Dhruv Sarja makes an entry into Sandalwood with 'Addhuri', a real life story shown on reel screen. It’s been a long time coming but finally, 'Addhuri' is releasing this week. The film had kicked off in August 2010 but is hitting cinemas only this month.
“I am excited and keeping my fingers crossed,” says an elated Dhruv. Addhuri, which has already created waves with the audio is also becoming a huge hit on social networking sites. “Watch out for the title track, ABCD... I have really got some positive response for this particular song, which we just released on Sunday,” he adds.
On the delay in the making of the film, Dhruv said, “The Producer’s father expired which was the main reason for the delay. It was such a situation where we could not do anything but wait,” says Dhruv, adding, “We started shooting by January 2011 and took 85 days to shoot the entire film. Though it was quite a long duration, we never wasted time. We had our homework as a separate schedule and it was insisted by our director, Arjun, who was particular that we get prepared.”
'Addhuri' marks an entry of another hero from the Sarja family with Arjun Sarja and Chiranjeevi Sarja already establishing themselves in tinsel town. Will the industry sit up and notice Dhruv in his first film?
“Fingers crossed,” says the actor, who is confident but not expecting anything from the industry at present. “I have given my hundred percent and the rest is left to the people. I am requesting them to accept me, the way they have accepted my uncle and my brother. As for the industry taking notice of me, it will just be a plus point,” he says.
The film is based on a real life story. “I can say it is a cute love plus action film for today’s generation. The film will definitely in with everybody's mind as they come out of the theatres,” he assures.
As a newcomer, Dhruv had a challenging task in his very first film. “There was no dupe for me in any of the stunts. Since I was into boxing, I have implemented my skills in a couple of scenes in the movie with the help of fight master Ravi Varma,” says Dhruv, who comes from a gymnastic background, which helped him jump from 70 feet height, without a rope. “My motivation came from the people on the sets. They mentally prepared me. I only said ‘Jai Anjaynaya’ and jumped,” he said. Apart from watching his first film amongst the audience, he will also be watching the film with his uncle Arjun Sarja and brother, Chiranjeevi. “More than me, they are more excited about my debut. My uncle saw the rushes of the film and he said ‘awesome magane’ (son). He has promised to accompany me to the theatre on the first day of the show. My brother has made sure that I go dressed up at every promotional activities that I am attending,” he reveals.
According to Dhruv, his first film can be a landmark only if he is encouraged by the people and the industry here. “I want our audience to first come to theatres to watch our film. That’s the only way, they appreciate our effort,” says Dhruv, who is doing a bit of promotion on his own. “From past few days, I am sleeping for only three hours. Rest of the time, I am out to talk about my film. My current activity is pasting our movie stickers to every auto coming to a gas station in Cottonpet. The passengers and the autowallahs were quite curious the moment I revealed that I was the hero of the film. Initially, I was alone. Now I have around 10 to 15 of my friends helping me to talk about the film,” he said.
Dhruv shares screen space with Radhika Pandit. “I am surprised to know that we make a perfect pair on-screen. It seems to be natural because the story demanded it,” he says. As for the director Arjun, Dhruv says, “This is his second film after Ambari. There is a huge expectation from him. He comes across as a very adamant director who does not compromise on anything. The film should run, the way he wants to.”
Though it is Dhruv’s first film, he does not have fear of losing out. “I am ready to face the challenge as I have done my best. Now, I will wait for the verdict by the audience,” he signs off.