As part of promotion, the Kannada actor spoke about Gaana Bajaana to India's most visited website Oneindia.in. Here are the excerpts of Tharun Chandra interview.
What is your educational qualification? And how did you come into Films?
I have done B Com from MES College, Bangalore. While I was studying in II year, I did three months' acting course at Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute, which is branch of Mumbai based institute in Bangalore. Although I had got few offers at that moment, I didn't accept them. Immediately after completing my graduation, I prepared my portfolios and videos and started hunting for opportunities. One fine day, I saw the advertisement of Love Guru in a newspaper. I approached Prashanth and he selected me as the hero of the film. That's how my acting career started.
What is your role in Gaana Bajaana? Why did you accept it?
Basically, Gaana Bajaana is a romantic entertainer. My role in it is bit difficult to explain. I have played several roles earlier and they were quite easy to understand. But in this film, my role is totally different. He is an unusual character and he is a prankster, naughty and extrovert guy. He has all these shades of character.
Do think that this role will get you an award?
While acting, we never think of getting an award. If I have to get an award for Gaana Bajaana, it should be the best actor. But there is lot of competition in this category. Though I have enough scope to prove my acting talents in this film, there are many factors that are counted in the competition. I wish I would get an award for this film.
This is your second movie with Prashanth, Radhika and Dilip raj, musician Joshua Sridhar and producer Naven. How was your shooting experience with them again?
Radhika and Dilip are really fantastic actors and they have delivered wonderful performance in this film. I have wonderful time with them the sets of this film. I would like to thank Prashanth for giving me a chance to get involved in the process of filmmaking. Immediately after the release of Love Guru, we decided to do another movie. Me, Prashanth and Joshua Sridhar sat together and discussed about several factors like story, music and promotions of our next movie.
While shooting also we had good rapport with each other. Moreover, Prashanth wanted me always to be on the sets. I used to be on the sets though I did not have any work. Once suddenly, we decided to shoot a sequence, which happened accidentally. Though I wasn't prepared for it, I got ready for shoot immediately and shot it. It has come out really very well. It is really wonderful experience for me.
How different is Gaana Bajaana from your other films like Parichaya, Love Guru and Hani Hani?
It is totally an entertainer and audience will keep interacting with all the scenes right from the beginning to end. Besides hero and heroine, other characters also have different mannerism and bahaviour, which engage the minds of audience.
I would like to tell another thing here. During the promotion of Love Guru, me and Prashanth visited different cities and collected the reaction of the audience. After this, we decided to make our next movie totally different from our own previous film as well as other Kannada films. We had committed a few mistakes in Love Guru and we have covered it up in Gaana Bajaana.
How is your onscreen chemistry with Radhika?
Audiences have already enjoyed our chemistry in Love Guru and they really love it. We have got tremendous response. During Love Guru promotions, one old woman told me and Radhika that our pair went very well and she suggested us to keep it up in the next movie too. And we have tried our level best to make it lovely in Gaana Bajaana.
What would you like to tell about your off-screen chemistry with her?
(Laughed) No Not at all! Me and Radhika are quite opposite of how well we gel on screen. Both of us have different attitude and responsibilities towards life. We don't have any off-screen chemistry. We are just friends.
What would you like to tell about the technical team of Gaana Bajaana?
Gaana Bajaana has got a wonderful technical team. All the members of technical team are young blooded and dynamic. The team has got fresh spirit. The producer, director, hair stylist, costume designer, musician, cameraman and editor are all youngsters and they are very talented and well experienced in their respective department. I feel very lucky to work with them.
What is your take on music of Gaana Bajaana? Which is your favourite track in it?
Joshua Sridhar has got the pulse of the music lovers. We have got very good response for his composition in Gaana Bajaana. Viewers are very eager to watch those songs onscreen. All the songs are really good and my favourite song is 'Naanu iga naanena...' While composing songs, we had different song in the place of Naanu Iga Naanena...', but it was changed in the thought process. 'Hosadondu Hesaridu Nanage...' is an experimental song. Aaja Nachale, Gundedtu have also shaped up well.
What are your expectations from the film?
I am not expecting anything because I am very confident of this film. Audience will love it, like it and enjoy it very well. Gaana Bajaana will be a successful film.
Who is your favourite actor in Kannada?
I don't have one, but have many. My favourite actors are Rajkumar, Shankar Nag and Vishnuvardhan. In younger generation, I like Darshan and Sudeep Puneet.
Who is your favourite actress with whom you want to act in future?
None in Sandalwood! I watch lot of Hollywood movies and all my favourite actresses are in Hollywood. So I feel that my dream of acting with my favourite actress is not going to realise in this life.
Which director would you like to work with in your future besides Prashanth?
There are many upcoming talented directors in Kannada film industry. Besides Prashanth, I would love to work with Yogaraj Bhat, Suri and many others.
What do you think are the possible reasons for failure of the Kannada film industry?
I don"t consider it as the failure of Sandalwood. There is a drastic come down in success rate, which is sure to go up again.
Would you like to act in remake films?
I think that the reason for downfall of success is remakes. So the actors, directors and producers should focus on original movies.
What are your upcoming films?
I have two projects like Dilkush and another untitled film. Dilkush will be directed by Prashanth and another movie will be directed by a Mumbai-based ad filmmaker named Himayath Khan.
How often will you be on social networking sites?
During shoots, I hardly tweet and even don"t receive calls on my cell phones. I completely concentrate on the shooting work. But I will be online and be tweeting whenever I am free. Usually in the evenings, I will chat with my fans on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes, I promote my films on these sites too.
What is your message to your audience?
I love them from the bottom of my heart for all their support. I would like to tell them that I will always work to entertain you and I will never do a thing that hurts you.