Debutant director Vishruth Naik runs a travel agency. What led him to make a film was an a little inspiration that soon became a full-fledged film titled Ring Master. But even though he has passionately stitched the story together, building each character from the varied people he met during his travel business, his annoyance is visible when the film is compared to a Hollywood cult film. Rubbishing the tittle-tattle, he says, “Taking inspiration is not unethical. I do not deny the fact that I was inspired by a short film Miss Behaviour. I have never watched any kind of film in Hollywood of this genre.”
According to Vishruth, Ring Master, which stars Arun Sagar and Anushree, is a story told in a unique way.
“There is a thin line between freedom and misusing it and that is the central theme of the film,” he says.
Explaining his inspiration, the director states that while running his travel agency, he had written a script, which was titled Jukar. “It was rustic and raw. While I was in the process of marketing my script, I watched Miss Behaviour and realised that it was similar to my story. At that point, I also realised that my script Jukar required a bigger budget. I then decided to reinterpret Miss Behaviour as Ring Master and the experiment has finally shaped up,” he says.
The debut director affirms that today every movie of any language draws inspiration from different films and gets good ratings. “But today, remakes are in and not everyone attributes them to the right sources. But as a newcomer, I don’t have a voice right now. I believe in film and this is my honest attempt to make a good movie,” he emphasises.
Interestingly, it was Vishruth wife Meghana Jois who encouraged him to take up direction.
“I used to read a lot of stories and she saw my interest in writing and pushed me to pursue my inner passion. She stood my side and helped me all along,” the director says.