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Odiyan, a Dream Debut for the Passionate Theatre Artiste

It isn’t everyday that an actor finds himself staring Mohanlal in the face for a debut innings, that too with a big budget production like Odiyan. But a love for acting has got Ashith K V thus far and he is willing to wait while new opportunities come his way.  A Client Success Officer at

It isn’t everyday that an actor finds himself staring Mohanlal in the face for a debut innings, that too with a big budget production like Odiyan. But a love for acting has got Ashith K V thus far and he is willing to wait while new opportunities come his way.  A Client Success Officer at Cognicor Technologies, Ashith has always had acting on his mind. “I’ve been keen on taking part in various stage competitions and programmes right from college. But as I went on to pursue higher studies, theatre had to take a back seat.”

Ashith K V on his big break in films with Odiyan, his first time on a movie set and the possibility of acting as a full-time career after an impressive stint on stage

That break did not last long as Ashith, who was in the US for a while, returned to Kerala and soon became an active part of the theatre scene in the State. “It was after a few stage performances that the audition for Odiyan came my way. After giving the auditions and going through a lengthy training process, I was finally cast in the film,” he says. Ashith plays the role of a youngster who challenges Mohanlal’s character Odiyan Manikyan who has just returned from Kashi. “I played Manoj, one of the youngsters of Thenkurissi village whose father was attacked by Odiyan Manikyan.”

The excitement is still evident in his voice as Ashith shares his experiences from during his time on the sets of Odiyan, “It was a great experience for a person like me who has never seen a movie set in his life before. Just to imagine that my first movie was something so huge is simply unbelievable.”

Witnessing the production firsthand proved to be a magical experience for Ashith as the movie also had top names in the industry leading each department. Ashith was living every aspiring actor’s dream. “The best part was being able to see technicians of the highest order. They were all there. Most of all, being able to share screen space with Mohanlal in my very first movie has been a true blessing,” he gushes.

Ashith admits that he was nervous. “Just before the shot I could feel a tinge of fear but once shooting commenced I was able to regain my composure. Actor Siddique was also part of the scene. All the senior actors were very supportive and helpful.” Apart from Odiyan, Ashith has also played a part in an Asif Ali movie.

Ashith continues to be a part of theatre productions. “I am part of Prasanth Narayanan’s theatre group Kalam. We are currently doing a play called Mahasagaram based on the life and work of M T Vasudevan Nair. We perform it once in a while. The play has been selected for Bharat Rang Manch, the National School of Drama’s international theatre festival,” shares a happy Ashith.

He says while it is still too early to take to acting as a full-time career, he is keen to continue exploring his abilities as an artiste. “On a practical note it is difficult to quit my job at the moment. But if I am getting enough good opportunities, I will consider it. Let’s hope something like that works out.”

 

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