Actor Karan is excited these days. After all, his first national ad campaign for a scooter, in which he has shared screenspace with Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, has just hit televisions screen around the country.
The advertisement has been directed by Pradeep Sarkar (of Parineeta fame).
Says Karan, "I've been offered several ad films before I took up this one, but I wasn't willing to take them up. But this one was irresistible because I got to work with Kareena Kapoor and director Pradeep Sarkar at the same time. The ad makers, who were looking for an actor who was popular in all the four south Indian languages, thought I would be apt for the role. Moreover, cameraman Nutty (Natraj) convinced me that it was too good an opportunity to actually let go."
Karan shot for the ad almost a month ago in Mumbai. "For a 45-second ad, we shot for two days on the streets of Mumbai and in a studio there. I was familiar with Hindi, and so, communication wasn't a problem. But my lines in the ad were all in Tamil!" he smiles.
Talking about his experience shooting with Bebo, he says, "She's down-to-earth and very co-operative. For a top actress in Bollywood, she has no ego hassles. The concept required her to ride pillion with me and it was fun taking her on a long drive. We used to chat up during the breaks and practice sessions before shots. She's also a fun-loving person and seemed thrilled during our uphill rides."
On the Kollywood front, Karan is awaiting the release of his Sooran, directed by Balu Narayanan. "It's about the life of a character who's based in north Madras. We're done with the filming, and the movie will tentatively hit screens in February. I'm also in talks with a few directors to finalize my next project."