Although the filmmaker had announced that his film for the banner, starring Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar, is in the works and likely to start off early next year, it turns out he is squeezing in a comedy in the meantime with the Navarasa Nayaka.
Yesterday, when Hombale Films teased that the title and first look of their 12th production would be announced today, we had speculated whether it would have something to do with filmmaker Santhosh Ananddram. Well, we got it right there, but not with the star cast.
Although Santhosh is committed to making a third film with Puneeth Rajkumar, after their previous collaborations Raajakumara and Yuvarathnaa, which he said would take off in early 2022, it now turns out that he is making another movie in the interim for the banner.
As it turns out, the filmmaker will direct the Navarasa Nayaka Jaggesh in a comedy that will go on floors on November 22. Called Raghavendra Stores, with the tagline ‘Since 1972’, the first-look poster features nine-versions of Jaggesh in a variety of spices and in different cooking poses. According to a Times of India report, Raghavendra Stores will be a typical Jaggesh film with right amounts of humour that will be a laugh riot for audiences, while also warming the cockles of their hearts. The makers apparently had the story ready well before Yuvarathnaa, but with their next Puneeth production set for 2022, they thought it apt to utilize the time and make this film instead.
Meanwhile, Jaggesh, who recently celebrated a milestone 40 years in cinema, was last seen onscreen in Kalidasa Kannada Meshtru, has Thotapuri up for release next, which is his second film with Neer Dose maker Vijaya Prasad. The actor is currently shooting for the comedy Ranganayaka with filmmaker Guruprasad.
The last few production announcements of Hombale Films have been quite interesting. After oscillating between Puneeth Rajkumar and Yash Films, they first diversified with a Prabhas starrer, which they followed up with projects featuring Sriimurali, Rakshit Shetty, Rishab Shetty and now Jaggesh. It does appear that as a banner, the focus will not only be on big productions, as has been the case so far.