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Coffee With A Kannada Movie Hero – Vasanth Akshay

13 April 2008 17 Comments

They say Dream Big to accomplish big things..

At Coffee With Sundar, that is precisely what we do.. We dont worry if people will accept our interview requests or not.. We only reach out to people with a dream!! With a dream of showcasing others talents and interests.. With a dream of meeting great people.. With a dream of providing an opportunity for readers to learn from other folks.. And Coffee With Sundar.. is running this dream run..

Its my pleasure to invite Mr. Vasanth Akshay (or Vashanth Akshay) on Coffee With Sundar! Vasanth is starring as a hero in kannada movie Horatta – A struggle for love. Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tRIdYOQvks

Vasanth is very much, one among us! He holds a bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering and worked in one of the leading software firms as a software engineer. πŸ™‚ He had a strong passion for fantasy world.. When the opportunity struck, he grabbed it with both hands.. Horatta – A struggle for love is his first movie.. But he is not new to acting.. He has starred in a number of dramas and documentaries.. including the famous documentary – ‘Chitra Mahal’.. With passion and a strong belief in his abilities, Vasanth has the guts to leave his full time job and walk the different way of life.. Amidst his very busy schedule, he has managed to answer a few questions for us..


Coffee With Vasanth Akshay
Me: Sundar Rajan G S
VA: Vasanth Akshay


Me: Hi Vasanth! Welcome to CWS! A lot of CWS readers are excited about film industries.. I had around 40 questions for you.. I have selected these top questions.. Hope you would enjoy answering these questions…
VA: Hi Sundar! I am very happy to be on CWS as well. Its my pleasure to answer your readers..

Me: This question is coming to you from Sreekanth.

Hi Vasanth, good to hear about your first film.. How,When and Where did you get this oopportunity of becoming an actor??

VA: Hi Sreekanth, that is a very long story.. By the time I completed my BE, I had developed a very strong interest in creative field.. I had lot of interest in technicalities of film field like editing, animation, after effects so on. So I decided to join editing class even while I was working.. That was actually the stepping stone to Film Industry. For some editing work, I had been to Chennai.. There I met a person regarding for editing work.. Fortunately, later I came to know he was a director for many ad films.. He also owned an ad firm in Chennai.. So there I was given an opportunity to act, which I never expected… πŸ™‚

Me: What is Horatta all about? When is it expected to release..

VA:
Horatta means struggle
in English.. The caption is struggle for love… I think that should give u the jist of the movie. Actually in one sentence, it is the story about all that happens in just one day (24 hrs). I would like to tell u an additional information too, that is the title of the movie might be changed. I ll make sure that would be updated for u all… Releasing very shortly may be couple of months…..

Me: Here is a question for you from Pradeep.

Do you believe in your looks or acting skills to have chosen this profession? What made you choose this profession? Is it the money? or fame?

VA: I would like to say that I strongly believed in my creative skills, rather than looks or acting skills… Because I believe.. Performance is not just acting (in the way the acting institutes teaches), it is something more than that… Every individual, one or the other day would have dreamt of becoming a super star or a celebrity.. Even I am one among them.. πŸ™‚ As I got the opportunity I grabbed it…….. If u don’t have interest in earning money and fame, you wont land up in to film industry right πŸ™‚

Me: Well Ofcouse not!! And who doesnt work for money! or fame! πŸ™‚ Well, here is another question for you from Sreekanth.

How tough it was to face the camera for the first time?? and what are the efforts that one has to put in to become an ARTIST?

VA: To be very frank, I am a little shy type.. But I was not afraid to face camera on first day, first shot… Ofcourse, I was a bit nervous, Every one has normally that butterflies in the stomach when they start off right.. πŸ™‚ There are so many technicalities to face camera.. I wasnt unaware of them when I started, But I picked them up as things moved on from director and his assistants.. But at the end of the day, there is no substitute for dedication, hard work and sincerity.. This is not only for becoming an artist.. This is applicable for anything you do in life..

