'I am not here to make money'

'I am not here to make money'

Gandhinagar Grapevine

'I am not here to make money'

Actor Vinay Rajkumar is very cautious when he chooses a script because he knows he has a lineage to live up to.

The first actor from the third generation of thespian Rajkumar’s family recollects that he decided to work on his launch vehicle, ‘Siddhartha’, only because the character was a lot like how he is in reality — a carefree and happy-go-lucky person.

Vinay says his next venture, ‘Run Antony’, too is offering him something exciting. In an interview with Nina C George, Vinay talks about why he chose the project.

What got you to sign ‘Run Antony’?

There’s a certain freshness about the subject. The makers have attempted to come up with a new genre, in the backdrop of a love story. It’s a thriller and is sure to keep the audience at the edge of their seats.

We hear it’s a team of young people and fresh faces.

Yes, it is. Most of the cast and crew are below 30 and this is what has made the project truly special. There’s room for new talent, a new wave of thinking and some fresh insights.
Was it easy to slip into your character?

I play the role of Antony and yes, I must say it didn’t take me too long to get under the skin of the character. The more I heard the script, the easier it was for me to adapt to the requirements of the role. I have also changed my appearance for this film.

Can this fit into the category of new-age cinema?

The team has tried to present everything — the story, use of technology, conceptualisation of characters, screenplay and the suspense elements — in a different way. Every scene offers a new twist to the tale and nothing is predictable.

Did Puneeth play a part in choosing this script?

Both Puneeth and my father liked the script. Puneeth has always asked me to only work on projects that I am convinced about and go by my instincts. He has always motivated me to work hard.

You don’t seem to be in a hurry to grab work.

I want to work at my pace and not rush into anything. I am not here to make money or chase fame. I am following my dreams.

How has your father influenced you?

My father is very supportive and is always willing to take risks. He was more than willing to produce this project even though it features new talents.

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