Emerging from the shadows of his ‘supporting’ father, actor Akash Satyajeeth has gone a step further. Learning from his father, actor Satyajeeth, who made his name by playing supporting roles in Sandalwood, Akash seems to have moved away from character roles. The passionate actor surprised many by landing the role of the protagonist in Thaballi.
“I did get offers to play supporting characters in the beginning of my career and was even considered in a multi-star cast film. But, somewhere in my mind, I was clear about what I wanted to do. Though essaying the character role is significant, unlike Bollywood, where their roles are highlighted, that is not the case in Sandalwood. I did not want to get branded as a supporting actor. I decided to wait since I had my own business. My patience paid off and I got a couple of good movies,” he explains.
After Thaballi, Akash took a three-year gap waiting for the right script and he is part of two mega projects — Shambo Mahadev and Done. “Thabbali was a very heavy subject, which any hero will take time to consider. However, I could do justice to the role and was appreciated. Later, I was looking for films from a commercial aspect as well as characters which are youthful. Fortunately, these two films came my way,” he says.
The actor, who did not plunge straight in front of the camera to play his role, worked as a camera assistant. “I wanted to study filmmaking from scratch and it has helped me a lot,” he says.
His next release Shambo Mahadev has been directed by Manjunath and is all set hit the screens. The makers of Done that is directed by Vikram, are waiting for Sai Kumar’s dates to complete the film. Sai will be playing Akash’s father in the film.
The young actor is looking beyond, finding acceptance in Kollywood too.
He will be essaying the role of a cop in Garvam. “My debut in Tamil looks great with Kartikeyan directing the film. I am quite excited and looking forward to the shoot which will start in June. The film is an opportunity for me to prove myself in another industry as it also gives me an opportunity to fulfill my father’s dream. My expectations are high with Garvam,” he says.