Hyderabad: Actor Akash Puri who has been on and off in the film industry, initially appeared as a child artiste in a few films that included Prabhas’ ‘Bujjigadu’ and Ram Charan’s ‘Chirutha’ and later dreamt of getting into the shoes of big heroes whom he idiolised during his time.
Now, his understanding of cinema has evolved over the years. In the upcoming romantic action flick ‘Romantic’, he is seen romance with his friend Monica, the character played by Ketika Sharma. On the flipside, Akash has a backstory that defines his character Vasco Da Gama, a young police officer from Goa who specialises in busting criminal syndicates.
Any question about on-screen chemistry that he has with his co-star Ketika Sharma in the film, would eventually make a bit shy. He becomes wary and timid when it comes to acting in romantic sequences. “It’s very hard to act in such bold scenes. Quite frightening at times, my forte always lies in action and emotional scenes. I used to keep begging dad, I would do whatever to please you, I would even jump off a building but not act in romantic scenes,” he adding that he was literally pushed by his father Puri Jagannadh in playing the lead role Vasco, especially the bold scenes with Ketika in ‘Romantic’
Upset about lows
Akash admits that he was apparently upset with the criticism that his father Puri Jagannadh had to face during his low time as a filmmaker.
“Yes, many said it was the downfall of Puri Jagannath. Luckily, ‘iSmart Shankar’ rewrote his fortunes. That was the time when both ‘iSmart Shankar’ and ‘Mehbooba’ were being shot simultaneously. Watching the response of iSmart Shankar’, we thought steps have to be taken with proper caution. And actor Ramya Krishna came to work with father. And director Anil Paduri’s name was a surprise even though he has been associated with us for a longtime,” Akash adds.
The ‘Mehbooba’ actor oozes confidence that he will make it this time. “My dad has done whatever I want to see me as a hero on the silver screen. Now, I am waiting to give a return gift for all the efforts he put in for me,” he says.
Sharing his experience working with Ramya Krishna, he says, “I was a child when I watched her performance in Superstar Rajinikanth starrer ‘Narasimha’. I was frightened to see her as a lady police officer. It’s very fortunate to have worked with a star like her.”