The film, directed by Pavan Wadeyar, released in theatres on November 25.
Last Updated: 09.40 AM, Nov 29, 2022
Kannada Pavan Wadeyar’s, known for films like Govindaya Namaha, Googly, Nataraja Service, Jessie, Ranavikrama and Natasarvabhowma, returned to the love story genre with Raymo this week. The film has Ishan, who debuted with the Kannada-Telugu bilingual Rogue in 2018, paired with Ashika Ranganath. It opened to mixed reviews from critics.
The film follows the protagonist, Revanth (Ishan), who goes by the name Raymo as his rockstar avatar, a hard-partying and womanizing musician, and how his life changes after he meets classical singer Mohana (Ashika). The film also stars Sarathkumar, Madhoo Shah, Achyuth Kumar and Rajesh Nataranga as part of its extended cast. The film is a love story between two people who are as different as chalk and cheese. “He’s a flamboyant, hard-partying rockstar, while she is the more demure classical singer. Physically also they are very different, with Raymo towering over Mohana. The question is if love can overcome the challenges posed by their differing personalities,” Pavan had told us.
The love story apart, the filmmaker had also said that the biggest USP of the film is its music, with composer Arjun Janya the real hero of Raymo. ““As soon as I told Arjun the story, he had some ideas and barely took any time to come back to me with his compositions. He understood what I was looking for. There are six songs in the film, each better than the other. Arjun has really pushed himself and composed songs that will be talked about. Interestingly, we did not rework any of the songs in the film or come up with alternate versions,” said Pavan.
The satellite and digital rights of the film, we hear, were sold prior to the theatrical release, with Zee Kannada picking up the tab. The digital premiere of Raymo has apparently be set in February, considering that it is a love story and would make for an ideal Valentine’s week watch. It has been reported that Raymo will drop on Zee5 Kannada on February 10. The streamer is yet to confirm this.