'Playing the antagonist is not as risky as being a stuntman'
...says Amith Jolly Bastian, fight-master-turned-actor, who made his mark in Mollywood with films like Angamali Diaries, Sakavinte Priyasakhi and Varnyathil Ashanka
Having already signed three big Kannada projects, Amith Jolly Bastian, son of well-known fight master, Jolly Bastian, has plunged right into Sandalwood. While he has been roped in for Abhishek's debut Amar, Amith is also part of Darshan-starrer Odeya, directed by MD Sridhar. His next big project is Suri Popcorn Monkey Tiger in which he will feature as one of the villains in the Suri directorial.
The fight-master-turned-actor, who made his mark in Mollywood with films like Angamaly Diaries, Sakavinte Priyasakhi and Varnyathil Ashanka, also assisted his father in choreographing fights for almost four years. Now, Amith is looking forward to getting out of his comfort zone. Incidentally, he tells us that being an antagonist happened by accident. Instead, he had been hoping to make it big as a comedian. "But when filmmakers felt I fitted the villain role, I decided to give it a try. And after working as a fighter, and assisting my father for almost four years, I realised that facing the camera is fun. Playing the antagonist is not as risky as being a stuntman," says Amith, adding, "Before starting with my feature film, I did a short film called 10 minutes, which is a one-man film."
This 5' 11'' lean actor points out that there's more to a villain than just being beaten up. "Whether it is Amar, Odeya where I work with Darshan or Suri Popcorn Monkey Tiger, all of them are breaks as far as I'm concerned. But we'll have to see how the film looks on the screen," says the young actor.