The premise of the Telugu movie Author Padmabhushan, directed by Shanmukha Prashanth, is something however bigger than life. On this household dramedy headlined by Suhas, the protagonist is a 25-year-old aspiring author. His e-book will get revealed however there usually are not sufficient takers. The movie scheduled to launch on February 3 will likely be Suhas’ first as a hero to court docket theatres. His earlier movie as a solo lead, Color Photograph, which gained the Nationwide Award for finest Telugu characteristic movie, was a direct digital launch on Aha throughout the pandemic.
Suhas says that Author Padmabhushan was additionally accomplished throughout the pandemic however the producers, his pals Anurag Reddy and Sharath Chandra of Chai Bisket Movies, waited for the correct time to launch the movie in theatres. “Shanmukha Prashanth was an assistant director for Colour Photo, and I have known him since our short-film days. He narrated Writer Padmabhushan on the sets of Family Drama (a neo-noir drama on SonyLIV for which Prashanth was a co-writer). I loved the story and we pitched it to Anurag and Sharath anna. The project went on the floor but soon there was a second lockdown.”
Suhas was anxious that this movie too mustn’t find yourself as a digital launch. In Telugu movie circles, actors and administrators who’ve consecutive digital releases usually obtained slotted into the OTT area and regarded not viable for the field workplace.
Just lately when Suhas visited the Hyderabad e-book truthful to unfold the phrase about Author Padmabhushan, a couple of writers gifted him their new books. Suhas believes that the studying tradition remains to be prevalent. “The film takes place in Vijayawada and my character likes to be surrounded by books and works in a library. The story deals with his ambition and his family situation.” Ashish Vidyarthi and Rohini essay the roles of his dad and mom.
Though the promos are crammed with witty strains, Suhas says there will likely be a shock aspect within the final 20 minutes that may make viewers take into consideration the movie. “I would recommend that youngsters take their parents along to watch the movie. There will be a few twists and turns. The director ensured that there is enough entertainment to make everyone laugh.”
Devious and menacing
A latest movie that obtained viewers speaking about Suhas’ efficiency however didn’t let the actor leverage it for publicity was the Telugu thriller, HIT 2; viewers had been conscious that discussing his function would have been a spoiler. Suhas says with amusing, “For HIT 2, I had to wait patiently till the film finished its successful run in the theatres and arrived on OTT platforms so that I could discuss it after more people watched it.”
When author and director Sailesh Kolanu wished him to play the antagonist, Suhas had requested him once more to be doubly positive. “Sailesh was aware of my work in short films and was confident that I could do it.”
HIT 2 got here at a stage when Suhas had moved away from doing smaller elements publish Color Photograph. To divert the curiosity of viewers who would possibly be capable to guess Suhas’s function within the cop thriller, within the pre-release occasion, Sailesh had deliberate to state that Suhas had dedicated to the movie even earlier than Color Photograph and therefore will likely be seen in a short half. “But he somehow forgot to mention it on stage,” provides Suhas.
Previous to HIT 2, Suhas had performed a menacing character in Household Drama. “Ideally I would like to take up varied roles to showcase my talent.”
Life after ‘Colour Photo’
In the meanwhile, Suhas has seven movies within the pipeline and performs the lead in all of them. This, he says, is feasible solely due to the appreciation he and the group of Color Photograph acquired. He recollects that it was a danger. “When Sandeep (writer and director Sandeep Raj) asked me to play the main lead, I was scared… vanukochesindi (I was shivering). In a flash, I recalled my tough days as a struggling actor. Until that point, I was doing well in supporting parts, in comic roles as the hero’s friend in many films. I had recently got married and I wasn’t sure if this is a risk worth taking. My friends advised me against it.”
The director defined to him that the story is woven round a dark-skinned protagonist who doesn’t seem like a traditional hero and that he ought to do it. After Suhas made a visit to Tirumala, he garnered the boldness to take up the function. “I called Sandeep and said I will do it. I was still scared but I was confident that things would work out.”
Suhas reckons that life has modified after Color Photograph. “Producers and directors are willing to cast me as a lead actor.” He believes that a few of his forthcoming movies together with Author Padmabhushan, Ambajipet Marriage Band and Anandrao Adventures will assist strengthen his credibility in Telugu cinema. All these movies are written and directed by colleagues he knew from his short-film days at Chai Bisket Movies. “It has been an eight-year journey with some of the Chai Bisket team members and we are all making feature films,” Suhas says with delight.
All that drama
His curiosity in performing started throughout his faculty days in Vijayawada whereas pursuing B.Sc in Pc Science. Suhas considers actor Teja Kakumanu his guru. “I was content doing dance performances but he encouraged me to do a one-act play in college. The claps I got for it motivated me to act more.” If not for the dramatics membership and Teja’s encouragement, Suhas doubts if he would have turn out to be an actor.
When Suhas nurtured the thought of making an attempt his luck in cinema, once more it was Teja who inspired him. It was not straightforward when he arrived in Hyderabad. Suhas appeared for auditions however there was no breakthrough. He started doing YouTube movies and caught the eye of Chai Bisket Movies, which was beginning on YouTube. “Sandeep asked me to join their team. We collaborated on a number of short films and I started to make some money.”
In his preliminary days in Hyderabad, Suhas acquired some monetary assist from those that knew him. “Phani and Balaji anna who knew my aspirations would send me a sum each month and asked me not to give up.”
The earliest film reminiscence for Suhas is watching Shankar’s Kadhalan (Premikudu in Telugu). He was barely 4, cherished Prabhudeva’s dance strikes and would attempt dancing. If his dance strikes within the ‘Kannullo nee roopame’ music from Author Padmabhushan is being appreciated, he credit it to his childhood curiosity in dancing. “I used to dance; I would also imitate veteran actors Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Brahmanandam. I never dreamt I would become an actor. After becoming an actor, I never thought I could be a hero. With opportunities coming my way, I am determined to deliver.”