Chetan will be back on the big screen soon with his new venture, Mynaa after his last film Suryakanthi, which was released in 2010. The actor who took a long break, tested unknown waters by involving in education, rural empowerment, theatre and performance. Chetan spoke at length on the new projects, he had taken up in the Southern film industry.
Speaking about his absence in the film industry, he said, “I do a film only once-a-year and only if the script touches me on a realistic note. When I am not working on any project it means that I am involved in social service or in my family’s medical business, back in the States.”
Several artistes often regret that there are less opportunities for exploring their talent in the Kannada film industry. But it is not the same for Chetan. In his case, he said, “ I am quite content that I have had a chance to carve out my own niche, and the industry has accepted me for it. This has expanded my horizon as a result.”
Chetan’s next flick ‘Mynaa’ will be directed by Nagshekar. The director in the film has drawn the storyline from a true life incident that took place in the city in 2008. He has also recently played a significant role in Ravi Srivatsa’s film ‘Dashamukha’. Speaking about his role in the film, he said, “I play a local boy accused of murder whose fate rests in the hands of 10 jurists -- The Dashamukha. It’s a been satisfying learning from an experienced technician like Ravi Srivatsa.”
The actor also plans to take up a Telugu film in the near future. “My interests lie in the roots of our Karnataka arts and culture. No doubt, performance transcends barriers like language and region. But my focus has and always been Kannada,” he said. Sharing one of the memorable incidents while shooting for the movie ‘Suryakaanti’, he said, “We had a chance to travel to Uzbekistan for a couple of weeks. We visited some beautiful places like Samarkand and Bukhara. During this tour, learning about Timur and Genghis Khan was amazing. The history lessons were more remarkable than anything I could acquire in classrooms or through books.”