Actor Rakshit Shetty made his debut into Sandalwood with 'Nam Areal Ondina'. The film 'Simple Agi Ondh Love Story' got the actor noticed.
He essayed the role of Richard 'Richie' Anthony in 'Ulidavaru Kandanthe', for which he was also the screenwriter and director. Rakshit won the Karnataka State Film Award for 'Director's First Time Best Film' for the movie. In 2016, the actor-director was seen in 'Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu', which garnered positive reactions.
Rakshit has also written, produced and acted in runaway hit 'Kirik Party'. His production house Paramvah Studios co-produced 'Humble Politician Nograj' and will soon be producing 'Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja'.
The actor will next be seen in 'Avane Srimannarayana'.
"I have my favourites across film industries. Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio are my favourites in Hollywood. I particularly love Al Pacino because of the way he treats each role distinctly and his attitude. I have watched 'The Godfather', 'Scarface', 'Insomnia' and 'Scent of a Woman' many times, just to see him on screen. In Bollywood, I admire Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. In Sandalwood, it can be no one else than Dr Rajkumar and Anant Nag.
A R Rahman
"Music is very important for me. I feel like I can easily work on a script or concentrate on filmmaking when I am listening to music. A beautiful track can inspire me and give me ideas. My all-time favourite musician will always be A R Rahman for the way he treats each song. Though he has a signature style which speaks of grandeur, each of his songs stand out by themselves. I love the music in films like 'Roja', 'Taal', 'Swades', 'Lagaan' and 'Yuva'. His music always has orchestra music which gives it a unique touch."
"Since I am from Mangalore, I have an inclination to Mangalurean cuisine. I enjoy 'Neer Dose', 'Kori Roti' and the sweet 'Manni' from back home. I particularly love the 'Neer Dosa' as one can have as many of them and still not be full. It can be had with fish curry or chicken curry or even 'chutney'. I am a fan of the 'Coorgi Pandi Curry'. I also enjoy 'Khara Avalakki' that my mother prepares. I also love Italian food "
"I am not a avid traveller but one of the places that I have been to a few times and would love to go to again is The Netherlands. I particularly love visiting Aalsmeer there. It is a countryside. Something magical about The Netherlands is that it has beautiful spots which are a perfect combination of landscape and huge villas beside canals. One can skate in these canals during winters and do boating in them during summers."
"Actor Shankar Nag has always been my biggest inspiration. He worked for a short while but the kind of work he put out there for everyone to see was mindblowing. He acted, directed and even worked in the theatre. Though I never got to known him close, everyone who met him always spoke about his dedication. One of his best works till date is 'Malgudi Days'. I hope to be a multifaceted artiste like him some day."
'Follow your intuition'
"I always stuck to the philosophy of following one's intuition. I strongly believe that your soul knows your journey already. if you follow your intuition, you can never go wrong. In my life, my intuition has always lead me to beautiful things. In the past, I was proud of my decision to work in 'Tughlaq' despite the movie not doing well. It is because of this movie that I went on to work in 'Simple Agi Ondh Love Story', which was a big point of my career."