Diganth Manchale has consistently delivered one hit after the other in the last four years, and has gradually risen to be listed among the top actors. Entering the industry in 2006, he was virtually a greenhorn with no godfather or guide. “It has been a long journey, considering the fact that I started as a new face. In showbiz, you don’t get into an elevator and press the button to reach the top. That’s not possible under the prevailing circumstances. Like any hard worker, I have taken one step at a time to climb the ladder of success,” declares Diganth.
I start off by asking her for a clarification. Why is she not part of Ajith’s next film? There were reports alleging that she was replaced by Taapsee in Thala’s upcoming flick, although she was director Vishnuvardhan’s first choice. A composed Richa replies, “These things happen sometimes. Vishnu sir said he was very impressed with me after seeing my work in Mayakkam Enna, and has expressed interest to work with me in the near future.”
Nidhi Subbaiah is on Cloud Nine! And, her excitement is justifiable. She is shooting for her second Hindi movie – Ajab Gazabb Love – even before her debut Bollywood movie Oh My God! (OMG) featuring Akshay Kumar has wrapped up. Down south, her film Anna Bond opposite Sandalwood’s top actor Puneet Rajkumar has been declared a hit; she has also completed the audition for a Tamil film from a leading banner.
Fahadh Fazil, son of noted director Fazil, made his debut in his father’s Kai Eththum Doorathu. He followed this up with roles in Kerala Café, Cocktail and Pramani. But it was only after Samir Thahir’s 2011-release Chaapa Kurishu, that Fahadh began to be taken seriously. The film, in which the actor and Vineeth Sreenivasan were pitted against each other saw the birth of a new star. Fahadh’s acting skills scaled new heights with Ashique Abu’s 22 Female Kottayam and then with Lal Jose’s Diamond Necklace.
Director KS Ravikumar began his career with the critically acclaimed thriller, Puriyadha Puthir. Life for him revolves entirely around his movies, all of which have made national headlines - Avvai Shanmughi, Muthu, Dasavatharam, Padaiyappa, and the list goes on. In the 20-odd years of the filmi parlance of Kollywood, he has seen it all... And yet, his drive for perfection and that instinct to touch the next pinnacle of success is stronger than ever.
Shivanna recently turned 50 and celebrated the release of his 100th film in grand style. Ask him about his longevity in the film industry, and he immediately points out to his fans. No doubt, he has had the advantage of being the son of Kannada matinee idol Dr Rajkumar. But Shivanna emerged out of his father’s shadow long ago to establish his name as one of the natural performers in the Kannada film industry and the most sought after actor since the 90s.