Actor Suhas was worried how fans would react seeing him as a psychopath
Hyderabad: Playing an unpredictable and dark character in his latest OTT release ‘Family Drama’, actor Suhas was apprehensive about how Telugu audiences would receive him. “As I have played comic roles, serious ones, and the one in ‘Colour Photo’, after all these, I wanted to know how would they react if I play something unusual and frightening, possibly a psychopath?” he laughs.
“More than the character, it is the script that excited me. Every few minutes, there’s a twist. So I thought ‘let me give it a shot’,” says the ‘Colour Photo’ actor. Just one year after his famed flick ‘Colour Photo’, Suhas feels so thankful about his newly-released film, which is being praised by everyone.
“Our WhatsApp messages are enough to know how the film fares. Not just from Telugu, people from Malayalam industry kept messaging after watching ‘Family Drama’,” he says. Suhas is busy with ‘Writer Padmabhushan’, ‘Sriranga Neethulu’ and ‘Ambajipeta Marriage Band’, among others films.
Although stories under dark genre are being churned out frequently in Telugu, not many are sailing through, feels Meher Tej. The newbie director, just five years into filmmaking, says, “The credit should go to actors who rehearsed well prior to every scene. Without rehearsals, we wouldn’t have accomplished it in a desired way. This has given us complete hold on the project. And coming to the cast, apart from Suhas as the lead actor, we initially thought we could go for any popular face in the industry. However, due to budget constraints, we selected five other actors from theatre. I might have gotten slightly distracted if we take any popular face on board.”
The director says that the subtext of parenting in ‘Family Drama’ is clicking with aged audiences. “Not just youngsters, it is being liked by all sections. It’s a complete fictional story. But it’s true that conniving people exist too. I heard several such incidents from my acquaintances. Thrillers are usually not watched on repeat. But if there is drama, audiences like it,” he adds about the film, which he says had “no scope for music”.