January 18, 2010 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Arun Adith likes beautiful woman and beautiful things, he can charm the former but for the good things in life he needs hard cash. He is just two films old, his debut film in Telugu released recently and he thinks he needs to wait before he starts dating someone seriously. He also believes that one who spends a lot of money is a happy man. With the economic meltdown hitting him hard, he has adopted the wait and watch policy.
"I didn't get much for my first film so I just gave it to my mom," he says and adds whatever little money he has he prefers to blow it on books and travel.
The only son to his parents Arun is a Hyderabadi, did his schooling in Vizag and pursued journalism in Madras Christian College and then moved to theatre. He has done twenty shows so far on a semi-professional level. He then met Prakash Raj who was producing the Tamil version of Happy Days and one thing led to another and now he'd also made his debut in Gunnam Gangaraju's production Katha. Arun says he was never inclined towards the nine to five job and took to drama not because it was a solitary pursuit but something that offered him creative satisfaction and also had an element of social endeavour. He owes his success to his parents for not stopping from doing what he wanted and God's grace for every attempt that materialized.
There is a lot of earnest preparation and rehearsel in theatre. With a lot of clarity in thought and words, he says theatre is acting and cinema is behaviour. The technology has improved so much in cinema that if one goes a little overboard they term it as over acting and that is one reason why an artist has to be in complete control and learn to balance his dialogues and body language.
He says, "In theatre..for a two-hour play, we need a minimum preparation of four months, it opens your mind but if you perform in five shows, the kick one get's out of it is inexplicable. There is a lot of practice, but in movies, you don't get an immediate response, the director is the parameter of your work. But again once the film releases the response is mind-boggling. My first film however took two years to be completed."
Arun's father is a bank official and mother is into networking. He says he was embarrassed doing romantic scenes in the first stage play but his parents were quite proud of his work, liked whatever he did but this time their reaction is more matured towards his first Telugu release. He recollects being nervous working with Genelia and Prakash Raj but his fear vanished as the movie progressed. In Happy Days he didn't have much to do but considers Srinivasa Raga's film to be a perfect launch.
He says, "I think I fit the bill, he needed someone who could do romance, comedy and take on a serious role in the second half. I had few scenes with Genelia but overall I'm happy."
Arun is not worried because he is thin, he knows he needs to put on weight but prefers to stick to love stories that suit his age. Once he crosses a particular age, he says he cannot afford to play lover boy roles or can't come back to the slim look.