One thing led to another for actor Sushanth. His last outing in ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ has changed how Telugu filmmakers look at him as an actor. “Soon after my movie ‘Chi La Sow’, director Trivikram sensed that I would fit into characters that have more depth. Even during the sets of ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’, his words boosted my confidence. He described how the actor in me was performing with ease and lucidity without taking much pressure while expressing emotions. It was a process of how I evolved from an actor to a performer over the years. The Trivikram sir directorial gave me a good break. I am trying to do my best as much as I can accepting the offers that have been coming to me. It’s a cycle,” says the actor.
Like the film industry suffered an unrecovering blow, his upcoming movie ‘Ichata Vahanamulu Niluparadu’ that is hitting screens on Friday too had been affected by the pandemic. The film’s release was actually scheduled for January 2020. “However, post production work inordinately delayed it and the release date was subsequently pushed to March. Post the pandemic, we had to face several practical problems to complete the shoot. It wasn’t smooth sailing though. Although we got good offers from digital OTT platforms, we have decided to tell the story only on the big screen,” he adds.
Sushanth would frequently doubt film scripts to get the conviction right. It was after the advice from Akkineni Nagarjuna, the actor admits started assessing and guaging film scripts independently. “That’s when I found the Rahul Ravindran directorial ‘Chi La Sow’ smooth, without any pressure. During the same time I happened to hear ‘Ichata Vahanamulu Niluparadu’ by S Darshan. It was a true story that happened in his friend’s life. It was so engaging that I felt as an artiste it has good scope for me to perform. I wouldn’t say it’s a serious story with twists but it does have interesting situations,” he adds.
Sushanth further adds, “I am definitely confident and satisfied with the content. We did our best and it is my best work till date. Compared to my previous films, I opened up as I got to perform different shades. So I am very satisfied as an actor. Cameraman Sukumaran, who worked for Chi La Sow, also the cinematographer for ‘Ichata Vahanamulu Niluparadu’. So his expertise on the sets helped director Darshan to focus on his story. The combination worked well with both of them.”
Former beauty pageant Meenakshi Choudhary is playing the love interest of Sushanth in the movie. “I met Meenakshi at an acting workshop in Mumbai. We’re normal students getting to know each other. I didn’t know she was a beauty pageant then. Her talent came to light when she performed as an assaulted victim speaking to lawyers. Then I got to know that she was a State champion in swimming and badminton. It was then I asked whether she is interested in acting in Telugu films. I am happy for her as she is busy doing a slew of films.”