Ayogya will bring back the confidence of directors and producers in me: Sathish Ninasam
...says the actor who didn’t mind being playing an ‘unfit’ character in the film directed by debutant Mahesh Kumar
Actor Sathish Ninasam says he has no qualms playing the character of an ‘unfit’ person for the film Ayogya (Unfit). Ask what pushed him to play such a role, and he says, “Is there anyone who is as truthful as Satya Harischandra? Likewise, there is no one who can be called the ‘fittest’. It’s situations that shape us.”
So, was Sathish okay to be called ‘unfit’? “The fact is Ayogya sounds pleasing to the ears,” he laughs. “The character I play in the film is that of an unemployed youth, and the filmmaker couldn’t find a better slang to express that. Today, a girl’s parents want their prospective son-in-law to be either an engineer or a doctor or someone working in an IT firm. All other job holders are usually considered unfit for marriage proposals and one of these unfit jobs is being a farmer. Ayogya stresses that every job is important and everyone has their place in society,” he adds.
Audience love to watch Sathish do a village-based subject and that is where his roots are as well. “I am aware of it, and work towards doing at least one film a year that has the backdrop of a village. I also want to concentrate on films that let me travel across Karnataka,” he says.
The story of Ayogya is apparently told in a humorous way and in Sathish’s style. “There has been a little change in my overall outlook and my treatment towards the character. The audience will notice a huge difference in the Sathish they have been watching for over a decade now. There is heroism added to my character, along with a few other elements,” he says, adding that he had to workout, tone his body and train in dancing for the film. “In fact, I also took a little more effort in my styling and with the dialogue delivery. All this was done to cleverly handle the role. And, of course, I have made sure that the humour is maintained.”
Sathish, who always wants his films to do well, is very confident about Ayogya. “In my film journey, I have experimented with different films and I have been watching films of various genres in Kannada and other languages. I am confident that this kind of subject will work well. To be honest, I have watched Ayogya at least 15 times and enjoyed it every time. I never got bored. The content is good and will keep the audience entertained throughout the two-and-a-half hours,” says the actor, adding, “Usually I would say, I have done my best and I’d like to leave the rest to the people to judge. But this time, I am sure that it will be a film that will be liked by everybody. I'm sure that Ayogya will bring back the confidence of directors and producers in me. Also, it will bring back the crowd to theatres, who will definitely leave with a big smile on their faces.” Sathish credits all this to debutant director Mahesh Kumar and producer TR Chandrashekar.
Rachita Ram plays the female lead in the film, while Ravishankar essays the role of the villain. The film, which also stars Chikkanna, Rangayana Raghu, Sadhu Kokila and Kuri Pratap, has Arjun Janya’s music and cinematography by Preeth.