Ram Arun Castro, an actor on the right trial
The actor made his debut with V1, directed by Pavel Navageethan
V1 has received some encouraging response on social media and happy for more reasons than one is the lead actor, Ram Arun Castro. Already on his second film, a period film, he says this happiness follows a decade of hard work and struggle.
"While pursuing engineering in Gulf, I was lucky to find an opening in New York School of Acting which opened a branch in the Emirates," he begins. During this period, Ram got to interact with celebrity filmmakers from all over the globe. Also being the only Indian student, filmmaker Mira Nair gave quality time with the young actor. "She told me that I would get lost in Hollywood movies. Her words of wisdom to get back to my roots in Chennai and scout for openings had paid handsomely."
However, the journey ahead wasn't easy. After several closed doors, Ram also considered quitting and leaving back to the Gulf. And that's when V1 happened. "My friend CS Prem Kumar, editor of the movie, had suggested my name to director Pavel, who was scouting for an energetic new face to play the main lead. I auditioned and I bagged it." He says that Pavel being an actor himself, understood what a fresher could do and was open to improvisations. And that helped in playing an intelligent, nyctophobic forensic officer who unravels a murder case.
"Playing a nyctophobic person who fears the darkness needed some out-of-the-box thinking. I am glad I had the support of Vishnu Priya, who is a known name in Malayalam, which helped in improving the final output."