"I've learnt to be a good student!"
Trailblazer, multifaceted actor, filmmaker Ravichandran needs
no introduction. He is a household name not just as an actor,
but also for his sincerity and commitment towards his work.
After decades of experience in the film industry, Ravichandran
has learnt something. "I've learnt to be a good student,…"
he says! Read on to learn more.
Q. Off late you are more into acting than directing films?
Yes. What I have realized is, two people can't drive the same
car at the same time. Apart from acting, I used to help the
directors all these days. I used to share a lot of valuable
suggestions. I have been doing all these as a value addition
to the project. On the other hand, many people don't like
my involvement and consider it as an interference in their
work! So, I will do what I have been asked to do. I will be
a good student from now. If any producer approaches me, will
definitely direct the film. I have my own production banner
however and I will be directing films under it. But I won't
be involved in others' projects unless they ask for my suggestions.
Q. Is this the same reason you opted out as a director
Definitely yes. Actually I was supposed to do that project.
I had also asked the dialogue writer Malavalli Saikrishna
to pen the dialogues. But producer Manju was somewhat hesitant
to handle the reigns of the film. May be because I take longer
production time! He was keen to have veteran director Saiprakash
as the director. I was also supposed to give music to the
film. I dropped that responsibility too to remain as the lead
Q. When are we going to see director Ravichandran again?
Direction has taken the backseat considering my schedules
as an actor. 'Odahuttidavalu' has just been released. Shooting
for 'Ravi Shastry' is completed. I am left with 'Neelakanta'
and 'Ugaadi'. After these two films I am doing another film
called 'Thukaram'… More films are coming my way. So, direction
might take some time.
Q. You were supposed to do a film called 'Naa' starring
yourself in seven different roles. What happened to that?
I can't start 'Naa' immediately. It's a complex project, which
requires a lot of groundwork and attention. I will be representing
'Arishadwarga' in the film. It will be a commercial flick
with loads of entertainment. Viewers will see themselves in
this film. Technically it will be very different. I need a
high definition camera, which I have already ordered from
Q. There is a buzz in the industry that you are attempting
a new genre of cinema?
Yes. I am planning for one of its kind film in the world cinema.
Storytelling will be completely unique in this movie where
the first half deals with some incidents and will leave the
guessing work to audience! It gradually unveils in the second
half of the film. Paperwork is already on for this project
but I can't tell you the exact launch date. But it might start
in a couple of months.