Journey of a hunter begins.


Shikari team returns to Bangalore after almost 30 days of shooting in Tirthalli. The film is almost 80% complete and has turned out nice. Another 15 days of shoot will start by end of November. Past one month was an amazing journey. When I set out with my small team to Tirthalli on 9th of September, I was filled with anxiety and excitement. Mammootty sir was supposed to join us from 13th of September. Actress Poonam Bajwa was finalized at the last minute. In the classical filmy style, it was during my journey towards Tirthalli, the camera zoomed on to me and went out of focus (to show that I was going in to the flash back!) I rolled back in time to remember the journey so far.

Finalizing Poonam is an interesting story which I would like to tell you right here though it’s a small digression. As most of you know, for long time we have been searching for a heroin who would manage to essay this powerful role that too against the legendary actor like Mammootty. She also had to manage both Kannada and Malyalam show two separate getups and body language. For long time in spite of several meetings, discussions, we were unable to finalize on any lead actress. By then someone suggested Poonam Bajwa’s name. I got hold of one of her films. There she played a college going girl who was dancing in some foreign location, a stereo type girl with stereo type role. I was not sure if she could manage this role. However, we decided to meet her. Since the time was short, I had to meet her at the airport! Producer, my cameraman Vikram and my self met her at the airport. We discussed briefly about the project. I then convinced that she can manage this role. She is a confident, tasteful, sweet person. Both Vikram and I thought that she would be able to essay Nandita and Renuka in our film. That’s how she got onboard to Shikari. This decision was proven right later when we started shooting. Poonam is a real good, talented actress who can easily switch roles and perform with ease though she doesn’t know either Kannada or Malyalam!

Shikari started as a dream long back. About two years ago. Some time in June 2008 I was working on several stories none of which was convincing enough. It was a dull time when none of my stories seemed workable. It was then I stumbled across this idea for Shikari. Deep inside we all are in search of something. We all had dreams and desires. We all have displacement and re-conciliation within our selves. The hunt is always of one another. It’s a never ending hunt. Shikari gave me a chance to work on this idea of hunt within. When I thought of this idea, a story started popping up in my mind. I sat down to write it. It took three continuous days of writing and in one stretch it was over without any hitches! I was amazed. The story was not written by me, it wrote it self! I was happy, finally I had a convincing enough story to make a film!

… Will be continued.

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15 Responses to Journey of a hunter begins.

  1. Anoop.v ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    Hi abhaya sir,

    We are having great expectation about your movie ” Shikakri”.
    You have already proved your caliber with “Gubbachigalu”. And its very nice to hear that for your dream project “shikakri” , the best Method actor in India ” Megastar Mammootty” is playing the Lead Role.
    Anyway all the best For the Film…

  2. Binu KG ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    The theme sounds really interesting……. The hunt within 🙂 The quintessential question of self realization. Really waiting for the movie. Good luck to the entire team 🙂 Cheers!

  3. Srinivas C ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    Hello Abhay,
    As expected your first movie Gubbacchigalu was brilliant and hoping the same brilliance in shikaari. i aslways believe a director of the movie than actors.
    i have also taken your theme to myself……to hunt within myself…..watever it might be…..good days

  4. A V Govinda Rao ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    Appears to be a captivating, intellectual theme and story which can fetch awards. Hope that it will also be a financial success.

  5. Nikhil ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    All the best…….

  6. lim vismaya ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    HE HAS TWO SIDE LIKE A COIN ..ONE SIDE – THE GREAT ACTOR..THE OTHER SIDE – THE MEGA STAR …
    ITS TRUE…..SEE THE DIFFERENT FACES OF ACTING….THE MAN WITH A RARE COMBINATION OF A GREAT ACTOR AND MEGA STAR IN INDIA
    Megastar.Padmasri.Bharath.Adv.Dr.MAMMOOTTY

    http://www.mammootty.com/index.php

  7. Laxminarayana Bhat P ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    Dear Abhaya,
    Congratulations! I am deeply impressed by what you wrote and accomplished so far. A creative idea gets etched by its own potential – of course through the medium of a living being!! You have truly grasped the essence of creativity which is no small accomplishment, especially at your age. [I can take liberty of saying so, since I have known you from childhood though not from close quarters, but fairly well enough, though.]

    All my best wishes and blessings.

  8. Pramod ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    All the best Looking forward to see a different movie 🙂

  9. rikku ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    first of all thank u and congratulation on taking dr.mammootty as your lead actor….heard a lot about ur first movie….hoping for a better one this time around…..we have lots of people here wishing u good luck and praying for commercial and awards success for shikkari…..and i would like to know the malayalam version title of shikari…?

  10. ಜಯಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    bega bega bari…….bhaaLa interesting aagide

  11. VINAYAKA H D ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    ABHAYANNA…
    ALL THE BEST…
    IT WILL NO WONDER A SUCCESS…

  12. raj ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    waiting for MEGASTAR’S SHIKAARI

  13. raj ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    Mammukka……….
    YOU R GREAT

  14. badaru ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ:

    Dr.megastar MAMMOOTTY with abaya.. Waiting for the megahit film

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