Meher Ramesh will soon launch Vinay Rajkumar, grandson of the legendary actor. After mulling for a year or two, the third generation member of the legendary Rajkumar family will have his silver screen debut soon. Son of Raghavendra Rajkumar, Vinay Rajkumar will play the lead in Meher Ramesh’s untitled film.
Call it coincidence, it was Meher Ramesh’s mentor Puri Jagannadh who introduced Rajkumar’s youngest son Puneeth in Appu in 2001. Ramesh’s first two films — Veera Kannadiga and Ajay — were in Kannada with Puneeth in the lead.
Refusing to divulge details, Ramesh says he is currently writing the script to launch Vinay Rajkumar.
“I am writing a script for Raganna's son. Writing is my passion and hopefully everyone will like this,” he said.
Raghavendra, the second son of the late Rajkumar, had said earlier that the launch of Vinay as a lead actor was imminent, but had not revealed the crew behind the project.
However, this will not be the first film of Vinay as he had already appeared in guest roles in in Aaksmika and Hodahuttidavaru.
Ramesh's (widely known as a Telugu director) connection with Sandalwood's first family goes back a long way.
“I made my beginning in Kannada and it is like homecoming. I still remember how we shot Veera Kannadiga in a hurry. We started shooting in September and released the film in January,” he said.
After Veera Kannadiga and Ajay, Ramesh cowrote Pokkiri with Puri Jagannadh. His films Kantri, Billa and Shakti made him popular in Tollywood.
After Jagannadh entered Bollywood through Buddha Hoga Tera Baap, Ramesh is planning his foray soon.
“Hindi is a big market. But passion is what makes us do films. Recently there was a Korean director who made a 35-minute film with a phone camera. It does not matter in what language or what format you make movies. I will definitely do more movies in Kannada. I am doing a Hindi film soon. Puri sir did it with Big B. My film will be either with Salman Khan or Ajay Devgn. It will happen soon,” Ramesh said.
Vinay's debut will mark the entry of the illustrious family’s ‘fourth’ generation.
In fact, Rajkumar's father Singanalluru Puttaswamayya, who was a well-known theatre artiste, acted in Jeevana Nataka, written by Aa Na Krishna Rao and produced by Gubbi Veeranna. The 1942 film was directed by Wahab Kashmiri. (Source:Bangalore Mirror)