Directed by Suri, Doddmane Hudga is a family drama that is high on entertainment. Arguably, it also has some of the biggest names in the industry including the Rebel Star Ambareesh, Sumalatha Ambareesh, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar and last but not the least, Radhika Pandit.
With such big names to work with, Radhika Pandit was super-thrilled when she was offered the film. The Rocking Star’s beloved wife spoke to a leading daily about how she felt during that time. “I loved the film right from the title. It also reunited me with Puneeth (Rajkumar) and director Suri, in what will be Puneeth’s landmark 25th film. After Hudugaru, I really wanted to work with Puneeth again. Audiences also liked our combination. But I knew that it couldn’t be just another film,” she said.
So why did she choose Doddmane Huduga? “With Doddmane Huduga, everything seemed right, be it the team, cast or script. As a bonus, the film has a host of senior artistes onboard, including Bharathi (Vishnuvardhan) ma’am, Sumalatha ma’am, and Ambi (Ambareesh) sir, and I got to spend quality time with them, both on and off the set, as we shot major portions of the film in Hubballi,” she further said.
She also praised the director by clarifying a thing or two about the viewers’ conception. Radhika said, “This film has all the typical Suri-film elements, but it also has a strong family angle, which is so unlike him, and that appealed to me.”
When asked about the character she plays in the film, Radhika excitedly said, “I am not playing two different people. It is one person, who will be seen as a village belle as well as a chic city gal. The village girl is from Kolar, so I had to speak a very different dialect of Kannada than what I am used to, and Puneeth’s character is from Hubballi, so he was also trying to make sure that he spoke the right dialect from the region. The language apart, it was also interesting to have two very distinct body languages, costumes, makeup and languages. Often, I had to sport these two different avatars on the same day.”
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