Me: Ofcourse, No substitute for hard work! You mentioned about director right.. How should you behave with directors and other senior members of the crew? I heard that you have to be really really subservient to them..

VA: Hmmmm…. very true even I had heard about it.. But in that way, I am lucky.. The director, camera man and other senior members were wise, loyal, supportive not only to me, but to others also.

Me: Ok.. Taking off a bit.. Who doesnt like an action hero.. Do you have to *actually* get hit in all the fighting scenes? Or is
it just an acting?

VA: Ofcourse yes! but not all the time.. You have to get hit.. This is done to make it look natural.. To appease you people, we really take some serious beating.. At the end of the day, people should believe it na.. In fact I was hit so many times.. I have to hit others too… πŸ™‚ that’s life in cinema world! πŸ™‚

Me: Hmm.. Getting hit must have been tough.. What are some of the toughest moments that you had when you were acting
in this movie?

VA: Well.. Getting hit is much much better.. the toughest moment I had was the romance scene.. plz don’t embarass me by ask me why πŸ™‚

Me: Sure Sure!! I wont embarass you! Here is a question from Gerard!

Why did you want to enter the Kannada Film Industry? Of what I know, the Kannada Film Industry is doing worst among all other South Indian Film Industries?

VA: Well Gerard! You must understand one thing.. I got the offer first in kannada movie.. More over I am a bangalorean.. As the industry started growing I thought even I can grow with the industry.. However, I don’t accept that kannada film industry is the worst.. Now the kannada industry is on BOOM..! There were 250 film inguration done last year!! I am sure some of them including our movie will make a big hit out there..

You must understand one thing Gerard! You should not underestimate any thing.. After 10 years, in conventional job, you might just be where you are… But working in the industry like kannada movie industry, gives me an opportunity to reach amazing positions in life.. But I also realize that it is very risky.. You will atleast be where you are.. in 10 years.. I might be no where.. But one must believe in oneself.. and go for it.. It is like stock market you see.. Higher the risk.. Higher the returns! πŸ™‚ But you must be prepared to digest the risks.. and not see just the returns.. And you must also realize that the big fishes are caught in turbulent waters.. πŸ™‚

Me: Vasanth.. That was a sixer of a yorker!! Amazing reply!! It is still leaving me thinking.. πŸ˜‰ Ok.. question from Pradeep..

A software engineer becoming an actor.. An actor becoming a software engineer.. Which do you think is a more difficult transformation ? Do you intend to get back to Oracle or any other software jobs at some point of time?

VA: At some point of time even I had thought
about the same. Here it is acceptable that a software engineer can become an actor. But its difficult to digest an actor becoming a software engineer…

The transformation involved is not so easy, for example: no
company will recruit if u r in film industry.. First of all skill sets are very different.. But even if you have all the skills, companies not sure how long u might stay in the company…. More over to change the mind set from creative field to technical field is not so easy.. During my free hrs even today I do post my resumes for a software job, because I feel there should be some substitute
πŸ™‚ After all I had slogged for 4 yrs, how can I forget it so easily πŸ™‚

Me: Well all the best for your back up options.. You can give me your resume as well.. If you want, I can forward it my HR as well.. πŸ™‚ Lets see what Varun wants to ask you..

Have you got yourself mentally prepared for the gossips that will run around you soon when you succeed?

VA: Well.. So far I have’nt.. I am focussing on my work.. I am all excited about the first movie to coming out.. But I am very much aware.. that I have to prepare for everything thats going to come my away after that…

Me: Ofcourse you must be prepared!! Success, failure, fame, bad fame, gossip.. What not.. Its so simple to just watch a movie and back off!! πŸ™‚ Anyways, Sreekanth has one more question for you!!

Considering Films as a Business where do u think the profit lies.. Is it the Story or Is it the star cast, big banner, other cosmetics??

VA: The profit lies on the quality of the movie on whole.. It can be attained only by the team effort.. and I am sure that our team is not lagging in that. The story has to be created first, later I was molded to the character in the story, then the theme was constructed keeping me as the base line. So like this each and every part is interrelated… So the business does not lie in just one entity, the entire movie should come out well.. Only then we can see the light of the day!

