‘I Want to Walk Down the Road I believe in’ - The New Indian Express

‘I Want to Walk Down the Road I believe in’

Published: 21st July 2014 10:29 AM

Last Updated: 21st July 2014 10:29 AM

Kumar Govind and Upendra started their careers together in 1993. While Uppi went on to be the superstar that he is today, Kumar hasn’t had quite the magical run.

Starting as an actor with Shhh, he turned director with Anuraga Sangama and followed it up with Sathya and his third and most recent, a thriller, Master Mind.  The film introduces newcomer Rajavardhan along with Tamanna.

Kumar admits that in his prolonged career as a filmmaker he had to compromise on his dreams time and again. “When I entered the industry, I didn’t think like other producers and directors. Even now, I love taking risks with my films and am bent upon exploring new talents. I like to walk down the road I believe in,” he tells City Express.

Although Ravichandran was a good friend, and Kumar had the opportunity to make or work in a commercial flick, he didn’t want to take that route. “People did not know who Upendra, Sadhu Kokila, Ashok Kashyap or I was until Shhh released. The film became a huge hit and everybody went on to establish themselves. Later on, each time one of my films was a success, I was struggling on other fronts — banking and investments — that created tension. In between, I chose a series of wrong projects. I was supposed to do a film like Om, which went to Shivarajkumar and became a hit. I rejected a few projects that went well for other actors,” he confides.

Looking ahead rather than at the past, Kumar hopes that next films as a director and actor brings him a sense of job satisfaction. “I am 36 films old, all done without any Godfather’s help. What’s the use of looking back? Keeping Indian cinema in mind, I want to come up with promising films under my banner. And that requires a lot of homework. At present, my preference is to direct films and work as an actor only if necessary. I will also produce other films,” he says.

“Though Master Mind is a Kannada film, the approach is more like an English language film. It’s mostly shot in Bangakok, and has got a U/A certificate,” says Kumar, who plans to remake this film in as many languages as he can. “I will rope in Srikanth for the Telugu version and talks are on for Tamil and in other languages,” he adds.

On Uppi, Kumar says that his friend and colleague’s success came as a surprise. “It was hard work and sincerity that took him to where he is now. I used to tell him not to sing; today, he is turned out to be a good singer. When Uppi mentioned that he was getting into acting, I asked him why because I knew how good a director he was. But, today he is a superstar. I talk of him to upcoming talents and he’s an inspiration to many.”

Meanwhile, Kumar has a surprise up his sleeve. He is coming up with a studio, now in its finishing stages.

“It’s my gift to the industry. Except being inspired by former Infosys CEO Narayan Murty, I haven’t sought anyone’s  help with it. It’s been a one man show,” he signs off.

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