Malayalam producer Raju Gopi Chitteeth’s latest film Santacruz was released in theaters on July 1. Noorin Sharif plays the lead role in the film, which is based on the journey of a dance troupe from Kerala. Recently, at an event for the promotion of the film, producer Gopi revealed how difficult it was for him to complete the project and his video is going viral.
Raju Gopi said that his film is the result of his hard work and he started planning about the film with only Rs 5,000 in his pocket. The producer also revealed that in the past when he was running his peanut business, he once had a strong desire to make a film.
“My mother-in-law gave me Rs 5,000 twenty-eight years ago. I started a business with that money. During the period 1974-76, I did kapalandi (groundnut) business in Chennai,” reveals Raju Gopi.
In 1974, the film Kannappanunni was in cinemas in Chennai and the ticket cost was 50 paise. Raju Gopi eagerly wanted to watch the film. He went 14 times but did not get the ticket. Later he got a ticket, but when it was time for the interval, thinking about the film being over, he walked out. Since then his dream was to make films.
“I did not get any support from anyone and did it all alone. Everyone questioned my ability to work with fresh faces. I said it’s not a problem and I still have my business. I’ll do it for a living. I am a jack of all trades,” he adds.
Santa Cruz is comparable Bollywood Dance films like ABCD and Dil To Pagal Hai, which portray the stories of love and rivalry in the backdrop of dance competitions. The film also has dance in the style of Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor. The story of the film is completely based on friendship, love and rivalry.