Dhruva Sarja: ‘I really feel the stress to stay as much as my uncle’s legacy’

Actor Dhruva Sarja on taking the ‘motion’ route like his uncle Arjun Sarja, and filmmaker Nanda Kishore explains why he used worldwide bodybuilders as antagonists in ‘Pogaru’

Within the 10 months because it was uploaded to YouTube, ‘Karabuu’ — a track from the Dhruva Sarja-starrer Pogaru — has been considered over 200 million occasions, which leaves its reputation in little question. Nonetheless, the track additionally drew criticism for displaying the movie’s main man bother the lady he fancies (Rashmika Mandanna), in a bid to woo her.

The movie’s director, Nanda Kishore, who was in Chennai not too long ago together with Dhruva to advertise Pogaru, forward of its launch in Tamil on February 19 (titled: Sema Thimiru), doesn’t suppose it warrants a dialogue. “A teaser or a track shouldn’t be the complete film. What individuals have seen is simply a glimpse,” he says, including that Dhruva’s character within the movie justifies it.

“He performs a ruffian. However even the baddest guys have life companions. How the 2 discover widespread floor regardless of the variations is what now we have proven. [Rashmika] performs a trainer. She sees the child in him (Dhruva) and needs to verify he turns over a brand new leaf and turns into a accountable individual,” Nanda Kishore provides.

Dhruva Sarja and Rashmika Mandanna in a nonetheless from ‘Pogaru’

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Dhruva, who’s billed because the ‘Motion Prince’, is the nephew of actor Arjun Sarja. Though he made his movie debut in 2012, Pogaru is simply the fourth movie in Dhruva’s profession.

Having starred in action-comedies previous to this, Dhruva says, “Pogaru is a household movie. It’s a story a few mom and her son. They break up when he’s 17. Why that occurs, how or whether or not they get again collectively is the story,” he says.

Nanda Kishore admits to have conceptualised the movie as a multilingual mission — Pogaru releases in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

Nanda Kishore

“It’s the cause why we didn’t localise any facet of the story, or set a location for the occasions. That helps us to current the movie in Telugu and Tamil,” he says. Why not launch in Hindi as properly? “This movie can, maybe, be remade in Hindi nevertheless it can’t be dubbed into the language. The weather and narrative are distinctly South Indian,” Nanda Kishore clarifies.

Cumbersome hunks

An attention-grabbing facet of the movie is using 4 worldwide bodybuilders to tackle the protagonist. The crew enlisted Kai Greene, the previous Mr Olympia runner-up from the USA, Frenchman Morgan Aste who’s nicknamed The Massive Rock, South African health skilled John Lucas and German health mannequin and influencer Jo Linder.

Dhruva himself needed to bulk as much as match the monstrous our bodies of his antagonists. “I needed to drop 35 kilograms to first play a 17-year-old model of myself for the opening parts of the film. Then I added the misplaced weight again,” he says.

Altogether the crew shot the movie for 110 days. Nonetheless, filming with skilled bodybuilders comes with its personal set of challenges, particularly whereas filming stunt scenes.

Dhruva Sarja in ‘Pogaru’

Nanda Kishore explains, “We tried to rope in WWE wrestlers however their contracts meant they couldn’t come. So we employed these skilled professionals however the issue was they don’t have management in relation to punches and kicks. Dhruva needed to take hits for actual. In reality, there’s a stunt sequence the place Jo Linders lands a kick on his chest, and for 4 days after that Dhruva was coughing out blood.”

Dhruva provides: “It went positive for a few days however afterwards they got here as much as me and mentioned ‘Hear, if we get an opportunity we are going to land a couple of actual punches. You can also punch and kick us for actual in the event you get the possibility.”

Are these dangers price taking? The actor smiles and replies, “It’s cinema. It’s a must to take a couple of dangers.” Dhruva’s reply comes from a spot of getting to proceed “a legacy” — in his phrases. “My uncle has the moniker ‘Motion King’. My father was a wrestler too. There may be stress to stay as much as the legacy and take it ahead. So I see this all as a requirement of the job, even to maintain up this look,” he says.

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