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Posted date: 13 Sat, May 2017 09:28:37 AM

Who is not familiar with ‘Onake Obbavva’. Thanks to doyen Puttannaji for popularizing it via Dr Jayanthi performance in ‘Nagarahavu’. It was six minute song ‘Kannada Nadina…..shot on Dr Vishnuvardhana and surrounding the Chitradurga fort.
From the pages of history we knew valiance of ‘Obbavva with her weapon Onake’. But what about Obbavva life, her struggle etc. For that you have to watch the film ‘Chitradurgada Onake Obbavva’ based on the novel of BL Venu. It is his story, screenplay and dialogue very important for this BA Purushottam film. it is a historical film. the ‘Onake’ that was used by Obbavva in 17th century of Hyder Ali was brought at the Dr Rajakumar Memorial. Smt Girija Lokesh, new actress Thara posed with this ‘Onake’ for photographs.
The minister of Karnataka state Anajaneya graced the muhurut and first shot was captured on the statue of Dr Rajakumar by Bhagyodaya Cine Creations producer A Devaraj.
On a historical personality ‘Haralaiah’ – Mahasharana Haralaiah was directed by Purushottam. He has taken up second historical film. The shoot will be held at the main fort in Chitradurga and the new actress Thara is in the title role. Akshay Karthik is counterpart in the husband role of Obbavva.
Ganesh Rao as Hyder Ali, Ravi Chetan as Madakari Nayaka, Pushpaswamy as Hiriyajji, Vikram Uday Kumar as Kalli Narasaiah  and others such as Suma Mahinder, Vijay Kumar, Balakrishna, Vishnu Vallabha, Gym Shivy, Rajiv Reddy, Dubai Rafiq, Manjula TP, Jyothi, Praveen Das and others are in the cast.
According to BL Venu the story of Onake Obbavva is found in 6th class of state syllabus. But the life sketch – birth, youth, struggle etc are not recorded on silver screen. The emotional bondage she has and ‘Raja Bhakthi’ is very special although she did not rule like other queens of our history he says. The whole life sketch is in novel format. As a Dalit woman in Mudikotte how she transform in life is absorbing says Venu.
A graduate tall and beautiful from Tumkur Thara Sadashivaiah is in title role. She had given screen test before selection. The ordinary woman valiance has impressed her to take up this film. she is a Bharatanatyam dancer and that obviously help me in giving expressions says Thara who was looking beautiful in her black outfit. She looks like sister of Kannada actress Neethushri.
The fifth generation of Onake Obbavva Niranjan Murthy and others were also present with famous ‘Onake’.
Gauri Venkatesh is cameraman, S Nagu composes music, Samagra Karnataka Rakshana Vedike is presenting this film.

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