Wearing many hats.

Wearing many hats.

If there is one thing that sets young actor Shreyas Chinga apart from other actors of his age, it is his interest to learn every aspect of filmmaking. He is not only acting in his latest project ‘David’ but has also involved himself in all other aspects that go into its making.

The young actor had earlier worked on the production of three Bollywood films ‘Calling Mr Joe B Carvalho’, ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ and ‘Shamitabh’ before assisting on the sets of Kannada film ‘Luv U Alia’. He was last seen in ‘Rangbirangi’.

In an interview with Nina C George, Shreyas talks about his latest project and what keeps him going.

What is it about ‘David’ that you found interesting?

Even before I speak about the script, I should admit that I fell in love with the title ‘David’. And when the director told me that David is not me, but the villain of the film it made me more curious. Well, speaking about the script, there are four parallel stories that run simultaneously in the first half. Of the four stories, one of them is about Gautam, the protagonist and his friends.

Tell us about your character.

I play Gautam, a rich kid living alone in a city. His family lives in the US. He has two best friends and does not believe in love or relationships and detests girls.

Could you talk about the transformation you underwent in the project?

There are two shades to my character. One is the chilled-out Bengalurean and as the story progresses, Gautam transforms into a mature guy who goes in search of the antagonist. David.

How was your experience of acting with senior actors from the Kannada film industry in ‘David’?

We have two veterans, Avinash sir and Bullet Prakash sir in the film. They are fantastic performers and thorough professionals, yet so simple.

Prathap Narayan and Rakesh Adiga will also be seen in important roles. The film’s heroine Sarah Harish is an established model and actor. ‘David’ marks her launch as a heroine.

What is the best part of shooting for the film?

The locations are to die for. They compete with each other for attention. We have also tried to portray the city in the best possible way.

How relevant is this project to the present times?

I am hoping we aren’t too ahead of our times, considering commercial cinema and its fan base. ‘David’, I would say, is a new experiment in the Kannada film industry, be it the screenplay or the style of filmmaking.

Why should one watch ‘David’?

‘David’ is a suspense thriller with a murder mystery tightly knit into it. Since it contains four parallel stories, one can expect comedy, love, friendship, anger and intense moments. The director, Bargav, has written the story with great care keeping in mind people of all age groups.

What kind of experience have you gained?

Given my background in theatre and work as a film technician, it is very hard for me to just act and go back home.

So I got involved in the pre-production, production and the post-production work. At the end of it all, I learnt that a great team effort can bring in a lot of good things into a film.

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