The film explores the importance of background checks for tenants when renting out accommodation.
Over the weekend, debutant director Sridhar Shastri launched his film Tenant, a suspense thriller that has Dharma Keerthiraj, Tilak Shekar, Rakesh Maiya, Sonu Gowda and Ugram Manju in pivotal roles. The film, as the title suggests, revolves around the subjects of tenants and the need to conduct background checks on anyone desirous of renting out housing to ensure no untoward incidents occur. In a city like Bengaluru, for instance, a lot of properties are rented out without the owner and tenant even meeting in person, with the premise let out provided the financial terms and conditions are met. Unlike a commercial establishment, where background checks of employees are mandatory, residential complexes do not follow that, which is an important facet that the film Tenant explores.
The story of the film plays out over two days and involves a crime that happens in a building during the lockdown. The narrative follows the tensions between the property owner and the tenants, as they try to decipher who is responsible for the crime. Shooting of the film begins this week, with the team aiming to complete it in a single start-to-finish schedule. Given the subject, the film will be shot at a single location. Sonu, we hear, plays one of the tenants, Damini and will join the team this week. Sridhar, who was seen in the Kannada short film Unlock, is also credited with the story and screenplay of Tenant, while Manohar Joshi is the cinematographer.
Sonu, meanwhile, has also signed up for a Kannada film called Wedding Gift, a female-centric subject that explores the concepts of dowry and alimony, among others. The actress is also expected to resume shooting for award-winning director Nikhil Manjoo’s Shalini IAS, based on the real-life story of IAS couple, Shalini and Rajaneesh Goel. The film is an adaptation of the book, IAS Dampatigala Kanasu.