Actor Sacheen Suvarna Aspires for a Big Break through Kannada Movie 'SriMokshaa'

June 03, 2009
The six-foot-plus body-frame, broad shoulders, rugged looks and sharp eyes - all these ingredients make the man the ideal star material.
Sacheen Suvarna, who has already made a mark selectively in Bollywood movies, was busy with the outdoor shooting of 'SriMokshaa', a Kannada movie, in the picturesque locales around the Nandini river backwaters at Sasihitlu on the outskirts of Mangalore, in early May.
In between the shoots, he mixed freely with the cast and the crew, with no signs of star hang-ups, treating everyone with extraordinary courtesy and a friendly outlook. That has won him everyone's love and admiration and the whole shooting schedule in and around Mangalore for almost a month was all smooth for the whole unit.
Interestingly, SriMokshaa is Sacheen's second Kannada movie, while 'Encounter Daya Nayak', based on the real-life exploits of the renowned supercop of the Mumbai police, was his first.

As for Bollywood, Vaastav: The Reality (1999), Pitaah (2002), Footpath (2003), Black Friday (2004), Shuklam Bharadaram, Kurukshetra and One-Two Ka Four (with Shah Rukh Khan) are a few of his best-remembered movies. 

While in Black Friday, directed by Anurag Kashyap, he played the tough role of Shoaib Ghansore, Pitaah gave him an opportunity to brush shoulders with bigwigs like Sunjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Om Puri, Shivaji Satam and others - under the direction of Mahesh Manjrekar.

Produced under the banner of Kohinoor Creations by Vidya Suvarna, Mahindra Salecha, Pramod and Dilip Kothari, the credit of story and screenplay of SriMokshaa also goes to the hero, Sacheen Suvarna, himself. Ritu Sachdeva, a Delhiite, who was 7th runner-up in the Miss India 2006 contest, plays the female lead opposite Sacheen.  Bollywood’s Mohan Joshi and Sanjay Narvekar – who is remembered for his Dedh Phutia role in Vaastav – are also prominently featured in the movie.
Based on a storyline by Shiv Jamkhandi, the film is being directed by Keshav Shetty, with music by Sujit Shetty. Extensive shooting at locales in Mangalore, Bangalore, Mandya and other places has been completed. Some memorable scenes have been shot in the Urwa police station, Immaculate Conception church, Urwa and near the Sri Bhagawati shrine in Sasihitlu, said Sacheen.
Editing and dubbing process is now in progress, with dates of release being worked out.  

Sacheen spoke exclusively on the appeal potential of the movie and related subjects.
What is the theme of the movie, SriMokshaa?
With the theme developing around Mangalore, it depicts the life of a simple fisherman, how the system drags him into the wrong side of the law and how he handles the situation. Whether he is able to come out of it remains a matter of suspense until the end.
Besides being the hero of the movie, you have taken the job of script and screenplay also on your shoulders. Who was your inspiration behind this new-found ability and skills of yours?
Kannada actor 'Dattanna' (Dattatreya) urged me to get into it. Bollywood director Mahesh Manjrekar also gave me a major boost and inspiration. I am grateful to both of them.
How have you depicted Mangalore, the city of your ancestors, in the movie?
Mangalore has been shown as a financially-sound city. Besides the positive aspects, an attempt has also been made to portray how money can contribute to the rise in crime as well.
Any impact of  Bollywood co-stars in the movie SriMokshaa?
The characters in the movie should show a bit of Mumbai touch, because Mangalore is the mirror of Mumbai in many ways. But eventually the co-stars are very well known in India as well as in Karnataka, so there is no issue of their making any impact on the movie SriMokshaa.
How proper is it to show a grey-scale character as a hero in the movie SriMokshaa?
Every soul has two faces - negative and positive. I believe positive is always the right side to be with, so naturally the negative side gets broken down. Even in the movie Sada, my role was negative but it had a positive impact and impression.
There are reports that SriMokshaa is based on the life of the late Paniyoor Sadananda alias Sadhu Shetty. Are they true?
No, there is no resemblance at all. But there could be some situations, which are common to the underworld, and they can be termed as mere coincidences. In essence, this movie is based more on human relations than crime.
Do you think you have done justice to the character played by you?
I tried my best not to talk much but have given a full effort of body language and facial expressions. I have read crime, I have even seen it, and I have met people who have given up crime. I don’t say that I have tried my hand at crime but I have a vast experience by observation. Based on the story, I have written a simple script wherein human relations will have some justice towards the character.
While on the subject of negative roles, these days we come across a lot of Kannada heroes playing violent roles. The public walls are splashed with posters with violent graphics showing swords, guns and hatchets (commonly known as 'long'). While the legendary Kannada icon the late Dr Rajkumar is being remembered for his saintly roles like Bedara Kannappa, Bhakta Kanakadasa, Sanadi Appanna and others, his sons are seen in violent movies like 'Hodi Maga'. What do you have to say about this?
Dr Rajkumar was a true legend. His powerful acting potential was his best weapon. So he did not need to wield any other weapon nor did he rely on any weapon to prove his worth. Violence can be portrayed according to the situation, only if necessary, not with the intention of glorifying it, but such in such a way that people will develop a revulsion towards it.
The majority of your outdoor unit hails from Bangalore, Chennai etc. How did they feel working here?
Since the local population, especially the people of Sasihitlu, made us feel at home, our unit had absolutely no difficulties. My gratitude goes out to everyone who made our stay such a pleasure.
What message do you want to convey to the society through the movie SriMokshaa?
"Live and let live!" I believe in this saying. World has given us both Bin Laden  and Lord Krishna. World has even given both crime and peace. So it is up to us to choose where to walk ahead. That is the message of the film.    
Any plans to make any movie in your mother-tongue, Tulu?
Yes, I am working on a script for a Tulu movie "Aase" ("Desire") and that is my desire.

