KGF director Prashanth Neel on working with Yash, film’s core idea, and sequel plans

KGF is the biggest film ever produced in the history of Kannada cinema, but it’s only director Prashanth Neel’s second film. “I must thank my producer for the scale and budget at which they made KGF. As a filmmaker, you can write whatever you want, but to translate your imagination to the screen, passionate people like my hero Yash and producer Vijay Kiragandur are needed. Without their support and constant appreciation, holding the same passion and conviction for four years wouldn’t have been possible,” he said.

Recalling the moment when he got the offer from Hombale Films, said, “Just one day before the release of my debut film Ugramm, I thought I had made the worst film in the universe, but Karthik Gowda from Hombale Films approached me to direct their new film.

Heaping praise on his hero and producer, Prashanth added that more than anyone else, it was Yash and Vijay Kiragandur who believed that the film had the potential to get a simultaneous release in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi. “I wanted KGF to be a big success for the conviction of my producer and hero. The film took more time because I was a bit disorganised. My production team was the best, and if anyone finds a flaw in KGF, they should only blame me,” added Prashanth.Handling more than a 1000 people on a daily basis wasn’t a big task for Prashanth. “The first day was difficult because none of my technical crew had the experience of handling such a massive crowd but we got used to it slowly. Nearly 90 percent of the actors, including the heroine Srinidhi Shetty, faced the camera for the first time. They rehearsed a lot for the film and I hope they get the much-needed recognition.”