The actress’ first production, Samudhram, is ready, and another is in post-production.
As an artiste, Anitha Bhat couldn’t have asked for a better career graph, going by the projects she has been a part of in the past few years. “As an actor, I am clear about my strengths and limitations and have never been hung up about being a heroine who romances the hero. In the past few years, I have been offered lead roles with substance that have been immensely satisfying for the actor in me. For a long time, I have been harbouring the desire to launch my own banner and do my bit for the Kannada film industry. It was never about making films that I could act in and further my own career. Instead, I wanted to create a platform to introduce new talent in the industry as crew and cast members,” explains the actress, about launching her production house, Anitha Bhat Creations.
In association with Rajalakshmi Cine Creations, the actress has already made a couple of films, one of which, Samudhram, is gearing up for release. “We are getting the film censored this week. It was not planned to be my first production. Director Raghava Maharishi had approached me for a role and was on the lookout for a producer. He was aware that I was looking at launching a banner, and suggested that I partner up and that is how I became one of the producers,” says Anitha.
The fact that the film would reunite her with editor Rishikesh, with whom she had worked on Balepet, was another key reason for Anitha to collaborate on Samudhram as more than just an actor. This film, she adds, has been written by Rishikesh and is a subject revolving around underworld activities in the coastal belt. Anitha is paired with Shivadwaj, who plays a don in the film. “In the first half, I come across as a regular, serial-watching homemaker, who then becomes a rebel and takes on society, owing to certain circumstances. Major portions of the film were shot in coastal regions like Malpe, Udupi, etc.,” she says.
Anitha adds that right now, as an actor-producer, she is torn about the release plans for Samudhram. “It is every actor’s dream to have a theatrical release. But I am also aware of the challenges the pandemic has thrown up. There are films right from 2019, including several of my own projects, which are waiting for cinema halls to open up at full capacity and release. Samudhram will be one of hundreds vying for a spot; the issue then is about getting enough halls and being able to retain them for a while and bring in audiences. But then, what if audiences don’t warm up to the idea of returning to cinema halls? Taking all of this into account, as a banner, we are keeping our options open and are in discussion with OTT platforms too, but we will take a final decision based on the prevailing situation in a month or two,” Anitha explains.
In the time since launching her banner, Anitha has taken up another flat in the society she lives in and set up a studio. “We have the technology for pretty much everything required for post-production, except dubbing. Our second film is also ready and we will be making official announcements about it shortly. In fact, we are also looking at taking a third subject on floors by October. I want Anitha Bhat Creations to be a film factory that churns out good content that is technically advanced and performance based, irrespective of whether I get to work in it or not. That’s the vision for the banner,” she signs off.