Decoding the Kannada hit 'Ayogya' with actor Ninasam Sathish

Ninasam Sathish has proved with the super success of 'Ayogya' that it takes more than muscles to prove your mettle

Updated - August 22, 2019 01:42 pm IST

Published - August 22, 2019 11:24 am IST

 Karnataka : Bengaluru , 17/01/2017 Actor Shruthi Hariharan and Ninasam Satish in a film still Beautiful Manasugalu

Karnataka : Bengaluru , 17/01/2017 Actor Shruthi Hariharan and Ninasam Satish in a film still Beautiful Manasugalu

He was first seen on the small screen. Then came cameos and character roles in films such as Manasaa Re, Pancharangi, Lifeu Ishtene and Drama to name a few. Finally Lucia happened and Ninasam Sathish was a name to reckon with. He won national and international fame with this Pawan Kumar film, where he plays the protagonist.

With Kwatle Satisha, the actor proved he is capable of delivering roles in a realistic manner. While portraying comedy, Sathish does not go overboard with humour. There is a subtlety and class to it. After a series of films, came the mega-commercial venture — Ayogya . The film went on to become a hit. The film, has Sathish in the lead opposite the pretty dimpled Rachita Ram. Not just the film, even the song “Yennammi Yennammi” composed by Arjun Janya is still topping the charts.

With Ayogya , Sathish proved that one can deliver a commercial hit even with unconventional looks and physique. The actor talks to us about the past and present.

Edited excerpts

How do feel about being called Ninasam Sathish?

I feel happy and proud as Ninasam is the place that nurtured me. I am indebted to Ninasam for teaching me the nuances of acting.

Tell us about your journey from Mandya to Bengaluru...

Mandya is everything to me. That is where I started off my theatre activities with street plays. That was when I met amateur theatre groups and discovered Ninasam. Despite all those years of experience on stage, when I came to Bengaluru, I had to start from scratch. However, I am happy that even the audience call me the ‘lad from Mandya’.

Is there any incident that has been imprinted in your mind about your initial days?

Not any particular incident, but everyone goes through an initial struggle. Even a supplier in a small hotel has to struggle so does a man who dreams of being an engineer. The struggle for an actor is doubled as cinema is seen by all. To be an actor is no easy matter. One has to prepare a lot and work hard as he is seen on screen, with a lot of money invested on the actor and project.

The truth about cinema is that every one has a story of struggle. The industry has not welcomed anyone with open arms or a red carpet, whether they are star children or someone who has no backing in the industry.

No matter what legacy you come from or who makes the film, as long as the team’s effort is not seen in the film, the film will not stand.

So tears, pain and struggles are common words in everyone's life. I am thankful as those trials are what have made me. I believe I am reaping the fruits of my labour now.

What did films like Lucia and Kwatle Sathisa do for you?

They proved that the audience accepted me. I also believe that one does not become an actor by acting in one film. You have to constantly prove your mettle in every character you portray and act in at least 15 to 16 films before you can be called an actor.

Also, I cannot claim sole credit for my success in films. I am here as a result of the many producers and directors who put their faith in me, the team, technicians and finally the love and support of the audience.

Beautiful Manasugalu also won you critical acclaim and commercial success...

The film was brilliantly made by Jacob Verghese. It was a sensible film and was based on a real incident. Till date, it is one of my favourite films.

Ayogya has made you a household name...

It feels good. The success has made the team happy. Mahesh (director) had a vision and we followed it. When a film does well, it is good news for everyone.

Tell us about your role in Brahmachari

It is a rom-com, a family film. My character is that of an innocent government employee. You will see me in a comical role, yet with a new look and feel to my character.

You also became a producer with the short film Chowkabara . It won the State Award in the best short film category. Describe yourself as a film producer.

Becoming a producer is an attempt to do something new. I am passionate about producing films too. According to me, both acting in and producing films are tough. Nothing comes easy. As an actor you are weighed down with the responsibility of looking good, acting well and even the way you carry yourself.

As a producer you are weighed down by money matters and organisational details.

Have you ever thought about direction?

Yes. I have the script and title of my film ready. As direction needs time, I am finishing off my current projects. Then I can start work on my film.

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