Thiruveer-starrer Pareshan is running to packed theatres since its release on 2 June. The actor is well-known for his work in George Reddy (2019), Palasa 1978 (2020), SIN (2020), Tuck Jagadish (2021), and Masooda (2022).
Though it has been some time since Thiruveer made his acting debut with Bommalaramaram in 2016, he is seldom seen on social media, or at any other movie events.
So, what makes Pareshan special? Well, the story revolves around rural Telangana and is about an unemployed youth who lands into a financial and emotional mess.
Most of the cast is fresh and the situations in the plot are quite relatable and heartwarming which helped it click with audiences.
Thiruveer is from the theatre arts. He used to work as a radio jockey and look for roles now and then. It was only in 2019, he was noticed.
He was never offered many films. He chose from what came his way. “This is what the universe gave me and I humbly took it up,” Thiruveer told South First.
‘Don’t have PR’
“PR is not my cup of tea. I feel uncomfortable with photo shoots that need to go to the photo galleries. All I need is a shirt and a trouser to be comfortable,” the talented actor revealed.
After Tuck Jagadish, he took a two-year break. He couldn’t work in any other film due to the exclusivity contract he signed for Masooda.
“Masooda was supposed to be finished in five months. But it prolonged for 18 months due to the pandemic. Despite not having PR, I am getting work luckily. If you see my Insta, all you get is pictures of Nature,” he said, matter-of-factly.
Thiuveer doesn’t like regular nine-to-five jobs. His heart has always been in art forms. Despite not getting many movie offers, survival was never an issue for him because he had other alternatives.
Nevertheless, the actor had to let go of many opportunities — where he was offered the lead role — owing to the pressure to maintain a certain look.
He recollected that the production team of one project wanted him to grow a moustache and the other asked him to sport a clean-shaven look, while another insisted on stubble!
“I can’t grow my hair back in two days or a week. I should be adjusting dates, too. They don’t want me to stick a moustache on my skin. In this process, I lost income and projects,” he shrugged.
However, the actor asserted that he would do more films from now on, instead of waiting for several months for the right looks.
— Thiruveer (@iamThiruveeR) June 3, 2023
A dream come true
The Mehboobnagar-born actor revealed that it was his dream to play a lead role, at least once, and it only got fulfilled through Pareshan.
“The screen time given to a hero is more when compared to a character artist and a villain. Earlier, I would get only 10-15 pieces of footage. So, I thought I need to do a lead role. When I auditioned for Pareshan, I found the dialogues so refreshing that I instantly decided to do the film,” Thiruveer was all smiles.
‘Pareshan is a rooted story’
Most of the actors in Pareshan are locals (from Mancherial). After wrapping their work in the coal belt, the employees would drink alcohol in the evenings to destress themselves. Gradually, this became an integral part of their lives.
Pareshan director Rupak Ronaldson, a native of Ramakrishnapur in Mancherial, brought this aspect alive on screen. In the entire film, we see people boozing.
“The boundaries in a village are small. In Mancherial, you see people fight with each other in the mornings. The same crowd shares a drink by dusk. It is a celebration. Also, children pick up from their parents, whether it’s abuse or alcohol,” Thiruveer pointed out.
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Challenges during the shoot
The actor also shared some interesting challenges he faced while shooting Pareshan.
The film went on the floor in 2020 and it was shot during the pandemic. It required the artists to drink, smoke, and travel from village to village in extreme weather conditions.
Most of the actors, as mentioned earlier, are newcomers or have worked for YouTube channels that are popular in Mancherial. They didn’t have an idea about facing the camera.
“It was stressful. The new artists would not remember dialogues and block the camera. They worked for YouTube channels without any dialogues or scripts or dubbing and hence, the issues,” he recalled.
Thiruveer revealed how he used to beg the actors to remember their dialogues and not stand in front of the camera as there would be shadows.
“I also shouted at them when I had to do retakes. Adding to this, the weather was too hot and we were sweating profusely. It was quite something,” he signed off.