Suresh Heblikar has all the time stayed away from the rat race — be it his alternative of movies or life. Heblikar was not in a rush to hunt stardom, nor have been his alternative of films run of the mill. Movies similar to like Aparachita, Aalemane, Agantuka, Prathama and Ushakirana to call just a few are a sworn statement to this. Passionate in regards to the atmosphere, Heblikar began a basis known as Eco-Watch in 1998 and the movies he labored in had a robust environmental message. Heblikar has been within the information preventing for environmental causes, the newest being protesting in opposition to the widening of the Nationwide Freeway in Belagavi.
Heblikar’s newest movie is Trikona, a triligual, directed by Chandrakanth and produced by director Rajashekar. The actor talks to MetroPlus about movies, nature and the artwork of decreasing one’s carbon footprint. Excerpts.
How and when did the actor grow to be an environmentalist?
I come from Hebballi, a small village close to Dharwad, which was shrouded in greenery. I get my surname, Heblikar, from there. I keep in mind rising up amidst lakes, bushes and shrubs. We’d eat mangoes and guavas off the bushes, and splash about in lakes with associates. As I grew up, I began falling in love with nature.
That was additionally the time once I met scientists, who would organise talks about how we must always protect nature and never destroy our planet within the title of growth. I spent numerous time with them and attended the workshops they performed. By then, my first movie, Aparachita, was a success and that drew folks to take heed to what I needed to say about about defending nature. One speak led to a different and shortly I discovered myself concerned in a combat to save lots of the atmosphere.
Inform us about Eco-Watch and its mission.
We planted bushes and created consciousness of the environmental worth to pay for growth. We’d like our forests, they’re the treasure trove of our Southern Penisnsula. We now have 65 rivers, the vitality of which is used to gentle up tens of millions of properties, present employment to many, animal husbandry can also be potential if we’ve got ample water and greenery. The rivers make life stunning.
You might have even gone to courtroom to combat in opposition to the slicing of bushes…
Sure, we fought to save lots of bushes from Belgaum to Goa. They are saying solely 20,000 bushes have been lower, however the actuality is lakhs of bushes have been lower down. The belt from Ranibennuru to Belgaum is exclusive. Ecologists have stated such magnificence and land can’t be present in every other a part of the nation.
Karnataka has 19,000 sq. kilometres of forests. At present, there are not any birds as tiny villages have come up round these pure sanctuaries. Most of the birds have been hunted for meals. There may be numerous misinformation about black bucks, birds, and grasslands. We have to encourage the usage of native produce. That method small-scale industries will thrive.
Once we purchase native, we don’t rely on different states. Use native expertise, issues, soil, develop your individual meals. This can maintain everybody. Massive scale industries will solely destroy our nature and forests.
Is filmmaking eco-friendly?
Not all the time. Cinema makes use of lot of lights and that generates warmth and carbon-di-oxide. There are filmmakers similar to Satyajit Ray who’re cautious. He took the digicam to a village at a time when units have been created in studios. A lot labour, paint, oil, uncooked materials and lights are used and destroyed after the shoot. What a waste of vitality! Impressed by Ray, I made Aparahicta with obtainable gentle.
Why do we have to destroy so many vehicles in a movie? We have to be taught from the Japanese. They’re serious about small flowers and birds. They’re related with air, water and nature. We don’t appear to worth what we’ve got. Cinema can also be medium, not simply leisure. Why do we have to stage fights or add a music? All this result in waste. Generally, silence may also talk so much in a movie. Now every part is digital, however earlier, we had reels and chemical compounds have been used to develop the movie reels. Are you able to think about the air pollution tens of millions of movies created over time?
I consider cinema ought to seize the tradition, relationship. arts and sights of a spot and its folks. Folks must experiment utilizing pure sources.
Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata is a superb instance of working with nature. He used brass lamps, earthen huts, caves and wooden for his masterpiece. Once we consider kings and queens we consider grandeur and jewelry, however Brook used a totally completely different imagery to convey the identical impact.
What’s your function in Trikona?
It’s a thriller. I play a middle-aged restaurateur and am paired reverse Lakshmi. The story follows the lives of three households and we’re the oldest couple. The movie is about how we react when confronted with a troublesome scenario.