Rakshit Shetty burst into the Kannada film industry in 2010 with the film Aravinda Koshik. Nam Areal Ondina. He attracted fans with his acting, and later with his directorial skills. On screen, he went from a clumsy nerd to a smart actor who could seamlessly switch between comedy and action. Soon, Rakshit was seen wearing a large number of hats: producer, director, writer …
The actor goes back in time with his typical analytical approach and tells MetroPlus everything about what he could have done better and what he plans to do next.
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How far has you gotten your way in the industry?
This was the path of knowledge.
Although films were my passion, I never thought that I would become an actor. I have always told myself that this will be a dream that will never come true.
My passion for cinema took off when I came to Bangalore and started working in the IT industry. I started out by looking for short film makers and really wanted to play, just to make my portfolio look good.
Gradually I realized that I was making short films on weekends and writing a story seriously. Ulidawaru Khandante… Cinema soon became my career and I believe that I have learned enough from my successes and mistakes to continue working in this industry for several more years.
Does your IT background influence your approach to the project?
Although my experience in the IT industry was short-lived, I realized that everything was structured in it, which helped the workflow more smoothly and quickly.
This helped the teams achieve their goals.
When I got into the industry, I wanted to apply this strategy here as well. Since my team also has people from the IT sector, everything just fell into place, or rather into a structure.
Have you been influenced by the uncertainty in the film industry?
The situation changed a lot when I started working here, but no, it didn’t affect my workflow.
You have become popular with Kirik Party and Avane Sriman Narayana (AVN)… However, when people praise you, you are saying that there are many mistakes that could be avoided. Who are they?
This was very clear in AVN… People get nervous if it’s a long adventure / sci-fi movie. But, if it’s an emotional story, you might want to make a three-hour movie, as people easily tap into emotions. This is what AVN taught me.
Another set for AVNI believe I was trying to write a story using a structure that may have killed creativity or flow. But AVN was a wonderful learning experience for me.
V 777 Charlieyou are acting with a pet. How easy or difficult was it to show emotion with your four-legged co-star?
It was a titanic task. We all loved Charlie, but she (yes, she is a girl) did 30 to 40 takes per frame.
Because of this, I had to perform each take as if it were the last take. There was never any certainty when Charlie would convey emotions or do the right thing. And as soon as she succeeded in the shot, whether I did well or not, Kiran Raj (the director of the film) shouted: “Well!” and refuse to do another take!
It also took 150 days to shoot. 777 …, during this time we could shoot two films!
You never do remakes. Why?
As a writer, I believe I can use resources and energy to tell a new story, and not just dive into a remake.
Remakes aren’t fun. Also, people who have watched the film in their own language will not watch it again when it is remade in another language. So you have to make originals, no matter what happens.
Although we have films known as Lucia, U-turn, Ulidawarau Handante or Rama Rama Re, to name a few … Why do you think the Kannada industry is overshadowed by the Malayalam and Tamil industries?
I think this idea is changing now. The Malayalam film industry creates a certain kind of cinema, just like the Tamil industry.
I believe that we can make all kinds of movies. A major shift is taking place in the art of filmmaking itself: in a few years, it will be just a movie, not a “Kannada movie” or a “Malayalam movie.”
These boundaries are being violated because of the OTT that brings cinemas from all over the world to your home.