I Want to Stand on My Own Feet: Mahesh - The New Indian Express

I Want to Stand on My Own Feet: Mahesh

Published: 21st April 2014 11:16 AM

Last Updated: 21st April 2014 04:32 PM

In politics as well as Bollywood, we are all familiar with nepotism and how it paves the way for successive generations in the ‘family business.’

But our Sandalwood Golden Star Ganesh seems to have taken a different route. His brother Mahesh is still struggling to gain a foothold in the industry, despite his famous brother.

And it surely seems that Mahesh is finally ready to go full throttle and is all set for his upcoming film Namak Haraam. The film is directed by Nagaraj Peenya and Mahesh is beaming right now, because the film makers are now busy with the re-recording of a pivotal song. “Since it was election time, we had to postpone the shoot. We now plan to go on floors by the end of this month or by the first week of May,” says Mahesh, who began his career with the film Boundary, but saw it stalled because of a few hiccups. The film still has a few more days of shooting left.

According to Mahesh, a lot of preparations are going on for Namak Haraam, for which he has been travelling 20 kilometres up and down between Arkamanahalli and Nelamangala on a daily basis. He added, “I have known Nagaraj Peenya for the past one year. While narrating the story to me, he told me that I needed to get a certain look. I spent almost three to four hours with him on the story board to get into the character. Right now, rehearsals are going on in full swing,” he says, adding that the movie will be a mass package.

Though one would imagine that acting runs in his blood, Mahesh swears that it is hard work and patience and not recommendations of his brother that have worked for him. “People will not take me seriously if I keep taking my brother’s name. I have followed him, but I am here to make a mark on my own. I am sure to go places, if I go in the same direction,” says Mahesh.

Mahesh entered the industry in 2008 with the hope of succeeding, but even after six years, he is optimistic. “I have a lot of hope on Namak Haraam. The songs have come out very well and I am sure that this film will be a good launch pad for me,” he says.

But his optimism is controlled, says Mahesh. “Mungaru Male gave my brother the platform. I don’t have any such expectation right now. I would want to be noticed as a good actor first. I have not pushed myself to seek my brother’s help and I want my own efforts to bear fruit. He will definitely give me the required helping hand if I ask him but I would want to stand on my own feet. I have not yet discussed Namak Haraam with him. Even the director of the movie knew that I was Ganesh’s brother only after he signed me,” he says.

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