The actor explains how a production house known for socially-relevant art-house cinema makes commercial movies with him.
Last Updated: 07.46 AM, Nov 21, 2022
Kranti is Challenging Star Darshan’s second film with Media House Studio, the production house run by actor B Suresha and his wife, Shylaja Nag. As an actor and filmmaker, B Suresha is associated with the more serious, art-house kind of cinema. His last two, though, Yajamana and the upcoming Kranti, are commercial films with a big star, Darshan, at the helm. How has this collaboration happened, one may wonder.
Well, Darshan has the answer for that. B Suresha, he says, is known for his brand of socially-relevant serious cinema. “It is more class than mass. This is where V Harikrishna comes in. He is the middle-man in this collaboration, who takes Suresha’s classy ideas and presents them in a mass film. But just because there are commercial elements doesn’t mean that there are mindless songs and fights. Yajamana was the result of this class-meets-mass combo and so is Kranti. Whatever Hari has done with the film has a meaning, yet, at the same time, he has also ensured that the film has everything that my fans would want to see,” said the actor.
Kranti, which deals with the education system in India, follows Darshan’s character, an NRI who returns to try and save the Kannada medium school he studied at. The film sees him collaborate with Bulbul and Ambareesha co-star Rachita Ram yet again. The film is coming to theatres on January 26, 2023, to make the most of the Republic Day holiday. It is, however, looking at some major competition from Bollywood, especially since Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan is his first film in well over four years (not accounting for his cameos in Rocketry, Brahmastra and Lal Singh Chaddha). There’s also John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan’s Fighter in this mix.
But that apart, Kranti will also have to reckon with the big releases from Tamil and Telugu for Sankranti. The box office performance of these films will also determine Kranti’s chances. The film’s release is being seen as a show of Darshan’s star power, since he is promoting it with the help of digital media platforms and social media influencers only.