Vasishta N. Simha: ‘I Came To Bengaluru To Become A Singer’

Actor Vasishta N Simha is known to be one of the most popular choices, especially for negative roles and characters that require someone with a deep baritone. A little known fact is that Vasishta had come to Bengaluru not to become an actor, but a singer. It is another story that he has eventually become a popular choice for playback for special songs. We take a look at the time when he spoke about his journey into showbiz.

Vasishta about his journey and he says that acting was never part of his dreams. “I came to Bengaluru with aspirations of becoming a singer. I, in fact, trained under Hamsalekha sir for one and a half years. I had to discontinue that. After this, I went on to finish my bachelor’s degree in computers, after which I landed a corporate job. I was bored with the routine life, so I had quit my job to take a break. It was at this time when films happened to be completely by accident. In fact, in my second film Arya’s Love, I’ve done everything right from being the second lead to cinematography to working in the direction department and more. It was an experience that taught me a lot. I was without work for a long time after this film.

One of the associate directors of Arya’s Love contacted me, asking me to meet him in Gandhinagar. Only when I got there did I get to know that it was for a meeting with Guru Deshpande for Raja Huli. I didn’t audition, they just told me I would be doing it. Though, the confirmation was not there officially. After a month, I was asked to meet K Manju, the producer. Scared, I rehearsed monologues from my theatre days to impress him. But, all he asked me in the meeting was, ‘How much will you take as your payment’. And that’s how my journey began,” he recalls.

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