Jio Studios announces Kannada debut with Kotee

The Kotee team at the teaser launch. Photo: Jio Studios

Leading content house Jio Studios announced its debut in Kannada cinema with the announcement of drama thriller Kotee, featuring the talented Dhananjay and helmed by director Param. The occasion was marked with the launch of the film’s teaser at an event in Bangalore.

One of the foremost content creators in the country, following a string of recent films including Baipan Bhari Deva (Marathi), Article 370, Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, Shaitaan and Laapataa Ladies, Jio Studios is set to solidify its position as a leading creative force with its foray into Kannada.

In the upcoming Kotee, Dhananjay plays the character of a young man named Kotee, which translates to a crore in Kannada. Excited about his role and elaborating the myriad hues of Kotee’s world, Nata Rakshasa Dhananjay says, “People think that if they can get a crore of rupees, or are able to earn so much, they can feel settled in life. Our man Kotee thinks so too. You can find a Kotee in every home, every family, and it could be a brother or son. Such people think that by earning so much, they can solve their problems and live happily ever after.”

He adds, “The fun part of life is that there is a Kotee in each one of us. Playing the role allowed me to explore the layers hidden deep inside me. Watch the movie to discover the Kotee in you.”

Param, making his directorial debut, brings his expertise in storytelling with successful stints with TV serials and reality shows for Colors Kannada, and has taken up the challenge of adapting his talent to the larger canvas. Commenting on his debut as filmmaker, Param said, “It’s an indescribable feeling to see my vision come to life on the silver screen with Kotee. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Jio Studios and Jyoti Deshpande for believing in my story and giving me the wings to soar. Their unwavering commitment towards nurturing storytellers is not just about making films, it is about growing content, amplifying diverse voices and shaping narratives.”

Among the cast, model Moksha Kushal, hailing from Coorg, makes her debut as leading lady, marking a major break for her. Ramesh Indira, who won popular acclaim as the negative character in Sapta Saagaradache Ello, plays a prominent role. Rangayana Raghu, Tara, Prithvi Shamanuru, Sardar Satya and Tanuja Venkatesh are seen in other prominent roles.

Vasuki Vaibhav composes music for five songs, three of which have been written by Yogaraj Bhat and one by Vasuki himself. The background score is by Nobin Paul of 777 Charlie and Malayalam super-hit 2018, and the film is edited by Prateek Shetty of Kantara fame. Camerawork is by Arun Brahman.

Kotee is set to release on June 14.




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