Actor-filmmaker MG Srinivas explains how his film Ghost with the Century Star came to be
After his last movie Old Monk, actor-filmmaker MG Srinivas was wondering what to do next. He’d been talking about doing the next instalment in his Birbal franchise for a bit, and he was also writing a few other scripts, which he was hoping to develop with some of the Kannada industry’s leading actors, including Shivarajkumar. “Around this time, I got a call from Sandesh Productions wondering if I had a script that would work for Shivarajkumar. While I did not have a full bound script, I had a rough draft, which I thought would work and narrated it to him. He was on board almost instantly,” says Srinivas.
The filmmaker elaborates, “I had written about 20 scenes of Ghost when I realized that Shivarajkumar was the only actor who could carry it off. So, from that point on, I continued writing keeping only him in mind, even though, I had no idea if he was going to do it. The idea while writing was that given the variations in the character and that he had to be able to speak less and yet scare people just by his looks - it had to be him. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled it off as much as he has.”
Ghost is an action heist thriller that takes place within a prison, with a storyline that transpires in a 48-hour window. A synopsis doing the rounds on the internet hints at Shivarajkumar’s character being after a stash of gold hidden away at this prison. The film also stars Malayalam and Tamil actor Jayaram and Bollywood actor Anupam Kher in pivotal roles, while KGF-fame Archana Jois will also be seen in it. The film opens in theatres in most parts of the world on October 19, with slight logistical delays in some centres. It is releasing in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam, with the Century Star having dubbed for the first three, while the other two have an AI-assisted version of his voice in the film.