Harshvardhan Rane talks about working with director Ravi Babu, his next outing Avunu, which is a horror movie, and much more
There’s a certain amount of quirk in almost every Ravi Babu’s film. His latest film Avunu is no different. The film, starring Harshvardhan Rane and Poorna, narrates the story of a couple who begin to witness strange incidents in their house after they move to a new neighbourhood. Harshvardhan Rane, who was last seen in Naa Ishtam, can’t stop raving about Ravi Babu.
“When I was shooting for Thakita Thakita, people used to tell me that the day I act in a Ravi Babu’s film, I will understand how hard it is to act. In a way, I had this mental picture that he’s an extremely strict director. When I finally met him, I realised that his real persona was a complete contrast to what I had heard about him,” Harshvardhan Rane says, adding “I have always looked forward to challenges in my life and I didn’t think twice before accepting the offer.”
Fear is the central theme in Avunu. Unlike most other horror films which rely too much on camera movements and sounds, Ravi Babu took a completely different approach to shoot Avunu. “Ravi Babu told me that he was casting me because I was a theatre actor. Avunu is a unique film in this genre because Ravi Babu wanted to keep the camera static and he never used any of the conventional techniques. There’s so much scope to perform under such circumstances because it’s almost like a play,” Harshavardhan says. So could he relate to the theme of the film? “I am not a big fan of horror films either.
It took me seven years to get over the experience of watching Raat,” he recalls and assuring us that there’s no monster in the film. So what is it that the protagonists in the film are afraid of? “There’s no face to the fear in our film. But when people watch the film, I am sure they can relate this fear to some incidents which might have occurred in their life. You can feel it everywhere around you. It may not harm you, but the idea that someone is watching you when you are alone is itself quite spooky,” he adds.
The film was inspired from a real incident which Yami Gautam had narrated to Ravi Babu during the shooting of Nuvvila. Ravi Babu has been going gaga over Poorna, who’s playing Harshavardhan’s wife in the film. After making her debut in Seema Tapakai last year, Avunu might very well turn out to be her breakthrough film in Telugu. “Poorna is the best part about the film. She’s very sharp and one of the most mentally strong people I have ever met,” he confesses.
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