Kannada actor, director, producer, MG Srinivas: 'Becoming an RJ taught me how to use silence in films'

Kannada actor, director, producer, MG Srinivas: 'Becoming an RJ taught me how to use silence in films'


Poster of sequel Birbal Case 2

Poster of the sequel Birbal Case 2 | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

MG Srinivas, better known as Srini, created a stir with his 2023 film, Evil spirit. Starring Shivarajkumar and Malayalam actor Jayaram, the film was appreciated for its theme and screenplay. Evil spirit, He led the 2019 Birbal Trilogy Episode 1: The Search for VajramuniNow, the RJ turned writer-director-producer has launched the second part of the planned trilogy. Birbal episode 2.

Srini launched the poster birbal case 2 a few weeks ago. “It is challenging to keep the plot tight in a sequel, especially when the first part does well,” Srini told PTI over the phone from his office in Sadashivanagar. “As a filmmaker, I am in no hurry to bring out the second part. I am taking my time to see what more can be added to make it more entertaining and thrilling, without diluting the content or the main plot. It is a package and we have to keep all aspects of entertainment in mind.”

Srini says Birbal is the common thread running through the trilogy. “Birbal solves a case in each film. Birbal is a series character, just like Sherlock Holmes solves different mysteries.”

Srini says the name is inspired by Birbal, the famous courtier of Emperor Akbar. “That man was witty and intelligent and these are the characteristics of the hero here too.” Srini will direct the film Birbal episode 2. “We are in the process of finalising the cast and plan to begin shooting in and around Bengaluru in August as most of the film is set in the city,” explains Srini birbal case 2 It is a thriller with plenty of courtroom drama.

Old monk And Srinivas Kalyan The director is in talks to direct a film for Shivarajkumar's Geetha Pictures. “All I can say right now is that it's a children's film, and I'm currently writing the script. The project will take off after the film. Birbal episode 2.,

Srini believes that making films post the pandemic is no longer limited to just watching films. “They want to experience the film. It can be technical or sound experience, music, drama, anything. They can enjoy the film more if it is in 3-D or 4-D format. Streaming platforms offer a wealth of content in all languages ​​and different genres of cinema. We need filmmakers to come up with original content, different from what the audience has seen online.”

A scene from Birbal Trilogy Episode 1: Srini's Quest for Vajramuni.

Srini in a scene Birbal Trilogy Episode 1: The Search for Vajramuni, Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

There is silence in the industry Kantara“I would say the slowdown is not just in the Kannada industry but in every language industry. Except Malayalam cinema, no other language film has done well in the first half of 2024. Star-led films are not being made like before in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu cinema.”

Srini says newcomers are not crowd pullers yet. “We should promote both so that stars can pull crowds to theatres and promote newcomers so that new talent is also promoted. This slowdown is just a phase, which we will overcome as the second half of 2024 looks good for Indian cinema, with both star vehicles and content-driven films lined up for release.”

Before entering films, Srini was an RJ and his show, Blade King, made him a household name. He credits his stint as a radio jockey for teaching him spontaneity. “Being a radio jockey I learnt to build a bond with my listeners and maintain presence of mind. I learnt about the science of sound, which plays a vital role in cinema. It is not just about sound or music throughout a film but also about silence, which can be a powerful tool. This is what I learnt from the world of radio. The transition from audio to visual medium has been an interesting process for me.”


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