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Sapta Sagaradaache Ello’s Hemanth M Rao has given himself a shelf life as a filmmaker

Hemanth M Rao will not announce his retirement, but as of now, he only has a finite number of stories that he feels strongly about to make into cinema

Sapta Sagaradaache Ello’s Hemanth M Rao has given himself a shelf life as a filmmaker
Rakshit Shetty and Hemanth M Rao

Last Updated: 02.45 PM, Nov 15, 2023


As a filmmaker, Hemanth M Rao has only dabbled with stories that have been deeply personal, based on things he’s seen or experienced. Today, he is three films old – four if you consider Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side A and Side B as two different entities – and says that he is looking at presenting 8-9 stories on the big screen, at the most. Hemanth is not trying to say he is the next Quentin Tarantino or, closer home, Lokesh Kanagaraj, who’ve both said they will make 10 films each and quit. Hemanth’s trajectory, he says, is based on the fact that he thought of these 8-9 stories ago and that since then he’s not had a new idea to be developed for the big screen.


Hemanth made this revelation during a promotional interview for Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side B with Galatta Plus. His focus, he added, would be to bring these 8-9 stories that he feels for very strongly to audiences. He does not, however, rule out the possibility of being inspired by something in his immediate surrounding, like, for instance, how a hit-and-run accident he witnessed years ago became the starting point for Sapta Sagaradaache Ello.

Among these stories that Hemanth feels so strongly about, Sapta Sagaradaache Ello was the first that he wanted to tell, but had to push ahead. He tried revisiting it after Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, but ended up doing Kavaludaari instead. And it was only after Kavaludaari that he finally got to realize this long dream of making Sapta Sagaradaache Ello. Side B, which is the culmination of the story is set to release in theatres across the globe on November 17. The film is releasing in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam simultaneously, with the Hindi version either coming on OTT only or set to come to theatres if there is a demand for the same. The film has been dubbed in Hindi.

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