The first part, The Rise and Rise of Bengaluru, which chronicled Jayaraj’s rise in the city’s underworld, released during the Diwali festivities
Last Updated: 12.53 PM, Jan 05, 2023
Head Bush – The Rise and Rise of Bengaluru, was actor-producer Dhananjaya’s second home production after the successful Badava Rascal. The film, directed by debutant Shoonya, was based on the book My Days in The Underworld, by reformed gangster Agni Sreedhar. Planned as a multi-part project, the first instalment was about the rise of Bengaluru’s first don, MP Jayaraj, in the city’s underworld. Dhananjaya played Jayaraj, while the film included Vasishta N Simha, Raghu Mukherjee, Sruthi Hariharan, Loose Mada Yogi, Payal Rajput and V Ravichandran, among others on its ensemble cast.
The film was released in theatres on October 21, with minimal promotions and only days before the late Puneeth Rajkumar’s dream project Gandhada Gudi came out. Fans urged the actor-producer to consider pushing the release ahead, but speaking to OTTplay, Dhananjaya said that he had to honour the announcement that was made. He also said that the hurried release of Head Bush was a lesson for him to never announce a release date before the product is ready.
When the film came out, it did not get a rousing reception at the box office and ran into a controversy owing to the depiction of Karaga in it. Zee Network picked up the digital and satellite rights of the film and we now hear that Head Bush is set to get a festival OTT premiere. According to the latest, Head Bush – The Rise and Rise of Bengaluru will drop on Zee5 Kannada on January 13, on the occasion of Sankranti.
For Dhananjaya, 2022 was a year of debacles. None of his films worked at the box office, whether it was 21 Hours, Bairagee, Thotapuri, Monsoon Raaga, Head Bush, or the latest Once Upon a Time in Jamaligudda. While fans are hopeful of 2023 being a better year, given that he will have Hoysala, Uttarakaanda and the untitled Satyadev 26, among others, Dhananjaya is currently focusing on the release of a film that he is presenting in conjunction with KRG Studios – Orchestra Mysuru, which will be in theatres on January 12.