Published on: 16:05:2016
story of Some :
n October it was announced that music composer G. V. Prakash Kumar would make his debut as an actor with Mani Nagaraj’s Pencil, a school based thriller film. The team initially approached Samantha and then Priya Anand however both were unable to sign on, due to their busy filming schedule, and subsequently Sri Divya was recruited to portray the lead female role.
Still photographs from the film’s initial photo shoot were released to the media in November 2013, earning positive reaction from critics. Shariq, son of actors Riyaz Khan and Uma Riyaz, was also featured in the photo shoot and was announced to make his acting debut with a supporting role in the film.
With actor parents Riyaz Khan and Uma Riyaz Khan, the young Shariq Hassan has also found his way into films, with a debut in Kalsan Movies’ Pencil.
The youngster reveals that it’s not just his parents who are actors. “My maternal grandmother Kamala Kamesh is a character actor, who has acted in around 400 films in various languages.” But surprisingly enough, being an actor was the last thing on Shariq’s mind. “I wanted to be either a football player or a cinematographer, since I play football regularly and love photography,” he says. The youngster is currently pursuing a BSc in animation. Shariq has modelled for Univercell and Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi, earlier. It was director Mani Nagraj, who is a friend of his father, who made the offer after seeing his photos. “The offer came on my dad’s birthday. He had seen my photos on Facebook. We met up the next day at a coffee shop. I was quite nervous about the idea of acting on big screen. But when I heard that GV Prakash is debuting as hero in the same film, I was excited since it would be a new experience for both of us. It seemed like the perfect project, with a character I could easily get into as well,” he says with a smile. Shariq plays a schoolboy with various shades in the movie. So what advice did his parents give him? “Dad told me ‘don’t be nervous. Just be casual and be yourself. Above all, be dedicated to your profession. It’s a new life for you now,’ “ he signs off.
G. V. Prakash Kumar as Shiva
Sri Divya as Maya
Shariq Hassan as Nithin
T. P. Gajendran as Sudhanthiram
Priya Mosh as Sowmya