'I needed to try something creative'

'I needed to try something creative'

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'I needed to try something creative'

Actor Ramesh Aravind will soon complete working in his 100th film and looking back, he says, his journey so far has been an extremely exciting and rewarding one.

He began as an actor but effortlessly moved into direction and production as well. The actor is planning a one-man show called ‘Life Cycle’ which he intends to take to 10 cities around the world. He will start from London on November 21.

The one-man act will encompass Ramesh’s experiences in the film industry and include tidbits of how people like Vishnuvardhan, Shankar Nag and Kamal Haasan have played a decisive role in changing his perspective towards a lot of things.

 In an interview with Nina C George, Ramesh talks about why he decided to embark on this journey.

How did you come up with this idea?

The question of ‘what next’ always pops up in my mind every time I am done with something. I am juggling a host of things and enjoying every moment. After working as an actor in ‘Pushpaka Vimana’, directing a project with Ganesh and working on my talk show ‘Weekend with Ramesh,’ I needed to try something creative. That’s when the idea of a one-man stage show dawned on me.

How different is the show?

It’s a stage show that will not be televised. So the audience is different every time. I have three concepts being worked out to bring in variety and there are three different writers already on the job. The main thing is to eliminate repetition and keep the monotony at bay.

What can people expect from the show?

Lots of fun, laughter and moments that promise to leave the audience feeling positive and inspired.

How has your life changed after 100 films?

I am now more aware of this great privilege and respect opportunities like never before. I give my best shot to everything that I undertake and I feel that the best is yet to come.

What is the most valuable lesson that you have learnt so far?

Building a good rapport is the first step towards achieving anything meaningful and being successful.

What are your future plans?

I hope to work towards stunning the Kannada audiences with different kinds of projects that they haven’t seen before.  

People who have influenced you the most...

On a personal level, it’s my parents and professionally, it is Kamal Haasan.

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