The popular Kannada producer lost his battle to Covid-19 earlier this year, before seeing the release of his last film, Arjun Gowda, which has Prajwal Devaraj in the lead.
Earlier today, veteran actress Malashree took the lead to launch the trailer of her late husband Ramu’s last production venture, Arjun Gowda. She was joined by the who’s who of the Kannada industry, like Ravichandran, Upendra, Shivarajkumar, Ganesh, Devaraj, etc., to remember Ramu and talk about the film's impending release on December 31.
Speaking at the event, a teary-eyed Malashree said she was thankful for the support she has got from everyone in the Kannada film industry since her husband’s passing earlier this year. “Not even in my wildest dreams did I think that I would have to be on a stage and talk about Ramu in the past tense. I have still not come to terms with his loss; it feels like he’s just away for a while on work. Ramu’s life was all about cinema; he didn’t know anything other than the business of making and distributing films. His dream was to contribute to the growth of Kannada cinema. Arjun Gowda was a film that Ramu was intimately involved with. He wanted the team to make it as a project that audiences would remember for a lifetime. Even in his last breath, his thoughts were only about releasing this film. With your support, we will keep Ramu Films alive,” said Malashree, breaking down in tears on stage.
Sudeep, who has also done two films under Ramu Films, could not make it to the event as he is a little under the weather. And yet he sent across a video wishing the team all the best. In his video message, Yash reminisced how Ramu Films was known for making big-budget movies in Kannada, which is why the late producer was often referred to as Koti Ramu. Shivarajkumar who done multiple projects with Ramu, urged Malashree to keep at it and promised to be a part of their ventures. Adding that everyone had already spoken at length about Ramu, Upendra said that he remembers him best as a superstar filmmaker.
It was then up to the Crazy Star to put a smile on Malashree’s face, as he spoke about the actress’ support for his film Ramachari and Ramu’s for Malla. To his suggestion, “Let’s make Malla 2?” Malashree nodded in agreement. But when Ravichandran then added, “Let’s make Malla 2 with your daughter,” she laughed, prompting the Crazy Star to quickly add, “OK, let’s pair her with my son, not me.”