The actor has an interesting slate of films in hand, including Puneeth Rajkumar’s James, Karva 3, Varnataranga and Tenant, among others.
Tilak Shekar has a busy few months ahead. The focus, he says, is to have a healthy mix of commercial as well as content-based cinema. “Audiences today are exposed to a vast variety of content, so filmmakers today cannot afford to be complacent. The responsibility for any actor is to not compromise on quality; you can’t be mediocre, as you no longer get second chance. Whatever you do should stand out, which is why it is important to encourage new talent, who have fresh ideas,” says Tilak, who is working with a bunch of newcomers in his upcoming projects.
The actor has just wrapped up his portions in Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar’ next, James. “It is an amazing character. This is my third film with Puneeth; it’s great to work with him,” says Tilak, who has already moved on to the set of the crime thriller Varnataranga. Directed by newbie Thirthesh K, Varnataranga, according to the actor, is a one-of-its-kind, pathbreaking, realistic cinema. “I play an undercover investigating officer in this film, which revolves around a murder case. The narrative centres on the investigation, which takes place in Bengaluru and Mangaluru’s coastal belt. There is a heroine who appears in flashback sequences, but we are yet to finalize an actress for this role. There’s also Karva 3, which should go on floors by December. This instalment will be directed by Vishal Shekar, a techie-turned filmmaker, and will have Meghana Gaonkar and Ragini Dwivedi on board. In between, I will also be shooting for Abhirami, which is an out-and-out commercial film,” Tilak elaborates.
His most recent signing is Tenant, an edge-of-the seat film in the suspense genre. “It is nicely written, when it comes out, it will speak because the content that newcomer Sridhar Shastri has created is unique. So, yeah, I have my hands full till about December, after which I have a big announcement planned for end of December or early January; this is a project for which scripting is currently on and, if all goes well, will be a major event. Once that begins, I will only be focusing on this project, details of which will be announced in due time,” he signs off.