'Script was the only reason for me to accept Samhaara'
...says Chiranjeevi Sarja, who plays a blind chef in the film directed by Guru Deshpande
Of late Chiranjeevi Sarja has been taking up different kinds of roles in various films, and his upcoming release Samhaara, he says, has thrown him another challenge. The film by Guru Deshpande will have the actor playing a visually impaired person for a major part of the film.
Chiru says the role was not tough, but quite stressful. “I play the blind role for 45 minutes. In normal conversation eye contact is a very important element. So to look at a wall and then to react elsewhere just by listening to someone talk was not very easy to do, initially,” he says, adding, “The other thing that was tough about the role was the blind fight sequences. I had to look in the opposite direction and kick or box.”
He feels that disability comes with its own strengths and weaknesses, something that is explained well through his character. “In the film I am a famous chef who is blind. But when I get my sight back, I am confused and see a lot of negative things around me. Perception depends on each individual, and the way we think about everything around us. We decide where our disability lies,” he adds.
Chiru says that Samhaara’s story was the only reason he agreed to do the film. “The film takes you through a lot of curiosity, suspense, comedy, romance and action and has a lot of twists and turns. Irrespective of where the story came from, I respect the original creator, who has written the script,” he says.
Apart from him, he feels Chikkanna and Hariprriya get to play unique roles in the film, as does Kavya Shetty, who plays a journalist.
This week is seems set to be a ‘Sarja week’ with his uncle’s latest directorial venture, Prema Baraha featuring Aishwarya Arjun also releasing along with Samhaara. Chiranjeevi makes a guest appearance in Prema Baraha, along with Arjun Sarja, Darshan and Dhruva. “It is a double treat to the audience from our family,” he says.