Falling in love with cinema was inevitable: Vybhav
The actor, who makes his debut with Tarakasura, chats with CE about his entry into cinema ahead of this week's release
Vybhav’s connection with films started early. With his father, Narasimhulu being a producer and theatre owner, he grew up surrounded by films. So his debut in Tarakasura doesn’t come as a surprise. “Over the last 20 years, I’ve been watching films every single day and falling in love with the big screen was inevitable,” says the young actor.
As a child, Vybhav recalls how he would get super excited at the entry of a hero in a film. “That’s when you get to hear the whistles from the audience. I would get goosebumps,” says the newcomer, adding, “While everyone my age would spend their summer holidays at their grandparents’, I would spend mine in theatres. Even to this day, if I am not shooting, I will be at the theatres. I never miss the first day, first show of any film.”
The B.Sc animation graduate was clear about the kind of film he wanted to be part of first. “I didn’t want my debut to be a college romance story, the kind that newcomers often start out with. While we were looking for a script, Tarakasura (directed by Chandrashekar Bandiyappa) came by. I found the script different and challenging, which is why I picked it up,” he says.
The film has been in the making for two years now. The reason for the delay, Vybhav says, is because of the detailed work it required. “I have three shades in the film - a mass look, a stylish hero and that of a 16-year-old boy.”
He reveals that the title refers to the villain and not the hero. “The film takes us deep into the lives of traditional folk artistes, especially those who practice morning hour predictions. They are locally known as budbudkes. Through this film I learnt that there are 1.5 crore folk artistes who follow the budbudke tradition.”
Getting into the skin of character
- It took almost a year for Vybhav to grow and maintain his beard
- Getting the right texture for his mane meant that he couldn’t wash his hair for five months
- The actor lost 13 kgs to get into the teenage character
- He travelled with the folk aritstes for almost four months to pick up their mannerisms
- It took him four months to learn their body language and how to play the instruments they usually carry with them
Vybhav says his father’s stature did not add any extra pressure. “At no point was I pressurised. In fact, my family initially thought that my elder brother (Kishore) would be an actor, but fate had different plans. He looks after the family business and I am following my passion.”
Tarakasura also features Manvitha Kamath in the lead, with Hollywood actor Danny Sapani playing the antagonist. “We were particular about the looks of the villain, which is why we thought Danny was the best fit,” says Vybhav.