With Andaala Rakshasi, actor Rahul Ravindran has been introduced to the Telugu audience and he earned a lover boy image with this film. Later, he did a small role with a negative shade in Srimanthudu. After acting in around five films, now, this actor-turned-director is directing ChiLaSow, in which Sushant will be playing the lead.
On the other hand, he also has three new films wherein he will be playing the lead role. The actor was in the city for the teaser launch of his upcoming release Howrah Bridge.
Read on to find out a few more details about his career, passion and personal life.
“I was born and brought up in Chennai. I quit my job in Mumbai to try my luck in movies as an assistant director. I thought of going back to my job if the plan doesn’t work out. I started doing ads and, one fine day, someone approached me and asked if I was interested in playing the lead actor of a film,” said the actor.
Immediately, he said yes to the offer and thus Rahul was roped in for Andaala Rakshasi. Since then, the actor didn’t have to look back. But, as he was always passionate about directing a movie, he has approached Sushanth with the script he has written based on an incident in his friend’s life.
In Howrah Bridge, he will be playing a lover boy again and the story is all about two important bridges in two different cities and how they help a couple fall in love.
When asked if it was easy to survive without a godfather in an industry influenced by nepotism, the actor said: “There is no field where nepotism doesn’t exist. There are many employees who work under my father in his business. If I ever told him that I want to take it up, I would become the CEO, and not any other senior employee. After Dhirubhai Ambani, it was known that Mukesh and Anil would be taking charge of the businesses. So, it’s the same with actors too,” he said.
He further added that when kids of actors are trained in dance, martial arts and in every other skill that is necessary to become an actor, right from their childhood, their debut is going to be more or less like a ‘finished product’. “Yes, it was not an easy job for me, but I don’t think nepotism would make any difference as I believe in myself,” he added.
Rahul got married to popular singer and dubbing artiste Chinmayi Sripada in 2014. He says that once he reaches home, he keeps everything aside and indulges himself in the love and affection showered by his wife. When asked if having a life-partner from the same field has been helpful in making life better, he said, “Yes, of course! It is almost the same topic, films, we keep talking about. Every time I am offered a film, I discuss the script with her and when she’s busy with dubbing, she tells me what the speciality in the role was. She knows how busy an individual can become when he’s working in a film and she understands it well. She is my emotional support system and vice-versa. Life is beautiful now!”
Rahul speaks fluent Telugu despite being a Tamilian. He thanks Telugu movies for making him learn the language and says that he happy focusing on Telugu movies now, more than his Tamil projects.