The film, which pairs Dhananjaya with Amrutha Iyengar, is his first home production
Kannada actor Dhananjaya’s debut production, Badava Rascal, has a release date. The film will hit theatres this Christmas on December 24. The film, which is also a launchpad for courier boy-turned-director Shankar Garu, is being made under Dhananjaya’s Daali Pictures. Cleared U/A by the censor board, the film was earlier slated for a September release, which was pushed ahead, owing to the uncertainty regarding movie hall capacity at the time.
The December 24 date, though, is interesting, as the film not only opens only one week ahead of Rakshit Shetty’s 777 Charlie, but will also be in direct competition with big films like Pushpa The Rise Part 1, in which Dhananjaya’s also acted, as well as Ranveer Kapoor’s sports drama 83.
Badava Rascal, according to the team, is the story of a young man from a middle-class family and his struggles to make a living and be financially independent. The script was just what Dhananjaya had in mind, to skip the routine commercial film formula and focus on a content-driven story, which is also why he decided to back it as producer. In fact, Dhananjaya has been quoted as saying that some of his choices of roles have been fueled by his determination to not get stereotyped, even though he got a lot of villain roles after Tagaru’s Daali. The actor has said that his understanding of the film industry is all about making and breaking an identity.
Badava Rascal has Amrutha Iyengar, Poornachandra Mysore and Nagabhushan as part of the cast, while Vasuki Vaibhav has composed music for the film. The song, Udupi Hotel, which was released earlier, has already become a chart-topper. The team has roped in Preetha Jayaraman as the cinematographer. Badava Rascal is Dhananjaya’s second film with Amrutha after Popcorn Monkey Tiger. The film also has cameos by two filmmakers who have earlier worked with the actor, namely Vijaya Prasad and Guruprasad.