Dhruva Sarja: I admire the works of Bala, Shankar and Selvaraghavan

Sandalwood star Dhruva Sarja’s Pogaru is set to release as a trilingual flick on February 19. Titled Sema Thimiru in Tamil, the movie has Rashmika Mandanna playing the female lead. According to Dhruv, the highlight of the film, apart from having neatly packaged commercial elements, is the way father-son relationship has been portrayed. Having pinned high hopes on the project, he is looking forward to its release in all three languages.

Pogaru was actually supposed to hit screens in 2020. Was the decision to release the film in multiple languages a sudden one? Pat comes his reply, “No, it wasn’t an immediate decision. We had plans of releasing it in Tamil earlier as well. We were looking for an interesting title. I play an arrogant guy in the movie, but we got to know that the title Thimiru was used earlier for a Vishal-starrer. Hence, we decided to go ahead with Sema Thimiru.”

Dhruva says he lost more than 30 kilos in a span of less than two months’ time for a certain portion in the film. He says that the diet plan he followed was quite a challenging one. “My diet relied mostly on vegetables like cabbage and beetroot. In fact, I had to starve as well to get the desired output. However, I won’t endorse it.”

Making films for pan-Indian audience is the fad now. Ask him if he would henceforth be interested in signing up projects that would reach out to audience in several states, and he says, “It depends on each project’s requirements. Moreover, pan-Indian films isn’t a new concept. Many films of my uncle (Arjun Sarja) had simultaneous release in different languages in the past.”

Dhruva says that Arjun has always been his inspiration, and credits the latter for all the creative inputs he has suggested in his movies. “Among the several things which I learnt from him, two of his advices had a great impact on me. One is to respect elders, and second, never say lie to others.”

On whether he would be interested in doing straight Tamil movies, he says, “It depends on the offers I receive. I admire the works of many filmmakers here. I like the works of Bala, Shankar and Selvaraghavan.”