Wearing many hats

Wearing many hats

Wearing many hats

Actor Arya says he has achieved exactly what he set out to in his ongoing project ‘Onti’. The actor, who has also turned producer with this project, says filmmaking is an art that has many facets to it and he wishes to do more than just acting in some of his future projects.

The actor doesn’t have a long line of films to show off but the few that he has worked on, such as ‘No 73, Shanthi Nivasa’, ‘Mussanje Maatu’ and ‘Ee Sanje’, has earned him recognition.

In an interview with Nina C George, Arya talks about the making of ‘Onti’ among other things.

What made you sign ‘Onti’?
The movie has all the trappings of a perfect entertainer. I play a character called Amar who is not alone as the title suggests but somewhere he is a loner. It’s a story about love, friendship and relationships.

How do you describe Amar?
He is a carefree, young man with no responsibilities and commitments. But circumstances change and Amar is forced to shoulder responsibilities. And this changes his life forever.

How is ‘Onti’ different from your previous projects?
I have been an integral part of the making of ‘Onti’. Apart from acting and producing it, I have been involved in the scripting process. I know every scene like the back of my hand. This deep understanding has made this a different project.

On turning producer...
I decided to produce it to ensure that nothing is compromised and that the highest quality is maintained. This is also why I am confident about the project and its marketability.

How did you pick the actors for your project?
There is Meghana Raj, Devaraj and Girija Lokesh, among others. The actors were chosen after a lot of thought. We were particular that the actors must suit the characters in the film and we have managed to achieve that here.

On working with Meghana Raj...
Her acting is her strength. Meghana is not only careful in selecting her scripts but also understands the character very well. I also admire her discipline and dedication to work.

Do you think the concept of a heroine is slowly changing in the Kannada film industry?
Today, a heroine has more to do than just look pretty. She is on par with the hero and sometimes even takes the lead in the film. If the script is strong, then every actor gets to make a substantial contribution.

What do you have to say about the surge of new actors and directors in the Kannada film industry?
The new breed of actors and directors has brought in a new line of thinking. And experimental cinema is gaining wide acceptance. This change will be for good.

How do you stay fit?
I work out a lot and eat right. I’m trained in Karate which helps me to keep fit.

What is your strength as an actor?
My confidence.

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