by Sujay Bendore
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  • JiyaruL, 7086341567

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  • Gemini Venkat, Etv-kannada,bangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2009

    Dear Sacheen,Keshava Shetty & Team,with Script & Screenplay coming from hero Sacheen himself, the direction by hard working Keshava Shetty and staring with beautiful heroine Ritu Sachdeva,the movie is going to be a big hit, for sacheen it will be a maiden century in kannada industry and Keshava shetty''s Debu century! I whish all the best and wonderfull success to your entire team.

  • sacheen suvarna, manglore

    Sat, Jun 13 2009

    Thank you to my readers thank u for their comments.  People who are not happy I will work more hard to give them good films.  Please send me your comments also on

  • Anish Kudroli, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 08 2009

    Comments immediately below this are really encouraging. I fully agree with them and support their view. By the way, Mr Sujay, you have raised very valid points about violence in Kannada movies. Your query was bold and Sachin''s answer is bolder. Hats off to you both. It is one of the best interviews published in daiji for a long time. Keep it up.- regards....Anish

  • Sanjeev, Bikaner / Bangalore

    Mon, Jun 08 2009

    Dear Sacheen & Ritu, Both you guys look great ! I am sure, with Script & Screenplay coming from Sacheen himself, the movie is going to be a great hit ! All the best to your entire team.

  • suresh anchan, mumbai

    Sun, Jun 07 2009

    Dear Sachin, you have come a long way with hardwork and determination. Stay Focussed on your work. You have capability, talent and god gifted attitude. You are going to experience success definitely. I see a bright future in kannada film industry. May God bless you.

  • Nanz Periera, Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 07 2009

    Dear Sachin, Best of Luck for Sri Moksha. May God bless you. Awaiting to see the movie. You have the looks and style. u have done good in Vastav.

  • Vinayak D., Belgaum

    Fri, Jun 05 2009

    Chaitanya, I feel you are a bit harsh towards an actor, who is trying to come up by hard work. I do not know Sacheen personally. But anybody can make out that the last sentence of your post (with reference to story and production banner) shows some kind of prejudice. Wait until the film is release, watch it and then pass a fair comment. Otherwise it would be injustice to a budding artiste.

  • Ravi Rodrigues, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 05 2009

    Hi,Sachin,All the very best Yaar,i dint know that you are a big star. hope you remember me,we studied together in Khalsa College.... Takecare & all the very best for uor entire Life.

  • Ashwini Hegde, Belman

    Fri, Jun 05 2009

    Dear Sachin please keep it in a low profile...dont think ur a superstar now..long way to go..all the best


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  • chaitanya, Mulki

    Thu, Jun 04 2009

    Wishing this new ''Hero'' all the best. But his looks are neither sharp nor his body has any kind of heroic looks. Hero does not mean you need to look life a fighter. But acting is more important. This chap is acting on his own story & under his mother''s banner- he wont succeed- still all the best

  • Asha, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Thu, Jun 04 2009

    Dear Sachinanna Best of luck for your SriMokshaa and future plans...May your all Aase (Desire) come true soon with the blessings of Almighty......

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