There's no denying the fact that the versatile Kishore is one of the biggest and most talented actors in South cinema today. A popular name in all the four major industries, he enjoys a decent fan following thanks to his versatility as a performer, good looks and gripping screen presence. He is also held in high regard because of his humble nature and tendency to keep a low profile. Today (August 14, 2018), on Kishore's birthday, we present before you edited excerpts of Filmibeat's latest exclusive interview with the actor.
You have been pretty vocal about a host of citizen issues. What is the one thing you would want to change about today's lifestyle?
I think that all of us have given in to the western culture and consumerism. This is something that needs to change. We really need to stop being consumers and start caring for the environment.
You are not too active on the social media. What's the reason for this? How do you react to the menace of trolling people on the social media?
I am not too active on the social media, as I don't have a lot to talk about. Trolling is bound to happen if we misuse the freedom associated with social media. One has to be more responsible.
There is a line of thought that 'everyone who lives in Karnataka must speak Kannada'. What is your reaction to this POV?
That's a tricky question. However, this situation too is a result of consumerism and the related phenomena of migration.
What are the differences between the four major South Indian industries?
There are some minor differences. In the Malayalam and Tamil industries, there is a strong connect between literature and cinema. In the Tamil film industry, the Dravidian movement has kept the culture intact. In Kannada, the films are very city-centric and don't reflect the culture. The Telugu industry is very hero-centric. Even someone like Praveen Sattaru has to eventually work with a star.
You are a part of the independent film 'My Son Is Gay' that is winning a lot of hearts. People are curious to know why you took up the film.
I took up the film because of my friend Anupama Kumar, I trust her choices. It is a film that deals with a sensitive issue in such a way that even people with an orthodox mindset will like it.
Lastly, what is your mantra for dealing with setbacks and failures?
The simple funda is to live light and have few/low expectations from life.