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A child star's journey

Hriday with Manisha Koirala in Bombay   | Photo Credit: arranged

One of the twin brothers in Mani Ratnam's Bombay has chosen movies as his career but this Telugu boy's debut is in a Tamil movie Konjgem coffee konjgem kadhal. Hriday, the youngest of the brothers by 3 minutes reminisces, “I was eight and I still remember the first day we went on the sets. They made us wear some new clothes and took our photographs. Mani Ratnam immediately gave the nod and we began working. Director Jandhyala was our family friend and his co director Pani joined Mani Ratnam's team and he referred us to him. Even this Tamil film came through him. We heard that Mani Ratnam scouted for around 70 twins for the role and wasn't happy; The moment he saw us he felt that Aravind Swamy, Manisha Koirala and both of us make a family.”

Hriday acted in Venkatesh-starrer Preminchukundam Ra after Bombay but got busy with studies. The moment he finished engineering, he joined an acting school and a few workshops to develop confidence and hone his skills, the technical knowledge et al. Venky, a Tamil director, is handling the movie and Aditi from Thakita Thakita is the heroine. The actor says, “They are planning to remake it in Telugu. It is an urbane love story targeted at youth. There is a twist, a fantasy, sentiment and everything that one can relate to. I play Siddarth who has a set of goals, a go-getter who falls for Priyanka; He marries her and life goes on with twists and turns. Basically it is about how youth make blunders in a fit of emotion. It will release in summer.”

Coming back to Bombay, Hriday avers he has seen the film more than a dozen times and every time he watches it he realises they were indeed lucky to be a part of a big project. “We didn't know that it was released throughout India and Amitabh Bachchan's Company purchased the remake rights. I particulary remember the last scene where we were doused with petrol and Mani Ratnam had asked dad to leave the shooting spot for a while. Later the unit scared us and we really bawled.” How different are the brothers in looks and attitude? Hriday quips, “Harsha was never inclined towards movies, he has been specific about doing Masters in USA. We are similar in many ways by 80 percent. People would get confused when they would see us even while we were in plus two. It is only during engineering one could identify a few differences in terms of looks. I guess me choosing movies and he studies is part of that 20 percent.”


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