Sandalwood actor Vijay Raghavendra has been on a creative high and is excited that his directorial venture 'Kismat' will be releasing soon. This year, he hopes to work in multiple projects and is looking forward to achieving personal goals as well.
In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, he talks about 'Kismat' and more.
What's in store for you in 2018?
I am hoping to work in a lot of interesting projects and keep exploring myself as an artiste in 2018.
How is 'Kismat' shaping up?
I had hoped that 'Kismat' would release sooner but I am not worried. We are awaiting the Censor Board certificate and after that everything should be in place.
What inspired you to direct 'Kismat'?
As the hunt for someone who could feel and handle the subject just like I felt, was on, many in my close-knit circle including my wife and friends encouraged me to direct the film. Direction requires a lot of courage. If I was a regular writer or director, I wouldn't have felt the way I do now. It takes a lot to be a director.
Can you narrate one memorable moment from the sets of 'Kismat'?
We were at the last leg of a particular scene sequence and one of our artistes, Nanda, suddenly complained of chest ache. Though we all thought it might be nothing major, I immediately told him to get himself checked at a hospital. He had to be admitted for a few days because he has some health issues. We were glad to have him back with us soon and we resumed shoot in a few days. Whenever I think of this incident I feel that we were so lucky; the incident connects with the movie title too.
Which is easier -- directing or acting?
It is easier to act in movies than directing them. As an actor, I just have to be concerned about what I am doing in the scenes and how I coordinate with the other actors. I only have to think about how I emote the feelings and if I am doing justice to the role. As a director I had to make sure that a 100 other artistes on the set saw the film through the same eyes that I did.
What are the different roles you will soon be seen in?
There are multiple projects lined up at the moment. Apart from 'Kismat', I will be playing a spiritual person in one movie. I will also be seen in a commercial movie which has a lot of comic elements. Discussions about an action film are also happening at the moment.
What changes have you seen in the industry over the years?
When I started my career 15 years back, I would shoot in front of one camera. Acting in front of two cameras was considered a luxury then. The industry has grown technically since then and we have innovative camera angles and so much more now. I am hoping that the industry will keep growing and that directors will be continue to handle subjects differently.
One thing you want to change about yourself?
I would like to be a better and fitter version of myself in 2018.