When director Harish Shankar recently offered monetary assistance to Surabhi Theatre family, the world’s oldest theatre family, it was not just a casual act of charity, but it was almost like he was going back to his roots and respecting his humble beginnings. Not many are aware that Harish’s introduction to the creative arts was through Telugu literature and theatre.
In a latest interview with a popular Telugu daily, Harish opened up about his stint in Telugu theatre during his school days. Harish revealed that he used to act in several plays during his stay in BHEL. “I was inspired by the legendary theatre artists like Misro, Naidu Gopi, Tanikella Bharani and Kota Srinivasa Rao, who used to perform at statewide theatre festivals in BHEL. Prominent personalities like Naga Mohan Rao, Adabala, Lakshmaiah and BS Srinivas encouraged the artist in me. I even won several state awards for my performances. After I finished my MBA, I entered movies as an Assistant Director,” Harish said in retrospect.
The star director went on to reveal that he nurtures a dream to direct a stage play someday and that he is waiting for the right script. Harish is currently penning the script for Pawan Kalyan’s highly-anticipated 28th film.
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