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Exclusive! Love 360 will explore the lengths to which a person will go to safeguard love, says filmmaker Shashank

The film, which introduces newbie Praveen along with Love Mocktail fame Rachana Inder, has a thriller element to it.

Prathibha Joy
Jan 07, 2022
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Rachana Inder and Praveen in a still from the film

Last evening, director Shashank announced that he’s finished principal photography of his latest directorial, Love 360, which will be the launchpad for newcomer Praveen Kumar. Shot predominantly in coastal areas of Gokarna, the film, says Shashank is an intense love story, as the title suggests, but has a thriller element as well. “The core of Love 360 is, no doubt, the love story, and how far a couple will go to safeguard it. It’s about unconditional love and standing by each other through thick and thin; hence the title, which signifies that all angles of love have been explored. However, the film is not only about the love story and involves a crime as well, which will bring in some intense moments in the narrative,” explains the filmmaker.

Besides Praveen, the film also stars Rachana Inder (of Love Mocktail fame), while Sukanya Girish, who’s been seen in Shivaji Surathkal earlier, has a pivotal role as the second lead. “Gopalkrishna Deshpande, with whom I have worked before and was recently lauded for his work in Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana, plays a major role in Love 360, as the police officer in charge of solving the crime that transpires. Danny Kuttappa is the main antagonist of the film, which has music by Arjun Janya and cinematography by Abhilash Kalathi,” adds Shashank.

Explaining his choice of cast, the director adds that he’s been most comfortable working with newcomers, be it while introducing Prajwal Devaraj with Sixer or Yash with Moggina Manasu. “In Love360, the entire supporting cast includes artistes who’ve been active in Kannada cinema, but may not be very popular and I have chosen them on the merit of their talent. I want artistes who will become my characters and not the other way around, which is a risk any filmmaker runs when working with well-known names,” he says.

The film, says Shashank, who has also produced it, is currently in post-production and should be ready by April. “When and how I will get to release it is up in the air now, because a lot of films have been postponed due to the restriction on movie hall capacity and weekend curfew. We will plan all that only once we have clarity on how the pandemic unfolds. In the meantime, I will also dedicate time to fine-tuning the script for my upcoming film with Upendra. Although this project was announced earlier, there’s been a change in the subject, which I am working on now. I am hoping to go on floors with this project once Upendra finishes Kabzaa and Lagaam,” he signs off.

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