BREAKING! Ashwin Kakumanu to star in Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan adaptation
On the digital front, Ashwin is a part of Netflix's Telugu version of Lust Stories and will star in the Amala Paul segment directed by Nandini Reddy
There was a time when a sojourn into the small screen indicated a downswing in an actor's film career. Ashwin Kakumanu, who seems to have found a balance between the digital space and cinema, will have none of it, and rightly so. The Mankatha actor reveals that he has bagged a role in Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan adaptation. "I have been signed on for Mani Ratnam sir's next. I'll also be doing an interesting romance film under CV Kumar sir's banner. It will be about a guy who knows romance only through the films he sees. It will be quite a meta film," says Ashwin.
On the digital front, Ashwin, who was last seen in the ZEE5 series, Fingertip, presented by Vishnuvardhan, is a part of Netflix's first Telugu original, Lust Stories. He will play a pivotal role in the segment starring Amala Paul, which is directed by Nandini Reddy, who recently helmed Samantha's Oh Baby!. Ashwin does feel the digital space gives him a lot more to do as an actor. "I'm not sure if I'll get to do a movie scene like my final monologue in Fingertip. There is no point not taking up interesting roles because of the medium. My job is that of an actor, the medium shouldn't influence it," says Ashwin.
"The web series space is still nascent in India. While some think of it as a television serial, some others see it more as a space between a serial and cinema. This obscurity also gives creators the space to experiment with genres and content. With such refreshing material in hand, why wouldn't I want to be part of this space," feels Ashwin.
Meanwhile, the cast of Mani Ratnam's next seems to be growing with each day. It was earlier confirmed that Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Jayaram, and Parthiban were part of the project. Actors Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Keerthy Suresh, Amitabh Bachchan, and Amala Paul have also been speculated to be part of this period film.