Darshan Apoorva to direct story penned by actor Pruthvi Ambaar
The yet-to-be-titled film is likely to bring together the Dia pair of Kushee and Pruthvi on the silver screen again
Pruthvi Ambaar, who became popular as Adi after Dia, is currently exploring his writing skills. The actor, who is in his hometown of Kasargod, is penning a script during this lockdown. The film will be a love drama that will mark the directorial debut of Darshan Apoorva. This will be the first independent feature film for the latter, who has worked as an associate with director KS Ashoka in 6-5=2 and Dia.
Pruthvi, who has already committed to a comedy family entertainer titled For Regn, to be directed by Naveen Dwarakanath, will take up the new project after that.
Interestingly, the film is likely to bring back Dia and Adi, the lead characters of Ashoka’s directorial, together on the silver screen again. According to the latest buzz, Kushee will be paired opposite Pruthvi in the upcoming romantic story.
However, ask Pruthvi about this, and he says, “At present, we are in the process of writing. It’s my story, and Darshan Apoorva and I are sitting and doing the screenplay. The film will be made with investments from a group of friends who have been part of the industry. As far as Kushee being signed is concerned, the viewers who have watched Dia want to see us together again, and we are both equally keen too. However, we will be in a better position to finalise the star cast once we are out of the lockdown period, at which time we will make an official announcement of the project as well as the cast and crew.”
The actor, who is also a well-known name in the Tulu film industry, says this upcoming project will be a contrast to Dia and For Regn. “This is going to be a unique love story with elements of a thriller. The entire film will be set in Kapu, and we will bring in the native Udupi dialect of the coastal belt and add two songs as well. If everything goes as per plan, we are planning to start shooting in August,” he says.
Pruthvi, a dancer, radio jockey, actor, and now writer, has directorial ambitions too. “When studying Mass Communication, my last semester included films, and that’s when I was introduced to world cinema. It was when I was doing my Masters that I thought I would take up direction and do good films. I never thought I would become an actor. To begin with, I was a dancer, and got into serials when I thought I was confident of facing the camera. That’s how I ended up being an artiste. Also being an RJ, I wrote shows, which I also hosted. That’s how writing came to me. Direction is on my mind, but not immediately. I would think of it 5-6 years from now; my current focus is on acting,” he says.
Dia is still a talked-about film, after being made available on Amazon Prime post its theatrical release. According to Pruthvi, there are two scenes that he would pick from the film as the best ones for their surprising and shocking elements — the mother’s death and the last scene. “Each time I went to a theatre to watch it among the audience, I would enjoy their reactions and expressions, especially for these two sequences, and those become the knockout scenes for me,” says Pruthvi, adding, “I can’t come up with such shocking ending like the one Ashoka came up for Dia. But I am making sure that this film, which has a blend of love, comedy and emotions, will give the audience an equal thrill.”