In mid February 2013, producer Sandesh Nagaraj of Sandesh Combines banner, who is also a politician, announced that he would produce a film starring Darshan and selected director A. P. Arjun upon his recommendation. It was reported that Darshan liked Arjun’s work in both Ambari and Addhuri besides penning down lyrics for his own film Thangigagi.It was revealed that Darshan would be playing the role of a cop and further scripting was still in the beginning stages. The film officially went on floors on 16 February 2013 at the Kanteerava Studios in Bangalore with the presence of former Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy and actor V. Ravichandran.Titled as Airavata, the film was reported to have been lavishly invested by the producer and added that the shooting would not take place in Mysore as is the usual case with Darshan’s films. However, the film’s proceedings went on a very slow pace owing to the busy schedules of director Arjun and actor Darshan.
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