Ganesh’s recent line up of films - Mungaru Male 2 and now Mugulu Nage and a sequel to Gaalipata with Yogaraj Bhat -- suggests that the actor is going back to his beginnings after 11 years. He is working once more with directors and projects that gave him his stardom.
The actor is working himself to the bone, shooting for Chamak, dubbing for Mugulu Nage and promoting his upcoming film Pataki.
He tells City Express, “A new cycle has begun after a decade, I am starting once more from where I began. Bhatru (Yogaraj Bhat is popularly known as Bhatru in the industry) had been busy after Mungaru Male and Gaalipata. Many thought that we had an ego clash and we would not be working together again... The fact is we both were afraid that after our two blockbuster hits, the audience’s expectations from us only went up.
We had thought of working together after 3 to 4 years, but it is finally happening after 10 years.”
Ganesh, who looks up to directors says that he never interfere with their work. “Whatever changes need to be made will be done at my office and before we start the shoot. On the sets, he is my director and I am an actor. Of course we can give suggestions but the director decides ultimately.”
The actor says that Bhatru has not changed at all over the years. “Except for the fact that both of us have two children,” says Ganesh, “He still cracks naughty jokes on the sets... We decided to come together in Mugulu Nage as newcomers and not as anyone famous.”
Finding new and exciting scripts are a challenge, says Ganesh adding that he knows that stories cannot be what they were 10 years ago. “The audience have changed and stories have to match to today’s tastes,” he says.
Having said that the actor asserts that he will work with his advantages. “I have an image and I can never pull off fighting off ten goons. People have accepted me for being an entertainer,” he says.
’I Observe Friends to Play a Character’
Ganesh has had opportunities to reprise a few real-life characters. He plays a police officer in Pataki, in Mugulu Nage a software engineer and in Chamak a gynaecologist. The actor says that he takes points from his real-life friends to play his reel characters, like that of a police officer and doctor. “I have close friends who are ACPs and inspectors, I observed their body language. Just I did Dr Kini, for Chamak. The doctor is one of the best in Bengaluru.”