'Pawan Kalyan's words pushed me to live my dream,' says actor Abhilash Vadada
The actor, who hails from Salur, Vizianagaram, is making his foray into Telugu cinema with Premaku Raincheck
The audio release of Sai Dharam Tej’s Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham was the biggest turning point in the life of actor Abhilash Vadada. “As a child, I always dreamt of acting and my passion for cinema was so intense that I wanted to learn the craft from a reputed institute. After completing my higher studies in the UK, I decided to convert my passion into a career, but was clueless about whom to approach. It was then that I happened to watch the speech of Pawan Kalyan at the audio release of Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham. This was the first time that I heard about Barry John Acting Studio, and that was it; I landed in Mumbai and attended acting classes for six months,” recalls Abhilash.
The newcomer, who hails from Salur, Vizianagaram, is making his foray into Telugu cinema with Premaku Raincheck. He plays the protagonist, Vicky, vice-president of an adventure sports company based in Hyderabad. “I was selected for the role after an audition. I was completely relieved and feeling grateful to my parents for supporting my dream. I got a warm welcome from the film's makers, and this film has helped me to learn the tricks of the trade too.”
Elaborating on the film, he says, “It’s an out-and-out romantic entertainer which revolves around a couple. In this film, the leading lady takes a raincheck for many aspects in her life, while the boy doesn’t want to mix his personal and professional life. How some ideological differences crop up between them is the crux of our film.”
The young actor is all praise for his director and producer Akella Peri Srinivas. “Premaku Raincheck is the reflection of his (AP Srinivas’s) thoughts, which I feel has led to a good output. As my character works in an adventure sports company, a song had to be shot in that ambience. Srinivas garu decided to shoot it in Dehradun with a 60-member team. We shot the song in two-three locations for two weeks and the output has been amazing. Had it been another director or producer, the same song would have been shot at KBR Park. I’m thankful to Srinivas garu for being truthful to his craft and for his no-compromise quality,” says Abhilash.
Srinivas is all set to expand his foothold in foreign languages with his debut film. Produced under Stone Media films, the project has caught the eye of Andy Cohen, president, Grade A Entertainment, a US-based production and consultancy company.
Impressed with Premaku Raincheck. Cohen, who watched the film at a special screening, has agreed to promote the film in several foreign languages. “The film is set in a corporate environment where the lead actor believes that romance at work affects his love life and his career. Such conflicts arise in almost everyone’s life in the corporate world. Although it's Srinivas’ debut, he shows a lot of promise in churning out a refreshing tale with a universal theme. The production values are on par with a Hollywood film and hence, we have decided to take the film to the global audience either by dubbing or remaking it across languages. That’s not all, I’m also eagerly waiting to collaborate with him in many other projects in the days to come,” says Cohen.
Premaku Raincheck is slated for release on September 7.