Music to him has been a deep rooted passion and the past ten years have seen Kochi-based Sreekanth Sasikanth singing in numerous stage and TV shows. But never in his wildest dreams did he think that he would one day stand in front of the camera and that too as the leading man.
The impossible did happen and in a big way; Sreekanth is debuting as the hero in Balachandra Menon’s upcoming film Njaan Samvidhanam Cheyyum.
The association with Menon started some months back when Sreekanth was part of Menon’s show that performed in Kottayam and Dubai.
Sreekanth got a call from Menon asking for a meeting and presuming that it would be for another show, he went to meet Menon who gave him a surprise, “Menon sir said that he found me apt to play the lead role in this film and I was shocked because I have never acted in my life and I told him this. My only experience before the camera was my stint as an anchor but acting is a totally different ball game.”
Menon instilled the necessary confidence in him mentioning that Sreekanth’s role was very similar to his real life self. Under Menon’s mentorship and guidance Sreekanth decided to say yes to the offer. Sreekanth’s family also supported his stepping into films under Menon’s baton and thus was born Sreekanth, the actor.
Although, he had the jitters initially Sreekanth comfortably settled into his role of newbie Dakshina’s exuberant boyfriend. Sreekanth mentions, “My role is not a macho guy but someone very simple and cute. There is nothing overtly romantic and what is interesting is that my character has a lot of similarities with the real me. Menon sir made me watch the other senior actors and I also got to grasp the technical side.” About his first shot Sreekanth recalls, “It was just a small hand gesture but the entire crew clapped which was so very encouraging. I progressed to the other heavy scenes slowly which also made me become more confident.”
Though acting happened by accident, singing for films is his ultimate dream. He states that singing is his blood, mentioning, “Music has always been a part of me and something which I am not willing to sacrifice; it will be there with me for the rest of my life! Music is what has brought me so far, so singing will continue. If the audience likes my acting I would definitely pursue other offers if they come, but not at the cost of shunning my music.”...