Rishab Shetty's first film starred Rakshit Shetty, Hariprriya, Achyuth Rao and others
Rishab Shetty is currently one of the most discussed and sought-after artists in the Indian film fraternity. Having striven extremely hard to get to this point, Rishab has seen many highs and lows along the way and has also taken many risks as a filmmaker to forge a unique path for himself. Although, by his own admission, he came into the industry to be an actor, the lack of opportunities compelled him to take up direction eventually which, as it turns out, eventually came to his rescue.
And incidentally, Rishab Shetty's career as a director began almost exactly seven years ago. The Kantara star's directorial debut, Ricky, released on 22nd January, 2016 and marked the beginning of what is likely to be a most memorable career.
Rishab took to social media a short while ago to share an endearing post about his maiden labour of love and also share a snippet from the intense behind-the-scenes action.
"A dream of mine called Ricky sprung to life exactly seven years ago. My journey as a director began with Ricky," wrote Rishab Shetty in his tweet which also included a poetic line from the film.
In his recent chat with OTTplay, Rishab spoke about the difficulties he endured in getting Ricky made and how the entire experience urged him to be more self-reliant in the film industry.
"I was mostly known for my acting role in Ulidavaru Kandanthe up till that point but since that film was a 'critical success but a commercial failure', it was incredibly tough to find producers for Ricky. But we did find funding eventually but that whole experience taught me that it's best to support your own ideas. Thankfully, Rakshit Shetty & G.S. Gupta had already founded Paramvah Studios and the first film under that banner, Kirik Party (which I directed), went on to be a major hit. That's when I grew more confident that it's best to back your own ideas," shares Rishab Shetty.
Ricky was produced by S.V. Babu and starred Rakshit Shetty, Hariprriya, Achyuth Kumar, Ravi Kale, and others. The film was praised for its thematic merits but it did not go on to become a commercially successful venture.