Shreyas Manju: I didn’t talk to anybody while shooting my scenes for Paddehuli
The actor, producer’s K Manju’s son, talks about his upcoming debut Paddehuli, directed by Guru Deshpande
Producer K Manju’s son, Shreyas Manju is making his acting debut this week with Paddehuli, directed by Guru Deshpande. The film has actors Ravichandran and Sudharani reuniting on screen after 25 years, and it will also feature Puneeth Rajkumar in a cameo and Rakshit Shetty in a pivotal role.
Such a star-studded cast has boosted the confidence of Shreyas, who is keen to showcase his talent in this youthful love story. “Paddehuli is a musical and I play the role of a rockstar. The film is a total entertainer, and it has plenty of dance, fight, romance and family sentiment scenes,” says Shreyas. He believes that the last 20 minutes are the highlight of the film. “This is where I strike an emotional chord with the audience. I took seven days preparing for this episode.”
As part of his homework, he watched a lot of Hindi and old Kannada films. “I didn’t talk to anybody while shooting the scenes because I wanted to sync well with the emotions of the character. Those who have watched the rushes have given a thumbs up. I am confident that it will connect with the people,” Shreyas explains.
With a lot of newcomers, how is he going to differentiate himself from the rest of the pack? “Variety. I will do varied roles. That is what legends like Dr Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan are known for. They have set an example with their films, and have won hearts. The best lessons will be learnt by watching their films,” says the actor.
Shreyas recalls his desire to walk the ramp during his college days. His friends laughed off the idea as they didn’t see him as model material. “I’ve transformed completely now and it’s for all to see, especially those who laughed at me.”
What are some of the best lessons he has learnt thanks to being a producer’s son? “Respect what is available to you and don’t take anything or anyone for granted. I have seen a lot of newcomers coming home in the hope of getting a chance in films. When my turn came, I made sure to make best use of the opportunity,” he says.