In an interview with a Kannada weekly magazine, Neel said he took to filmmaking initially for want of money, following which he completed a course in the same, eventually developing interest in it. After having completed the course, he decided to cast his brother-in-law and actor Srimurali in Aa Hudugi Neene, a screenplay that he had written during the time. After the latter expressed his concerns due to his inexperience, Neel changed his mind and began observing Srimurali’s mannerisms over a period of time, and came up with the project Ugramm, an action film. The film turned out to be a massive commercial success and emerged as one of the highest grossing Kannada films of 2014.
Reports emerged in late-2014 and early-2015 of Neel having been signed to direct three films. The first is a sequel to Ugramm, entitled Ugramm Veeram, which would feature Srimurali reprise his role from Ugramm. His next, KGF is in its pre-production stages that features Yash in the lead role. In Aahvana, Puneeth Rajkumar, would play the male lead.
|2014||Ugramm||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director
SIIMA Award for Best Debutant Director
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