National award winning actress Meera Jasmine is making a comeback to Kannada films after a gap of four years with the feel-good sentimental drama Devaru Kotta Thangi. She will play the lead actor's sister and director Sai Prakash says she fits the role perfectly.
"Actress Radhika had played the sister's role my films Tavarige Baa Thangi and Anna Thangi. But recently she wasn't accessible and has announced that she has quit movies. I was looking for another suitable artiste for the role.
"And when the script was finished, I couldn't think of casting any other actress other than Meera Jasmine. She completely fits into the hero's sisters character. And I didn't mind waiting to get her dates," said Sai Prakash.
Meera Jamsine had earlier played female leads in Kannada movies like Maurya and Arrasu and in both the films she had teamed up with leading Kannada actor Puneet Raj Kumar.
Sai Prakash says Meera accepted the offer without reading the script.
"Meera Jasmine had acted in Gorintaaku, a Telugu remake of Anna Thangi, which was hugely successful. When she came to know that I had directed Anna Thangi, she accepted the offer without hearing the story. But I went to Hyderabad to narrate the story and her part. She was immensely pleased with the script. She could not make it to the launch because she was busy shooting for a Telugu film," said Sai Prakash.
The title of the film is inspired by late Kannada movie icon Raj Kumar's film of the same name, which was released 33 years ago. In Sai Prakash's film Raj Kumar's son Shivaraj Kumar is playing the male lead.
But the director clarifies that other than the title, there are no similarities between the old classic and his film.
Sai Prakash had earlier teamed up with Shivaraj Kumar in hits like Thavarige Baa Thangi and Anna Thangi.
Actor Shivaraj Kumar says he is a big fan of Meera Jasmine who has portrayed a variety of roles in in last six-seven years.
"I liked her very much in our own film Arrasu where she played a naughty, spirited girl. She is a perfect choice for the sister's character in the film. I'm sure she would give her hundred percent to the film," he said.
While Meera Jasmine will play Shivaraj Kumar's sister, Malayalam actress Monica will be seen as his love interest in Devaru Kotta Thangi, which went on floors last week.
Monica has worked as a child artiste in over 20 films which includes Nagabharana directed Vimochane. She also featured in Tamil films like Azhagi and Silandi.
"Devaru Kotta Thangi is a sentimental family drama and doesn't have a tragic end like some of my earlier sentimental yarns," said Sai Prakash.
The director is turning producer with the film and says he will be financed by IDBI bank.