Perth resident with Indian roots, Mahesh Jadu talks films and evolving television
Australian film and television actor Mahesh Jadu (last seen in the critically acclaimed Taj in 2011), whose heritage can be traced back to India, is all set for the release of his film I, Frankenstein. The former Neighbours star (he played Dr Doug Harris), with a fondness for
Bangalore city, tells us about his role in the fantasy-action film written and directed by Stuart Beattie, working with Aaron Eckhart and his all-time favourite character.
Your role in I, Frankenstein
I play a gargoyle called Ophir. I am actually a priest by day and gargoyle by night — a stone creature that comes to life to protect mankind from demons.
About playing protector
There is a lot of focus on weaponry. I’ve never been in an action role before so there was lots of fitness, training and choreography. Learning to do things right without getting injured, essentially! There is plentiful CGI which is also very exciting and challenging.
On working with Aaron Eckhart and veteran Bill Nighy
I don’t have a scene with Bill Nighy, but I did speak to him quite a lot and he is a gentleman, makes you feel comfortable, and actually looks at you when you talk. Aaron Eckhart is very intense, 200 per cent professional, and very hard to keep up with, be it on set or at the gym. His evident commitment is why he’s so ahead in this game.
Small VS big screen experience
The experiences are both so different because in a film, you spend more time on set, but it’s overall for a shorter duration. You need to instantly get into character. And because it is on such a large scale, there is much more happening all around. It’s daunting because you never know how much of your role will remain in the final cut. But on a TV show, you grow with the character and there’s the option of seeing what is being made.
Film or television roles
Well, I thoroughly enjoy them both because they are very different. And TV is evolving so rapidly, it is very exciting. But then again film is something I’ve grown up on. So essentially I cannot pick! I am so happy doing what I do right now. All I will affirm is that I would love to play as many characters as possible from different countries.
I would love to play Karan from the Mahabharata, if it were ever to be made again. The role is so strong and showcases an interesting tussle between right and wrong.
In the pipeline
I’ve done quite a few films already that are in post-production. Those will roll out shortly. But I am focussing on writing a novel and creating an animation feature film. That is my current adventure.
I, Frankenstein is scheduled to release today.