Earlier, there were just reports that P Ravi Shankar will be launching his son Adhvey Shankar in a film directed by him. Now, this has been confirmed, and the multi-talented actor will be finalising the film’s script in August. While his son will be completing his acting training at the Lee Strasberg by the end of this year, Ravi is getting ready to get behind the camera.
“It’s time to launch my son,” says Ravi, who plans to announce and go on the floors early next year during Ugadi. “I can’t just get Adhvey to start shooting right after he comes back from his film training. I need to give him at least 3 months to settle in. During this time, he will get to learn the subject of the film and about his character,” the filmmaker says.
Directing his son’s first film is a big responsibility. “More than my son, it is a hero’s launch for which I have to doubly prepare. Over the last few months, a few directors have come forward with good scripts, and I have also written a few of them. Out of these, around five one-liners have been confirmed, and one story will be locked by August. I will then have a solid eight months to do the preparation work, during which time I will be getting ready with the screenplay, dialogues, locations, casting, etc.
He is very clear as to how he should go about launching his son and says that even Adhvey is serious about this profession. “He is not relying on my popularity and has taken an interest all by himself. In fact, he has made some short films and is also doing well in theatre at his college. Adhvey has been selected to act in a play by Lee Starsberg, and was selected among 300 other talents - I feel proud about this,” says Ravi.
Ravi too is well prepared to helm his son’s debut. He says. “As a showman, and having gone through the process of filmmaking for years now, it is something agile and active inside me. I know my subjects well. Though it has taken 15 years for me to direct a film after Durgi, I want to do this for my son only,” he says.