Not just a star son
Debutant Ramesh is all set to take the silver screen by storm
THE LATEST hero on the block, Ramesh, has an advantage over the other aspiring young heroes. He has a reputed home production house and an ace producer-father to back him up. "But ultimately, I have to prove myself," smiles the blasι young aspirant. A talent spotter, R.B. Chowdary, who had introduced many newcomers to the film fold in Tamil and Telugu, discovered that he had two heroes in the making at home - his sons Ramesh and Jeeva.
The latter made it first in Tamil through Thithikkuthe, remake of the Telugu big hit Manasantha Nuvve. But Ramesh is making his debut with a Telugu film, Vidyardhi. He says that the Telugu film industry and the cine goers here encourage and welcome newcomers more than in any other region today and that answers why he chose Vidyardhi, directed by debutant Balachari, as his launching pad. "I play my age. A fun-loving student who falls in love with a girl (played by Aditi Agarwal) and is forced to use force to get the girl, in the process weeding out evil forces," he reveals.
The entertaining first half of the film was shot in Hyderabad campuses while the action-laced second half was done in Mumbai. There is a tag - Tax to live - attached to the title. But why should a student pay tax to live? With a enigmatic expression, Ramesh says the audience will know the answer on December 9 when the film releases.
This commerce graduate from Chennai's D.G. Vaishanv College is also making his foray into Tamil films with Jithan, produced by Radhika's Radaan Pictures. Directed by Vincent Selva, the film is a remake of Ram Gopal Varma's Telugu action flick Gaayam . "This is my second film. There is a lot of scope to emote," says Ramesh who does not believe in method acting. "I have not gone to any acting school. I believe in spontaneous acting.
For six months, I learned Telugu diction from film scribe K Venkateswarlu. For Vidyardhi, one month before the shoot, we held rehearsals as most of us are new. It was a lot of fun, apart from being a learning experience," says Ramesh, a Shah Rukh Khan admirer.
In all eventuality, the brothers may clash on the silver screen with both their Tamil films getting ready for release - that's Jeeva's third acting assignment, Sriram, for Ramesh's Jithan. "It may not be so," counters Ramesh. "Like Jithan, Jeeva's Sriram is also a powerful story. We are not competitors. Each has his own slot here." But one thing Ramesh can't deny is that with two different ventures, it's the perfect opportunity to make his presence felt in both Telugu and Tamil films.
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