As a creative person, superstar Kiccha Sudeep says all he looks for in a script is the scope to deliver a never-seen-before presentation as it is difficult to find “new” stories.
The 48-year-old Kannada movie star believes he isn’t a “great decision maker” and relies on his instinct before boarding any project as an actor, director or producer.
“There are no new stories, just newer presentations. As long as there is an emotion which can connect with the audience, I make the film. You really can’t say that this story is something you haven’t ever seen before.
“Maybe, the presentation is something that one hasn’t seen before. I sit in narration with a clean and crystal clear mind and if something has a spark, we go forward with it,” said Sudeep.
In his over 25-year career, the actor has starred in Kannada blockbusters Sparsha, Kiccha, Swathi Muthu, The Villain, Pailwaan, Telugu-Tamil bilingual Eega and Telugu-Hindi bilingual series Rakta Charitra. He has also served as director, producer and actor on Kannada hits: My Autograph, No 73, Shanthi Nivasa and Veera Madakari.
For Sudeep, all these films were nothing less than a beautiful coincidence. “To be honest, if something excites me, I just do it,” the actor said.
He fondly remembers saying an immediate yes to SS Rajamouli’s Eega (‘Makkhi’), which featured him in a negative role, or the Ram Gopal Varma-directed Hindi movie Rann which gave him the opportunity to collaborate with his favourite — megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
“I didn’t look forward to something huge when I went to meet Rajmouli sir. He narrated the plot in less than 10 seconds and I just accepted it at that time without thinking that the character was negative… Similarly when ‘Rann’ came, I was getting a chance to work with Mr Bachchan.
“There was this childlike excitement about working with these two cinema greats. So, I always look for that excitement as I believe that’s what works for me. I don’t know if I should have made some calculated moves, but right now I am happy with whatever I have,” he added.
The key to his ever-growing star value is his passion for cinema and the love the audience showers over him, Sudeep said.
“Cinema is my life. All my growth in life is because of cinema. Films are something I have loved and lived with. Likewise, cinema has loved me too. I don’t think I could have survived for 25 years here if the audience hadn’t loved me back,” he added.
The actor said he feels a sense of pride to have the liberty to tell stories that resonate with him on different levels — as a viewer, actor, director and producer.
“I take that as an honour to be here… I just do minimal films, I am not four films a year kind of actor. I do just one film a year, so I don’t think I can lose out on the passion so easily. I have not told even 100 stories in my career till now,” he added.
Sudeep’s latest outing is Vikrant Rona. Directed by Anup Bhandari, the 3D fantasy action-adventure film released in cinemas halls last month in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.
Superstar Salman Khan, Sudeep’s co-star from Dabangg 3, has presented the film in north India via his banner Salman Khan Films.
The Kannada actor will next be seen in Billa Ranga Baashaa, slated to come out sometime this year.