The Bad Manners actor says that his only criteria in choosing subjects is whether he can relate to it
Abishek Ambareesh is not actively involved in politics – his focus right now is on building a career in cinema. But his lineage – as the son of late Rebel Star Ambareesh, a three-time Lok Sabha member and Sumalatha Ambareesh, the sitting MP from Mandya – means that he’s associated with politics in some form. It comes with the territory, he says. There is no ruling out a more active role in politics in the foreseeable future, but at the moment, movies is what he wants to do. His second film, Bad Manners, is currently in theatres, and he has lined up at least two more to begin work on.
Given that he’s be expected to maintain a certain public image, one cannot help but wonder if the political side of his life has an impact on his film career. Are his film/role choices dictated by politics? Addressing this during the promotions of Bad Manners, Abishek said that he does not mix the two. As an actor, he knows that he has to be ready to do anything. All that he has looked for in scripts so far is if he can relate to the subject and not if it will have an impact on his or his mother’s political journey. This is an approach that his mother Sumalatha also respects, on account of the fact that she’s also been in the film industry for decades.
Meanwhile, Bad Manners, which released in theatres on November 24, has got mixed reviews. A Suri directorial, the film did not meet the expectations of several audiences, with many also opining that Abishek has a long way to go to hone his acting skills. Up next, he has a film called Kaali with Pailwaan maker cinematographer-director S Krishna, which is centred on a love story between a boy from Karnataka and a girl from Tamil Nadu at the height of the Cauvery water agitation. Thereafter, he has an untitled film with Ayogya maker Mahesh.