‘Kavacha’ is a gamechanger

‘Kavacha’ is a gamechanger

Iti Acharya

Sandalwood actor Iti Acharya is on cloud nine as she feels she couldn’t have asked for a better film after her break. After an impressive performance in last year’s release ‘Dhwani’, the actor will now be seen in upcoming release ‘Kavacha’, which also stars  Shivarajkumar. In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, she talks about how the new film was a learning platform.

Tell us about ‘Kavacha’.

The film is a remake of Malayalam film ‘Oppam’ but the director has made sure that the film is contextual and relevant for the Kannada audience. It is not a scene by scene copy of the film. ‘Kavacha’ has its own character. The movie is made in such a way that people who have watched ‘Oppam’ will also have something fresh to explore here.

You play a college girl in ‘Kavacha’. How was the experience?

It was a challenging role. I play a Punjabi college-going girl and I had to get the character traits perfect. Thankfully, I have been raised in Chandigarh and this helped me. My role has a lot more expressions than elaborate lines which require more effort sometimes. Communicating effectively through the eyes can be quite a task.

How intense is this role?

After ‘Dhwani’, this might seem like a lighter role but the effort behind it was not any less. The fact that there were so many experienced actors on the set made me want to excel more. I wanted to do justice to the part I was offered. I was sceptical when I was initially offered the role but I can’t be more happier now. The role was very fulfilling.

Some pleasant experiences from the sets…

The best thing was that my director let me give definition to my character. Often new actors are spoon fed by the director and team about what exactly has to be done but here I was allowed to work on the role by myself. Not all directors have that kind of trust in their actors or are ready to take the risk.

How was it to share screen space with Shivarajkumar?

Despite being a legend he knows how to respect and treat everyone. I was a bundle of nerves on the first day of my shoot, I messed up lines and was tensed. The director and he walked up to me and calmed me down. Shivarajkumar gave me tips about how to handle the scene and helped me go about it with ease. He is a powerhouse of energy and positivity. No wonder people are gaga about him.

What have you learnt about yourself after ‘Kavacha’?

I’m still taking baby steps in the industry. I know that I have to perfect my acting skills and have a long way to go. I have learnt that not being satisfied with your performance is the key to pushing yourself towards the best.

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