“Ever since it was announced that I’m being launched as an actor, the question that’s been asked to me the most is, ‘Why didn’t you take up a career in music?’ It’s not like I don’t sing. I do, and I play the piano and guitar and I also program music. Even if I don’t pursue music as a career, it’s a very integral part of my life,” Karan told IANS.
Making his acting debut in this week’s thriller, “Missing on a Weekend”, he says his heart lies in acting.
“I’ve never asked myself if I’m good at acting. Even as a kid, while playing instruments and singing, I was acting, like I was performing in a show. It didn’t take me much time to realize that’s where my heart really lies,” he said.
Asked when he realised he was equipped to be an actor, he said: “The sheer need to be an actor happened when I was 14 or 15. Being aware that you have the confidence to do something is different than realising you want to do it professionally. It takes a lot more than just the belief.
“It was after I returned from my acting course in Los Angeles, that I truly believed I was ready to be an actor.”
He said making inroads into the industry wasn’t a cakewalk, despite his father’s popularity.
“As a person, I’m very stubborn, and hence, I didn’t take dad’s help. I didn’t want to wake up one day and question myself, ‘Have I achieved this or was it given to me’). I used to give auditions under the name of Karan Ash (read, Anantha Subramani Hariharan). That way people didn’t know who I was and I believe it’s that challenge that has brought me to this stage,” he said.
In the film, which is directed by Abhishek Jawkar, Karan plays the protagonist who after a trip in Goa goes awry, suffers from short-term memory loss.
“It’s a murder mystery set in Goa, and I enjoyed working on the project. To share the screen space with a seasoned actor like Pavan Malhotra gave me an opportunity to learn so much,” he said, and added that the film chose him.
“Around four years ago, I met Abhishek and asked for an acting opportunity. I weighed around 120 kg then and he just looked at me and smiled politely. When I met him again after I lost a lot of weight, he asked me to come by his office and audition for a role. I liked that I bagged my first film through my own efforts,” he said.
Karan would love to sing in films while essaying a character. However, he says he wants to establish himself as an actor who can sing rather than as a singer who can act.
By Haricharan Pudipeddi