Sankar Induchoodan is pitching it right
The actor, who played cricketer Hari Kumbalam in Rakshadikari Baiju Oppu, says he aspires to do more versatile roles
The Kochi-based Sankar Induchoodan made his acting debut doing something he loves a lot: playing cricket. As the IPL star Hari Kumbalam in the Biju Menon-starrer Rakshadikari Baiju Oppu, Sankar brought alive on screen the life and dreams of a youngster who aspires to make it big in the world of cricket.
"It was a great experience. While auditioning for the role, all I had was a one-liner of the movie. I was clueless on how the character would shape up. But, thanks to the support and encouragement given by Biju Menon and director Ranjan Pramod, I could pull it off," he says.
Sankar was doing his graduation at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehra Dun, when he was offered the role. "I had to miss a semester. Since it was shot in sync sound, it took almost 60 days," says the actor who, however, was tight-lipped about this to even his close friends.
"Until the movie hit the screens, I kept mum. I didn’t want to be mocked since I had no idea how Hari Kumbalam would come along," he laughs.
Sankar was apprehensive about how it would be on the sets. But, the immense support Biju provided made it easy for him. "He would ask us to be natural before the camera. There were instances when I would fumble. But, then he would reassure me. The kind of space and support he provides both on and off screen is very encouraging," says Sankar.
When the movie was released, Sankar was in Wagamon shooting for an advertisement. "My parents saw the movie and my mother was very emotional. That's the first response I got. Then, another high point was when Mohanlal blessed me on the sets of Velipadinte Pustakam. Director Lal Jose was equally supportive," he says.
However, the actor is in a bid to break the mould that ‘Hari Kumbalam’ has created. "I wish to do more performance-oriented and versatile characters. I have always been an admirer of the technical and performance aspects of films," says Sankar, who is avid traveller and foodie.
At the moment, he is listening to a few scripts from Tamil and Telugu.