Challenging Star Darshan’s earlier collaboration with Milana Prakash, Tarak, was an emotional family drama in which the actor was paired with Shanvi Srivastava and Sruthi Hariharan
In 2020, Challenging Star Darshan had announced that he was looking at collaborating with filmmaker (Milana) Prakash yet again, after their successful 2017 outing Tarak. At the time, it was believed that this film, to be produced by Dushyanth, would his 55th film, but eventually, that status went to Kranti, Darshan’s second collaboration with team Yajamana, including director V Harikrishna and producers Shylaja Nag and B Suresha. After the debacle that was Kranti, Darshan began working on his next with Roberrt maker Tharun Sudhir, called Kaatera and speculation had been rife about the project that he would pick up thereafter.
Collaborating with known teams
During the promotions of Kranti, Darshan had said that he tends to work with teams that he’s collaborated with earlier, as he’s confident about their capability of handling a film with him in the lead, which, he believes may not be something a newbie can do. There were rumours galore that after Kaatera, Darshan would yet again return to the Harikrishna-Shylaja Nag campaign, or that he would do another film with Tharun only, given that the filmmaker wanted to make a historical on the life of Sindhura Lakshmana.
Tarak combo again
According to the latest reports, though, it seems that Darshan is finally allotting dates to Prakash and that he will begin shooting for this film later this year. Currently the team of Kaatera is working at break-neck speed to complete the talkie portions, as they are targeting a year-end release. This announcement comes as the Challenging Star celebrates 26 years of his career in Sandalwood.
Kaatera in 2023?
Kaatera, which is produced by Rockline Venkatesh, pairs Darshan with Radhana Ram , the daughter of veteran actress Malashree. At the time of the announcement, netizens trolled this pairing, as Radhana is very young. The film is a period subject, based on an actual incident that happened in Karnataka in the 70s. Kaatera has a rustic rural setting and is believed to tackle farmers’ issues. Incidentally, on August 18, the Kannada film Kshetrapathi will also explore the agrarian crisis, albeit based on incidents in north Karnataka.