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Shooting for Sharmiela Mandre’s thriller resumes

Actress Sharmiela Mandre and the team of Dasara, her maiden Kannada production, have resumed shooting for the film after a long pandemic-induced pause. This schedule of the thriller directed by Arvind Sastry is being shot in Bengaluru and has actor Tilak join the team. Danseuse and actress Rukmini Vijayakumar, who is a part of the film, also has portions in this schedule.

“We had a schedule in London that wrapped up last November. We were to begin our India schedules in March this year, but the pandemic derailed those plans. It took us a while to decide whether we should go ahead with the film’s shoot and we have finally begun. It is a new and overwhelming experience, as we have to keep the pandemic situation in mind and work with all the safety protocols in place,” says Sharmiela.

The first day’s schedule was a long one that began on Wednesday and continued until the wee hours of Thursday and had Rukmini and Tilak as the principal characters. Sharmiela and lead actor Sathish Ninasam will join the shoot shortly. “I play a superstar and a larger-than-life character who lives a lavish lifestyle. I cannot reveal more, as it is a murder mystery,” says Tilak about his role, adding that he is glad to be back at work after the long break.

Rukmini, who had shot for the film in London too, says, “While it is great to be shooting for the film, it is also tough to be amid people and stay away from not hugging someone you know or greeting someone by shaking hands. But this is how we need to be now, and I look forward to shooting once again.”

Arvind, about the film, says, “The title Dasara is relevant because the film is about a series of murders that happen during the festival. It is a pleasant coincidence that we have chosen to resume working for the film during the festival. We have portions of the film to be shot in Bengaluru and Honnavar. We hope to finish and be ready with the film soon.”

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