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Tanuj Virwani to headline Kannada filmmaker Hari Santhosh’s Bollywood debut, Puppy Love

The actor will be paired with Tridha Choudhury and Sapna Pabbi in the intense love story that will be shot shortly in the UK

  • Prathibha Joy

Last Updated: 05.13 PM, Jun 23, 2022

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Tanuj Virwani to headline Kannada filmmaker Hari Santhosh’s Bollywood debut, Puppy Love
The film will go on floors by mid-July and will be shot entirely in the UK

Kannada director Hari Santhosh (Santhu), best known for his films like Alemaari, College Kumar, ByTwo Love, among others, is Bollywood bound. Tentatively titled Puppy Love, the film, based on a story by Niket Pandey, of Dream Girl and the upcoming Aditya Roy Kapur-starrer Om: The Battle Within fame, will have Tanuj Virwani, Tridha Choudhury and Sapna Pabbi in the lead. An intense love story, the film will be shot entirely in the UK and will go on floors by mid-July.

“Filmmakers like SS Rajamouli and Prashant Neel have opened avenues for others from the south to make the transition to Bollywood. Bollywood’s been a long-time dream. And while I found takers to back remakes of my previous work, earlier they weren’t very receptive about entrusting a filmmaker from the south with a fresh subject. After the success of films like RRR and KGF in the north Indian market, that perception has changed and today they are more forthcoming to present our vision on screen,” says Santhosh.

Produced by Suresh and Avinash Daniel Charles for Padmavathii Pictures, in association with Vipul Sharma of UK-based Blue Bling Productions, Puppy Love will have cinematography by Rajaram Rajendran and music by Nakul Abhyankar.

Excited about playing the lead in this intense romantic tale, Tanuj says, “Santhosh had narrated a story of young love and it seemed as if it’s a part of my own past, or rather, all of our past. Familiar, indeed, yet unknown to us, at large.”

Tridha adds, “Soulmates aren’t always just lovers. Extremely happy to be a part of a film that portrays an honest, unbiased tale of modern-day love. We begin filming for it in the UK and I am thrilled to play a character that will brighten the grey skies in London with her wit and smile.”

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