'The character is more like me'

Suraj Gowda, the Sandalwood actor from Mysuru, is all excited about his role in the upcoming movie ‘Madhuveya Mamatheya Kareyole’, which is Darshan’s home production. This movie, which had about 5,000 people auditioning for it, will see Suraj play a chocolate boy unlike what he has portrayed earlier.

This is like a dream-come- true, says Suraj. “I’ve always been a fan of Darshan sir and I have been following his works since his first movie. We come from the same city. To be a part of a movie under his production banner is a great feeling,” says the young actor. ‘Saarathi’ is one of Suraj’s favourite movies. “It was also made by the same production house, which was the icing on the cake.”

He says he is looking foward to the project, which will start soon.  “We have the best of everything as part of the team. Also, I will be seen romancing Amoolya in the movie.

She is a critically-acclaimed actress and though I haven’t met her yet, I’m looking forward to working with her.”     The actor is also happy that he has signed a ‘two-movie-deal’ with the production house. “The second movie will be after ‘Madhuveya...’. It is a huge responsibility. But the positive energy from the team is good and they know what to get out of me.”

Though Suraj is more of an action fan, he will be playing a youngster who has just passed out of college.      “The movie is a love story and a family entertainer. It’s different from what I have done, but I’m looking forward to the shooting,” he says.        Suraj believes that the movie will entertain anyone — from the youth to the mass audience. “There’s a love story for the youth, which the college-going-crowd will love. There is action for the masses and it is also a family entertainer.  It’s a beautiful script,” he vouches. The actor is trying not to put on weight.

“I’m trying to be exactly the way I am, as my role is of a youngster just out of college. The character is more like me. There’s not much changes that need to be done.”    He is also taking free-style dance classes. “I’m reading books on acting and preparing myself. As for workout, I’m working out four hours a day — two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.”

Being a foodie, Suraj says that cutting down on proteins and carbohydrates was hard in the beginning. “I’m a traditional South Indian. I like rice, ‘biryani’ and even chocolates. It was hard to quit all this,” he says with a smile.     He adds that he has a ‘cheat day’ in a week, which helps him fight the temptation. “Everybody has a ‘cheat meal’. I have a ‘cheat day’.”

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