'Every character is important to a movie'

Candid conversation

'Every character is important to a movie'

Actor Kavitha, who is known to the Kannada audience for her small screen presence, has her fingers crossed on her latest film ‘Srinivasa Kalyana’.

She who plays a schoolgirl in the movie is excited about her bubbly avatar.
 In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, she sheds light on the film and her role in it.

Are you excited or nervous?

Though the film got stalled by a week, it feels really good to see the film come out now. It is a great moment for everyone, especially the director and hero MG Srinivas who put his soul into the movie. He has worked on this movie for almost three years.

How did you get roped into the project?

I have been acting in serials where I had to wear saris always. It wasn’t me and I always felt like I wanted to do something my age. A friend of mine who knew Srinivas told me that there was a schoolgirl’s character which had to be played in a movie. This excited me and here I am.

What did you like about the role?

I wanted to play somebody who is younger or of my age. That is what excited me. I don’t want to do older characters unless they were that significant to the movie. I play Akshara, an innocent girl who falls in love and the movie captures emotions like how she feels when her love interest is talking to someone else, when he lies and more. I loved the role for this tinge of innocence in her.

Can you tell us more about your character?

Akshara has a very significant role to play in the script. Anyone who has studied in a co-ed school would easily identify with the role. To get into that character, I had to be around school children and observe their mannerisms. Every character is important to a movie. In ‘Srinivasa...’, the hero’s character is deeply influenced by my role.

What was most challenging part of the project?

To go back to school days was challenging. I was able to gel with everyone but it wasn’t that easy to play a schoolgirl. To do things with a young person’s frame of mind was interesting. During my shooting days, I used to observe my sister who is in school. On the sets, if I didn’t get a scene right, Srinivas would walk up to me and ask me to observe the children around.

How has this role changed you?

Earlier, I would just focus on getting my part right, which would be clearly defined by the directors. In the movie, every line was different and it required a lot of work. I also got to learn a lot of things about movie-making and got interested in details like lighting, how to work with a frame etc. It was a great educative experience.

Tell us about a light-hearted moment from the set...

Due to some technical issues, a scene at a temple was shot 34 times! Everyone on the set scolded and teased me. But later on, another scene shot at a restaurant with another artiste required 36 takes and I was jumping around with joy (laughs).

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