Tharak plays macho cop in ‘Kannada Deshadol’

Tharak plays macho cop in ‘Kannada Deshadol’

Tharak Ponnappa

It was actor Tharak Ponnappa’s love for the culture and heritage of Karnataka that convinced him to take up a role in ‘Kannada Deshadol’. He plays the role of Vikram Nayak, a police inspector in the film, and points out that role was quite challenging.

“Vikram is involved in an investigation and during the same time, a foreign national is kidnapped and he has to take up the case. How he finds the missing links and solves the cases in 24 hours forms an important part of the story,” says Tharak. He bagged the role in the movie, after Aviram Kanteerava, the director saw his look in another film ‘Moksha’, where he plays Inspector Krishnamurthy.

“Though I am playing a police officer in another film too, the nuances of the characters are strikingly different. I’m playing a subtle shade in ‘Moksha’ while my character in this film is a bit loud and more macho. I wanted to do the role as the film throws light on what is the culture of the state and showcases the beauty of the language,” he says.

Asked if he felt he would be stereotyped, Tharak says he will not repeat a cop’s role anytime soon.

“I want to take time and choose roles carefully. This is my third film and I would like to explore interesting projects in the future,” he adds. 

Tharak who was last seen in ‘6 to 6’ and ‘Brihaspathi’ will soon be seen in Yash-starrer ‘KGF’ as a gangster. ‘Moksha’ is also under post-production.

“I am working in a TV serial ‘Raja Rani’ at present. I want to keep working and not stay idle. The serial has been a great learning experience,” he adds.

‘Cameraman was hanging upside down’

“Sharath, cameraman of ‘Kannada Deshadol’, who is a very talented person was shooting some scenes hanging upside down. All of a sudden, the rope broke and he fell down. Luckily he did not fall on anyone and didn’t injure himself. But it was a close call and I will never forget this moment.”   

— Tharak Ponnappa, actor