‘Guru Shishyaru brings sports and entertainment together on screen'
...says actor Sharan, who talks about his upcoming sports drama directed by Jadeshaa K Hampi, and the challenges to play the role of a physical education teacher
Sharan is one of the earliest comedians to make a transition into leading roles, and most of his films as the hero played to his strengths as a comedian. However, Sharan finds himself at a stage where he needs to experiment with the kind of characters he plays now.
Jadeshaa K Hampi’s Guru Shishyaru is one such film to bring Sharan’s talent to the fore. In this film, co-produced by director Tharun Kishore Sudhir, Sharan plays a Physical education teacher in this sports drama. “Guru Shishyaru is well within my zone. It is like playing on the same ground, but this time, it’s a different game. The usual mannerism of Sharan won’t be seen a lot in this film. The entertainment quotient will still be there through the kho-kho games,” says Sharan, ahead of the film’s release on September 23. “The credit for conceiving a subject on kho-kho should go to two people - the director (Jadeshaa) and creative head (Tharun),” Sharan adds.
Sharing his experience of working in Guru Shishyaru, Sharan says, “Anything different and new has always caught my attention. Acting in this film made me learn a different kind of art, and it was physically challenging to play this role.” Admitting that he is a director’s actor, Sharan says, “Any film is a director’s show, and my job ends when I lock the story and they finalise the cast and technicians. Everything else is the director’s call, and I just focus on the acting. I haven’t even watched even a single frame of Guru Shishyaru, and I want to watch it with the audience.”
Apart from Sharan, the film also stars 11 young kids who play the role of kho-kho players. “The film is set in 1995, and it gave me an opportunity to relive those times. I saw innocence in those kids, and through the process of making the film, they taught me so much. The film brings sports and entertainment together in one frame and also brings out the divine relationship between a teacher and his students, which is the best part of Guru Shishyaru.”