Aniissh: I was longing to execute my vision on the silver screen
Aniissh, who has taken up the responsibilities of an actor, producer, and director in Ramarjuna, speaks to Cinema Express about his upcoming project
"It is nothing but passion towards cinema that has led me to shoulder the entire responsibility of Ramarjuna,” says Aniissh about donning multiple hats for his upcoming film. Apart from playing the lead, Aniissh is also taking up the production responsibilities and making his directorial debut with Ramarjuna. This commercial entertainer, which is the first Kannada film getting a theatrical release after the pandemic, will be out on January 29.
“I consider myself a worker, like a light boy on the sets. So I don’t want to keep any limitations and enjoy being part of all aspects of filmmaking, from ‘pin to piano’,” explains Aniissh, adding, “Involving myself in different aspects of filmmaking began from my very first film, Nam Areal Ond Dina. I remember enjoying even putting up posters of that movie all around the city. So every film had something to teach me.”
Ask him if the decision to handle all these departments is a result of overconfidence, and he replies, “If I was overconfident, I would have done this 10 years ago, when I entered the industry, and wouldn’t have taken this long. Today, whatever responsibilities I have taken for Ramarjuna, it is all at my risk. Of course, I have confidence in my capabilities, and whatever you see in Ramarjuna is the result of my previous experience.”
So what made him take the directorial plunge with Ramarjuna? “I came to the industry to become an artiste. But there was this dream of portraying myself in a certain way, which unfortunately has not been fulfilled. I was longing to execute my vision on the silver screen. So I decided to get behind the camera and direct myself,” says Aniissh, adding, “However, one can’t gamble with filmmaking because it requires good knowledge. From the response and appreciation I have been getting for the rushes, I can say there are a lot of positive vibes around this film.”
Aniissh stresses that Rakshit Shetty coming on board as a co-producer is an added strength for the project. “We've been friends from the time we started our journey in the industry, and we have been critics for each other’s films since then. His support for my project comes as a huge boost,” says Aniissh, who is looking forward to watching Ramarjuna with the crowd in theatres.