What is the story of Rangappa Hogbitna (RH)? What role are you playing in it?
Rangappa Hogbitna is all about a dying old man, who refuses to die, but a bunch of selfish relatives and his son caught in the mess. In short, it is a simple no-frills fun film. I'm playing the old man's son.
How was your shooting experience with Sanjjana and Girish Bhat on the sets?
Oh! Sanjjana is an endearing, simple and down to earth person. It was nice having her for co-star. The whole gang of newcomers in it was a eager and talented lot.
What would you like to tell about the shooting of the film RH?
The shooting of the film was hectic because it has too many scenes. All the scenes are very short and interestingly interwoven in the screenplay. Comedies are always fun to shoot.
What is your take on the work of technicians in RH?
It was a quickie and technicians chosen for it were fast and reliable. New director Prasanna is already a well-known writer. His lines in the film and 'channel-surfing' kind of screenplay are interesting. Mahender is already a proven-competent cameraman.
What is the reason behind delay in the release of RH?
I guess that the producer is waiting for proper theatre chain. Anyway only producer can answer it better.
What is the message for the audience in RH?
Even death can be hilarious. Laugh your way till grave.
What is the story of your another film Happy Husband (HH)? And what role are you playing in it?
The movie revolves around a newspaper editor, who trips for a sexy siren and all hell breaks loose in home front. It's a terrific entertainment in store for the audience in theatre. I play a newspaper editor in it. Along with me Ravichandran and Vijayaraghavendra add to the fun.
How is the shooting going on for HH? When is it releasing?
I've already finished both shooting and dubbing works for the film. It may release early in new year.
What would you like to tell about star cast of HH?
It's a massive cast. Ravichandran, Vijay, Ragini, Ritika, Yagna Shetty and me together will come and tickle the audience's funny bone.
Recently, you have signed up movie Maaya with newcomer A Ganesh. Being well-experienced director, actor and producer, what made you accept the movie?
It's a fabulous subject of horror reality show going wrong. How could I miss such a powerful film even if director is new? I play role of director of show.
Crazy Kutumba, Preethi Inda Ramesh, Hendtheera Darbar, Ennamo Nadakkudhu (Tamil), Krishna Nee Late Aag Baro, Shock, Naanu Nanna Kanasu and Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu were released in 2010. How was the response for them? What would you like to comment on the year 2010?
It was a relief just to act the roles while someone else directed. The roles were good and people appreciated quite a few, but I think what I missed in 2010 was the director's chair.
Your message to your fans?
Thanks for everything. We have been pals for 2 decades now. Cheers!!!
Kannada actor Ramesh Aravind, who is now promoting his Tamil movie Manmadhan Ambu with Kamal Hassan, is a very busy actor in Sandalwood. The comedian-turned-director has completed shooting for his upcoming movies like Rangappa Hogbitna and Happy Husbands. He has signed another movie called Maaya, which is being directed by newcomer A Ganesh. Recently, he spoke to oneindia about these three films and their shooting. Here are the excerpts of Ramesh Aravind interview.