One life, many roles

One life, many roles

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One life, many roles

Vishnuvardhan in a thoughtful mood.

Currently, Vishnuvardhan is reading a book called Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L Weiss, which describes the insights of a young patient,who comes to important realisations about her life now and in her previous beings.

Ever since Apthamitra, it’s these mysterious ways of science and spirituality that has caught the fancy of Vishnuvardhan. Over a cup of coffee, he tells you about the gypsy lady in America, who spoke in Kannada, or the power that meditation has on people.
“There are certain things one can explain with reasons provided by science. At the same time, there are certain mysterious things that one just cannot explain,” says he while adding, “and it’s exactly this that we are trying to show in Aptharakshaka.”

Though the film is a sequel to the superhit Apthamitra, Aptharakshaka is supposed to be far different from its first part. “When Vasu (director of Apthamitra and Aptharakshaka) came to me with the script, I loved it. He said that he has so many such ideas that he could make a seven-part series but I don’t think I can do another one after this,” says Vishnuvardhan.

“The only characters that have been retained from the first part are the ones played by Avinash and me. While the last part saw me calling for Avinash’s help, in this film, it will be Avinash, who is seen first, and then he calls for me,” explains Vishnuvardhan, who is currently shooting for the fourth schedule of Aptharakshaka.

“The shooting has been very hectic and I have had many minor accidents like falling off a horse once. But nothing serious happened. So it has taken a long time for the film to be completed,” he says. The movie will also see Vishnuvardhan in different avatars like that of an old saint, a majestic prince, etc. “It’s all part of the role, Vasu has tried various ‘get-up’ on me and it will be interesting to see how the audience will react to it,” he says.

The movie has also been in the limelight for another reason, it is said to be Vishnuvardhan’s 200th movie. “I don’t know about that as I don’t keep count, some people believe that I have already crossed my 200th venture while others say this is it. As long as the film does well, I am happy because I never wanted to be an actor, and I definitely never thought I would stick here for long. Today, I am here because of all those people who believed in me and stuck by me through thick and thin, I owe it all to them,” he concludes.

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