Subtle acting is challenging, says Praveen Tej

Subtle acting is challenging, says Praveen Tej

The actor talks about how he likes all his roles to be distinct

Praveen Tej

Actor Praveen Tej is portraying the character of a person with a psychological ailment in ‘Striker’. The film which started shoot earlier this year is scheduled for release in January. In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, he shares about his journey with the film. 

Tell us a bit about ‘Striker’.
‘Striker’ is a film directed by Pawan Trivikram and is a suspense-thriller. The film is bound to impress with its style and content. It is a content-based film yet gives enough space for characters to evolve. I play Sidhu, a garage owner who has a psychological disorder. I’m super-excited about the release of the film. We had planned for an earlier release but a lot of big films came out around that time.  

Why is the film called Striker?
The film is like a game of carrom board; a game between the cops and the criminal.

The film is a thriller. How will it stand out?
Unlike most thriller films, ‘Striker’ has a perfect mix of many elements. There is comedy in the first half, romance and a lot more which will help the film strike the perfect balance. Movie buffs come to the theatres expecting a new style of filmmaking, screenplay and dialogues. I believe that ‘Striker’ has a fresh
quotient and will narrate a story that has never been told yet. 

Was it difficult to portray Sidhu?
It was a learning experience. Sidhu undergoes some trauma during his childhood which makes him the way he is. The film shows him through his childhood, and how he faces the society as a grown-up with the condition.  It is not easy to depict a psychologically disturbed person. My character can’t distinguish between what is real and unreal. Expressing emotions just through the eyes is not easy. I have always played characters which are more expressive but here I had to underplay my character. Subtle acting is challenging. Acting like a confused person can be quite tricky. I took a few days to settle into the role and there were times when I felt so connected to Sidhu that I would behave confused off the sets too.  

Did you have to do any homework for the role?
I didn’t undergo any physical changes for the role; I had to mentally prepare for it. I kept re-reading the script and took up an acting workshop. Portraying an average, sane person is easy but concentrating more on character traits is bit of a challenge. 

Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases.
After ‘Striker’, ‘BMW’ and ‘Rangamandira’ is scheduled for release. We had to reshoot a bit of ‘BMW’ which could be the reason the film has been postponed. But 2019 looks like a positive year ahead. My roles in the films are strikingly different, I play a student in one and an aspiring photographer in the other. I always try to keep my roles distinct.