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Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:03:27 PM (IST)  

Mangalore: Popular comedian Johnny Lever shoots for Tulu movie

Mangalore: Popular comedian Johnny Lever shoots for Tulu movie

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (BG)

Mangalore, Dec 4: "I love Tulu people, hence am I making a guest appearance in the upcoming Tulu movie 'Rang'," said popular and much-loved Bollywood comedian, Johnny Lever, addressing a press meet at Sahyadri Institute campus here on Wednesday December 4.

He was in the city to shoot for a song sequence for the Tulu movie 'Rang' produced by Devdas Kumar Pandeshwar.

Speaking in Tulu, Lever said, "I had earlier done a show in Town Hall here, way back in 1979. Ever since then I have been frequently visiting Mangalore and have shared good rapport with Mangaloreans. I am very happy working in a Tulu movie. The movie crew has been working very hard and almost 70% of the shooting is already complete."

"In Mumbai, many including my neighbours are Mangaloreans, from whom I was able to learn Tulu. I have never acted in any regional movie other than Marathi and this Tulu movie. My birth place is Andhra Pradesh and my mother tongue is Telugu, but I have never acted in any Telugu movie either. As the producer of this movie Devdas is my friend, I agreed to act in the movie," he said.

"I do comedy movies only, and I am not too interested in art movies," he added.

On how he came to be known as Johnny Lever from John Prakasa Rao Janumala, he said, "My actual name is John, but as I had worked with Hindustan Lever, my name became Johny Lever. I have done nearly 400 movies in Hindi and my favorite movie is Baazigar. People started laughing looking just at my face, even in funerals also, so I do only comedy roles."

Commenting on Tulu movies he said they are quite similar to Hindi movies in terms of technique.

"I don’t want my daughter to join the industry on my recommendation; I want her to excel on her own merit," he added. His daughter Jamie J is also known for her comedy.

Speaking on the occasion, Vismay Vinayak, co-director of 'Rang' movie said, "The movie is being produced under the banner of Kateeleshwari Combines. The movie has unique story, songs and comedy. To make this movie better, we had even conducted workshops for the artistes for almost a month before the shooting. The cinematographer is also very experienced and is even a professor in his field. The music director is Manikant Kadri and the songs have also come out really very well."

He added, "Johnny Lever has played a special role in the movie by appearing in a song. We have shot the movie in Mangalore itself. Our entire team has worked hard for the success of this movie."

Arjun Kapikad and Deekshitha Acharya are playing the lead roles. Various comedy artistes including Devadas Kapikad, Naveen D Padil, Bhojaraj Vamanjoor, Satish Bandale and others have acted in the movie.

Devadas Kumar Pandeshwar, producer, his wife Pramila Devdas, Sukhpal Polali, Sanjay Bhattacharya, cinematographer, Suhan Prasad, co-director, Arjun Kapikad and Deekshitha Acharya were present.

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Comments on this article
Sachin.shetty, Mangalore/pandeshwar
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wishing all the best for the whole crew of RANG movie

Nammatulunadaporlu, Kadandale
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Suuuuuuuuupeeeeeer video

Canute, mangalore
Sunday, December 08, 2013

Let 300 more tulu movies come with the Johnny Lever belly tickling comedy. Mangalorians must laugh and joyful, many incidents made Mangalorians to loose hope in the society.

Yogisha S., Rayee
Saturday, December 07, 2013

All The Best....

Lalitha , mangalore
Friday, December 06, 2013

I watched Johnny Lever's Testimony in YouTube, it's awesome, very touching. A must watch and life changing.

Danny, mangalore
Friday, December 06, 2013

Johnny Leaver is also a anointed pastor. When he pray over people people receive healing. Listen to "Johanny Levers testimony" in YouTube.

Kishore c, KUDLA/ UK
Thursday, December 05, 2013

All the best Rang team.Johny will make Rang success.

Kiran, Mukka/KSA
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Tulu movies are nothing less than any hindi or other language movies.Bollywood has seen many leading tuluva talents & even now tuluvas are in the forefront. Tulunadu & tuluvas are not behind in any field. Recently we achieved a Guiness record too in swimming. Hats off to all tuluvas. Good luck to the producer, director, actors,crew members, technicians of the movie 'RANG' & also to Mr. Johny lever for his appearance.

keshavakulal, mangalore
Thursday, December 05, 2013

all best rang

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nice to see you all best of luck dudes great job.

deepak salian, UAE
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Namaskara DHEVU bhai,all the best "RANG" team,best of luck.

John Tauro, M'lore / Kuwait
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Mr. Johny Lever's brief appearance will indeed make the movie more popular.

Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Jonny Saab,

Your entry in Tulu movie will add further glamour (rang). No doubt you are always loved and liked as ‘The King of Comedy’

Keep us entertained through your charisma and humorous jokes and action.

Good luck.

Thilak Shetty, Mangalore
Thursday, December 05, 2013

All the best for the whole movie crew of "Rang" and thanks to Johnny Lever. Wishing this movie to bring laurels and make Tulu movies famous.

Raj Charan Devadiga, Bahrain
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nice to see that the tulu film industry is producing s many films nowadays. Best of luck for the team.

Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Pleasant surprise that Popular comedian Johnny Lever knows Tulu also.
Those make people laugh from heart remain in the heart of the people for long also those who improve lives and situations in life!
Talent wisdom and clear character is not through our effort alone but is an abundant gift from God.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Very talented actor, Best wishes for his success in tulu too............

Chetan B Rai, Mangalore
Thursday, December 05, 2013


santhosh fernandes, bantwal
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

very nice

Wilfred Fernandes, Vamadapadavu/Dubai
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

People from Mangalore and Around are the biggest contributors for the Todays Mumbai. Now the reverse swing has started. Mangalore will be another Mumbai soon.

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