesh set out to make another film.

Called Circus, this one is a comedy in which Roopesh is paired with Rachana Rai. The film is Kannada actor Yash Shetty’s Tulu debut and includes actors like Aravind Bolar, Bhojaraj Vamanjoor, Naveen D Padil, Sai Krishna, Umesh Mijar, Prasanna Shetty Bailur and Sandeep Shetty, among others, on its cast. Shooting for Circus had been completed before Roopesh decided to try his hand on Bigg Boss Kannada OTT and then Bigg Boss Kannada Season 9. The post-production work got delayed then when the actor-director spent nearly 150 days in the Bigg Boss house, emerging victor in both versions of the show.

A still from the film
A still from the film

Immediately after his Bigg Boss Kannada win, Roopesh was busy for a while with mandatory interviews and felicitation programmes and it is only now that he’s been able to focus on finishing up work on Circus and bringing it to audiences. Earlier today, he revealed that he is giving the film a summer of 2023 release. Circus, produced by Shoolin Films, Manjunath Attavar and Mugrody Productions, will be in theatres on June 23, 2023.


In an earlier conversation with OTTplay, Roopesh had said that his focus would be on not ruining the goodwill he won with Bigg Boss Kannada by doing random films coming his way. “When you choose a career in showbiz, money is important, no doubt. But I should not take up every film coming my way only for money. If I end up doing a few flop movies, whatever goodwill I gathered with Bigg Boss Kannada will go down the drain and I will be back to square one. Right now, the focus is on choosing the right script, wherein the story is the hero,” he had said.

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