Makarand Deshpande was last seen in Sandalwood in director Srinivasa Raju's Dandupalya, in which he played gangleader Krishna, who rapes and kills people. The actor is getting an image transformation of sorts in the filmmaker's next, which is currently untitled, but was known as Basavanna earlier.
"Makarand plays a Shiva devotee in the film, clad in very little, just as sadhus at the Kumbh Mela are. Makarand has a key role in the film and is almost always seen with the hero ( Upendra). He speaks only in vachanas," explains director Srinivasa.
The filmmaker adds that the only apprehension Makarand had in taking up the role was if audiences would accept it, given that he played a very negative character in Dandupalya, while this one will be as good as it gets. "I convinced him that he was the only one who could pull off that look," adds Srinivasa.