He grew up on different film sets, and years later, he passionately made his foray into theatre and then, the big screen. Actor Shreyas Chinga’s latest film is a murder mystery titled David, whose trailer was launched a few days ago. “The movie has four parallel stories that happen. All four tales meet at the interval and from the second half, the hero, played by me, takes it forward. While the director calls it a suspense thriller, I’d like to call it a love story,” says Shreyas, who has also co-produced and done line production for the film. The concept of David was born when Shreyas met the director Bhargav, who is a choreographer. “I’m his dance student. When I went to learn dance, the idea of doing a movie with him cropped up in my head. I was doing a film called Rang Birangi at that time. David has around five producers from different walks of life and we managed to make the film in less than a crore,” shares Shreyas, who stars alongside Sarah Harish, Avinash, Rakesh Adiga and others in the flick.
While the team is waiting for a good date in the upcoming months, the team recently was on a high when the film was premiered at the prestigious Cannes film Festival in May. “That was an amazing experience. We had our world premiere there and got a lot of appreciation. Quite a few people from across the world watched it. No one expected a Kannada film to go so far — it’s sad that Kannada isn’t getting the attention it has to get. We want to bring about a change,” says Shreyas, of the film that promises to be an intriguing whodunit. His next flick, which he’s signed with the same director will be made in six languages.
Reminiscing his early days as an actor, Shreyas reveals that he started off showcasing his acting skills with Prakash Belawadi and soon got into technical work with MG Sathya. Over the years, the artiste has done 90 ad films and also worked on Hindi flicks including Shamitabh and Gori Tere Pyar Mein and is now doing Indrajit Lankesh’s Hindi film. Interestingly, his father Suri is an art director and property master. “He’s done seven English films and also worked on Malgudi days. I’ve been on film sets as a kid, but after college I felt the rush to get into the film industry. My father has been my guide, but I’ve not taken much support from him, I’ve tried to do things by myself,” adds the Jain College alumnus.