'I'd rather wait for the right script'

Getting candid
Last Updated 26 September 2016, 18:39 IST

Actor Puneeth Rajkumar is popular for his dance and action sequences. The makers of most of his earlier projects, such as ‘Jackie’, ‘Anna Bond’ and ‘Hudugaru’, didn’t forget to showcase these talents of his. Puneeth describes the experience of working in his latest project, ‘Doddmane Hudga’, as ‘fabulous’. It’s not just his character but also the opportunity to work with some of the best names in the film industry that has made this project a special one for him. While Puneeth says that he can’t give away too many details about the film, he points out that it will have loads of entertainment, comedy, romance and action that is sure to keep the audience glued to their seats. In an interview with Nina C George, Puneeth shares his experience of working in the project.

What made you sign the project?
I’ve always enjoyed working with Duniya Suri because as a director, he does a very good job of packaging the content. I can’t reveal too much about my character but in one of the scenes, I happen to be a cook making biryani and that aspect of the film has caught the fancy of many people and left them curious about the role. The story is set in a rustic backdrop with the usual doses of love and action but it is made in a different way.

The film boasts of a huge star cast...
Yes, we have some prominent actors such as Ambarish, Sumalatha, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, my mother and Ravishankar to mention a few. I am also working with Radhika Pandit again; after we last worked together in ‘Hudugaru’. It’s been an enriching experience to work with so many senior actors.
Ambarish plays the role of your father in the film. How was it working with him?
Wonderful. I can’t think of a better word to describe the time I spent with him. I have been following Ambarish sir’s work since I was a child and our families have known each other for long. There’s so much that one can learn from him just by talking with him. We shared many light moments both on and off screen.
Tell us about your co-star Radhika.
Radhika and I are working together again after ‘Hudugaru’ in 2011. She’s a thorough professional and not only complements my character in the film but has also done full justice to her own role. Both of us get along very well.

What’s unique about the film?
There’s a special song in the film which has been shot in all the districts of the state. What’s also enticing is the choice of locations. We have shot in Hosapete, Ballari, Hubballi and Chitradurga. The song is a tribute to the people of Karnataka. We were overwhelmed by the love and support we received wherever we went.   

Did you get to explore the dancer in you?
There were a lot of moves that were quite different and unlike what I’ve done before. The action sequences too are no less entertaining.

What are your future projects?
I am concentrating on completing ‘Rajakumara’ at the moment. I would rather wait for the right script than work on too many projects.
I would like to do something creative.

(Published 26 September 2016, 16:22 IST)

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