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Making of Hari: Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana’s Hari is not a person or character; he’s a concept: Raj

The filmmaker-actor explains that Rishab Shetty’s character in the recently-released film is softer than a flower and yet tougher than the toughest, who’s defined by change

Prathibha Joy
Nov 24, 2021
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Rishab Shetty in a still from the film

It’s been a few days since Raj B Shetty’s Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana released. The film, which explores the dynamics of three characters – Shiva (Raj), Hari (Rishab Shetty) and Brahmaiyya (Gopalkrishna Deshpande) – has been widely appreciated for the nuanced performances and story-telling. But while Raj had prepared audiences for the silent aggression of Shiva with the trailer and a ‘Making of Shiva’ video, he has now explained Rishab’s Hari with a follow-up ‘Making of Hari’ that was released today.

Hari, according to Raj, is not an individual, or character – he’s a philosophical concept – one who’s softer than a flower, tougher than the toughest and is defined by change. “Hari, as the title says, ‘Garuda Gamana’, is always on the move. Rishab needed to look endearing in some portions, in the way he looked, walked, and spoke. Yet in other scenes he had to come across tough without expressions or emotions,” says Raj, his words complemented with visuals from the film of Rishab as Hari and a faint strains of the song Endo Bareda.

Prior to the release, Raj had repeatedly explained that the characters from the film were inspired by gods Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

In fact, speaking to us prior to the release of the film, Rishab had said. “Hari is a man who has certain characteristics of lord Vishnu, like, for instance, his calm and composed demeanor. The fun part is that I am nothing like that in real life. In fact, I think I am more like Shiva.”

Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana, produced by Lighter Buddha Films and presented by Rakshit Shetty’s Paramvah Studios, is currently in theatres.


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