Musician Lydian Nadhaswaram on why he took a plunge into performing wth ‘Atkan Chatkan’, which releases this week
Innocence beams via Lydian Nadhaswaram’s precisely-concise solutions once we attain him for Atkan Chatkan, marking his début as an actor.
Lydian was in Mumbai for an occasion when director Shiv Hare approached him with an performing supply. He had envisioned Lydian within the footwear of Guddu, the lead character of Atkan Chatkan. “He [Shiv] thought I’d be appropriate for the boy’s character and spoke to my father, who instructed me to behave,” says Lydian over cellphone from his dwelling in Chennai. The director received a producer to fund the mission and the film was green-lit on the identical day.
Atkan Chatkan is a rags-to-riches story of Guddu, whose desires of changing into a musician are quashed by his socio-economic background; he sells tea in a close-by store. The story is in regards to the boy’s journey to cocoon out of his socially-backward life, to turn into a expertise to reckon with.
When Shiv Hare narrated the storyline, it was the boy’s journey that appealed essentially the most to Lydian — one thing he might relate to. However not like Guddu, Lydian says he has not confronted many roadblocks. “I began studying music on the age of two. I’ve had a traditional life,” he says, including, “However studying Hindi for this film was a bit difficult.”
Greater than enjoying the lead, Lydian sensed a fast alternative to be taught Hindi and, “to get to know the totally different crafts of film making”. He provides, “This expertise will assist me once I turn into a composer.”
Appearing, by his personal admission, was by chance. It was his father who satisfied him that he might pull this off, given the topic of the movie: a musical drama.
Dealing with the digital camera will not be new to Lydian, having received The World’s Finest and appeared in quite a few exhibits. However performing for a movie was a unique ballgame altogether, he agrees. He was not nervous on the day of shoot, however felt answerable for himself and for others. “I assumed I shouldn’t waste anybody’s time and shouldn’t ask for retakes. I attempted to wrap up issues in a single take,” he says with a chuckle.
There have been many photographs of him operating away and breaking into tears. Not identified to be too emotional in real-life, the scenes the place Lydian was anticipated to have a breakdown have been those he loved doing. “I’m a contented particular person. However crying for the digital camera was a brand new expertise for me,” he says, “Initially, we had to make use of glycerine however after some time, I received into the half and cried on my own.”
Atkan Chatkan is introduced by Lydian’s mentor AR Rahman, whose crisp phrase of advicewas: “Good luck, buddy.” The film, which was imagined to have a theatrical launch in a pre-COVID world, is now gearing up for a direct-on-home launch.
In all, Lydian describes the capturing expertise was akin to a highschool trip he by no means had. “Most school-going youngsters of my age spend their holidays doing one thing aside from their routine. I by no means went to high school… so Atkan Chatkan was my vacation.”
Atkan Chatkan premieres on Zee5 on September 5