One of the most expected films of the year; Darshan-starrer Mr Airavata, has finalised on its release date. The film is set to release on October 1. On Sunday night, the film team wrapped up the shooting by filming some shots at the Chamundi Hills in Mysuru. Though the release date can be announced only after the film gets a certificate from the Censor Board, the film team has completed much of the post-production work and is confident of bagging the certificate much in advance.
Darshan has not had a release since November 2014 when Ambareesha released. The protracted shooting schedules of Airavata created news for all the wrong reasons with reports of differences between the actor and director AP Arjun. The film was launched in early 2013 and has been in the making for over two years. After much rumours about the blame game for the delay, the team showed a united front by releasing the audio in mid August. It signalled that the film would be released in mid September. But it was not to be. Though not official for statutory reasons, the film team is confident of the film's release on October 1 after finishing the shooting formalities on Sunday.
The film by veteran producer Sandesh Nagaraj is said to be have the biggest budget of his banner so far. Apart from Darshan, the film stars Urvashi Rautela in her Sandalwood debut, Prakash Rai among others. Darshan's son Vineesh is also making his acting debut in the film. Industry sources say that a large number of single screens have been booked for an October 1 release. The film is expected to release in as many as 300 screens across Karnataka.
Meanwhile Darshan's friend Sudeep's Tamil film Puli is set to release on the same day. Sudeep plays the antagonist in the film which has Vijay in the lead. Though Kannada and Tamil films are not considered box-office rivals in Karnataka, the showdown is being called a Sudeep Vs Darshan box-office clash. A rumour doing the rounds says Puli will be the first dubbed film to be released in Kannada. But sources in the film said it is not the case and the producers have not bothered to sell the dubbing rights.