'I'm in a happy place'

'I'm in a happy place'

'I'm in a happy place'

Actor Ashwin Rao Pallakki is doing a fine balancing act shuttling between sets. While his debut directorial venture 'Curious Cases of Yedebedita' only has a few more days of shoot left, the actor is working on two other films like 'Katheyondu Shuruvaagide' and 'Cafe Garage'.

In a candid conversation with Tini Sara Anien, he sheds light on his latest projects.

How is 2018 treating you?

I'm in a happy place. I am more than excited about how my career is shaping up now. I just winded up the shoot of 'Katheyondu Shuruvaagide' and will start working on 'Cafe Garage' in February. There are a few days of shoot left for 'Curious Cases of Yedebedita'. With so much happening, what more could I ask for?

Could you tell us a bit about your role in 'Katheyondu Shuruvaagide'?

I play the character of Pedro, a driver. I work for Diganth, who owns a resort. I seek the help of another significant character in the movie to propose to a girl etc. My role is very interesting. The movie is directed by Senna Hegde and will click with audience.

How hard is it to work on other movies while working on your own project?

It can be really tough. Shuttling between movie sets is taxing. Work on the sets of 'Curious Cases of Yedebedita' cannot happen without me. I play a significant role as the director and one of the leads in the movie. Managing people's dates and keeping a tab of intrinsic details while working on another project can be very confusing.

How is 'Curious Cases of Yedebedita' shaping up?

We have a few more days of shoot left for the movie. The movie has shaped out grander compared to what I had in my mind. I play the role of Koshi, an independent person who is stubborn. If he is convinced about something, he will work towards it. The movie is a dream come true.

Are you similar to Koshi?

I can see myself in Koshi. A lot of people who know me say that I am stubborn. When I wrote the character, most of my friends could see me in Koshi.

Compared to other romcoms, how will 'Curious Cases of Yedebedita' stand out?

I have treated the subject differently. The audience will be able to connect to at least one of the four main characters. Such a connect is important for every movie. It is important for things to be realistic too.

Are realistic stories important nowadays?

Audience relates better to real stories. I don't like to work on scenes or stories which are larger than life.

Directing a movie or acting in it, which is more difficult?

When both of them happen together, it can be an exhausting experience. There are so many things which come into consideration when you are directing a movie, you have to check on each and every character and look into the details of each scene. When I am in front of the camera and enacting a scene, I have to keep juggling between being my character and the director.

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