Shiva Rajkumar’s 100th kannada film Jogayya

With much fanfare, and in the presence of none other than the chief minister of the state, the 100th kannada film of Shiva Rajkumar Jogayya was recently announced by director Prem and his producer-wife Rakshita. The film’s shooting was supposed to commence on April 24 and release by the year end. But going by the recent developments, the film’s shooting may begin only in the second half of this year and release in 2011, the 25th year of Shiva Rajkumar’s film career.

The actor’s new kannada film Sugreeva will release this Friday. Then there is Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu and Tapassu scheduled for this year. Producer Kanakapura Srinivas has the dates and commitment from the actor for the 99th film. It has proved to be a jinx so far. Director Raghava Loki was to direct the film but his story demanded a big budget and has been put on hold. Then R Chandru announced that it would be his film Mailari that would fill the slot. But due to the problem with the title and the story, this film has also missed the line up.

Kanakapura Srinivas will remain the producer, but the story and director for the 99th film still remains a suspense. Prem, with a little more than expected time on his hands, is said to be considering returning to acting now. Interestingly, R Chandru was to direct Prem in Male as the hero but the two are not in talking terms.