BANGALORE: Pavan Wadeyar’s has proven his creativity with films like Govindaya Namaha, Googly and Potugadu in Telugu. He is currently busy working on Dheera Rana Vikrama starring Puneeth Rajkumar. While Pavan is making his films appealing, he will become an actor for his debut Preethi Geethi Ityadi, which will see its release soon. The film will be Veerendra’s debut as a director and Sangeetha Bhat will be the heroine.
The actor-director, who has the knack of using his imagination and people skills to his benefit, doesn’t find anything special in acting. “Today, we have so many examples of director turning actors. But the fact is that acting was never new to me, because I have been into a number of stage plays and dance competitions in school and college. Technically, I started my acting career with a guest appearance in Potugadu. The only thing special about this debut is that I am considered the hero of the movie,” he says.
Pavan also confesses that direction is better than acting. “It is always nice when your imagination comes alive on screen. Wearing a director’s hat is challenging and it brings a sense of achievement. I feel the art of creating is more interesting.”
His role in Preethi Geethi Ityadi has created quite a buzz. The actor had managed to shoot the film while writing the script of Dheera... “After watching the first version of Preethi.., I feel I have faithfully followed the director’s instructions. He only wanted me to act the way I am in real life. That’s why I was selected for the role. He saw some innocence in me, which he thought will work on screen. The director made me so comfortable that he gave the character my original name. Preethi... is about love, sacrifices, sentiments, laughter, relationship and confessions. Right now I am wondering if people would accept me or not,” he says.
Pavan compliments director Veerendra for his first film and doesn’t consider him as a beginner. “He was my guru in the early days of my career. Back then, Yogaraj Bhat didn’t even know my name. It was Veeru who taught me the language of cinema. He knew my pulse and what I was capable of,” he says.
He further adds, “In fact, while working on Preethi..., I learnt more about direction than acting.”
To Pavan’s surprise, he got eight offers from various producers to be an actor, and he had to reject almost all of them. “I don’t know what they see in me that they want me in their movies. One producer even came to me with the advance money. I was scared to accept it, as I felt I was diverting my mind. I am here to direct and will remain a director,” says Pavan, who still got attracted to one subject, which he thinks he might take up.
“The director took just 15 seconds to tell me the gist of the story. If at all I decide to act now, I might take up that project,” he says.