The makers of the film are eyeing the Dasara-Deepavali window, but add that it would depend on theatres opening at 100% capacity.
The Kannada-Telugu bilingual Rider, which is Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s third film as hero, is rapidly nearing completion in the post-production suite. Sunil Gowda of Shivanandi Entertainments, one of the co-producers of the film, tells us that music man Arjun Janya is currently working on the re-recording of the film, after which they will plan its release.
“Rider is a feel-good love story with elements of action, in which Nikhil is a basketball player. The film has been made as a bilingual because both of Nikhil’s earlier films, Jaguar and Seetharama Kalyana, were also released for the Telugu market and did fairly well. We are hopeful of a festive season release, anytime between Dasara and Deepavali, but that will depend on theatres reopening at 100% capacity in Karnataka, because this is a big-budget project. In the meantime, we will be releasing the songs from the film in the run-up to the release, starting with the first single next week,” says Sunil.
Rider has been directed by Vijay Kumar Konda (of Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde fame), and pairs Nikhil with Kashmira Pardesi, for whom this will be her Kannada debut, as well as Sampada Hulivana. Its ensemble cast includes Chikkana, Dattana, Niharika, Achyuth Rao, Comedy Santhu, Manju Pavagada, Shobraj and Rajesh Natarang, among others.
“For the action sequences we have stunt masters Ravi Varma, Chethan DSouza and Arjun Raj on board, while song choreography is by Bhushan. The film has been shot across locations in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Chikkamagaluru, and Leh-Ladakh, among others, which have been beautifully captured by cinematographer Sreesha Kudavalli, making Rider a visual extravaganza,” adds Sunil.
The festive season, meanwhile, could be reason for multiple celebrations for Nikhil. His impending film release apart, the actor-politician is also gearing up to welcome his first child with wife Revathi, the traditional baby shower of which was held earlier this week.