‘I loved the script of Kalyanam. So did my parents’
..says actor Shravan Mukesh who is on a leave from his doctor duties
He is the latest entrant to the brigade of star sons, but Shravan Mukesh, son of actors Mukesh and Saritha, says movies stayed within him ever since his childhood days. “I always wanted to be an actor. But, my mother insisted I study and become a doctor. I never say no to anything she wants. So, I did MBBS and was working as a doctor at Ras-Al-Khaimah when director Rajesh called me with the script,” says Shravan, who is making his debut with Kalyanam, a family entertainer.
Shravan says he never had to think much as the director began his narration on a very positive note. “There was a very positive vibe throughout. Rajesh uncle told me he had the script on his mind for quite some time. The narration was perfect and I fell in love with the story. I knew this was going to be my debut,” he says.
However, Shravan did consult his parents about the script. “I had told my dad and mom that now that I have turned a doctor, I should be given a chance to pursue my passion. They always knew my mind and were only happy." He says his mother listened to a few scripts when he was still in college, but nothing felt right. "But, Kalyanam was everything I wished for. And, this was one script both my parents felt was perfect for me. In fact, my father discussed it with Sreenivasan uncle who loved the script,” says Shravan who is on leave from his doctor duties.
Shravan says, though he is at ease with all South Indian languages, he is happy to have made his debut in Malayalam. “Though my mother is a Telugu and I was born in Chennai, I spent most of my growing years in Kochi. Hence, I am pretty comfortable in Malayalam. So, it is great to be making my debut here,” he adds.
And, for the same reason, Shravan says he didn’t feel he needed much preparation for the role. “I knocked down a few kilos, and brushed up my language skills a bit. That is pretty much it. I didn’t take any acting lessons,” says the actor, who hails from a family with a long lineage of acting, both in theatre and cinema.
Kalyanam, directed by Rajesh Nair, will have Shravan and Varsha Bollamma in the lead roles. A family entertainer, the movie is being shot at Thiruvananthapuram.