By Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean
Mangalore January 15, 2011: "Karthik", starring Mangalorean actor Karthik Shetty, is all set to hit the silver screen soon. This entertaining family movie is being directed by Narendra Babu and Karthik himself is playing the lead role.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, Prajwal Shetty alias Karthik said that the name "Karthik" for the movie was coined by the director himself after he was rechristened with screen name Karthik. Prajwal said noted musician/actor Guru Kiran recommended his name to the director when whe was in search for a new actor. Following his meeting with the director, he recommended that his name be changed on the silver screen as there was already another actor with a same name. Thus, he became "Karthik Shetty".
Prajwal says his passion is playing polo and he likes martial art too. His first movie Yuva was a great success and his latest movie "Karthik" is a family entertainer with a mix of love, sentiments and full packed action. The movie will be released at over 60 locations by the end of January. Tulu artiste Devadas Kapikad has played a comedy role in this movie. This movie is directed by Sathish Shetty.
Prajwal said he plays the role of a horse-trainer in the movie and he has put his best efforts to give complete justice to his role. "Following my appointment for this role, I went to Singapore to learn more skills on Mixed Martial arts and joined MMA academy for training under the able guidance of Darren D'Silva where I received the training for four months," he said. He also learnt Gojukai - a form of martial art from his childhood and he has displayed his skills Yuva.
"Working with Devadas Kapikad has been a great experience for me," he said and hoped that movie will be a great success with a powerful message, fun and entertainment. In "Karthik", Prajwal says, he has performed all the stunts without any dupes.
Archana Gupta of Circus and Lift Kodla fame has played the lead role in this movie whereas Milind Gunaji from Bollywood played the villain. Avinash, Sudha Belavadi, Sunil and Raj Purohith of Kahani ghar ghar ki fame also have acted in this movie. Sandalwood fame music diretor Guru Kiran, Bollywood singers Shaan, Shreya Goshal, Sandalwood singer Rajesh Krishnan, Ajayvariyar, D. Shamitha Malnad and Sunitha Bhat have rendered their voices to the songs in this movie.
Prajwal says his parents have been his inspiration and he would like to see himself as a successful actor one day. Giving his message to the youth, Prajwal says hard work always pays off. "We have to set a goal for everything that we do in our life and learn from our mistakes. If we respect our parents, we will receive rich rewards," he says.
Prajwal Shetty was born on 4 July 1987 to Vijay and Sulatha Shetty in Nakre Karkala and later settled in Mumbai. He completed his early education in Don Bosco School Mumbai and later he joined Jai Hind College Mumbai to pursue bachelor degree. After college Prajwal joined digital academy in Andheri where he met director Mahesh Manjrekar and assisted him in his films. He also has worked in a Marathi film Bhakti hitch Khari Shakti.
Others who were present at the press meet included Devdas Kapikad, Raj Purohit, Sulatha Shetty, Sharmila Kapikad, and Vijay Shetty.