What I told told you was about films like Horatta. If it is a well known artist, then, as u told the profit lies on individual like star cast, big banner and so on…

Me: Hmm.. That was quite insightful… Things are so interconnected that you just cant pick up one thing for success.. However, doing one thing bad.. can have bad results.. πŸ™‚

Well, Vasanth, Its my pleasure to have you on for an interview.. Inspite of your busy schedule, you have spared time for it.. I wish you all the very best for your upcoming release and for your future..

VA: I specially want to thank Sundar and all of you, for giving me the opportunity to share my moments with you all… I hope you had a nice time… I need your encouragement and blessings to reach heights.. I really like the Coffee With Sundar initiative.. I will try to put you in touch with other members of the crew, after the movie is launched.. I am sure.. they have a lot experience to share as well..

Me: Sure Vasanth!! Thank you so much!! Once again, I wish you all the very best!


Well friends, thats a guy who is doing what he is passionate about.. I really hope that Vasanth succeeds..

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17 Comments »

  • rohit m r said:

    nice to see diversification take shape in your interviews..great work…hoping for more such work..

  • Anonymous Coward said:

    Unrelated to the above post:
    Can we get Shriya to be interviewed anytime soon? :-).

    -AC

  • Sundar Rajan G S (author) said:

    @ rohit..

    Thanks a lot!! πŸ˜‰

    @ AC,
    hey.. Shriya.. why not… why dont u give contacts.. πŸ˜‰

  • neelimaprashanth19 said:

    Hi

    Sundar, nice interview. I am very excited to see this, as Vasanth is my old friend. I am really happy for him and wish him great success.

    Vasanth great job, trailor on youtube looks very attractive, sure i would be at your first day-first show but for that I am not in India.

    Wish you God Speed buddy !!!

    Neelima

  • Midhun Kumar T L said:

    Hi Vasanth,

    Midhun here, How R U ?

    Its a Great Interview and come on man i am waiting waiting waiting for the release of the movie…..break the ice by publishing the date.

    WISH YOU A GREAT CAREER AND BABA’S BLESSING ARE WITH YOU !

  • Sunitha said:

    Hey vasanth,

    Super interview….!!!!!!!!!!!!!All the best …keep rocking…
    i M all excited to watch ur movie…God bless….!!!!!!!!!

  • Arshee said:

    Hey vasanth ur interview was real great…looking forward to watch ur movie soon..iam sure u must have done a very good job…i mean who can forget the rajnikanth of our college….Good Luck dude!!!!!!!!!

  • Terence Jackson said:

    Keep Bangalore Rocking maan..!!!
    Gud interview keep it up…!!!
    Eagerly awaiting for the movie Release….
    All the Very Best…
    Gud Luck..!!

  • Aditya Kulkarni said:

    Hey! When are you interviewing Rakhi Sawant?

  • Sundar said:

    Superb interview!!!!!!!!!!! This is ASHU’s sundar here
    Excellent reply from vasanth……
    Very focused and determined…
    All the best…………..

  • asiya said:

    the interview was full of josh…. vasanth aka akshay is a humble person and a new eligible bachelor to the sandalwood industry… n m so lookin fwd to his movie…. ROCK ON horatta horse..BOL

  • Upendra said:

    Hi Vasanth. Uppi here. I also started my journey as a struggle, and have come up tiil here. If someone like me can come till here, then definitely impossible is nothing. Dream on guys!!!

  • Sundar Rajan G S (author) said:

    @ All,

    I really wish Horatta is a big success..

  • vashanth said:

    Thanks to all my viewers who ve posted a comment on me…………

  • prashanth said:

    Keep Rocking Bro! you have come a long long way. keep the hard work going. All the Very Best.
    WE are definitely gonna que up just to receive your Autograph! Adios!

  • Siranjeevi.G said:

    Hey Bro all the best man..and may the stars direct you to the right direction..