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In short, it’s a record feat!

Published Dec 26, 2018, 12:00 am IST
Updated Dec 26, 2018, 1:29 am IST
The late Dr Vishnuvardhan’s son-in-law talks about his six unique films, his tribute to this father-in-law and more.
A still from Raja Simha
 A still from Raja Simha

He made his debut as a hero in Chitte (meaning butterfly) and then went onto feature in more than 20 plus movies in different languages including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and in Hindi. Apart from movies, Aniruddha Jatkar, son-in-law of legendary actor Sahasa Simha late Dr Vishnuvardhan has also been working on various social issues. He has joined hands with his legendary mother-in-law Dr Bharathi Vishnuvardhan to realise the dreams of millions of fans for a state-of-the-art memorial with a film institute in the name of late Vishnuvardhan. After bringing out a first-of-its-kind — Sahasa Simha comic book series in association with Amar Chitra Kala the actor-turned-director has bagged six records from India Book of Records for his six unique short films. 

A rare feat for a debutant, Aniruddha talks about the ongoing documentary film on his mother-in-law, a veteran actress with six decades of journey in the film industry, and much more.


“As they say, good things are never planned and they just happen. Around four years ago, we had organised a short film-making course on the occasion of my mother-in-law’s birthday, for aspiring film students. We had even planned to introduce the talents through our home production Keerthi Innovations, but the students who were excited with the entire process of film-making pushed me into this venture, and eventually I started working on the script and six months ago, we kick-started the entire short film process and finished it in a month’s time,” says Aniruddha Jatkar.

He reveals that one of his student inspired him to make his first short movie, Smoke, which had no dialogues as the beauty of a short film is that everything has to be conveyed in short. Then, thereafter, the script started developing further with more social subjects being the core issue, he adds.
All his six short films which was released on September 18, are made in different genres with the films ranging from one minute duration to a maximum five minutes and 30 seconds.

“Again, they were never made with an intention to create any records. Following  positive feedback after I showed them to the media and a group of select audience. I then released it for the public on social media, I chose to submit it, and the long process of verification took some time before they considered it as records,” he explains.

The records are for the most number of short films released on the same day, and the rest are for the most number of short films without dialogues released on the same day, and for the most number of short films in different genres released on the same day. Also, for most number of short films on social issues released on the same day.

With regard to the pending Dr Vishnuvardhan Memorial work which has been dangling since nine years after the veteran actor passed away, Aniruddha shares that he had recently met with the concerned officials in the state government, who has assured to work towards getting the five acres of land allotted for the Dr Vishnuvardhana Prathistana Trust cleared in the coming days.
He also has plans to direct feature films, for which he has a couple of scripts ready. Meanwhile, he is is busy wrapping up the documentary being made on his mother-in-law Dr Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, a veteran actress who has acted in more than a 100 films in multiple languages with many classic and evergreen ventures in Indian film industry.
“From her birth to the entire 60 plus years of her journey in the film industry comprising some of the most memorable moments in her life including her marriage to Sahasa Simha, will be shown. It is going to be a lengthy documentary, but it is going to be nothing less than feature film when it comes to the standards we follow. It will be released on August 15, on her birthday,” he signs off.