The Gururaj Kulkarni directorial, which has Tarak Ponnappa and Urvashi HV in the lead, opens in theatres on November 26.
Playing cop or rather in investigation officer is not new to Manasa Joshi, but the outing in the upcoming Amruth Apartments is special, she says, because she gets to be khaki clad. The thriller, set in Bengaluru, is scheduled to release in movie halls on November 26.
Director Gururaj Kulkarni, for whom the film is a debut, although he has produced films, had earlier told us that the story revolves around a couple played by Tarak Ponnappa and Urvashi HV, who are contemplating separation, but then get drawn into the midst of a crime investigation as witnesses. How this affects their relationship, for better or worse, is the crux of the story, even as the mystery of the crime is solved. The film also stars Seetha Kote and Balaji Manohar in pivotal roles.
Manasa is ACP Rathnaprabha, who investigates the crime that Tarak and Urvashi witness. The USP of the role, says the actress, is that the characterization is grounded in reality and doesn’t resort to cinematic liberties. Hence, her ACP Rathnaprabha is a professionally adept cop, who knows how to handle situations well, be it dealing with witnesses, suspects, or, for that matter, the media. “She is sorted, but not always strict. She has layers to her character, which is very nice and I have loved experimenting with different characters,” said Manasa in conversation with TOI.
For Manasa, who was last seen on the big screen in Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu, Amruth Apartments is her first release in a while. The actress also has the film Evidence, which revolves around only two characters, a suspect and her as investigation officer. "I am convinced he is the culprit, but with not enough physical evidence to support this, a confession is needed. Getting that isn’t easy though, and the entire film plays out as a conversation between the two of us, as I throw possible scenarios at him and he expertly deflects. How I manage to wrap up the case forms the rest of the narrative. Having just the one setting means that I have only one get-up in the film," said Manasa.