Amitriyaan: The surprise package

In his second Marathi film, he has managed to garner the right reviews and attention. Four films old, this young lad was kept under wraps by the makers of Rajwade & Sons. Meet Amitriyaan Patil, an Akola resident who always wanted to work in the creative field. After an education in engineering and advertising, Amitriyaan decided to try his hand at acting, advertisements and the likes. After several auditions and a few forgettable minuscule roles, he bagged the lead role in K Sera Sera and Sangeeth Sivan’s film 332- Mumbai to India. He went on to feature in Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya 2.

This is one of the first times where the ‘hero’ of a film was introduced to the audience directly in the theatres.

The Akola born actor then made his Marathi debut with Manya- The wonder boy. He received the best debutante award at the Dadsaheb Phalke Awards. Making a foray into the A-listers, Amitriyaan is now seen as a surprise element in Rajwade & Sons which released this month. Produced by actor Atul Kulkarni and directed by Sachin Kundalkar, the film has Amitriyaan play Vikram Rajwade. “I was kept as a surprise on purpose. This is one of the first times where the ‘hero’ of a film was introduced to the audience directly in the theatres. I play the central character and he comes in at a crucial point. The film takes an unexpected turn after my arrival. We wanted to maintain the anxiety, hence I was hidden from the pre promotions,” says Amitriyaan, who loves coming down to Pune.
From engineering to advertising to films, how did the journey begin? “Well, I always knew I wanted to do something creative. All my choices have been something I wanted to do. I play the guitar as well and consider myself creatively inclined. Films are a creative process. They may appear glamourous and easy but it takes a lot of courage, instinct, talent, hard work and patience to make a film. I love every part of this industry,” says the actor who instantly connected with the character of Vikram.

The film has him share screen space with veterans like Atul Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar and Mrunal Kulkarni. How was the experience? “Atul sir and Sachin sir have done Hindi films. They knew where I was coming from. They were the first to make me comfortable. They knew exactly what my though process was. It was comforting to have them around. They encouraged me and helped me gel with the entire team,” adds Amitriyaan.

Films are a creative process. They may appear glamourous and easy but it takes a lot of courage, instinct, talent, hard work and patience to make a film.

The actor plans to take up more Marathi films now. He is super excited about the new wave of content that has come about in the industry.

Talking about things back home, he shares that his parents are still unaware of his success and popularity. “They are real simple people. They are untouched by fame and success. They believe in doing what is important and leading a simple life. On the other hand, I live an adventurous life. I have chosen an unpredictable career option. This may be bothering them at times. But they have been supportive nonetheless.”

Anjali Shetty-Shirsath

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