Nepotism has got another feather in the conceptual cap. Bharath Sarja is the sixth entry from the family of the Sarjas. According to him, while he initially intended to become a director, he was noticed while working as an assistant director and started getting offers.
“My childhood passion was to become a director. In fact I was an assistant director for films like Vaayuputra and Dandam Dashagunam. In the mean time, I used to get lot of offers to act as a hero. But at that time, I was not confident. I just took time and thought about it and also discussed about it with my uncle, Arjun Sarja. He had then told me that it is not easy to become a hero as it needs a different kind of dedication. So I took time,” he stated.
According to him , his debut Pulakeshi came to him by accident. “I was working in Mysore at the Universal Gymnasium where I met Suresh who has actually written the story. He saw me and got me connected with the director Manjunath Babu. I asked them to discuss the story with my uncle,” he stated.
The movie started in June 2011 and could see its completion sometime this year. “I was bedridden for eight months as I had a ligament tear during a fight sequence for the movie. The doctor had strictly told me not to go outdoors and that took a lot of time,” he said.
While the actor is waiting for Pulakeshi to release, he is getting ready for his next film, Hanuma, for which he is going for an ‘eight’ pack. “I have now realised that good work will take lot of time and we all worked hard in making a good movie. I don’t do my job out of difficulty…I do it only if I like it. Now it is left to the audience to decide,” he said.
Bharath, who has now got into acting, is also focused on fulfilling his wish of becoming a well known director too. “I will definitely work towards my ambition of getting behind the camera, which might take some time. One step at a time,” said Bharath.
Like his other cousins, Bharath was also inspired by his uncle to get into the limelight. “I grew up watching his films and so it is but obvious that I follow his steps. The only next person I get inspired is Dr Rajkumar, mostly because of his historical films. The moment I was doing Pulakeshi, I remembered only Annavaru,” said this newbie.