“My first two films failed to work out well.
Without proper training, I jumped into the film industry after my college. Even though I come from a versatile ‘acting’ background (Mr. Shivaji Ganesan’s grandson), the film industry doesn’t instantly welcome anyone. When the clock strikes right, with the proper dose of talent and patience, only then one can hit the success string.
Having the letdown in mind, I was determined to turn things right. I traveled to the US and joined a film workshop in 2004 for 3 months. I learned things better.
After returning back to India, I stepped into understanding production through our movie, Chandramuki, and a couple of movies and TV serials as well. The acting was set as a back burner then.
In 2015, I started my own Production Company, Eshan Productions. We did produce a couple of movies, but then the demonetization began, laying our faiths off. After the point of so many tries, I lost confidence; I entered a cave of blackouts and kept telling my wife, whom I married in 2011, about my headaches and mental instabilities. Medications did not work. Fits happened. I was hospitalized. After a while, doctors discovered the depression I was going through unknowingly, which had caused all this harm.
I was drowned in negativity and fluctuation throughout the 6 months. Also, there was a time when I had attempted suicide, assuming I was a toxic hindrance to my family’s happiness. The sufferings were real and drilled so hard. With my wife’s, the doctor’s, and the family’s constant backing, I recovered my consciousness by focusing on self-improvement.
I turned out to be stronger than before and never granted a license to anyone to disturb my mental peace.
Bestowed with positivity, I was called upon for a stage play and later for a guest role in a Malayalam movie. I started adapting to situations. Fortunately, my acting career knocked on my door again, which now is resulting in the release of my recent movie ‘Theerkatharisi’ in the month of Feb ‘23.
Meanwhile, I wanted to address depression and how mental illness will start swallowing our existence in the world. By joining hands with a couple of corporates, doctors, and communities, I relished sharing my story with people out there who don’t excuse themselves or give themselves some self-positive space.
It’s always appreciated if you acknowledge your weaker side and start enjoying the process of progress and growth within.”