An actor’s success hinges on the story of a film: Diganth
The actor talks to CE ahead of his upcoming release, Katheyondu Shuruvagide, directed by Senna Hegde
Diganth has no qualms in saying that he relies on a good story, and it is an important factor while signing a film. “There are stars in all the industry whose presence itself makes a difference to the film. But, I think, for an actor like me, success hinges on the story of a film. That’s why I signed on Katheyondu Shuruvagide, which I felt has all the elements--story, songs and technicalities--which would bring out the best in me,” he says about the film helmed by Senna Hegde. Katheyondu Shuruvagide has three parallel storylines, all of which take place in a span of four days.
Diganth’s untold story
Today, Diganth is an household name. But once upon a time, he was a struggling actor in search of work. “After Miss California, I didn’t have any work and I didn’t have a clue about what to do next. I had told my family that I would take care of myself and not to worry about me. Ten years ago, people assumed that those who weren’t interested in studying got into films. I fought with my father to be in the industry, and unfortunately my first film didn’t do well,” says the actor, who struggled to find work after that. “I used to go around Gandhinagar meeting people, and at one point even gave up. That’s when I took to modelling and did commercial ads just to make ends meet. I survived by doing small roles.”
Interestingly, Diganth tells us that when Mungaru Male came his way, he initially rejected it because he wanted a film which would make him a full-fledged hero. “I was considered for that role because I was a model, and not because of my acting skills. It was Sudha Belawadi’s husband, Sathya, who is into production, who told me that I should take it up. Looking back, I’m so glad I did the film; it changed my life for the better,” he says.
Bollywood story - Diganth to play Rama in Kunal Kohli’s Ramayan
Diganth, who ventured into Bollywood with Wedding Pulav, will once again be seen in a Hindi film. This time, he will don the role of Rama in Kunal Kohli’s upcoming directorial. The film is an adaptation of the Ramayan. “It will be done in a two-part series. I will be playing the role of Rama. In terms of making, the director is looking at making something on the lines of Game of Thrones. Large amounts are being spent on graphics,” says the actor, who will start shooting for the film in September, after which he will join Suni’s film.