Kannada Power Star will be seen playing the lead role in ‘Anjaniputra’ which hit the screens today. Directed by Harsha A, ‘Anjaniputra’ also stars the young sensation Rashmika Mandanna as the leading lady and that’s the first time for the actress to be teaming up with Puneeth. ‘Anjaniputra’ is said to be a commercial potboiler and reviews from audiences and critics have been positive right from the first show of the film. Puneeth Rajkumar, speaking about Anjaniputra, says that he needs to be able to connect to a story before takes up the film. “When you listen to a story, you should be able to picture yourself in it. The genre of the film does not matter as much as the way the story connects to you does. If I can see myself in the story at least around 70 to 75 % of the time, I know I am going to be able to carry it off because I can relate to it. Anjaniputra is one such film to which I completely relate to,” Puneeth Rajkumar told TOI in an interview.
Speaking about taking care of the film during the making, Puneeth further added, “I am basically a director’s actor. I don’t like having to deal with too many changes in the script while on the set. However, I do my homework. So all doubts, clarifications, improvisations are taken care of before we begin shooting for the film.” Anjaniputra is directed by A.Harsha who is also a choreographer in the Kannada film industry. “I have had at least one song in all my films choreographed by Harsha and having him direct me for Anjaniputra was an extension of that. Harsha is a very good technician who is also extremely calm in the most stressful situations. He is also very good with people management and that is basically half the battle won in such fields. He connects with people on a different level and it is this human touch that makes him endearing and easy to work with,” Puneeth added further.
Speaking about his co-star and the young sensation Rashmika Mandanna, Puneeth says, “Rashmika is a really nice, sweet kid. She is extremely patient and is a good listener and, therefore, a fast learner. She also has this persona about her where she makes everybody around her smile. It’s a sweet trait. She has become really popular and now she is also engaged to Rakshit Shetty. The duo make a fab couple and I wish them all the happiness. Rakshmika is also very hardworking and I think she has a bright future ahead of her.”
Speaking about his stint on television, Puneeth says that he does enjoy working on the small screen. Puneeth was the host of the Kannada version of Kaun Bangega Crorepati titled Kannadada Kotiyadhipathi. Puneeth is now hosting a game show called ‘Family Power’ on TV which is becoming quite popular these days. “Family Power is very different from Kannadada Kotiyadhipathi . This one involves three generations of a family working their way up the levels of the game together. It is always wonderful to be on television as it is also a great way to connect with a whole lot of people,” Puneeth opines.
Puneeth Rajkumar has also started a production house of his own which is being managed by his wife Ashwini. “My wife Ashwini is the producer, while I will be presenting the films made under her banner. We are looking at making films that feature others who have great stories to tell. We have one underway — Kavaludhaari that is being directed by my friend Hemanth M Rao. We also have another yet to be titled film to be directed by Radhakrishna in the pipeline, for which we are teaming up with yet another production house. It is our way of giving back to the industry what we have got in abundance. I might, at the most, appear in guest roles in some of these films, nothing more,” Puneeth concluded.