Mysore: Suraj Gowda, the 2013 Mr. Karnataka, and the face of the ‘Mysore fashion week’ which concluded recently in Mysore, is currently busy shooting for his first commercial kannada film, ‘Kahi’ which is a ‘Boiled Beans’ production, directed by Arvind Shastry. ‘Kahi’ deals with the realities of urban life in Bangalore.
He seemed excited at the prospect of becoming a star of the film industry when Newskarnataka caught up with him during a break in the shooting. ”I want to be a star. This is where i always wanted to be. And it was dream come true when my first commercial project took off.
The 26 year old Gowda, born and brought up in Mysore, is a computer engineering graduate from the VTU by education, and is no stranger to the film and entertainment industry. Trained by Ramesh at the Rangayana, Gowda is the winner of the reality show “Paradeshadalli paradhata” aired on Zee Kannada and the main lead in the music video “Ninade baduku”. Gowda recently starred in a short off beat film “Yenanthiya”, besides playing the lead in nearly 10 TV commercials. That’s quite a string of achievements for one so young and just starting out in the industry, and all this alongside his academics, which he did not neglect.
What sparked his interest in the industry, he says, is his win in the reality show “Paradeshadalli paradhata” aired on Zee Kannada.
When asked who his favorite actors in Bollywood and Sandalwood were, Gowda came up with “ Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in Bollywood, and Puneeth Rajkumar and Ramya in Sandalwood”
Naturally the question to follow was, are they your role models? And pat came the answer, “I have no role models. I am my own hero”. And indeed that’s exactly what he is, as his achievements so far, speak for themselves.
Speaking about the differences between theater and cinema, he said, “Theatre is more of using the whole space that you have - more expressions. Cinema however, is camera oriented acting – You just can’t go out of the frame. It’s controlled acting”.
Hailing from Mysore, Gowda is still passionate about the city. “I was born in this city of palaces filled with rich culture, heritage and performance arts, and I know Mysore has always contributed to bring out and nurture new talents. My acting career started from this city and is proving to be a beautiful one” he says. His mother Sureka, is a professor at a college in Kushal Nagar and his father commutes from the US.
Currently the brand ambassador for Tourism Coorg, Century Grande group of hotels and Prashanth’s Photography, Gowda’s 5’10” handsome personality can only bring these brands rich dividends and laurels for himself and the film industry.
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