'I like to live in the moment'

'I like to live in the moment'

Model-turned-actor Ganesh Venkatraman has made his mark in the South Indian film industry with blockbuster hits like The Angrez, Abhiyum Naanum and Unnaipol Oruvan.

The young actor has been in the City for over a month shooting for his upcoming film, Chandra, where he plays a prince. Metrolife caught up with him for a little chat.
“Chandra is the fifth bilingual film I’m working in, so I’m kind of becoming a specialist at it. It gets tough because each scene has to be done in both Tamil and Kannada. I have to spend a lot of time with my assistant directors to understand the nuances of the dialogues. But a lot of Kannada is similar to Marathi, which I know well because I grew up in Mumbai,” says Ganesh, whose mother tongue is Tamil but is also fluent in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi.

Ganesh’s association with the glamour industry was not a planned one. He never thought he would see himself on the big screen. But his stint in fashion where he was  the winner of Mr India title in Gladrags Manhunt in 2003 paved the way for this career.

“The journey so far has been a great learning experience and the learning never stops. Cinema was always a passion. Since I didn’t know anybody in it, I wasn’t sure if I could make it in the profession. Eventually, one thing led to another and I started
doing television, which groomed me for acting and taught me the technical aspects of film-making,” explains the actor.

“I have a long way to go to maximise my potential but I’m loving each moment of it,” he adds.  It’s important for anyone new to a field to find a mentor. Having worked with Kamal Hassan in Unnaipol Oruvan, Ganesh chose the veteran actor to guide him in his career.

“I’ve always looked up to Kamal ji. He’s like an institution in himself – it’s not just acting; he does direction, script writing, singing, dancing, everything!” says Ganesh.

“Until I worked with him, I was just trying to do what I could do. After working with him, my life took a 360-degree turn. He’s got a relentless pursuit for excellence in whatever he does and I’ve tried to imbibe that,” he adds.

When Ganesh is not busy shooting for the films, the 32-year-old actor likes to watch films, travel and explore new places. “I’ve a bunch of friends in Mumbai who are wild like me. We hitchhike, do white water rafting on the rapids of Rishikesh and trek the Sahyadris with just one biscuit packet and a rucksack. I like to live in the moment and be spontaneous,” shares the adventure lover.

His tryst with Bangalore goes back to his modelling days, when he would work on assignments and fashion shows in the City.

“I’m not an alien to this City. I especially love the weather here. I can never roam around in a jacket in humid cities like Chennai and Mumbai. Bangalore keeps calling me back to it and working in Sandalwood is like completing the full cycle of South Indian cinema,” concludes Ganesh with a smile. 

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