Darshan has inherited more acting talent from our father than me: Dinakar Thoogudeepa

The director, making a comeback in a crucial role in Kaiva, says that his return to acting was solely driven by director Jayathirtha.
Darshan has inherited more acting talent from our father than me: Dinakar Thoogudeepa

Dinakar Thoogudeepa, a noted director in the Kannada industry with films like Navagraha and Sarathi, made his first appearance in front of the camera in the Darshan-starrer Chakravarthy (2017), directed by Chintan, featuring as an antagonist.

After a break, Dinakar is returning to play a pivotal role in Jayathirtha's Kaiva. The film stars Dhanveerrah along with Megha Shetty in the lead roles and is based on a real incident that took place in Tigarapete, Bengaluru, in 1983, focusing on a love story born in the heart of the city.

Dinakar will portray the role of Ram Lal, a noted underworld don of that era. The makers, who recently launched an action teaser, officially revealed Dinakar's presence in the film. They shared some exclusive pictures with Dinakar, who mentioned that taking on this role was purely Jayathirtha's decision.

"I'm a director with less confidence facing the camera. I believe I can direct an actor, but being in front of the lens is a less experienced realm for me. Jayathirtha, being a drama teacher, has the skill to make anyone act. I admitted my flaws, but he had confidence in me," Dinakar said.

The look of his role in Kaiva starkly resembles that of his father, Thoogudeepa Srinivas, which he considers both a strength and a weakness. "Being like him is certainly a strength, but I feel I can't match his acting range," he added.

Despite receiving acting offers, Dinakar avoids roles where the director says everything he does is right. "I want someone who can correct me. While directors might say 'acting is in my blood because of my father,' I often feel my brother, Darshan, has inherited more of that from my father, and it is more in his blood," he explained.

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