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Vikram Dasu talks about his experience


VIKRAM DASU is quite different from Murali, the character he plays in Green Card Fever - he has a regular convent school accent and is a successful Product Manager with a telecom company in the US.

Vikram started acting "at the age of 11. My first major public appearance was as Lakshmana in Bala Ramayanam. After a Masters in Theatre Arts at the SN School at the Central University of Hyderabad and another Masters at Penn State University in Communication, he made a switch in careers.

Vikram describes "Green Card Fever as a god-send. Bala and I were classmates at S.N. School and we had a synergistic relationship. After our graduation, we went our separate ways and ultimately ended up in the same city in the U.S. - Columbus, Ohio. In 2001, Bala gave me the final draft of Green Card Fever and asked me for suggestions. We met and discussed the minor changes that I thought needed to be made. As he was leaving, I asked him who he had in mind for the lead role. And he replied `I am trying out various actors. If I am not satisfied, I will play the role myself. If I feel you can do a better job, then it will be you.". After a month and several auditions, he called me for an audition. At that time the two choices were Bala and I.

He saw the audition and the next day he shaved his moustache that he had been growing for the lead role and sent me a congratulatory note saying I was in!"

Murali's accent presented a particular challenge. "For Murali's role, I had to both look and speak like a person with modest education and a distinct Telugu accent. My intention was to do it in such a way that I don't look down upon the character."

Vikram describes the GCF experience as "Fabulous. It was a very satisfying experience working with Bala. The crew and most of the cast was international. He and I had a good time talking in Telugu with each other and mystifying the crew around us!" Describing his job as "a seedha saadha management job," Vikram says "the decision to switch fields has not been made yet. I would like to think that I have the courage and will to do so." Vikram says he is not a "typical song and dance guy, but give me a good role and I will be sincere in approaching it. Our mainstream cinema is a powerful medium and it holds immense potential. I would love to do some good work both in Bollywood and Telugu movies."

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